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Actor Danny Glover was arrested Wednesday in Washington, D.C., during a protest against the humanitarian crisis in Sudan's Darfur region. He was charged with disorderly conduct, unlawful assembly and failing to turn down Lethal Weapon 4. read more

SCHOOL OF ROCK

Rocker Tommy Lee is going back to school — and NBC's gonna be by his side every step of the way. According to Variety, the Peacock network has ordered a reality series that will follow the former M&#246tley Cr&#252e drummer as he heads to college. The show promises to capture Lee's entire university experience, including sleeping around, skipping class and, ultimately, getting expelled. read more

HYPOCRITE?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is going ape over Cindy Crawford's decision to start modeling fur. The supermodel, who posed for a PETA ad in the early '90s, recently signed on as the new face of Blackglama's "What Becomes a Legend Most?" campaign. As a result, the animal-rights org is planning a demonstration this evening outside Los Angeles' Whiskey Bar — the trendy hangout owned by Crawford's husband, Rande Gerber. There is some good news for Crawford: Her husband owns a bar. read more

2004 Summer Olympics Oh, man....

2004 Summer Olympics
Oh, man. These commentators are killing me! That chirpy chick chattering over the women's triathlon needs a muzzle. And a clue. As the ladies hit the surf for the first leg of the grueling 32-mile nightmare, this one pipes in with "Now is when they need to utilize their weapon... and that weapon is to swim." What?! Is this "Deep Sports Thoughts with Jack Handey"? Of course they need to swim! They're in water! Thankfully, it was the most amazing race since, well, last night's Amazing Race, with so-dark-we-never-even-heard-of-her dark horse Kate Allen blowin' it up in the final lap, overtaking Aussie favorite Loretta Harrop for the gold and leaving U.S.A.'s Susan Williams with a bronze. Which is still awesome, no matter what the announcers would have us believe. Third best in the world, people. Try hittin' that, you downers!

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HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE

Serial guest star Aisha Tyler (Friends, Nip/Tuck) has landed multi-episode gigs on CSI and 24 this season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the former Talk Soup hostess will play a quirky scientist on CSI and a CTU data analyst on 24. read more

Blair Underwood Flies High

Mmmm, mmm, mmm. It just ain't right to be as fine as Blair Underwood. The man wore a suit like nobody's business in seven seasons of L.A. Law, did the big-screen thing (opposite Julia Roberts, no less) in Steven Soderbergh's misleadingly titled Full Frontal and was one of the few fellows to make Miranda smile on Sex and the City. Now, he's got a bigger — and blonder — fish to fry as Heather Locklear's hunky nemesis (and possible love interest) on the new NBC series LAX. You might want to buckle up, though. With this example of God's best work at play, the idea of layovers just got a lot sexier.


TV Guide Online: Do you think if real airport employees looked like you and Heather, people would travel more often?
Blair Underwood:
Aw, listen to you! [Laughs] Actually, the woman who is an executive director of the real LAX is this attractive blond who absolutely walks around in high heels. Heath read more

THE KISS OF DEATH

Here's a telltale sign that the Britney Spears-Kevin Federline romance is on its last legs. Federline will appear in the video for the pop tart's forthcoming cover of Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative." What's next? A joint interview with Pat O'Brien? read more

HE'S FIRED... UP!

Kwame Jackson is moving in on Donald Trump's turf. The Apprentice runner-up has closed a multibillion-dollar real-estate deal to develop a 130-acre area in Maryland's Prince George's County — one of the nation's more affluent black counties. His company, Legacy Holdings, is also planning an executive menswear line and a network TV show. "For me, The Apprentice was the beginning," he told the Associated Press. "It's not a ceiling, it's a floor." I can't be sure, but I think he just called Omarosa an ethnic slur. read more

Aaron Eckhart: Unusual Suspect


In his new thriller Suspect Zero (opening Friday), Aaron Eckhart takes on a different acting task: He plays a hero. That's quite a switch from Paycheck, where he played Ben Affleck's time-warping nemesis, or his downright despicable turn in Neil LaBute's In the Company of Men. Those guys were not so nice!

"I'm a good guy in this movie — I want to make that clear," laughs the 36-year-old actor, who portrays Zero's Thomas Mackelway, a well-meaning FBI agent. We can't help but wonder how the affable Eckhart ever fell into Hollywood's typecasting well of evil-doers.

"I guess I can just do it," he shrugs, then quickly adds, "but I don't like playing one-dimensional bad guys because it is boring [for me] and it is boring for the audience.

"I think that I am able, in some respect, to give dimensions to the bad guy. To make you feel like he had a mother and he liked to blow out his birthday candles and played read more

MAKING WHOOPI

Fresh off that whole sitcom disaster, Whoopi Goldberg is returning to Broadway in the same one-woman show that launched her career two decades ago. The self-titled show opens Nov. 17 at the Lyceum Theatre, the same venue where the original premiered in 1984. read more

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