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ROMANCING STONE SEQUEL

Michael Douglas is reportedly set to star in and produce a third Romancing the Stone film — sans Kathleen Turner. Titled Racing the Monsoon, the flick would be set in India and revolve around a diamond robbery. Reports say Douglas is hoping to snag one of India's most renowned actresses, Miss World Aishwarya Rai, to succeed Turner as his love interest. read more

SICK JOKE

The entire staff of the New York radio show Miss Jones in the Morning have been suspended indefinitely after broadcasting a song that mocked the victims of last month's tsunami. The song, a parody of "We Are the World," was broadcast last Friday on WQHT-FM (aka Hot 97). read more

POLITICAL SCANDAL

There's a scandal brewing in the White House. West Wing First Lady Stockard Channing was arrested Dec. 14 for investigation of DUI after she tried to drive around a roadblock on the Hollywood Freeway. The 60-year-old Emmy winner was jailed for nearly three hours before being released without bail. An arraignment is slated to take place sometime during February sweeps. read more

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Gilmore Girls
The northeastern United States got hit with the Blizzard of '05 last week, and Lorelai's just begun to "smell snow" in the air. Stars Hollow always takes a little while to catch up with the rest of the world — which I kinda like. Funny how, like the rest of us, it didn't take too long for Lorelai to go from loving snowflakes to viewing them as "Mother Nature's icy 'Screw you, Lorelai Gilmore!'" Now that's reality TV.

By the way, did anyone else think Rory would be perfect casting for the role of Stars Hollow's town tramp — who "gave up her greatest treasure for her country" — in that Revolutionary War-themed historical pageant? Sorry, but she is a home-wrecker, after all. She may've moved on to Logan, but we haven't forgotten Dirty Dean! And as for Rory's dad, Christopher, he should either stay in or out of his kid's life, none of this flip-flopping back and forth.

PS — Did Emily and Richard Gilmore's bon read more

TRADING JOBS

Trading Spaces is doing some spring cleaning, dropping Paige Davis in favor of a new host-less format. In a statement, TLC said, "We believe that this new creative direction will enable the show to be more spontaneous." (Translation: cheaper!) Davis' last new episode airs in March. read more

Desperate Hunk Thinks Ink


While many celebs were quick to jump on the tattoo bandwagon with trendy Chinese characters or funky symbols, James Denton — aka Mike, the sexy plumber from Desperate Housewives — got his body art for quite a different reason.

"It is a tribute to my dad. I got it after he died [in 1994]," Denton says. "It's got his initials — JTD [are] my initials, too, only because I happen to be a Junior — and his birthday and when he died and his Navy rank and serial number.

"I'm not really a tattoo guy, and it is the only one I have," he adds. "I thought it would be a cool tribute. I knew that his service time in the Navy was real important to him, and it just sort of seemed like a logical thing."

Funnily enough, most of Denton's TV characters have shared his tat as a common physical trait. "On every show [Philly, Threat Matrix, The Pretender, Desperate Housewives] where I've been a regular, none of them read more

FLYING HIGH

Martin Scorsese's reign as the Susan Lucci of the movie world may finally be coming to an end. The Oscar-challenged director's Howard Hughes epic, The Aviator, scored a leading 11 Academy Award nominations, including best picture, best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, best supporting actress for Cate Blanchett, best supporting actor for Alan Alda and best director for Scorsese. Finding Neverland and Million Dollar Baby followed with seven nods apiece, including best film. Ray and Sideways rounded out the best picture slot. In the acting races, Jamie Foxx scored two nods, for best actor in Ray and best supporting actor in Collateral, while the best actress category featured a rematch between 1999 rivals Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) and Annette Bening (Being Julia). Oscar's biggest surprise? Million Dollar Baby producer/director Clint Eastwood's no read more

BIGGEST SPIN-OFF

NBC is spinning off The Biggest Loser into a series of stand-alone episodes that will pit two teams of pound-shedders against one another, Variety reports. The titles of the episodes will reflect the nature of the competing teams, such as The Biggest Loser: Town vs. Town and The Biggest Loser: Family vs. Family. read more

Queer as Folk Goes Out


It comes as not-so-shocking news that Queer as Folk's fifth season, debuting on Showtime in May, will be its last. (That sound you hear is the red states rejoicing.) However, executive producers Daniel Lipman and Ron Cowen say they've already written a can't-miss finale for the groundbreaking gay drama's die-hard fans. "We can't speak for everyone," Lipman says, "but we're happy with how we tie things up.

"Queer was designed to be a five-year show," he adds. "Everyone feels we have successfully fulfilled what we set out to do, based on our original intention. We have other projects in the works, so hopefully we'll cause as much controversy as Queer has, but there will never be another show on TV like Queer as Folk — ever."

One much-anticipated story line is Rosie O'Donnell's three-episode arc, details of which are being kept hush-hush. "Rosie will blow you away," Lipman promises. "When we found out she was a h read more

STORK REPORT

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling gave birth to a baby girl, Mackenzie Jean Rowling Murray, Sunday in a Scottish hospital. This is Rowling's third child. read more

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