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GOING RETRO

CBS is reuniting the cast of The Mary Tyler Moore Show for a one-hour special set to air next month. Meanwhile, ABC is planning a one-hour Laverne & Shirley special to be produced by Entertainment Tonight. read more

FAT FIGHT

Production on the live-action Fat Albert feature was "temporarily" halted on Thursday as a result of creative differences between producer-writer Bill Cosby and director Forest Whitaker. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Whitaker has agreed to step down and the search for a new director is underway. read more

WRITTEN OFF

The publishing world has been dealt a major blow courtesy of its biggest booster: Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey has decided to end her phenomenally popular monthly Book Club. "It has become harder and harder to find books on a monthly basis that I feel absolutely compelled to share," Winfrey says. "I will continue featuring books on the Oprah Winfrey Show when I feel they merit my heartfelt recommendation." Toni Morrison's novel, Sula, will be featured as the club's last selection. read more

SHORT CUTS

John Malkovich and Aussie pop star Natalie Imbruglia have signed on to star in the spy spoof Johnny English... Miramax has acquired distribution rights to the next two Pok&#233mon sequels, and plans to release the fourth pic in October. Warner Bros. had rights to the first three Pok&#233mon movies. read more

WELCOME MATT

Matt Damon will make his London stage debut this month in Kenneth Lonergan's play This Is Our Youth. He'll replace would-be Darth Vader Hayden Christensen. read more

CLOSE CALL

Just as Elizabeth Hurley was giving birth to a baby boy in a London hospital Thursday, a stalker was arrested outside her nearby home. Petar Mihajlovic, 32, was charged with "carrying out a course of conduct which he knew or believed amounted to harassment of Elizabeth Hurley." According to the New York Post, Mihajlovic — who has been outside Hurley's home before — shoved gifts and letters through her front door. read more

BAD GIRL

Onetime video vixen Tawny Kitaen was arrested Wednesday and charged with domestic abuse. The ex-Santa Barbara actress was arguing with her husband, Cleveland Indians pitcher Chuck Finley, when she allegedly kicked him in the thigh, leg and arm with her high-heeled shoes. read more

SPIDER SEQUEL

Spider-Man doesn't land in theaters for another month, but Columbia Pictures is already hard at work on the sequel. The studio has signed Sam Raimi — who directed the first flick — to helm the follow-up. Spider stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst have already committed to the sequel, which will begin shooting early next year. read more

THE RACE IS ON

TV insiders are busy speculating about who will replace departing Early Show anchor Bryant Gumbel as Jane Clayson A.M. sidekick. The leading contenders? Former NBC staffer Jack Ford, CBS's Washington correspondent John Roberts, CNN eye candy Bill Hemmer and Hollywood Squares host Tom Bergeron. Our pick? Hemmer by a mile. read more

The Shagadelic Andie MacDowell!


With her ladylike Southern drawl and a resume full of tame romantic comedies, Andie MacDowell hardly seems apt to offer lessons on how to "shag." Of course, the British cast and crew of her dramedy Crush — opening Friday — thought of the Austin Powers meaning of the word. But MacDowell only meant to introduce them to South Carolina swing dancing!

Their inside joke gave writer-director John McKay an opportunity to break the ice between MacDowell — a 43-year-old mother of three — and her 27-year-old leading man, Kenny Doughty. "We knew they would be nervous with each other," he recalls, "so every morning, I got Andie to t read more

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