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MOON MAN

Fox is developing a miniseries about the life and times of legendary moon man Neil Armstrong, Variety reports. The project will be based on the recently released Armstrong biography One Giant Leap. read more

TWISTS GALORE!

ABC's The Bachelor is shaking things up! When the reality romp kicks off its new season Sept. 28, the women will handpick the guy who will eventually dump them for a soap star. In the first ever "Lady's Choice Ceremony," the gals will choose between two 40-year-old men: real estate exec Jay Overbye and professional bass fisherman Byron Velvick. Among other surprises this season: The chosen Bachelor will move into the ladies' villa for a more "immediate and intimate" connection (read: orgy), two former bachelorettes will return for another shot at love (read: rejection) and Brandy will perform on the show's second episode (read: fire your agent). read more

START SCREAMING

Two masked gunmen stole Edward Munch's iconic masterpiece The Scream from a Norwegian art museum Sunday during a shocking morning raid. Authorities are said to be working on several leads, one of which may or may not involve a large albino man, a small black cryptex and the following clue: "In London lies a knight a Pope interred." read more

A REAL HEAD-TURNER

The so-bad-it's-scary prequel Exorcist: The Beginning overcame horrifying reviews to place first at the box office with $18.2 million. That left Seth Green's new comedy Without a Paddle up a creek with $12.5 million, followed by Princess Diaries 2 (No. 3 with $13.2 million) and last week's top flick, Alien vs. Predator (No. 4 with $12.5 million), which tumbled 67 percent from its debut. The shark-infested thriller Open Water, meanwhile, expanded to more theaters and grabbed the No. 5 spot with nearly $12 million. read more

PAGING GEORGE CLOONEY...

Get this: Julianna Margulies will appear on an NBC hospital show during November sweeps — but it's not ER! The Emmy-winning actress has signed on to do a two-episode arc on TV's funniest comedy Scrubs, sources tell TV Guide Online. Margulies will not, however, be playing a nurse. Rather, she'll portray a malpractice attorney. In other Scrubs news, Ed's Tom Cavanagh will reprise his role as J.D.'s (Zach Braff) bro in two episodes this October. read more

NIELSEN GOLD

With an average audience of 26.6 million viewers, ratings for NBC's Olympics coverage are up 15 percent from the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney. In related news, Paul Hamm needs to do the right thing and give Yang Tae Young his gold medal. And the judges a freakin' calculator. read more

YEP, SHE'S GOD

Ellen DeGeneres has signed on to headline a remake of the 1977 comedy Oh, God! According to Variety, the actress/comic/talk-show host will play the title character, a role originated by the late George Burns. "Ellen is a strong comedienne and she has always done material about God and questions about God," says producer Jerry Weintraub. "She will help us with the writing, and using her will allow us to do a proper 2005 view of Oh, God! that is hip and modern." This will mark DeGeneres' first major live-action movie gig since 1996's Mr. Wrong. And, oh, how wrong it was. read more

WONDERFUL RECAST

Brooke Shields is suddenly Broadway-bound. The actress will replace Donna Murphy in the Tony-winning revival of Wonderful Town beginning Sept. 28. Producers reportedly approached she-bopper Cyndi Lauper about taking over the starring role, but she passed. Seventy-eight rejections later, they then went to Shields. read more

END QUOTE

"You did kinda get creamed by Hal Sparks. But you beat Janeane Garafolo, Graham Norton, John Heffron, Arsenio Hall, Snoop Dogg and Sandra Bernhard — not too shabby." TV Guide Online's Angel Cohn consoling yours truly about this weekend's poll results, in which seven percent of readers picked me to replace Craig Kilborn as host of CBS's Late Late Show. Sparks ranked second with 18 percent. Translation: I should have listened to my gut and just rigged the damn thing. read more

EMPTY HOUSE

It's official: John Stamos has filed for divorce from Rebecca Romijn-Stamos after five years of marriage. The couple announced their separation in April. read more

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