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SPRINGTIME FOR KIDMAN

Nicole Kidman has joined the cast of the upcoming movie version of Broadway's The Producers. According to Variety columnist Army Archerd, the Oscar winner will play the sexy secretary to Bialystock and Bloom (Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick). Meanwhile, Lane and Broderick's return engagement on Broadway has reportedly been extended until April 25. In other words, go buy as many tickets as you can and put them on eBay, quick! read more

KUDOS KING

The Chicago Film Critics Association has chosen The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King as the best picture of 2003. Bill Murray (Lost in Translation) and Charlize Theron (Monster) won top acting honors. read more

JACKPOT!

Red-hot Las Vegas star Josh Duhamel has landed the lead role in Disney's upcoming big-screen epic Antarctica. The project is based on the true story of a group of explorers fighting for their lives in the bitter cold. Duhamel's latest film, Win A Date with Tad Hamilton, opens Friday. read more

WHO WILL BE JESSE'S GIRL?

New York Giants backup quarterback Jesse Palmer will star in the next installment of ABC's The Bachelor, set to debut in April. But the odds of the 25-year-old jock finding true love on TV are not good. All of Palmer's Bachelor predecessors broke up with their reality soul mates shortly after their respective shows aired. And one of them even morphed into a man slut. (That's you, Bob!) read more

U.S. Lands Brit Talk Hit


Connoisseurs of BBC America already know Graham Norton from his cheeky U.K.-based talk show, So Graham Norton. Starting in June, Comedy Central will introduce him to a wider American audience with The Graham Norton Show. "It's exciting," the Dublin-born wit says. "We're taking a very popular, successful comedy show in Britain and remaking it for the American market. Who knows? By June, I could be the new Coupling!"

As usual, he's smarting off. If you recall, NBC's version of Coupling was hyped as "the next Friends," then vanished soon after. But Norton doesn't feel as much pressure on his wacky chatfest. "It's not big. It's not clever," he says. "It's the sort of rubbish you get drunk at parties and laugh about, but with celebrities and an audience there as well."

Don't know much about Norton? Here's some vital stats: read more

SCHOOL'S OUT

Boston Public's school year has been cut short. Fox, which ordered only 15 episodes of the show this season, has opted not to pick up additional installments. The network has yet to decide whether the show will be back next season, but I'll go out on a limb and say it doesn't look good. read more

The Apprentice's Sam Speaks!

It was a move that surprised absolutely no one — except Sam Solovey. On last night's Apprentice, Donald Trump finally canned Sam. From Day 1, the 27-year-old Internet entrepreneur from Chevy Chase, Md., created static with his teammates. But if you think the experience has humbled him, think again.

TV Guide Online: Why was it such a struggle for you to stay on the show?
Sam Solovey:
I have a strong personality. I have a lot of big ideas. I was thinking out of the box, which I do in business, and it's been successful for me. And it didn't work in this environment. I may have been a threat. A lot of people in the working world think one-dimensionally, and I don't, and that often throws people off.

TVGO: Do you think trying to sell a cup of lemonade for $1,000 hurt you?
Solovey:
I was actually very close to getting that sale. I'd be willing to go back to those people today and present them with the same offer, and I think they w read more

Texan Exits Top Model

Talk about a raw deal. This week on UPN's America's Next Top Model (Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET), Bethany Harrison went up against Shandi Sullivan in the elimination round — and lost. How could the judges oust this curvy blond, but keep gawky Shandi? And why were they so obsessed with Beth's bosom? TV Guide Online rang her up down home in Houston, Tex., for the backstage scoop.

TV Guide Online: At the end of each episode, they show a group portrait of the Top Model girls. It's spooky what happens to the eliminees...
Bethany:
We fade away. What's that all about? My friend was like, "That is so mean!"

TVGO: Speaking of mean, what a catty bunch!
Bethany:
I know! Did they just pick the craziest people in America and put us all in one house? I didn't realize I was applying for Survivor here.

TVGO: This latest episode was all about Camille's drama, wasn't it? read more

SPRINGTIME FOR KIDMAN

Nicole Kidman has joined the cast of the upcoming movie version of Broadway's The Producers. According to Variety columnist Army Archerd, the Oscar winner will play the sexy secretary to Bialystock and Bloom (Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick). Meanwhile, Lane and Broderick's return engagement on Broadway has reportedly been extended until April 25. In other words, go buy as many tickets as you can and put them on eBay, quick! read more

U.S. Lands Brit Talk Hit


Connoisseurs of BBC America already know Graham Norton from his cheeky U.K.-based talk show, So Graham Norton. Starting in June, Comedy Central will introduce him to a wider American audience with The Graham Norton Show. "It's exciting," the Dublin-born wit says. "We're taking a very popular, successful comedy show in Britain and remaking it for the American market. Who knows? By June, I could be the new Coupling!"

As usual, he's smarting off. If you recall, NBC's version of Coupling was hyped as "the next Friends," then vanished soon after. But Norton doesn't feel as much pressure on his wacky chatfest. "It's not big. It's not clever," he says. "It's the sort of rubbish you get drunk at parties and laugh about, but with celebrities and an audience there as well."

Don't know much about Norton? Here's some vital stats: read more

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