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INDY'S FREE!

Harrison Ford is finally free to make an honest woman out of Calista Flockhart. The actor's divorce from screenwriter Melissa Mathison became final on Tuesday. The pair separated in 2000 after 18 years of marriage. read more

CASH AND CARREY

The nation's theater owners have named Jim Carrey the top box office draw of 2003. Nicole Kidman ranked second, followed by Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe, Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell and Renee Zellweger. In related news, Fight On U.S.C.! Trojans are No. 1! read more

BRAVO!

Bravo has finally announced what we've all known for months: It will air the third season of Project Greenlight. New episodes begin airing in early 2005. In related news, Bravo has picked up Celebrity Poker for a second season. read more

PEACE OFFERING DENIED

The doctor accused of coercing former Beatle George Harrison into signing a guitar while on his deathbed offered Wednesday to donate the piece of memorabilia to charity. But a lawyer representing Harrison's estate rejected the olive branch, calling it nothing more than "spin." Harrison's wife and son are suing Dr. Gilbert Lederman for $10 million. read more

BEST FRIENDS

NBC is partnering with AOL to let viewers vote for their six favorite Friends episodes. From now until Feb. 1, fans can choose from 40 episodes via AOL Keyword Friends or AOL. The top six picks will air beginning March 4. I'm picking "The One in Barbados, Part 1" because that Ping-Pong match between Courteney Cox and Paul Rudd made me laugh so hard Diet Raspberry Snapple came shooting out of my nose. read more

STORK REPORT

Actress Kate Hudson and her rocker hubby, Chris Robinson, are the proud parents of a baby boy. Ryder Russell Robinson was born Wednesday in Los Angeles. This is the couple's first child. read more

NC-17 SHOO-IN?

Johnny Depp has signed on to play sex-crazed poet John Wilmot (aka Earl of Rochester) in the 17th century drama The Libertine. John Malkovich and Samantha Morton will costar in the sure-to-be-risqué pic, which begins shooting in London on Feb. 23 — which just happens to be my birthday! Yeah for me! read more

SPLENDID!

American Splendor was named the best picture of 2003 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, while best director honors went to Lord of the Rings helmer Peter Jackson. Bill Murray won best actor for Lost in Translation and Naomi Watts nabbed the best actress prize for 21 Grams. In other kudos news, Finding Nemo scored 12 Annie Award nominations, which are handed out by the International Animated Film Society. The blockbuster will compete in the best feature category with Brother Bear, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, read more

LIFE SENTENCE

The residents of Altus, Ark., better batten down the hatches. Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie are headed back to town for The Simple Life Reunion, airing Jan. 13 on Fox — one night before the show's season finale. Leeza Gibbons will preside over the Town Hall Meeting-style special, in which Paris and Nicole will take questions from an audience of 300 locals. Afterwards, they'll present lil' Chopper with a lucrative modeling contract. At least they better. read more

PAGING GARY COLEMAN...

Showtime has elected to greenlight R.J. Cutler's The American Candidate, a 10-episode reality series in which 12 wannabe politicos compete in a faux election. Viewers get to vote for their favorite in the show's final episode. read more

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