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Teen opera sensation Charlotte Church will make her acting debut in the big-screen musical comedy I'll Be There. She'll play the daughter of a former '80s pop star (Saving Grace's Craig Ferguson). read more

Coo Coo Ca-choo, Bebe Neuwirth!


Broadway star Bebe Neuwirth is best known as Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane from TV's Cheers and Frasier. Boy, would her psychiatrist alter ego have a field day with Tadpole (in theaters July 19). In the film, Neuwirth plays a fortysomething woman who beds her best friend's 15-year-old stepson — though the boy has more of a crush on his stepmom (Sigourney Weaver).

Sounding like the ever-proper Lilith, the actress adamantly insists she'd never indulge in such a liaison. "I didn't relate to the character in any way," Neuwirth says. "I don't think it's right for an adult to sleep with minors."

However titillating the triangle may b read more

Men In Black II Mysteries Solved!


Let's face it, when it comes to thought-provoking summer movies, Men In Black II is no Minority Report. Heck, it's not even Lilo & Stitch. Still, even mindless popcorn flicks can give audiences something to chew on. That's particularly the case with MIB II (opening today), which offers up enough brain teasers to leave even Memento experts scratching their heads. Here, we attempt to address some of those nagging questions.

Where the heck was Agent Elle, the medical-examiner-turned-alien-fighter played in the original film by Linda Fiorentino?
"It turned out not to be a big enough role," explains producer Laurie MacDonald. "We would have loved t read more

GOOD PROGNOSIS

MTV mom Sharon Osbourne underwent surgery Wednesday for a treatable form of cancer. An Osbourne family spokesperson declined to say what type of cancer Ozzy's wife is battling, but she's expected to make a full recovery. "She has the loving support of her husband and three children who are by her side at this time," the rep said in a statement. It's unclear what impact all of this will have on the upcoming second season of MTV's The Osbournes. read more

AGE BEFORE BEAUTY

American Idol semi-finalist Delano Cagnolatti was disqualified on Tuesday night's show for lying to producers about his age. Turns out, he's 29 — not 23. He was promptly replaced by 20-year-old Atlanta citizen EJay Day. In an article appearing in the July 20 issue of TV Guide magazine, Day called Cagnolatti's decision to fib about his age "desperate," adding, "I don't know why anyone would put the energy into lying for this." Well, Cagnolatti offered little explanation: "I don't have anything to say about American Idol anymore, ever." To read the complete text of the TV Guide story, click here. read more

RARENAKED LADY

Friends star Jennifer Aniston reached a settlement Tuesday in her lawsuit against two magazines that published pics of her sunbathing topless in her backyard. Aniston appeared in court alongside hubby Brad Pitt. Terms of the deal — reached after a three-hour closed-door hearing — were not disclosed, but Aniston's lawyer said "all sides are amicable about the terms of the settlement." Translation: Jen got rich! read more

RADIO MAKES A COMEBACK

MTV has given the go-ahead for six new reality shows, including FM Nation, which follows three groups of young adults in America as they drive around while listening to their radio. Each car is rigged with cameras to "catch all the action, humor, and drama as the three new groups cruise around with a different local radio station and DJ serving as background and narrator each week." read more

JUST DESSERTS?

Martha Stewart doesn't think appearing on CBS's The Early Show is a good thing anymore. The embattled domestic diva — who was scheduled to appear on Wednesday's show to discuss ice box desserts — backed out after being told she would be grilled about her escalating stock scandal. Stewart is no doubt still smarting from last week's Early Show appearance, in which host Jane Clayson asked her questions about the insider trading controversy in the midst of a salad segment. "I want to focus on my salad," she said, "because that's why we're here." Those days are over, darling. read more

SHORT CUTS

Game show legend Bob Barker, 78, will undergo prostate surgery next week at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C... Legendary jazz bassist Ray Brown has died at the age of 75... VH1 confirms that it is in talks with Liza Minnelli and husband David Gest to produce an Osbourne-esque reality series about their private lives... Scary Movie's Jon Abrahams has joined the cast of Fox's Boston Public as — you guessed it — a teacher. read more

THERE'S SOMETHING IN THE WATER

Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon is expecting her second child with boyfriend Danny Mozes, columnist Liz Smith reports. However, unlike expectant co-star Sarah Jessica Parker's, Nixon's baby is due at the end of the year and therefore won't affect Sex's schedule. read more

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