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The big-screen Lizzie McGuire movie will start shooting in October, with Hilary Duff reprising her TV role... Matt Robinson Jr., the first actor to play kindly neighbor Gordon on Sesame Street, died Monday at the age of 65. read more

SHAMELESS STUNT

TV Guide Online has uncovered more information about Jack Osbourne's appearance on the season premiere of Dawson's Creek. Ozzy's son will play himself in the Oct. 2 episode. Apparently, Pacey and Audrey hitch a ride back to Boston with Audrey's childhood pal — Jack! It's such a small world! read more

WILL MARIAH BE AS LUCKY?

Mariah Carey will release her comeback album on Dec. 10, MTV News reports. The as-yet-untitled CD — her first project with hip-hop label Def Jam — reportedly will touch on many of the pop diva's recent problems (read: Glitter). read more

HALO EFFECT

Demi Moore is coming out of retirement to appear in the upcoming Charlie's Angels sequel. The onetime box office draw will play a former angel working on the other side of the law in Charlie's Angels 2: Halo, scheduled for release next June. Moore, 39, hasn't been seen in theaters since 2000's Passion of Mind, a film which, um, no one really saw. read more

SPACE CADET

'N Sync's Lance Bass better call his accountant, and quick! Russia's space agency said Wednesday that it might scrap plans to include Bass on its October flight to the International Space Station because he failed to meet a payment deadline. Meanwhile, fellow 'N Syncer Chris Kirkpatrick and pop starlet Willa Ford will co-host this year's Miss USA pageant, broadcast live Aug. 28 on CBS. read more

PIE JUNKIES

Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan and Eugene Levy are the latest actors agreeing to return for American Pie 3. They join Seann William Scott, who earlier this week signed on to reprise his role. Filming begins in January for an August 2003 release. read more

THE BOSS IS BACK

Bruce Springsteen's media blitz last week paid off big-time. His latest CD, The Rising, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's album chart, selling 526,000 copies. That ranks as the biggest opening-week tally in Springsteen's career. (His previous best was Human Touch, which sold 246,000 in 1992.) The Boss and his E Street Band, meanwhile, kicked off their 46-city tour Wednesday in New Jersey. read more

NERVOUS WRECK

Christina Christian was the latest finalist booted from American Idol last night — but the pop-star wannabe wasn't around to receive the news firsthand. The 21-year-old was taken to the hospital shortly before last night's live show because she was stressed out. She must be a basket case now. read more

DREAM TEAM

Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme is poised to reunite with Jodie Foster in an untitled modern-day thriller from scribe Richard Price (Clockers), Variety reports. The script is being written specifically as a starring vehicle for Foster. read more

SAG SWITCH

The Screen Actors Guild has moved its 2004 awards ceremony up a month, from late March to Feb. 8, 2004. This follows the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' decision to move its annual Oscar ceremony from late March to Feb. 29, 2004. Next year's SAG Awards will take place on March 9. read more

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