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CATCH OF THE DAY

Movie buffs had no trouble Finding Nemo in video stores. The acclaimed animated smash sold a record 8 million DVD and VHS copies in its first day of release on Tuesday. That easily beats the 7 million copies Spider-Man sold last year. read more

SHORT CUTS

The Chicago Film Critics Association has opted to suspend its annual awards in protest of the MPAA's crackdown on screeners. A similar stance was taken by the L.A. Film Critics Association... Comedy Central will fete Richard Pryor in an hour-long special airing Nov. 30. read more

MUST BE SWEEPS

Madonna will visit Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday to promote her second children's book, Mr. Peabody's Apples. Mmmm... apples. read more

OVER THE HILL

The WB has picked up freshman drama One Tree Hill for the entire season. After a slow start, the teen soap has seen its audience grow by 1 million viewers. UPN, meanwhile, has ordered a full season of Jake. 2.0. read more

MOURNED

Bobby Hatfield, one half of the legendary soul duo the Righteous Brothers, was found dead in a Michigan hotel room Wednesday night — 30 minutes before a scheduled concert appearance. He was 63. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death. read more

BUH-BYE

On last night's Bachelor, Bob gave the boot to 35-year-old Florida sales manager Mary. (As I suspected, all that baby talk wigged out our merry little smooch addict.) That leaves Estella and Kelly Jo as the remaining finalists. read more

O.C.'s Mischa: Forget 90210 Already!


When you're hired to hawk Neutrogena zit cleaner, you've officially arrived at TV It-Girl status. Another symptom of success: Fans swarm you constantly, demanding to know what happens next on your show. For example, the day after The O.C.'s Tijuana episode aired, fans were freaked over the OD of Mischa Barton's Marissa. As she recalls: "The funny thing is, people were like, 'You've gotta tell me. Do you live or die?' And I'm like, 'Well, three guesses, 'cause I'm still working on the show!'"

Barton and O.C. castmates Benjamin McKenzie and Adam Brody are getting used to such friendly interrogations. But sometimes it's enough to drive a teenage girl wiggy! "It's difficult when the cast hangs out together because, you know, it seems like we're out for a publicity event, but we're just hang read more

Real World's Pranksta Gangsta

On The Real World: New Orleans, Melissa Howard was one of several drama queens in residence. Now, she's in Season Three of Oxygen's hidden-camera prank show, Girls Behaving Badly (Fridays at 8 pm/ET). The 26-year-old also has a website, PrincessMelissa.com, where she sells clothes and shares personal diary tidbits like: "Girl, I got long bangs. Now, I have to commit to flat ironing. I like them. The all one length thing got old. Who knows what it will look like curly? I'm scared. I trust my hairdresser, though." Tantalized by such juicy revelations, TV Guide Online rang up the ex-Real Worlder to learn more!


TV Guide Online: Girls Behaving Badly is bawdy fun. Not what you'd expect on Oxygen, which just goes to show that a "women's channel" doesn't have to be Lifetime-ish.
Melissa:
Yeah, it's not all "my daughter's struggling with bulimia." Don't get me wrong, though. I love those movies. Mother May I Sleep with Danger? read more

TO TELL THE TRUTH

Isn't this ironic: Two days after CBS reneged on its promise to air a miniseries about Ronald Reagan, the network has ordered a pilot titled Liar. Based on the British game show, Liar requires a studio audience to figure out which one of six contestants is conveying a faux real-life experience. Comedian D.L. Hughley will host. read more

Actor Vanishes Without a Trace


Fans of American Dreams's bespectacled boy next door, Luke, will be surprised, surprised again and then just plain shocked by his portrayer Jamie Elman's appearance in tonight's Without a Trace (airing at 10 ET on CBS). "You'll get to see me a) without glasses, b) without much of a sense of humor and c) without any of the sensitivity that [ex-girlfriend] Meg can bring out in Luke," the wry actor tells TV Guide Online. "I play a troubled rich kid, who is involved in some very shady things.

"I hope, in a way, that fans of Luke won't even recognize me," he adds, "'cause I was going for something really different. Viewers who do know it's me... well, I just hope they can forget about some of the more malicious aspects of the character I play when they see me again as 'that record-store guy' on American Dreams.

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