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TENNIS TUNES

Up-and-coming pop stars Jojo and Gavin DeGraw will perform at Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, the official kick-off event of the U.S. Open, in Flushing, N.Y., on Aug. 28. It'll air Aug. 29 at 1 pm/ET on CBS. For tickets, visit the tennis tournament's website. read more

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"I adored The Passion of the Christ, especially the flagellation scenes, which were done so tastefully. I suggested the idea of that film to Mel [Gibson] years ago, inspired by a little book I found in the drawer of my hotel nightstand." — Drag diva Dame Edna Everage in September's issue of Out magazine read more

HE'S HOMER

D'oh! Um, we mean... yay! Actor Dan Castellaneta will snag this year's voice-over Emmy Award for his work on The Simpsons. For 15 years he's been the voice of Homer, Krusty the Clown, Grampa and Groundskeeper Willie, among other animated characters. The honor will be presented at the technical Emmys on Sept. 12, a week before the televised trophies are doled out. Castellaneta previously won the same category in 1992 and 1993. read more

Teen Choice Awards How killer...

Teen Choice Awards
How killer is it that the very week a reader complains that some of us here at the 'Cooler write like teen girls, I get to cover this group hug to all things unblemished and underage? It's like, totally karmical, you know? And like, look at Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie in their hosty ho couture. That's hot. But you know what's not hot? The fact that less than seven minutes into the show, we got a bleeped-out F-bomb, a herpes joke and the Wayans brothers coining a new phrase for flatulence. Booty whistles. Lovely. What teens is this aimed toward? The ones in juvie or the ones spiking the prom punch with black-market Ritalin? Hopefully, the banshee howls of the audience kept the young ones from hearing that one. Because, you know, like, flatulence is so over. Now, The O.C. winning Choice TV Drama. Yeah, that's tight. No matter how old — or young at heart, hello — you are, aiiight?

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McENROE SCORES ZERO

There's not a lot of love going on for tennis star turned TV gabber John McEnroe and his CNBC talkfest, McEnroe. According to Nielsen Media Research, the show has twice registered a 0.0 rating, despite heavy promotion and plugs by parent company NBC. The show has had a hard time maintaining an audience from its lead-in Dennis Miller. At its lowest point, McEnroe averaged a measly 39,000 viewers. But CNBC executives aren't giving up on their latest offering. "When you're trying to do something as unique as we are during prime time, you have to look at it over time," CNBC senior vice president of prime time Bob Meyers told The Hollywood Reporter. "We want to hold on to our business-day audience, and expand upon that." read more

LET THEM EAT CAKE

Newly single Kirsten Dunst has found her next project, and it's one she can sink her teeth into. Dunst will star in Marie-Antoinette as the ill-fated French queen opposite Jason Schwartzman's Louis XVI. Award-winning scribe Sofia Coppola will write and direct the historical account of the royal couple, who were executed during the French Revolution. Production is set to start in France in February. read more

BEN BITES

Oscar winner Sir Ben Kingsley has been tapped to star in the big-screen version of the popular video game BloodRayne. He'll play Kagan, the leader of an evil vampire army. And get this: Kristanna Loken, who played the Terminatrix in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, will play his good-girl daughter, who's bent on defeating her diabolical daddy. The $47-million movie begins shooting in Romania later this month. And we're a lil' embarrassed to admit it, but this sounds good! read more

BACK IN TIME

Gangs of New York star Leonardo DiCaprio is hooking up with Collateral director Michael Mann to bring the best-seller Public Enemies to the screen. According to Variety, the duo will collaborate on the drama, which chronicles the great crime wave of the 1930s. No word yet on whether DiCaprio will be on the right or the wrong side of the law. read more

Dave Foley's Poker Face

Celebrity Poker Showdown has been an interesting gamble for Bravo. The show nearly went bust when Cingular Wireless withdrew sponsorship midway through its run, thanks to all the drinking and profanity. But Showdown still has a bright future in the cards. The second-season finale airs tomorrow at 9 pm/ET, and cohost Dave Foley, 41, says a third season is in the works. Here, the former NewsRadio and Kids in the Hall star dishes with TV Guide Online about the finale, his Will & Grace role and his commentating cohort, poker expert Phil Gordon.

TVGO: How did you get this gig?
Dave Foley:
Bravo called to see if I was interested in doing it, but they wanted to know if I had any poker experience. Coincidentally, at the same time, I had been invited to play in the World Poker Tour's Celebrity Invitational. So I played in that. I had never played [the poker game] Texas Hold'em before, but I was the last celebrity in it. I fin read more

Adrian Paul: Still Highlander

Tall, dark and handsome, with a self-deprecating charm and kick-ass martial-arts skills, Adrian Paul was well suited to play TV's The Highlander. The 1992-98 action series, based on the Sean Connery movies, featured Paul as a swashbuckling 400-year-old Scot who'd rather make love than war. Oh, and he even managed to look dashing in a kilt. Here, TV Guide Online catches up with our immortal beloved for a little reminiscing, and a glimpse into his life post-Highlander.

TV Guide Online: Congrats. Your character was named one of TV Guide's 25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends.
Adrian Paul:
Duncan MacLeod. My goodness. He doesn't seem to want to go away. It's one of those things that's going to come back until I die, probably.

TVGO: Which is only appropriate for a show about Immortals.
Paul:
This show's going to last. It'll be like Star Trek.

TVGO: I hear tell there's another Highlander movie in the works.
Paul:
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