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THAT'S IT, WE'RE DONE WATCHING!

A riot nearly broke out during last night's episode of Fame when silky-voiced stud muffin Alex Boyd was eliminated — and that was just among viewers on this staff. On the bright side, Justin Jacoby, the lamest rapper since Vanilla Ice, also got the hook. read more

HALO EFFECT

Actor Robert Wagner is suing Sony Pictures Entertainment claiming he is entitled to half the profits from the two Charlie's Angels movies. Apparently, the ex-Hart to Hart star signed a deal with ABC in the early '70s that gave him and late wife Natalie Wood a financial stake in the original TV series. "This has to do with whether or not his entitlement to a share in the television series extends to the movie," Wagner's attorney, Samuel Pryor, tells Reuters. read more

ROCKIN' CONCERTS

Buoyed by top draws such as Cher, the Rolling Stones and Elton John/Billy Joel, concert attendance jumped 24 percent in the first half of 2003. The top 50 acts grossed $678 million, up from $538 million in 2001. read more

DUDE, YOU'RE WORKING WITH DUNST

Cameron Crowe has recruited Kirsten Dunst and Ashton Kutcher to headline his next film, Elizabethtown. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ensemble comedy centers around an unexpected romance that develops at a Southern patriarch's elaborate memorial. read more

APOCALYPSE NOW

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese has signed on to exec produce a Sci Fi Channel miniseries about an impending apocalypse that coincides with the twelth day of Christmas. Titled The Twelve, the six-hour project is slated to premiere in 2005. read more

THE CASTING COUP IS OUT THERE

Sex and the City has found just the guy to investigate the show's sextraterrestrials: David Duchovny. The former X-Files G-man has signed on for a guest stint on the Emmy-winning comedy, an HBO rep confirms. Might Duchovny be playing the much-buzzed-about new love interest for Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker)? HBO isn't saying, although exec producer Michael Patrick King recently told TV Guide Online that the pivotal role had in fact been cast. "It's a big name," he teased, adding that Jack Berger's successor will pose stiff competition for Mr. Big (Chris Noth) as the series heads towards its climax in early 2004. "Why would we bring in a major name if [Big] was already [the cle read more

NOVEL IDEA

American Idol judge Simon Cowell is taking poison pen in hand and writing his first book. I Don't Mean to be Rude, But... is due out on Dec. 2 and is being described as a personal insight into the music biz. In other book news, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's Living History memoir has sold more than 1 million copies since it hit stores one month ago. read more

SHE'S GOT FEVER

Keira Knightley, currently in theaters with Pirates of the Caribbean and Bend It Like Beckham, is in talks to star opposite Jude Law in the period romance Tulip Fever. Shakespeare in Love helmer John Madden is on board to direct. read more

Fame It Boy: Not-So-Ol' Blue Eyes


Don't hate Fame frontrunner Alex Boyd because he's beautiful. If you absolutely, positively have to hate the humble heartthrob, do so because he's not only easy on the eyes, he's also exceptional ear candy, the kind of smooth crooner who once upon a time would've given his idol, Frank Sinatra, a run for his money.

"I'm mainly a jazz singer, which is kind of weird — people are shocked when I tell them that," the 18-year-old relates to TV Guide Online. "I sing mostly '40s and '50s tunes, stuff from the Chet Baker era. Unfortunately, it's not as marketable [as more contemporary genres]."

Not yet maybe. But thanks to the chunky-turned-hunky vocalist's status as the breakout sex symbol of NBC's reality series (airin read more

Amazing Race's Supreme Duo Speak!

Karma is a wonderful thing. After being cheated out of crucial airline tickets by the sudden alliance of air traffic controllers Steve and Dave and father/son team Steve and Josh on the first leg of The Amazing Race 4, Monica and Sheree (a.k.a. The Supremes) wound up outlasting both of their rivals. Sadly, the NFL wives lost a lot of ground when the teams hit India in last week's episode and never recovered. Here, the two review their highs and lows and answer that all-important question: Why did they go for the fast-forward so early on in the race?


TV Guide Online: First off, what happened in India? Coming out of Mumbai's Film City, you guys were right on the heels of the frontrunners, but then you suddenly dropped to the rear of the pack.
Monica:
It was a matter of luck that day. At first we were right up in front, although we did fall a little behind the other teams. read more

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