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LORD STILL REIGNS

It was business as usual at the box office, with The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers holding on to its No. 1 position for the third consecutive weekend. The Golden Globe-nominated sequel grossed $25.7 million from Friday to Sunday, bringing its 19-day total to $261.7 million. Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can held steady at No. 2 with $21.3 million ($97.6 million to date), followed by the romantic comedies Two Weeks Notice (No. 3 with $11.6 million) and Maid in Manhattan (No. 4 with $9 million). Jack Nicholson's acclaimed black comedy About Schmidt, meanwhile, expanded to more theaters and j read more

EXTRA POINTS

ABC scored a touchdown with Friday's overtime college championship game between Ohio State and Miami. The Fiesta Bowl showdown generated a boffo 18.6 rating/29 share, making it the highest-rated college football title game in at least seven years. The network's victory march continued into Saturday with the NFL wildcard game between the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers. The match-up scored a preliminary 18.4 rating/29 share — the best wildcard numbers in nearly a decade. read more

RISE AND SHINE

Bruce Springsteen is expected to live up to his title as the Boss this morning when Grammy nominations are announced in New York City. Music pundits predict Springsteen's critically hailed CD, The Rising, will capture the most nods, with Eminem's The Eminem Show and Norah Jones's Come Away With Me close behind. The nominations will be announced at 8 pm/ET by singers Kenny Chesney, Ashanti, P. Diddy, Cyndi Lauper, Avril Lavigne, John Mayer, Justin Timberlake and Nelly. read more

LOIS LANE RETURNS

Lois and Clark star-turned Radio Shack spokeswoman Teri Hatcher has signed a talent holding deal with ABC to star in a comedy series project targeted for fall 2003. The project is described as a romantic comedy similar to the 2001 feature Serendipity. read more

KING'S QUEEN ENGAGED

King of Queens matriarch Leah Remini is engaged to marry her longtime boyfriend Angelo Pagan. The groom-to-be proposed on Christmas Eve in a Studio City, Calif., restaurant. The couple plan to wed this summer. read more

NEW OSCAR FRONTRUNNER?

The holocaust drama The Pianist was the big winner at Saturday's National Society of Film Critics awards, scoring trophies for best picture, director (Roman Polanski), actor (Adrien Brody) and screenplay (Ronald Harwood). Other victors included Diane Lane (best actress for Unfaithful), Christopher Walken (best supporting actor for Catch Me If You Can) and Patricia Clarkson (best supporting actress for read more

Leo Catches Hooters Alum


Want proof that up-and-coming starlet Amy Adams, who currently can be seen playing Leonardo DiCaprio's Southern sweetie in Catch Me If You Can, has indeed arrived? The media is scouring her closet for skeletons! Luckily, the biggest scandal the press has been able to dredge up was Adams's brief stint as a waitress at busty restaurant chain Hooters.

But as the Colorado native laments to TV Guide Online, the only thing controversial about that gig was that she managed to land it in the first place! "We can all get the irony of me working at Hooters," laughs the actress, glancing down on her modest bosom. "All of the girls there were [much more]... enhanced.

"I was never really good at it," she adds of the job, which she scored shortly after graduating high school. "I could never really manipulate the tips out of the customers, and I wasn't good at flirting."

Adams, whose credits include The read more

About Nicholson: You Don't Know Jack


In Hollywood circles, Jack Nicholson is rumored to be as talented in the boudoir as he is on the set. But the fact of the matter is, his reputation as a playboy could be somewhat exaggerated. That's right — though he has been linked romantically with A-list sweethearts from Anjelica Huston to Lara Flynn Boyle, the dirty dawg might actually be a pussycat!

Here's how we know: Back when the About Schmidt leading man was shooting a scene for 1997's As Good as It Gets with blonde bombshell Julie Benz (Steven Spielberg's Taken), his true colors showed and — surprise, surprise — they weren't red-light-district crimson. "He didn't hit on me," Benz tells TV Guide Online, sounding for all the world like a high school girl stood up on prom night. "I was very disappointed. I think he thought I was really young."

Still, the three-time Oscar winner made quite an impression on the baby-faced starlet read more

Men In Black: Back for Thirds?


Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones may not be done kicking alien butt just yet: Columbia Pictures is itching to re-team the duo for a third Men In Black flick, TV Guide Online has learned. "The studio wants one," confirms Walter Parkes, the producer behind the 1997 blockbuster and last summer's sequel. "We're trying to figure out the auspices of it and what to do to freshen that franchise up a little bit."

Translation: Despite grossing a respectable $190 million stateside, MIB II was a dud creatively — a fact even Parkes won't deny. "It was a heartbreaking thing," he sighs of the follow-up, which scored its biggest laughs courtesy of a talking pug named Frank. "There were many disagreements among the read more

Jason Patric Regrets...


The gritty Detroit cop drama Narc marks Jason Patric's second role as a troubled undercover narcotics detective. His first was Rush, back in 1991. For an actor whose big releases are few and far between, this kind of repetition could be seen as risky. Then again, Patric knows his career path has always been screwy, so why stop now?

"I don't work often enough to repeat myself!" grouses the 36-year-old, whose last film was 1998's disturbing Your Friends and Neighbors. "Rush was over 10 years ago," he reminds us. "I was 24 years old. I'm a different man now, with different things to show."

Older and wiser, Patric definitely hopes not to repeat mistakes like his big-budget flop, Speed 2: Cruise Control. "That was just a read more

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