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Question: FYI, while it is true that "Where is Springfield?" was long one of TV's most asked (and unanswerable) questions, that all changed in this year's season finale. In the "Behind the Laughter" episode of The Simpsons, between teasingly cloying adverbs, they slyly revealed that the Simpsons are a "Northern Kentucky family." — Susan Williams

Televisionary: With all due respect to you and the many fans who wrote to correct me on this, Susan — and respect is appropriate since nearly everyone was mannerly as could be when telling me how I "blew it" — the writers and producers would be happy to know how many of you they snookered.

If I am to be chastised, it's for neglecting to mention the Kentucky reference in last week's answer. But there's absolutely no way you'll get me to buy that red herring.

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MARK WAHLBERG GETS CRIMINAL

Busy Mark Wahlberg is in conversations to star in the new movie Criminal Conversations as a mob boss who falls for a district attorney's wife. Variety reports that the actor is also set to join George Clooney and a slew of other A-level stars in the remake of Ocean's 11. read more

DIALLO'S MOM WANTS TO MEET THE BOSS

Amadou Diallo's mother plans to thank Bruce Springsteen in person for his controversial song recognizing her son's shooting at the hands of New York City police — possibly tonight at The Boss's Madison Square Garden concert. "Of course I would like to meet with him," Kadiatou Diallo said yesterday. "He's here for 10 days; we will have time for that." Diallo said it would be great to hear Springsteen do the song — "American Skin" — in person. "It keeps his memory alive," she said of her slain son. Without mentioning Diallo by name, the song references key elements of the case — "41 shots," a person lying dead in a vestibule and confusion over whether something is a knife, gun or wallet. —New York Post read more

POWERPUFF GIRLS TO HIT THE BIG SCREEN

The Powerpuff Girls are headed for the big screen! Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network are teaming up on a feature-length film version of the popular Cartoon Network series. The film, supervised by series creator Craig McCracken, is expected to hit theaters in summer 2002. read more

FOX REVAMPS DON'T ASK

So long, Anthony LaPaglia! Variety reports that the Tony-winning actor has been jettisoned from the cast of John Goodman's upcoming Fox sitcom Don't Ask as the series undergoes a makeover. Goodman's character will still be playing a gay father, but he won't be living with a straight roommate (LaPagila); instead, he'll now live with his sister and son. Other characters from the pilot episode are also being cut, and casting is underway for new characters for the series, which will air Wednesdays this fall. read more

NEWSMAN JUDD ROSE DEAD AT 45

Judd Rose, a TV newsman known for his work on ABC and CNN, died Saturday in New York at age 45; AP reports that he died of brain cancer. Rose won four Emmy awards, including honors for his coverage of Princess Diana's funeral. At CNN Rose anchored Newsstand, while at ABC he worked on several programs, including Nightline. read more

JESSICA LANGE LASHES OUT!

Jessica Lange is taking aim at Hollywood's penchant for commercialism and casting aging action heroes opposite ingenues. "I'd like to point out one of the best things about being 50 in this industry, and that is the absolute concrete assurance that women my age will never be considered for a role in one of those macho, airhead, testosterone action films — and for that I am grateful," she said Friday at the 24th annual Women in Film luncheon. What do you really think, Jessica? read more

NIC AND ANGELINA TOP THE BOX OFFICE

The team of Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie proved to be unbeatable as Gone in Sixty Seconds led at the box office this weekend; the flick grossed $25.5 million and pushed Tom Cruise and Mission: Impossible 2 into the No. 2 slot. Big Momma's House, Dinosaur and Gladiator rounded out the top five.

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TNT GIVES VIEWERS THE SHAFT

Prepare to get the shaft from TNT — a 10-hour Shaft marathon on Tuesday, that is! The cable network will air the three original Shaft movies, as well as two 90-minute episodes of CBS's short-lived Shaft TV series. The marathon also features a discussion with Samuel L. Jackson, John Singleton (star and director, respectively, of the new Shaft movie hitting theaters this Friday) and Richard Roundtree, the original Shaft. read more

ABC SHELVES ANIMATED CLERKS

ABC has canceled Kevin Smith's animated series Clerks after just two episodes, according to Variety; repeats of Spin City will replace the show in its time slot. A Miramax TV honcho says, diplomatically, that the show "wasn't right for ABC." Can't wait to see what Smith says about this latest development.... read more

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