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Universal is employing a new strategy with its ailing Hulk franchise: If at first you don't succeed, try making a film that doesn't suck. According to USA Today, the studio is developing a sequel to last summer's Hulk, due in theaters in 2006. read more


Faux rich cowboy David Smith chose Linda from the Czech Republic over Cat from Germany on last night's Joe Millionaire finale. Despite his lies, Linda decided to stay with him and was awarded $250,000 for her troubles. Smith, meanwhile, won a 90-acre ranch. read more


Country crooner Glen Campbell, 67, was arrested in Phoenix on Monday on suspicion of drunken driving, hit and run, and aggravated assault on a police officer. He was later released on $2,000 bond. read more


Rocker Meat Loaf underwent heart surgery over the weekend after collapsing on a London stage last week. The 56-year-old "Bat Out Of Hell" crooner was reportedly suffering from Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, a defect of the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat. read more


Fox has given the green light to Ricochet, an hourlong cop drama in which the stories are told in reverse a la Memento. Translation: My brother David and sister-in-law Pam are gonna hate it. read more


Las Vegas hottie Josh Duhamel recently tore his Achilles tendon in what an NBC rep characterizes as a "sports-related injury." As reported in an upcoming issue of ABC Soaps In Depth magazine, Las Vegas producers are writing the actor's injury into the show. Apparently, his security whiz character gets shot in the leg. D'oh! read more


That whole Reagans debacle aside, CBS enjoyed a rather sweet November. The network is poised to finish November sweeps as the No. 1 network among total viewers and, for the first time since 1980, adults 25-54. What's more, it finished just a tick behind NBC in the all-important adults 18-49 demo. "CBS is declaring a convincing, dominating and historic sweep victory," CBS's typically modest bossman Les Moonves said Monday. CBS was powered by its dominant Thursday one-two-three punch of Survivor, CSI and Without a Trace, as well as strong newcomers Two and a Half Men, Cold Case and Joan of Arcadia. read more


The death of 27-year-old actor Jonathan Brandis has been officially ruled a suicide. According to a coroner's report, the SeaQuest DSV star hung himself with a nylon rope in the hallway of his Los Angeles apartment complex on Nov. 11. He was found unconscious that night and rushed to a hospital, where he died the next day. Most recently, Brandis had a starring role in the ABC drama pilot 111 Gramercy Park. read more


Tori Spelling, 30, became engaged over the weekend to actor-writer Charlie Shanian, 34. The couple met two years ago when they were cast in a Los Angeles production of the play Maybe Baby, It's You. In a recent interview with TV Guide Online, the iconic 90210 virgin confessed that Shanian "is the one." And I repeat: What about David?!?!?! read more


Despite lackluster ratings and virtually no critical support, Tru Calling has been picked up by Fox for a full season. I'm baffled. read more

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