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In honor of his passing, Turner Classic Movies plans a Tony Randall film festival on Monday. Starting at 6 am, TCM will air seven of Randall's classic movies, including The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao, The Alphabet Murders and Pillow Talk. Meanwhile, David Letterman is mourning the loss of the 84-year-old Randall, who was a frequent Late Show guest. "He appeared on our show over 100 times," Letterman says. "Whenever we needed a big laugh, we would bring in Tony. He always made us better for having worked with him. We will miss him very much." Last night, Late Night with Conan O'Brien also paid tribute to Randall — the Max Weinberg Seven closed the show by playing the read more


UPN has renewed the struggling Star Trek: Enterprise for a fourth season. In a bid to boost ratings, there's talk producers may recruit America's Next Top Model judge Janice Dickinson to play some creepy thing from outer space. read more


Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth, currently starring in Broadway's Wicked, is in talks to join Nicole Kidman in Columbia's big-screen adaptation of Bewitched. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress would play Kidman's nosy next-door neighbor Marie. read more


Acclaimed UK comedy The Office has been rendered ineligible for Emmy consideration due to a shortfall of qualified episodes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The moral of this story: It's better to make 22 crappy episodes than six really good ones. read more


It looks like Jack Bauer is about to get a much-needed break. Fox, which announces its fall sked tomorrow, may follow ABC's lead with Alias and delay the launch of 24's fourth season until January, Variety reports. What's more, the network is toying with the idea of moving the real-time thriller from Tuesday to Monday to make room for the new medical drama House. Fox may also shift The O.C. to Thursdays at 8 pm opposite CBS's Survivor and NBC's Joey/Will & Grace combo. The network's logic here is pretty straightforward: Short of bringing Oliver back, this was simply the fastest way to kill the show. read more


With more than 25 million viewers, the series finale of Frasier ranked as last week's No. 1 program. In other ratings news, Monday's CSI: Miami, which featured a preview of the upcoming spinoff CSI: New York, attracted 22.6 million viewers — tying the show's largest audience ever. The news wasn't as good for the WB's mock-Idol contest, Superstar USA, which attracted just 3.5 million viewers in its premiere. Yes, folks, the William Hung backlash has finally begun. read more


Paula Abdul is reportedly planning to sue the nail salon that botched her manicure last month. Abdul, who had to have her thumbnail surgically removed, says she almost lost her entire thumb. But in what could be a major blow to Abdul's case, rumor has it an eyewitness overheard the '80s pop star telling her manicurist shortly after the fact, "You have a really great energy today and, of course, you look amazing." read more


Natalie Cole says she'll tour this summer with Whitney Houston and Dionne Warwick. "It starts in Germany in July," she told Access Hollywood. "We're going to have... a great, great time. It's going to be fun." The show's working title: The Intervention Tour 2004. read more

White Stripes Hit the Big Screen

White Stripes rockers Meg and Jack White have branched out into the movie biz. Jack's already done the Civil War flick Cold Mountain, and the duo currently appear in Coffee and Cigarettes, the new indie by director Jim Jarmusch. Even so, Jack insists that all this big-screen dabbling isn't an effort to boost their celeb status.

"I hate that word," he says adamantly. "A love for celebrity is very empty. There are all these people talking about Paris Hilton, and there is really nothing going on there. She's not really doing anything — it is fake celebrity. But people want that and people strive for that, and I've never wanted that.

"I think people misinterpret some things," he continues ranting. "My being in Cold Mountain was because of how much I love American Southern vocal music. It wasn't a step in the direction towards fame and celebrity."

So why did the Whites sign up for Jarmu read more


In a bid to "alleviate congestion," Fox says it's expanding the phone-voting time for next week's American Idol finale from two to four hours. Should Jasmine Trias make it into the final two, however, the network is expected to deny that courtesy to the 17-year-old's two most loyal voting blocks: Hawaii residents and the hearing-impaired. read more

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