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THE PRODUCERS

Courteney Cox and David Arquette are producing more than just babies these days. Coco's mom and dad have have launched a production company called Coquette, which has several series projects in the works, including a drama eyed by HBO. The Hollywood couple currently produce Mix It Up for WE. read more

INDEPENDENT WOMEN NO MORE

Beyonce will get back to her roots this fall when Destiny's Child reunites for their first performance in nearly two years. "We are really looking forward to getting back on stage and performing together as a group," says the bootylicious solo star. Beyonce and her bandmates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland will appear on ABC's Pepsi Play for a Billion game show on Sept. 12. read more

UNHOLY MATRIMONY

Oops! Britney Spears did it again. Less than six months after annulling her 55-hour marriage to childhood friend Jason Alexander, the pop tart's gotten engaged. This time, the lucky fiancé is her 26-year-old dancer-boyfriend Kevin Federline. "I can confirm that yes, she is engaged," Brit's Jive Records rep, Sonia Muckle, told People. No word yet on the couple's wedding date. Oh, but don't forget Federline shares a 2-year-old daughter with ex-Moesha co-star Shar Jackson, who's also expecting his second child in July. So perhaps if they hold the ceremony till after his baby's birth, Kev's whole family can sit on the groom's side! read more

FACE TIME

That Ashley Judd — isn't she De-Lovely? The execs at Estee Lauder must think so, since they've signed her as the spokeswoman for American Beauty, their new skincare and cosmetics brand launching this fall. "Ms. Judd is glamorous, elegant and intelligent, while being warm and accessible," enthuses makeup honcho William Lauder. "We're confident that women will connect with her." read more

MATTER OF FACT

Meryl Streep will co-star in the murder drama Dark Matter, Variety reports. It's based on the true story of a Chinese physics student who shot and killed six people on the University of Iowa campus back in 1991. Streep plays a wealthy benefactress who befriends the troubled scholar. Matter's helmer is Chinese opera director Chen Shi-zheng, who's making his feature-film-directing debut. read more

Pepsi SmashShould I be embarrassed...

Pepsi Smash Should I be embarrassed that the only band in tonight's lineup (Yellowcard? Lloyd Banks? Christina Milian?) that I recognized was The Hives, a group that according to Ryan Seacrest wannabe Nick Zano is "the most influential Swedish import since Ikea"? Oh, really? What about ABBA? Or Ace of Base? Anyway, they do rock, although the lead singer looks like he could be the long-lost love child of Mick Jagger and Beck. (Not such a stretch if you really think about it.)

Come to Papa I'll admit it. I laughed tonight. Actually, it was just a single spontaneous "ha," but believe me, I'm as shocked as you are. I blame part of it on my subconscious — oh, who am I kidding? — make that my overwhelming relief that this was the last of four episodes ordered of this turd of a sitcom. The rest of the blame lies with Steve Carell, who when asked by Dan Lauria read more

LIFE AND DEATH

Nicole Richie's fledgling acting career is officially at death's door. As reported in the current issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale now), the Simple Life diva recently filmed an episode of HBO's Six Feet Under to air Sept. 12. She'll play a celebrity who attends Claire's first art show and ends up purchasing one of her paintings. Sounds like she'll be playing herself, right? "They never say it's Nicole Richie," says her rep. "They never really call her by name." In related news, Paris Hilton has signed on to star as a sorority president in National Lampoon's Pledge This! read more

FRIENDS TO THE RESCUE!

It looks like NBC was as dismayed by last season's subpar Will & Grace as any fan. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Peacock has tapped veteran comedy writers Alex Herschlag and David Flebotte to serve as the sitcom's new showrunners. Friends grad Greg Malins is also coming on board as a co-executive producer. read more

POOR DUDE

Just days after he was pelted with a lollipop during a performance in Norway, David Bowie was forced to cut short a concert in Prague Wednesday after complaining of nerve problems in his shoulder. read more

Doug Wilson Trades Up


Although interior designer Doug Wilson is the bad guy of Trading Spaces, he'll don a white hat for his role as host (and de facto grief counselor) of Movin' Up, an in-the-works TLC series in which families revisit their old homes after new owners have redecorated. Is the notoriously touchy character really prepared to get touchy-feely? "I've been in the industry for years, so I've been holding [clients'] hands forever!" he tells TV Guide Online with a laugh. "Trading Spaces was really the only forum where I didn't have to hold hands!

"I'm looking forward to being a host," he adds. "I worked hard for four years [on TLC's flagship program], so it's nice to get the pat on the back and the chance to move on, move up and do other things."

That said, when pressed, Wilson admits that not everything he'll be doing in his new capacity will be all that... well, new. "I'm not going to try and stir the pot too m read more

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