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Red-hot Las Vegas star Josh Duhamel has landed the lead role in Disney's upcoming big-screen epic Antarctica. The project is based on the true story of a group of explorers fighting for their lives in the bitter cold. Duhamel's latest film, Win A Date with Tad Hamilton, opens Friday. read more

OUT OF WORK

Randi Coy, the dimwit bride-to-be at the center of Fox's My Big, Fat Obnoxious Fiancé, has lost her job as a Catholic school teacher in Phoenix, Ariz. Officials gave Coy until this week to decide whether to return to class or continue her association with the show through promotional appearances. The ultimatum came after parents complained to school officials that the show didn't go hand-in-hand with Catholic values. Ya think? read more

SPRINGTIME FOR KIDMAN

Nicole Kidman has joined the cast of the upcoming movie version of Broadway's The Producers. According to Variety columnist Army Archerd, the Oscar winner will play the sexy secretary to Bialystock and Bloom (Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick). Meanwhile, Lane and Broderick's return engagement on Broadway has reportedly been extended until April 25. In other words, go buy as many tickets as you can and put them on eBay, quick! read more

WHO WILL BE JESSE'S GIRL?

New York Giants backup quarterback Jesse Palmer will star in the next installment of ABC's The Bachelor, set to debut in April. But the odds of the 25-year-old jock finding true love on TV are not good. All of Palmer's Bachelor predecessors broke up with their reality soul mates shortly after their respective shows aired. And one of them even morphed into a man slut. (That's you, Bob!) read more

DON'T JUDGE A BOOK...

Paris Hilton is getting all literary on us. The Simple Life star is reportedly shopping around a proposal for Tongue in Chic: Confessions of an Heiress, a book that contains tips on how to be rich and useless. read more

SPRINGTIME FOR KIDMAN

Nicole Kidman has joined the cast of the upcoming movie version of Broadway's The Producers. According to Variety columnist Army Archerd, the Oscar winner will play the sexy secretary to Bialystock and Bloom (Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick). Meanwhile, Lane and Broderick's return engagement on Broadway has reportedly been extended until April 25. In other words, go buy as many tickets as you can and put them on eBay, quick! read more

IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED...

Britney Spears is gunning for her second Razzie. The newly single Crossroads star has signed on to headline Door to Door, an adaptation of Tobi Tobin's novel about an ambitious teenager who leaves Michigan to become an actress in Los Angeles. read more

WHO WILL BE JESSE'S GIRL?

New York Giants backup quarterback Jesse Palmer will star in the next installment of ABC's The Bachelor, set to debut in April. But the odds of the 25-year-old jock finding true love on TV are not good. All of Palmer's Bachelor predecessors broke up with their reality soul mates shortly after their respective shows aired. And one of them even morphed into a man slut. (That's you, Bob!) read more

WHAT WOULD SIMON SAY?

Art Garfunkel found himself in some troubled waters over the weekend when he was arrested for marijuana possession. Cops pulled over the singer's limo Saturday afternoon in upstate New York and discovered the pot in his jacket pocket. He's scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 28. read more

TITANIC FOLLOW-UP, DEAD AHEAD!

Six years after James Cameron became king of the movie world with Titanic, the Oscar-winning auteur is preparing his next big-screen venture. Cameron describes the top-secret, untitled project as "a big-budget science-fiction film with a pile of special effects" and a 3-D component. Production is slated to begin later. read more

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