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The Southeastern Film Critics Assn. — huh? — has named The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King as the best film of the year. Lead acting kudos went to Bill Murray for Lost in Translation and Naomi Watts for 21 Grams. The Online Film Critics Society, meanwhile, showered LOTR with a leading 10 nominations, including best picture, director Peter Jackson and supporting actor for Sean Astin. read more

MYSTERY DEATH

Was the demise of singer-songwriter Elliott Smith a suicide or not? The Los Angeles County Coroner remains unsure, saying his two fatal stab wounds "could have been inflicted by him or by another." Last October, Smith — an Oscar nominee for his 1997 single "Miss Misery" from the movie Good Will Hunting — was found dead at home by his live-in girlfriend. The unsolved case is still open. read more

IN LIEU OF A GIFT...

Here's some "TV News" scoop from the current issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale now): Brendan Fraser and Tara Reid are headed back to Scrubs during February sweeps for the first birthday party of Dr. Cox's son. Fraser and Reid play the kid's uncle and aunt — just in case you forgot. read more

STILL THE BOSS

Bruce Springsteen was 2003's top concert act with $115.9 million in ticket sales. Celine Dion ranked second with $80.5 million. read more

HOME-WARD BOUND

Earl Hindman — the Taylor family's fenced-in neighbor, Wilson Wilson, on Home Improvement — passed away yesterday at the age of 61. The funnyman can still be seen today in syndicated reruns of the sitcom as well as on SoapNet's rebroadcasts of the 1970s soap opera Ryan's Hope, where he played sad-sack second banana Bob Reid. read more

A LITTLE CASTING NEWS

Relative newcomer Erin Cottrell (Guiding Light, Legally Blonde 2) has been cast as Caroline Ingalls in ABC's upcoming miniseries update of Little House on the Prairie. Karen Grassle played the role in the 1970s series. read more

THRILLING RATINGS

Nielsen estimates that more than 18 million viewers watched Ed Bradley's exclusive sit-down with Michael Jackson on Sunday's 60 Minutes. But not everyone apparently liked what they saw: On Monday, Jacko's chief spokesman, Stuart Backerman, resigned citing "strategic differences" with other members of the embattled pop star's camp. read more

BABY NEW YEAR

Marlee Matlin is a mom again. On December 26, the sometime West Wing co-star gave birth to her and husband Kevin Grandalski's second daughter, Isabelle Jane. They also have two boys and, we imagine, very dark circles under their eyes. read more

FISHY LITIGATION

A French author is suing Disney and Pixar Animation, alleging that Finding Nemo is a rip-off of his book, Pierrot the Clown Fish. Like Nemo, Franck Le Calvez's tale follows a striped orange fish who's been separated from his family. A Parisian court will hear the case in February. read more

MISTER ROGERS REMEMBERED

PBS will air a documentary on TV icon Fred Rogers titled Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor on New Year's Day at 9:30 pm/ET. Rogers died last February at 74. read more

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