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CBS News has appointed retired U.S. attorney general Dick Thornburgh and former Associated Press chief Louis Boccardi to investigate its discredited report on President Bush's National Guard service. read more

Lost I wanna have 10 of J.J. Abrams'...

I wanna have 10 of J.J. Abrams' babies. Dag, my head is still spinning from this wild ride. I mean, between the falling tail wing, seeing Alias's poor Greg Grunberg skinned alive, moody Matthew Fox sewing himself up and all the flashbacks, I don't know which end of the plane wreck is up, down or being attacked by some monster. And what the hell was that, anyway? A Sleestack on 'roids? They all may be in the land of the Lost, but I just found myself a new addiction.

And now, it's time for Six Degrees of Superman!
Megababe Erica Durance blows into the fourth-season opener as Lois Lane, whose big-screen portrayer — and former tabloid headline — Margot Kidder, guest-stars as a doctor who helps Martha, played by Annette O'Toole, who was Lana Lang in Superman III, while TV's Lana is off romancing some guy in Paris, just like Brenda Walsh, who hook read more


In an effort to boost the film's Oscar prospects, Warner Bros. has delayed the release of Oliver Stone's highly anticipated epic Alexander by three weeks. The film, starring Colin Farrell as Alexander the Great, will unspool Nov. 24 instead of Nov. 5. read more


The Star Wars Trilogy DVD generated $115 million in worldwide sales during its first day of release Tuesday. However, that figure also includes sales of the Star Wars Battlefront video game. read more


Finally! Seinfeld fans who've been jonesin' for a reunion special need wait no longer. Well, just a little longer... Coincidentally enough, Jerry Seinfeld and his castmates will reunite for an hour of reminiscing in The Seinfeld Story Nov. 25 on NBC, the same week the hitcom arrives on DVD. Not that there's anything wrong with that. read more


Move over, Eminem. Rapper 50 Cent plans to make his film-acting debut in the semiautobiographical movie Locked and Loaded, reports Billboard. He'll play an ex-drug pusher who decides to pursue a music career. Sopranos scribe Terence Winter will pen the screenplay for Loaded, which is due in theaters sometime in 2005 or 2006. read more

Tyra's Top Model Tattle

When America's Next Top Model returns tonight (8 pm/ET on UPN), expect a bevy of very diverse beauties.

Among the 14 aspiring catwalkers vying for the show's title: Yaya, a 21-year-old graduate of Brown University who majored in African studies and speaks three languages; Toccara, a 22-year-old, 5-foot-9-inch, 180-lb. diva from New Jersey who's intent on becoming the first plus-size supermodel; Julie, a 19-year-old student from Kent, Wash., who hopes to change the image of East Indian women; and Nicole, a 21-year-old ex-punk rocker.

Then there's this year's Shandi: 19-year-old Norelle, a 5-foot-10 1/2, 118-lb. sales associate from Costa Mesa, Calif., who's rocking a set of braces. "It's not like we had this kind of girl before and we want it again," says host and executive producer Tyra Banks. "That's when you get bad casting because you're trying to top yourself. You just try to think new. We were wip read more

Dead and Loving It

It's not a big-budget action flick like the upcoming Alexander or a high-toned biopic like next month's Ray, but Shaun of the Dead (opening Friday) is one of the best movies you're likely to see this fall. A "romantic zombie comedy" from England, Shaun is both a dead-on homage to such genre classics as Evil Dead II, 28 Days Later — and, of course, Dawn of the Dead — and pretty hilarious besides. Director Edgar Wright and star Simon Pegg spent 18 months crafting the screenplay, which follows Shaun, the titular slacker hero, as he attempts to win back the heart of his estranged girlfriend while fighting off legions of the undead. On their recent visit to the States, the Brits allowed TV Guide Online to pick their brains about their love of zombies.

TV Guide Online: Name your favorite zombie film and your favorite romantic comedy.
Simon Pegg:
Dawn of the Dead.
Edgar Wright: read more

Apprentice's Bradford Undone

The Apprentice 2's second firee, Bradford Cohen, made a bold decision right out of the starting gate. He volunteered to switch to Apex (the all-women team) and be their project manager, and that choice paid off: His team won, and because he led Apex to success, he was granted immunity from getting fired the following week if Apex should lose. Last week, when his team lost the ice-cream sales task — due to Ivana's mismanagement — the overconfident Bradford gave up his free pass to go into the boardroom on an even footing. Big mistake. Huge! His impulsive gamble put a bad taste in Trump's mouth and caused a shock heard round the Watercooler: The otherwise extremely competent 33-year-old was fired. Here, TV Guide Online asks the flirty Florida legal eagle about his crazy risk.

TV Guide Online: Why did you give up your exemption?
Bradford Cohen:
What happened was, we were read more


Fox will kick off 24's third season on Jan. 3, 2005 with a special two-hour premiere.... Miramax is ready to back Michael Moore's next documentary, which will target the American healthcare system. Shooting is slated to begin next year.... Chief operating officer Bob Iger is Disney's top internal choice to succeed CEO Michael Eisner when he steps down in 2006, Variety reports. read more

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