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UPN's new computer-animated series Game Over looks destined to live up to its title. The show's Wednesday debut attracted just 2 million viewers. read more

DELAYED

Universal Pictures has delayed the release of Cinderella Man — its highly anticipated film reuniting director Ron Howard with his Beautiful Mind leading man, Russell Crowe — until March 18, 2005. The period boxing flick was originally set for release on Dec. 17. The studio says it wants more time to mount an effective marketing campaign and insists Crowe's recent shoulder injury was not a factor in the delay. read more

LUCKY DUDE

Coyote Ugly babe Piper Perabo has been tapped to play Justin Timberlake's love interest in the singer's big-screen acting debut, Edison. Note to Cameron Diaz: Be afraid. Be very afraid. read more

SISTER ACT

Joan of Arcadia star Amber Tamblyn has joined the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Warner Bros.' in-the-works film adaptation of Ann Brashares's best-selling coming-of-age novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The story follows four close friends during their first summer apart from one another. read more

CROWDED RING

MGM Television is developing The Real Rocky, a reality series that gives an unknown boxer a shot at fighting an established champ, Variety reports. Hmmm... that sounds a lot like NBC's upcoming boxing star search The Contender, which is being produced by Mark Burnett, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Sylvester Stallone. Paramount is also said to be developing a boxing show, as is George Foreman. Anyone else? Bueller? read more

Office Star's New Alias

How did Ricky Gervais follow up his double Golden Globe win for BBC's The Office last month? He went straight to work filming scenes for Sunday's episode of Alias (9 pm/ET on ABC). Here's what the British funnyman thought of his weird, wicked week in sunny Los Angeles.

TV Guide Online: Aside from The Office, you haven't really acted before. What was it like starring in a big TV action-drama?
Ricky Gervais:
The hardest part was keeping straight-faced. Everybody around me was in black and cool and wearing Gucci and Armani and guns, and there I was in a jumper looking like a country fisherman. I couldn't take myself seriously. I just pretended to be Jack Bauer from 24.

TVGO: Who do you play?
Gervais:
All I can tell you is he's a very, very bad man indeed. An international terrorist. Let's ju read more

R. KELLY UPDATE

A Florida judge has ruled that digital photos were taken from R. Kelly's Miami home by illegal seizure, and cannot be admitted as evidence in his child-pornography trial. The photos in question reportedly depict the R&B singer engaging in sexual acts with an underage girl. He's currently fighting similar charges in Illinois. read more

SHE'S NOT DONE YET

Although some TV outlets have dumped Martha Stewart's programming, the Food Network isn't one of 'em. The cable channel says her cooking show, From Martha's Kitchen, will keep its regular time slot while they allow "due process to take its course." Translation: They're waiting to see if Stewart, a convicted (but still popular) felon, will do jail time. By the way, although Viacom has dropped Stewart's Emmy-nominated syndicated series Martha Stewart Living from its CBS and UPN stations, it continues to air elsewhere. read more

MAMA, CAN YOU HEAR ME?

Barbra Streisand has moved one step closer to being an official Mother Focker. (That joke never gets old.) The actress-singer-diva is in final talks to play Ben Stiller's mama in Meet the Fockers — the sequel to Meet the Parents. Word is Babs is waiting to see if the revised script meets her high standards before signing on the dotted line. Note to cast and crew: Be afraid. Be very afraid. read more

Paul Bettany's Reality Rant


While he mostly stars in period movies like Master and Commander and A Knight's Tale, Paul Bettany still keeps up with small-screen trends. In fact, studying the history of the Middle Ages for his new film, The Reckoning (now in limited release), made him worry what future generations will think of us, based on reality TV. The mere idea sends Jennifer Connelly's otherwise placid husband into a frustrated tirade.

"I'm so frightened that in 2000 years time, some archaeologist is going to come across some video of a reality-TV show," Bettany says, "and go, 'This is what they were watching? Who were these f------ idiots? What were they doing? They spent money to watch somebody in their f------ room, sitting there talking read more

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