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STAR IS REBORN

The original Star Wars trilogy will at last debut on DVD Sept. 21. The four-disc box set will feature the rereleased special editions of all three films — not the original theatrical versions. Also included: a new documentary about the making of the films and never-seen footage. read more

JOEY SCOOP

The sleuths over at FilmJerk.com have obtained some casting scoop on Matt LeBlanc's upcoming Friends spin-off, Joey. His newest friends will include a hairdressing sister, a nephew described as a socially awkward Seth Cohen-type and a love interest/next-door neighbor named Allison. As previously reported, Joey will be set in Los Angeles, where Tribbs moves to pursue his acting career. Man, is he gonna be confused when he finds out Days of Our Lives tapes out there and not in New York City. read more

FUTURE RAZZIE NOMINEE?

Boobygate headliner Justin Timberlake is getting ready to bare his acting chops. The Grammy winner has signed on to star with Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey and LL Cool J in the upcoming feature Edison, Variety reports. He'll play a young journalist who uncovers an elite unit of corrupt cops. read more

BIG SHOES TO FILL

Laverne and Shirley alum Michael McKean will take over the role of full-figured mama Edna Turnblad in Broadway's Hairspray beginning May 4. He'll replace Harvey Fierstein, who'll take his final bow on May 2. read more

NYPD BLURRED

Speaking of Boobygate fallout, USA Today reports that ABC may cut a racy sex scene from a March 2 NYPD Blue episode in the Central and Mountain time zones — where the show airs at 9 pm, an hour earlier than the rest of the country. This follows ER's decision to delete a glimpse of an elderly patient's breast in last Thursday's episode. read more

Question: I remember seeing ...

Question: I remember seeing an interesting TV-movie 10 years or so ago. It starred 7th Heaven's Catherine Hicks and the premise was that modern-day people used time travel to change the events of Kennedy's assassination. Sorry, but I can't remember the name of the movie or the other actors. Any help? — Rhonda, Nashville, Tenn.

Televisionary: Yup. You're thinking of Running Against Time, which starred Hicks, Robert Hayes and Sam Wanamaker. In it, Hays tried to avert JFK's assassination, hoping that doing so would avoid the Vietnam War and the death of his brother, who was killed in the conflict. It initially aired in 1990 and was released on home video, so if you do some digging online and with your local retailer, you should probably be able to find a copy.

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Exchange of the evening (courtesy...

Exchange of the evening (courtesy of WE's Single in Vegas):

Mercenary bar dancer Kyshawn: "I like your booty."

Sleeveless-T Mike: "What's up?"

MBD Kyshawn: "I said I like your booty."

S-T Mike: "Well, it is nice."

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Man, this thing's ruff going. Don't try taping it without a paws button. (Sorry for that biting commentary.) Anyway, yeah, these pooches are beautiful, smart and extremely valuable. But I'll bet not one of them can duplicate my late dog's drag-her-butt-across-the-carpet trick, which she invented all on her own.

7th Heaven
Ruthie and Peter wait until the day before their project's due to start their research, so they have to invent all sorts of details on Presidents Washington and Lincoln for their newspaper ("Delaware Sailors Complain: Washington Drank All Our Rum"). Now, read more

Question: Do you know the ...

Question: Do you know the name of the firm from the miniseries Wall Street, which ran for a brief period a couple of years ago on Fox? — Robert, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Televisionary: Assuming you mean Darren Star's short-lived The $treet, which lasted only a month beginning in November 2000, the firm was Balmont Stevens.

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SHORT CUTS

If you want to see the WB's Angel at its absolute best, pick up Angel Season Three on DVD, which arrives in stores today... The WB has picked up Charmed for a seventh season. read more

Question: Help me win a bet, ...

Question: Help me win a bet, please. Wasn't Heather Locklear in The Fall Guy? — Bruce G., Kokomo, Ind.

Televisionary: Nope. That was Heather Thomas, and it's a common mistake people make when looking back to the time that both Heathers had shows on the air: Fall Guy (November 1981-May 1986, ABC) and Locklear's T.J. Hooker (March 1982-September 1987, ABC and CBS). Considering how they started out, both were in danger of being quickly written off as empty-headed blonde eye candy. Locklear, to her credit, has done a remarkable job of escaping that particular vacuum to launch an admirable career. And it's not like Thomas didn't try.

To see that Thomas had a brain in her head, one need only have looked at the Fall Guy makeup trailer, which sported a Thomas publicity photo taped to a mirror. In it, she wore a tank top and leaned against a street sign and smiled invitingly. On it was scrawled conflicting comments about her hair, read more

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