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LOOK OUT, ROSS

Film actor Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend's Wedding) has signed on to do three episodes of Friends playing an office rival of Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston). His first episode airs in January. Dick Van Dyke, meanwhile, will appear in the Jan. 23 episode of Scrubs as a long-time friend of Dr. Kelso's (Ken Jenkins). read more

JUST SAY NO

Winona Ryder's alleged supplier has been caught! Doc-to-the-stars Jules Lusman, who had his medical license revoked last week, has been accused of overmedicating celebs like Ryder and singer-actress-hellraiser Courtney Love. Ryder had 37 prescriptions filled by 20 doctors from January 1996 to December 1998, according to the actress's probation report. Lusman denies any wrongdoing. read more

SCULLY'S GETTING MARRIED

Former The X-Files star Gillian Anderson is reportedly engaged to British documentary filmmaker Julian Ozanne. Anderson, who is in London to appear in the new play What the Night Is For, met Ozanne earlier this year, but the pair only recently began dating. read more

FAREWELL

Some of the biggest names in ABC News and Sports gathered Monday at St. Bartholomew's Church in Manhattan to bid farewell to broadcasting giant Roone Arledge, who died Thursday of cancer at age 71. Peter Jennings said his former boss "made life and work so exciting," and Diane Sawyer described Arledge as the network's "global positioning system." read more

SHORT CUTS

With 13 shows to go, Guns N' Roses have cancelled their first tour in a decade. No reason was given, but the move follows recent no-shows in Vancouver and Philadelphia... E! has named Jennifer Aniston its Entertainer of the Year. read more

OOPS... IT'S HIM AGAIN

Pop tart Britney Spears is seeking a restraining order against a 41-year-old Japanese man she says has been stalking her since September. According to court papers, Masahiko Shizawa of Yokohama, Japan, has "tracked and attempted to contact" the 21-year-old singer at her various residences. He allegedly sent Spears photos of himself with notes, "I'm chasing you." Subtle, he's not. read more

Tim Curry's Rocky Road to Fame


Ever since 1975's The Rocky Horror Picture Show — where he camped it up as "sweet transvestite" Dr. Frank-n-Furter — Tim Curry has been a comedic big-screen staple. Look at all the fun stuff he's done in Home Alone 2, Charlie's Angels, Scary Movie 2 and The Wild Thornberrys (opening Dec. 20). Sadly, though, TV success has proved more elusive.

The 56-year-old Brit had a recurring role on Showtime's defunct Rude Awakening and now headlines the WB's struggling Family Affair remake. But his optimistic 'tude hasn't been dampened. "When I'm done, I'm done," Curry tells TV Guide Online. "I move on and I'm looking for passages ne read more

COUNTDOWN WITH CARSON

Ever wonder what Carson Daly looks like in his jammies? Well, you'll find out on Dec. 31 when the TRL dude hosts MTV's New Year's Eve Pajama Party live from Times Square beginning at 10:30 pm/ET. Brittany Murphy and Ashton Kutcher will share hosting duties with Daly, and live entertainment will be provided by the Foo Fighters, Busta Rhymes and Good Charlotte. read more

BADA-BIG!

Domestic strife paid off big time for HBO Sunday night. The season finale of The Sopranos — which featured Carmela kicking Tony out of the house — attracted a whopping 12.5 million viewers and whacked its competition on the major broadcast networks. It was the mob drama's second most-watched episode ever; the show's season premiere in September drew 13.4 million fans. And despite complaints that the fourth season was a bore, ratings were actually up 22 percent over Season Three. By the way, have I mentioned how freakin' amazing Edie Falco was during those fight scenes with James Gandolfini? Well, she was. Forget Emmy, she deserves an Oscar! read more

DOMESTIC DISPUTE

Tough guy actor Tom Sizemore, star of CBS's Robbery Homicide Division, was arrested Monday at his Los Angeles home for allegedly punching his girlfriend in the face and throwing her to the ground. He was later released on $2,500 bail. E! reports that the argument was over the couple's wedding plans. read more

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