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J.LO'S NEW VIEW

Universal Domestic Television has greenlit a new daytime talk show produced by Jennifer Lopez that's being billed as a young woman's version of The View. J.Lo's annoying lil' sis, New York radio/TV personality Lynda Lopez, will serve as one of the four panelists. (J.Lo will make occasional appearances.) The show is slated to debut next September, and that sound you hear is Star Jones not quaking in her Payless pumps. read more

PAGING FOX MULDER...

The Sci Fi Channel wants NASA to come clean about the existence of UFOs in the U.S. According to Reuters, the cable network is part of a group pressuring the federal government to release documents relating to a UFO sighting in Kecksburg, Pa., in 1965. Sci Fi Channel President Bonnie Hammer believes there's tremendous programming material contained in the top-secret documents. "As we grow the channel," she says, "this will become more and more important." read more

CANCER BATTLE

Robert De Niro has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, but the Oscar-winning star of Raging Bull and The Godfather Part II is expected to make a full recovery. "Doctors say the condition was detected at an early stage because of regular checkups," the actor's spokesman said in a statement. "Because of the early detection and his excellent physical condition, doctors project a full recovery." The rep gave no details regarding De Niro's course of treatment. read more

RECOVERING

M*A*S*H star Alan Alda remains hospitalized in South America following emergency surgery Sunday for an intestinal obstruction. The actor — who is reportedly recovering well — was in Chile working on a TV documentary. read more

TUNA 101

Jessica Simpson got a crash course in tuna fish Monday when the endearing dimwit attended a staff meeting at Chicken of the Sea's San Diego headquarters. (Simpson admitted on a recent episode of her MTV hit Newlyweds that she thought Chicken of the Sea was actually made of chicken. Cue laugh track.) "We wanted to bring her down and make sure she understood the difference," says company exec Don George, who kept mum on rumors that Simpson is still trying to find her way out of the building. read more

AT LONG LAST, INDY

The long-anticipated Indiana Jones DVDs finally arrive in stores today as a four-disc boxed set. Among the special features: A two-hour documentary that combines never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage with new interviews of Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and George Lucas. read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

Fox Home Entertainment will release the first seasons of Roswell and In Living Color on DVD this February. read more

PROBLEM CHILD

Miami-based record producer Terrence "T-Robb" Robinson is suing Beyonce Knowles, her father and fellow members of Destiny's Child for $200 million, claiming they stole his music for the hit song "Survivor." At a news conference today, Robinson said the song would have made him "one of the biggest, most sought-after producers" in the biz. read more

CALLING A TRUCE

The MPAA is thisclose to announcing that it has reached a compromise with the major movie studios over its controversial screener ban. According to Variety, the Motion Picture Assoc. of America — which touted the ban as an anti-piracy measure — is expected to allow VHS copies (not DVDs) to be sent to Oscar voters and other organizations. read more

SOUR DOUGH

It looks like Fox's Joe Millionaire franchise is heading toward bankruptcy. According to Nielsen figures, the much-hyped second installment debuted last night with a major thud, ranking fifth in its timeslot with 6.6 million viewers. And the news only gets worse for Fox: the series premiere of Skin at 9 pm/ET attracted 6.5 million viewers. On the bright side, The O.C. returns next week! read more

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