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WILL POWER

Will Smith is being eyed for the lead role in the Warner Bros. post-apocalyptic drama I Am Legend, Variety reports. Based on the Richard Matheson book, Legend takes place in Los Angeles after a biological war and pits the last man on Earth against a populace of mutants. Arnold Schwarzenegger — who was originally expected to star — will now serve as a producer. read more

FOOT PATROL

Elizabeth Taylor's 2001 Golden Globes gaffe apparently was no fluke: The Hollywood legend really is losing her marbles. At Saturday's much-hyped Big Apple wedding of Liza Minnelli and producer David Gest, Taylor — the co-matron of honor — arrived wearing slippers! According to USA Today, she left her shoes at the hotel. (They were later retrieved for her.) Other stars attending the lavish ceremony: Taylor's date, best man Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Anthony Hopkins, Michael Douglas, read more

MAYBE NOW WE CAN GET TICKETS

Broadway bid farewell to the original Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom over the weekend. Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick left The Producers on Sunday, passing the baton to English thesp Henry Goodman and former Wings star Steven Weber. Lane will now focus his attention on the upcoming CBS comedy Life of the Party, while Broderick will start work on ABC's adaptation of The Music Man. read more

END QUOTE

"I've known him since I was 20 and that's just not true. I should know." — Alicia Nash, addressing rumors that her husband, John Nash, is gay on Sunday's 60 Minutes. Nash's life story was the basis for A Beautiful Mind. — Michael Ausiello read more

KILL CASTING

Daryl Hannah has joined the cast of Quentin Tarantino's next directorial effort, Kill Bill, Variety reports. Lucy Liu is also poised to take a role in the film, which stars Uma Thurman and Warren Beatty. read more

Kissing Jessica Stein Is Easy!


For the quirky couple in Kissing Jessica Stein, their first lesbian relationship is a bumpy, overly complicated ride. But writers and co-stars Heather Juergensen and Jennifer Westfeldt — who based the movie on their play Lipschtick — say kissing was one of the easiest parts about making it.

"Just like in life, with any woman/man/whatever, a first kiss is a first kiss," explains Westfeldt, who plays neurotic Jessica. "You're nervous, even as an actor. It's big! Once you kiss, though, you break the ice and then from there it feels natural."

Although both women currently have boyfriends in real life, they've become experts at smooching each other. In fact, it's now pretty much old hat. "Of course, we got so used to working read more

Greenlight Makes Actor See Red


Although Aidan Quinn is extraordinarily proud of his work in the upcoming comedy Stolen Summer (opening March 22), he's not pleased with the way the film's month-long shoot was portrayed in the accompanying HBO documentary series, Project Greenlight.

"It was a mockumentary," Quinn bemoans to TV Guide Online. "[We had] three bad days out of 25, and all 13 episodes of [Project Greenlight], I think, were those three days. There was a lot of fabrication, I thought. It didn't accurately match the good time that we had making it."

"They created drama and built a case with editing," adds Quinn's co-star, Kevin Pollak. "They made Aidan out to be Richard III."

In fact, when Quinn first learned that read more

IT'S ROBERT DOWNEY JR. WE REALLY WANT

More stunt casting at Fox's ailing Ally McBeal: ABC actresses Heather Locklear (Spin City) and Lara Flynn Boyle (The Practice) will guest star on the April 22 episode. read more

SHORT CUTS

PBS has expressed interest in Ted Koppel... Rena Sofer (Melrose Place, Ed) will guest star on a May sweeps episode of Friends playing a salesgirl with a crush on Ross (David Schwimmer)... TNT is planning a four-hour miniseries based on Stephen King's best-selling book Salem's Lot... Rosie O'Donnell will make an appearance on Monday's episode of NBC's The Colin Quinn Show... Tom Green returns to MTV March 27 in the one-hour special, Tom Green's Subway Monkey Hour. According to the music network, read more

Ice Age's Ray of Light


Good thing for Ray Romano that everybody doesn't love James Earl Jones. The master orator was initially considered to supply the voice of Ice Age's wooly mammoth Manny, but ultimately, director Chris Wedge just couldn't warm up to the idea. "We needed more comedy," he tells TV Guide Online.

That paved the way for the Everybody Loves Raymond star's eventual casting as the film's snow-bound hero. "It took a while to get to it, but it was really perfect once we thought of it," explains Wedge. "Ray's voice is kind of deep and his delivery is kind of slow, but he's also got a sarcastic wit behind it."

How does Romano feel about trumping the erstwhile read more

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