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SUNDAY In honor of Father's Day,...

SUNDAY

In honor of Father's Day, I thought I'd ask my dad to give me his take on the two big TV interviews this weekend. He said he'd watch the Clinton one, but was reluctant to tune in for Madonna because... well, you can see his rather blunt reaction at the bottom of the page.

60 Minutes
For all the talk about the Monica Lewinsky stuff, the image I'm taking away from this interview is the former leader of the free world tearing up as he watched a tape of his deceased mother calling him a "wonderful son." Yeah, I know I'm being a sentimental sucker, but so what? I bet that despite how uncomfortable Clinton must have been addressing the sensitive issues that Dan Rather brought up, he'll probably remember that tape more than anything else. Nevertheless, I can't imagine that Bill, Hillary and Chelsea sat down to watch this as a family considering the painful-to-watch (for them, anyway) footage t read more

SUNDAY In honor of Father's Day,...

SUNDAY

In honor of Father's Day, I thought I'd ask my dad to give me his take on the two big TV interviews this weekend. He said he'd watch the Clinton one, but was reluctant to tune in for Madonna because... well, you can see his rather blunt reaction at the bottom of the page.

60 Minutes
For all the talk about the Monica Lewinsky stuff, the image I'm taking away from this interview is the former leader of the free world tearing up as he watched a tape of his deceased mother calling him a "wonderful son." Yeah, I know I'm being a sentimental sucker, but so what? I bet that despite how uncomfortable Clinton must have been addressing the sensitive issues that Dan Rather brought up, he'll probably remember that tape more than anything else. Nevertheless, I can't imagine that Bill, Hillary and Chelsea sat down to watch this as a family considering the painful-to-watch (for them, anyway) footage t read more

ANGEL SCOOP!

Former Angel bloodsucker David Boreanaz has landed the title role in the big-screen romantic comedy Mr. Fix-It, TV Guide Online has learned. Directed by Darin Ferriola (Soulkeeper), the film — which starts production today — revolves around a lovelorn bachelor who runs an agency that helps guys repair their broken relationships. While working on a case, he ends up falling in love himself (with Alana De La Garza, soon to be seen on WB's new fall soap The Mountain). "It has a very '80s romantic theme to it," Boreanaz says. "I'm going to be doing some dancing, singing... It's going to be a lot of fun." Lorne is gonna be so jealous. read more

STAR TREATMENT

Not to be outdone, Ripa's former All My Children costar Susan Lucci is among the 32 notables set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. Other celebs getting ready to pound the pavement: Tom Brokaw, Tim Allen, Frasier's David Hyde Pierce and Donald Duck. read more

WAR STORY

Universal Pictures has tapped West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin to adapt George Crile's nonfiction book Charlie Wilson's War for the big screen. The story focuses on how a Texas congressman and a CIA agent helped assist the Afghan rebels in their fight against the Soviets in the 1980s — a campaign that eventually empowered the Taliban and Osama bin Laden. Oops. read more

REEGE, I'M RICH!

Kelly Ripa has inked a new five-year contract with Live that will reportedly pay her $8 million annually. When you factor in the money she also makes for ABC's Hope & Faith and those hair commercials, well, let's just say this 33-year-old is rolling in it. read more

Tucker Carlson: Uncensored

What liberal media? Conservative pundit Tucker Carlson now headlines two shows — and Fox News Channel doesn't air either of them. The cohost of CNN's Crossfire is crossing over to PBS with a new talk show, Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered (debuting tonight; check local listings). TV Guide Online turned the tables on Carlson, grilling him about Britney Spears, his bow-tie habit and potential chat-show rivals Rev. Al Sharpton and Howard Dean.

TV Guide Online: So what kinds of guests should we look forward to seeing on Unfiltered?
Tucker Carlson:
Only the most interesting. Anybody who has a talk show gets frustrated by the endless chase after name guests — some of whom are good, most of whom are not. Typically in Washington, the mindset is get the guy with the best title. I want to get the guy with the best information and the ability to convey it. Someone who doesn't use euphemisms and government-speak and doesn't bu read more

SHORT CUTS

Michael Moore's anti-Dubya doc Fahrenheit 9/11 will open in two New York theaters on Wednesday — two days before it unspools nationally... Fox's Simple Life 2: Road Trip got off to a strong start Wednesday, averaging nearly 10 million viewers in its regular 9 pm/ET slot. Over on MTV, the third-season premiere of Newlyweds attracted a below-average 3.1 million viewers. read more

POWER PLAY

Forbes magazine has named Passion of the Christ helmer Mel Gibson the year's most powerful celeb in its annual Celebrity 100 power rankings, which takes into account both money and fame. Golf star Tiger Woods was second, followed by Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, the Rolling Stones and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. Last year's champ, Jennifer Aniston, slipped to 17th place. Her first child, meanwhile, held steady at No. 10. read more

HEAVEN SENT

California-based Trinity Broadcasting Network, home to such evangelists as Benny Hinn, has announced plans to air a Christian version of American Idol, debuting in October. Auditions will be held in 11 states, beginning July 26. read more

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