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MARKED MAN

Here's some scoop from the new issue of TV Guide magazine, on sale now: Kiefer Sutherland has made a lifetime commitment to 24 — and he's even gone so far as to seal the deal in ink! This season, his counterpart, Jack Bauer, will sport a tattoo on his forearm as part of an undercover operation. But instead of having the show's makeup artists draw on the symbol every week, Sutherland took matters into his own, um, arm, and had it permanently applied himself! In related news, Fox Entertainment President Gail Berman is considering having the words "24 Spoilers Bad" tattooed on both her hands. read more

LAST DANCE

Tony-winning tap dancer-turned-actor Gregory Hines, whose career encompassed Broadway (Jelly's Last Jam), film (The Cotton Club, White Nights) and TV (Will & Grace), died Saturday night of cancer. He was 57. In addition to his recurring role as Will's boss on W&G, Hines's TV work included the 2001 Showtime movie Bojangles and the short-lived sitcom The Gregory Hines Show. He is survived by his fiancé Negrita Jayde, as well as children Daria and Zach. read more

WEDDINGS PLANNER

Four Weddings and A Funeral director Mike Newell has been tapped to helm Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth installment of the boy wizard film franchise. The third flick, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, is currently being filmed under the direction of Y Tu Mamá También auteur Alfonso Cuaron. read more

NO SHOW

Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake were forced to cancel a sold-out concert in Atlantic City, N.J., over the weekend after a large aluminum lighting grid collapsed, injuring three workers. There's no word if the show will be rescheduled. read more

G.O.O.D.

Here's proof that the cop genre isn't D.O.A.: The Colin Farrell-Samuel L. Jackson action flick S.W.A.T. opened at No. 1 with a better-than-expected $37 million. Here's proof that Jamie Lee Curtis's career isn't T.G.I.Finished: Her well-reviewed family-friendly farce Freaky Friday ranked a strong No. 2 with an impressive $22.3 million. Finally, here's proof that Gigli is a T.U.R.K.E.Y.: In its second weekend of release, the stink bomb lost more than 80 percent of its business, sliding to No. 17 with $640,000. That's H.U.M.I.L.I.A.T.I.N.G. read more

ICE, ICE, BABY

Providence alum Melina Kanakaredes has signed a deal to exec produce and star in the CBS drama pilot ICE, Variety reports. The actress will play a member of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a wing of the Dept. of Homeland Security. read more

AND THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS...

Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick will kick off their 90-day return to Broadway's The Producers on New Year's Eve, the New York Post reports. However, according to a show rep, tickets for those performances won't go on sale for several weeks. So, Gram, if you're reading this, cool your jets. read more

HE MAY NOT BE BACK

Arnold Schwarzenegger's run for governor of California won't derail plans for a possible Terminator 4. Moritz Bormann, the German producer behind T3, says "if we come up with a good story, there will be a fourth Terminator — with or without Arnold." Similarly, insiders report that Gary Coleman's candidacy won't put an end to the Diff'rent Strokes curse. read more

Attack of the Hotel She-Hulk

Now that Toni has been sent packing from Paradise Hotel, we see little point in checking out Monday's installment (airing at 9 pm/ET on Fox), much less Wednesday's episode or any one thereafter. After all, watching the temperamental Terminatrix kiss up to and mouth off at the reality sexcapade's comparably puny menfolk was half the fun. But, of course, like all of the show's guests, we are lying through our teeth; we wouldn't miss a minute of this summer's guiltiest pleasure. (Go, Charla! Go!) Here, TV Guide Online gives the alumna of Love Cruise a chance to tell a few more fibs of her own.


TV Guide Online: So, Toni, I don't want to tick you off or anything, but have you ever given any thought to getting some anger-management therapy?
Toni:
Nah. I don't need to. I don't think I have an anger problem in any way, shape or form. Plus, any of my friends would tell you that I am by far the most honest and caring person they know.

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XXX-tra! XXX-tra! Read All About It!


There is much in porn star-turned-respectable actress Traci Elizabeth Lords's just-published autobiography, Underneath It All (HarperEntertainment, $23.95), that is sure to make the average reader's jaw drop. "But I think the thing that will shock people the most," the blonde bombshell tells TV Guide Online, "is that I wrote it myself and that it really is my story.

"I've thought about writing this book for a long time," she adds. "For years, I just sat back and listened to people distort my story and make things up. So now that I'm at a point where I'm really happy and secure with who I am, I felt that it was the perfect time to take back control of how my life and my past are portrayed."

Despite the fact that Lords long ago began a new chapter of her entertainment career — she's appeared in more than 20 features since her days in blue movies like Beverly Hills Copulator — her tawdry tale is more likely to uplift her ad read more

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