Today's News: Our Take


MARITAL BLISS? FUHGETABOUTIT!

Sopranos star James Gandolfini has filed for divorce from his wife of three years, Marcy, the New York Post reports. The couple have a two-year-old son. read more

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"I don't really have anyone to bring at the moment, so I'm looking." — Oscar nominee Nicole Kidman, responding to a question about who she'll take to the Academy Awards. — Michael Ausiello read more

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Fox News spitfire Bill O'Reilly (The O'Reilly Factor) will host a new daily syndicated radio show beginning May 7... With nearly 40 million viewers, CBS's 9/11 special was easily the most-watched program last week — leading the Eye network to notch another weekly win... Former Night Court star John Larroquette is in talks to play a media baron in an untitled ABC pilot for fall... Ben Stiller will appear on the 100th episode of CBS's The King of Queens, which stars his real-life father, Jerry. The episode airs May 20... Jerry Seinfeld has signed a new three-year, eight-figure deal to serve as spokesman for American Express. read more

BOY TO MAN

Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean knows the meaning of being engaged. McLean announced on VH1 over the weekend that he's engaged to up-and-coming singer Sarah Martin. They're planning to wed sometime in 2003. read more

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Laura Dern will play a newly-minted poet laureate of the United States on the March 28 episode of The West Wing... Elton John will be the guest of honor on a special hour-long edition of Last Call with Carson Daly on March 29... Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen will host the March 16 episode of Saturday Night Live. Pop singer Kylie Minogue will be the musical guest... Wes Scantlin, lead singer of the rising rock group Puddle of Mudd, was arrested on Sunday for fighting with his fianc&#233e. — Angel Cohn, Michael Ausiello, and Daniel R. Coleridge read more

Undeclared: The End?


As previously reported, Undeclared producer Judd Apatow mailed critics an S.O.S. note along with a preview tape of tonight's season finale — airing at 8:30 pm/ET on Fox. He knows full well that if Andy Richter Controls the Universe prospers in its timeslot starting March 19, the low-rated college comedy may never see a sophomore season.

What does Charlie Hunnam — who plays skirt-chasing Brit boy Lloyd — think of Apatow pleading with the press to "pray for us"? "We're definitely a little in trouble," he grins to TV Guide Online. "We got our episode order cut down this season, so I don't know where that leaves us, really. So yeah, he's definitely trying to rally a little support right now."

Last week, Hunnam flew t read more

Tom Arnold on the Hot Seat


Things are looking up for Tom Arnold. Just two years ago, the comedian — whose marriage (and subsequent divorce) to onetime sitcom queen Roseanne earned him a place in the National Punchline Hall of Fame — was battling one helluva midlife crisis: His career was in the dumpster (check out Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th) and his personal life, a joke (Remember MarryTom.com?).

Cut to 2002: Arnold has a steady gig (on Fox Sports Net's Best Damn Sports Show Period) and is in love again (with political consultant Shelby Roos). Even the public seems to be rooting for the erstwhile Jackie Thomas: A recent TV Guide Online poll found that only 5 percent of readers wanted to see Arnold follow Lance Bass into outer space. (Hey, read more

Oscar Nominee's Big Promise


When it comes to the politics surrounding Oscar acceptance-speech length, there's no denying that a double standard exists. While Julia Roberts is allowed to thank every second cousin twice removed, Joe Nobody — fresh off his win for best animated short — can barely squeeze in a shout-out to his dying grandma. Of course, let's face it: That's exactly the way it should be.

Even Justine Shapiro and B.Z. Goldberg, the relative unknown co-directors behind this year's Oscar-nominated documentary feature, Promises, admit they understand the celebrity bias. As a result, should they emerge victorious come March 24, they won't be exceeding their 40-second allotment. "We're going to keep the thank-yous to a minimum," chuckles Goldberg. Adds Shapiro, whose husband, Carlos Bolado, also worked on the movie: "We never thought anyone woul read more

90210 STARS GET RELOCATED

Tori Spelling and Tiffani Thiessen have both been cast in fall pilots, according to Variety. Spelling signed on for a new female buddy comedy called Way Downtown for the WB and Thiessen will be starring opposite Bill Bellamy (of this year's flop Men, Women and Dogs) in the action series Fast Lane for Fox. read more

NOT YET BROKEN UP

Britney Spears is still with her boyfriend, 'N Sync singer Justin Timberlake, despite some fast-flying rumors that the two have split. Spears was reportedly spotted drowning her sorrows in Los Angeles last week. "No, that's not true. Me and Justin did not split up," the pop princess told MTV Europe. read more

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