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Smallville Seeks Super Star


Next season on Smallville, the Boy of Steel will encounter a force more powerful than even the Kryptonite that brings him to his knees: true love. Producers have begun scouring Superman's adopted planet for an actress to play his eventual sweetheart, Lois Lane. And, while we may lack Clark Kent's X-ray vision, even we can see that any of these rising starlets could turn Lana Lang green with envy.

Michelle Williams: The thinking fan's Katie Holmes has proven in one independent movie after another that she was wasted among the loquacious poseurs of Dawson's Creek. But, while the brainier writing of Smallville would better serve Williams' intellect, even Lex Luthor probably couldn't squeeze a few episodes into her busy film schedule. (Would it help if we begged?)

Shelly Cole: We have long looked forward to the pseudo goth chick's every fleeting appearance on Gilmore Girls as Rory's droll Chilton classmate, Madeline, an read more

Press Tour Diary: Day One


As any self-respecting TV journalist will tell you, the annual Television Critics Assoc. press tour in Los Angeles is only as good as the free food that's dished out. And from the taste of things, this is going to be a fan-freakin-tastic 10 days. NBC kicked things off Saturday with a menu that included power bars, smoothies, hot popcorn, fresh fruit, a movie theater-style candy counter and, best of all, veggie burgers! Suddenly, the Peacock's new fall lineup was looking a lot better. The only thing missing was Diet Raspberry Snapple, which, by the way, was not waiting for me when I arrived at my hotel. (Let's just say I was not pleased and leave it at that, okay? Great.) Anyway, the day's schedule included panels for Medical Investigation, The Apprentice 2 and the much-talked about Siegfried and Roy-themed CGI comedy Father of the Pride. Here's my minute-by-minute recap:

EXECUTIVE SESSION
9:00 am The ex read more

REMEMBERING SLAVERY

Talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey has donated $1 million to Cincinnati's brand-new National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. If you were paying attention in American History class, you know that the Underground Railroad was a secret network that helped Southern slaves escape to the free North during the 1800s. Oprah will also narrate an interactive short film for the museum called "Brothers of the Borderland." read more

JUST SAY NO

Ex-Stone Temple Pilots rocker Scott Weiland, 36, has been sentenced to six months in drug rehab, Reuters reports. Weiland, who's currently the front man for Velvet Revolver, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor DUI after crashing into a parked car in October. The troubled musician has previously done time in jail and rehab for using heroin and other illegal narcotics. read more

Shatner and Nimoy Reunited

In the '60s, these intergalactic travelers were sent where no man had gone before. This year, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy have re-teamed for a series of Priceline.com commercials that have proved an earthly delight to many Star Trek fans. Here, TV Guide Online opens hailing frequencies to question Kirk and Spock about their small-screen reunion.

TV Guide Online: Any reservations about getting together again as pitchmen?
Nimoy:
I didn't. When they sent me the copy of that first commercial, I thought it was hilarious. Bill and I have a relationship that works well for this kind of humor. So it's been an easy decision to do the spots.
Shatner: You know, the first time I did a Priceline commercial — the one where I was singing — it was extremely risky. The ad was a success, but it could have gone the other way, where people are saying, "Isn't he a fool?" Well, they did say that [Laughs], but in addition, they a read more

BRENDA LIVES

Hurrah! SoapNet has acquired exclusive broadcast rights to all 10 seasons of Beverly Hills, 90210 and all 7 seasons of Melrose Place. Melrose reruns kick off Sept. 13, but for some reason, you'll have to wait until sometime in early 2005 to start reliving Shannen Doherty's golden years. read more

BRANDO WASN'T BROKE

Despite reports that Godfather star Marlon Brando died insolvent, he actually left an estate valued at approximately $21.6 million. The legendary actor's major assets were his $10-million Beverly Hills home and Tetiaroa, his chain of 11 small islands in Tahiti. "He was such a private man," Brando's attorney told USA Today, "that it was easy to make comments about him, because everyone knew he would never set the record straight." While Brando's will hasn't yet been made public, his eight kids by four different women are expected to benefit from his financial legacy. read more

REQUEST DENIED

Martha Stewart won't get another chance to spruce up the courtroom. The domestic diva's request for a second trial was rejected by a U.S. District judge on Thursday. Tossing aside allegations that an ink expert lied on the witness stand, the judge stated that "overwhelming independent evidence" supported the initial guilty verdict. Stewart and her stockbroker cohort, Peter Bacanovic, will most likely be sentenced to 10 to 16 months in prison. read more

DYNAMIC DUO

Hollywood power players Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg are joining forces to bring the Battle of Iwo Jima to the big screen. Eastwood will direct an adaptation of Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima for Spielberg's company DreamWorks. The story chronicles the 1945 battle on the small Japanese island, which produced the historic photograph of six American soldiers raising the nation's flag on Mount Suribachi, the island's commanding high point. read more

Smallville Seeks Super Star


Next season on Smallville, the Boy of Steel will encounter a force more powerful than even the Kryptonite that brings him to his knees: true love. Producers have begun scouring Superman's adopted planet for an actress to play his eventual sweetheart, Lois Lane. And, while we may lack Clark Kent's X-ray vision, even we can see that any of these rising starlets could turn Lana Lang green with envy.

Michelle Williams: The thinking fan's Katie Holmes has proven in one independent movie after another that she was wasted among the loquacious poseurs of Dawson's Creek. But, while the brainier writing of Smallville would better serve Williams' intellect, even Lex Luthor probably couldn't squeeze a few episodes into her busy film schedule. (Would it help if we begged?)

Shelly Cole: We have long looked forward to the pseudo goth chick's every fleeting appearance on Gilmore Girls as Rory's droll Chilton classmate, Madeline, an read more

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