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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

THE GOOD MOTHER

Woody Allen, move over. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Columbia Pictures has tapped Mark Perez to pen a family comedy for award-winning actress Diane Keaton, who will produce the untitled pic. Perez, who wrote the animated feature The Country Bears, is currently working on The Hardy Men for funnyman Ben Stiller and a remake of Back to School for MGM. 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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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

GOING SOLO

Aretha Franklin is doing it for herself. The Queen of Soul has lined up several financiers to back Aretha Records, her own label, Variety reports. Franklin's foray into the record business is to provide the songstress more creative control over her projects. She plans to finalize the deal after her Sept. 17 and 18 performances at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. 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

BOOK 'EM, DANNO

60 Minutes anchor Mike Wallace was issued a summons for disorderly conduct at a Manhattan police station Tuesday night after a confrontation with city inspectors. Reportedly, Wallace engaged in a heated argument with officials who said the correspondent's driver had double-parked his vehicle. Wallace was handcuffed and driven to the station, where he received his summons and was later released. CBS has issued a statement that Wallace is home and more information will be released if it becomes available. read more

SPLITSVILLE

Ex-L.A. Laker Rick Fox is soon to be the ex-husband of actress Vanessa Williams. The basketball player filed for divorce this week. The couple have a 4-year-old daughter, Sasha, in addition to their kids from previous relationships. "They are both extremely devoted parents, so the most important thing to them right now is the welfare of their child," Fox's publicist told The Associated Press. "They are committed to working out what's best for her." No reason was given for ending their marriage of five years. read more

DIVAS VS. DUBYA

In another celebrity effort to rock the vote, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott and Eve are recording a cover of the 1960s hit "Wake Up Everybody." The inspirational song will be released next month on an album that will benefit America Coming Together, a voter-mobilization group dedicated to ousting President Bush. Other music names attached to the project include hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, Linda Ronstadt and Yoko Ono. read more

HIGHEST OFFICE

Kenneth Branagh will star as Franklin D. Roosevelt in Warm Springs, a telepic for HBO. Named after the Georgia town where Roosevelt invested in a rehabilitation retreat, Springs tells the story of the president's days before he took the Oval Office. Production will start this fall, and the movie is expected to air early next year. read more

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