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Matthew Broderick: Swan Addict


Matthew Broderick has earned big kudos (including a Tony Award) for his role in Broadway's The Producers, which he'll soon do on the big screen. But lately, he's mostly been thought of as Mr. Sarah Jessica Parker. On Friday, he debuts in The Stepford Wives, wherein his character tries to turn his high-powered executive spouse (Nicole Kidman) into a '50s-style robo-blonde who'll cater to his every whim. Has Broderick ever wished he could do that to SJP in real life?

"[Sarah's] extremely successful and mega-powerful," he laughed at the recent Stepford press junket in Manhattan. "She could destroy this whole hotel just by looking at it! But so far, I feel perfectly safe around her."

So, no brainwashing necessary, Matt? "There is nothing that I would change about her," he insists. "She is not very Stepford-like, but she is old-fashioned in some ways. She likes cooking and homemaking — when read more

PLACE YOUR BETS, FOLKS

Serial wedder Jennifer Lopez married Latin pop star Marc Anthony Saturday in a small ceremony at her Beverly Hills home. The nuptials come six months after Bennifer went kaput and just five days after Anthony's divorce from former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres became final. Vegas handicappers, meanwhile, have placed 2-1 odds on the marriage ending right... about... wait for it... now. read more

LORD STILL KING

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was crowned Best Film at the 2004 MTV Movie Awards, which were doled out Saturday in Los Angeles. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 picked up three popcorn buckets, including Best Female Performance for Uma Thurman and Best Villain for Lucy Liu. The night's top honor — Best Kiss — went to Amy Smart, Carmen Electra and Owen Wilson for their three-way smooch in Starsky & Hutch. Electra, who accepted solo, celebrated her big win by planting wet ones on presenters Snoop Dogg and Paris Hilton — and I'm not talking ab read more

BOOK SMARTS

Bill Rancic is the latest Apprentice star to jump on the publishing bandwagon. Donald Trump's new recruit will pen You're Hired: How to Succeed in Business and Life, due out this fall. As previously reported, Trump adviser Carolyn Kepcher will release a business advice book for women in September. read more

No Swan Song for Nina Diva!

We felt bad when Superstar USA gave the boot to kicky contestant Nina Diva last week. Although we'd sooner buy a CD of fingernails on a chalkboard than ever again hear her maul "Roxanne," the Orlando-based Korean-American entertainer truly believed she'd just blown her shot at being the next Britney. And when we thought about her reaction upon learning that the show (continuing on WB tonight at 9 pm/ET) was an American Idol parody designed to unearth the next William Hung, not the next Ruben Studdard, we felt even worse. So we checked out ninadiva.com to hear whether her confidence in her abilities was completely unfounded. (It isn't; Christina, she ain't, but after a few cocktails, she could get us out on the dance floor.) Then we rang up the former NFL cheerleader to let her get in a few more kicks — this time aimed at the reality competition that had invited us to delight in her humiliation.

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EMERGENCY!

ER star Alex Kingston — she plays Dr. Corday — claims she was fired from NBC's long-running hospital drama for being too old. In an interview with London's Radio Times magazine, the 41-year-old actress said her contract wasn't renewed because "according to the producers and the writers, [I] am part of the old fogies who are no longer interesting." Let's hope CBS can find something for this old fogie to do. read more

SPEAKING OF THE TONYS...

If you TiVo'd Sunday's Sopranos finale for viewing at a later date, stop reading now because a mini recap is coming. Okay, here it goes: The show's fifth season ended on a hopeful note as Tony's rival kingpin, Johnny Sack, was busted by the FBI during the episode's final minutes. But it was too late for Steve Buscemi's Tony B, who got whacked in the left temple by Tony S. himself. (To quote the six merry murderesses of the Crookem County Jail, "He had it comin'.") Elsewhere, that Benny dude got his face busted in by that old grump Phil; Adriana's death was all but confirmed; and Tony and Carmela questioned son AJ's sexuality after he showed interest in event planning. And Clay Aiken music. (C'mon, you know that's what he was secretly downloading on his iBook.) read more

MARTHA UPDATE

Martha Stewart's sentencing has been pushed back three weeks until July 8 to give the judge time to consider the domestic diva's request for a new trial. Stewart's lawyers contend that their client was wrongfully convicted because a government witness lied on the stand. What, did he say she was nice? read more

FAREWELL

Actor-turned-president Ronald Reagan died Saturday at his home in Bel Air, Calif., after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 93. The nation's 40th president, Reagan announced five years after leaving office in 1994 that he had been diagnosed with the brain-wasting disease; he remained in virtual seclusion ever since. Reagan's body will be flown to Washington on Wednesday to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. The funeral will be held Friday at Washington National Cathedral. President Bush will be among the speakers. Click here to read excerpts from previous TV Guide interviews with Reagan. read more

BUSTED

German singing sensation David Hasselhoff was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving a talking car under the influence, Entertainment Tonight reports. Hasselhoff spent the night in jail before being released Sunday morning on $15,000 bail. In 2002, the Knight Rider star checked himself into the Betty Ford Center for treatment of alcoholism. read more

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