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EX-WRESTLER RUNS FOR OFFICE

Legendary wrestler Stan "Killer" Kowalski, 74, has thrown his hat into the political ring as a candidate for the Minnesota State Legislature, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "The real people will support me," says Kowalski, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Minnesota Gov. Jesse "The Body" Ventura. — Rich Brown read more

BATMAN IS BACK!

Adam West, star of the hit 1960s series Batman, has signed on to play bad guy Breathtaker on the upcoming Sci Fi Channel series Black Scorpion. The campy action series will also star former Miss Kansas Michelle Lintel as sexy crime fighter Black Scorpion along with 17 Playboy and Penthouse models and recurring villains Slave Master (Lou Ferrigno), Professor Prophet (Soupy Sales), Dr. Praktus (Charles Fleischer), Clockwise (Frank Gorshin) and Greenthumb (David Landers). Legendary indie producer Roger Corman is overseeing the bizarro project. read more

DIANA ROSS SILENCED

Diana Ross says the remainder of her much-hyped 23-city Supremes tour has been canceled by the producers. "I promised our fans that I would be there for them... and I will find a way to reconnect with them as soon as possible," she said in a statement. The short-lived tour didn't sit well with some fans who were opposed to the exclusion of founding member Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong. read more

BROOKE'S LESBIAN TURN

Brooke Shields is set to play a lesbian involved in a child custody battle in an upcoming Lifetime movie called What Makes a Family, according to the New York Post. The telepic will be produced by Barbra Streisand and co-star Whoopi Goldberg. Lifetime would not confirm the report. read more

ROCK DOCUMENTARY ROLLS ALONG

A long-planned documentary of the 1970 Festival Express tour of Canada featuring Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, The Band and others is nearing completion, according to JAM! Music. Producers are drawing from 85 hours of onstage and backstage footage, which also includes clips of Traffic, Eric Andersen, Mountain, 10 Years After, Sha Na Na and several other acts. — Rich Brown read more

VAN DAMME FINED

Action star Jean-Claude Van Damme was fined $1,200 and put on three years probation after pleading no contest Monday to two driving-related misdemeanors in a Los Angeles court, according to AP. Van Damme was not present in the courtroom as his lawyer entered no-contest pleas to charges of drunken driving and driving without a license. The actor must attend a 90-day alcohol education program and his driving will be restricted to travel to and from work. read more

MORE HBO DEALINGS: FONTANA & LEVINSON

HBO is working with veteran producers Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson on developing an original movie based on the 1995 book Shot in the Heart, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The autobiography tells the story of the dysfunctional family life of author Mikal Gilmore and his older brother, Gary Gilmore, who in 1977 became the first person executed in the U.S. after a 10-year death-penalty hiatus. read more

AFFLECK & DAMON IN HBO DEAL

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are working on a new project for HBO, Greenlight, in which an aspiring filmmaker will receive about $1 million and the opportunity to direct their first feature. Development of the movie will be shown in a 13-episode, half-hour reality series on HBO, according to The Hollywood Reporter. read more

LEBLANC'S WWII PIC

Friends star Matt LeBlanc is slated to star in All the Queen's Men, a World War II comedy pic about a mismatched team of British Special Forces agents led by an American. Filming begins in Budapest and Vienna in August, according to Variety. read more

Question: I thought Cybill ...

Question: I thought Cybill Shepherd was in The Mod Squad. If not, who was?

Televisionary: That was Peggy Lipton playing San Francisco-born runaway Julie Barnes in the teen cop series, which ran on ABC from the fall of 1968 to August of 1973. Shepherd, who first made her mark on the entertainment scene way back in 1971's The Last Picture Show, didn't star in a series until much later, in NBC's The Yellow Rose, which debuted in 1983.

I can sort of see how you'd mix them up in memory, which tends to blur faces a bit. Shepherd and Lipton don't look all that much alike in my opinion, but they're the same physical type. In addition, if you're anything like me (and God help you if you are), the actor or actress who's hit it big most recently tends to bleed into the recollection of older shows.

Shepherd, after all, was on top of the TV world when she starred alongside Bruce Willis in ABC's Moonlighting from 1985 to 1989, plus s read more

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