Today's News: Our Take


STILL ON THE MEND

Late Show host David Letterman, who has been sidelined with shingles since last month, has been ordered by his doctors to stay in bed for another week. Show, however, will go on with guest hosts. This week's pinch-hitters include Whoopi Goldberg, Vince Vaughn, Elvis Costello and Will Ferrell. read more

SHORT CUTS

CNN has canceled its afternoon gabfest Talk Back Live after nine years... Former Tonight Show host Jack Paar has been released from a Connecticut hospital, where he was recovering from a stroke. read more

DADDY'S LITTLE CLUELESS GIRL

Ryan O'Neal has signed on to play Alicia Silverstone's dad in the NBC comedy pilot Miss/Match, from Sex and the City creator Darren Star, Variety reports. The series centers on a New York matrimonial attorney (Silverstone) who doubles as a high-end matchmaker. read more

HOUSE RULES

Queen Latifah is on a freakin' roll! The Oscar nominee's new comedy Bringing Down the House (co-starring Steve Martin) debuted as the weekend's No. 1 film with $31.7 million. It was the third-biggest March opening ever, and a personal best for Latifah and Martin. The Bruce Willis war flick Tears of the Sun opened in second place with $17.2, followed by Old School (No. 3 with $9.2 million), Chicago (No. 4 with $6.9 million) and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (No. 5 with $6.8 million). And in case you're wondering what the heck happened to last weekend's top movie, read more

GOOD NIGHT FOR DENZEL

Denzel Washington cleaned up at the 34th annual NAACP's Image Awards on Saturday, winning best actor for John Q as well as best supporting actor and best director for Antwone Fisher, which also was named best film. Halle Berry won best supporting actress for Die Another Day and Angela Bassett scored best TV movie actress for her title role in The Rosa Parks Story. The ceremony airs Thursday at 8 pm/ET on Fox. read more

SILENCE IS NOT GOLDEN

Broadway is on a freakin' roll! Actually, it's not, I just wanted to see what it was like to lead off three consecutive news stories the same way. The fact of the matter is, Broadway is in freakin' trouble. A strike by Great White Way musicians — which left most Broadway theaters dark over the weekend — continues into its fourth day today. The dispute centers around producers' desire to cut the minimum size of orchestras from 26 to 15 players. The good news? The hysterical Off Broadway farce Zanna, Don't! is not affected by all this. The bad news? Neither is the dreadful (and disturbingly overrated) gay baseball satire Take Me Out. read more

MORE FOR MOORE

Filmmaker Michael Moore won best original screenplay for his controversial anti-gun documentary Bowling for Columbine at Saturday's 55th annual Writers Guild of America Awards. Best adapted screenplay honors went to David Hare for The Hours. TV kudos, meanwhile, went to CBS's expelled drama The Education of Max Bickford (huh?) and NBC's past-its-prime comedy Frasier (yawn). read more

SAG'S KIND OF TOWN

Chicago is on a freakin' roll! The Oscar frontrunner was the big winner at last night's Screen Actors Guild Awards, picking up trophies for best cast, best lead actress (Renée Zellweger) and best supporting actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Daniel Day-Lewis was named best lead actor for Gangs of New York and Christopher Walken won best supporting actor for Catch Me If You Can. On the TV side, disgruntled Sopranos star read more

FLYING HIGH

Smallville's Tom Welling has joined the cast of 20th Century Fox's upcoming remake of Cheaper by the Dozen, starring Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt as the parents of 12 kids. Welling would play their oldest son. read more

QUICK, CALL MENSA!

Rocker Fred Durst apparently has a firmer grasp of the English language than many of us gave him credit for. The Limp Bizkit frontman got a tongue-lashing from scholars for using the word "agreeance" during an anti-war tirade at last month's Grammys. But according to the North American editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, "agreeance" is, in fact, a word. Britney Spears, meanwhile, still wants nothing to do with him. read more

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