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DREAM GIG

Ejected American Idol contestant Frenchie Davis has nabbed the lead role in the road-show revival of Dreamgirls. The musical is slated to play in San Jose from Jan. 9-25, Sacramento from Jan. 27-Feb. 8 and Seattle from Feb. 11-29. "There are a lot of people who were on American Idol," Davis told The Associated Press. "But not all of them are getting lead roles." Did girlfriend just take a swipe at Paula Abdul? I think she did. read more

SPIDEY SNEAK

Columbia Pictures is debuting the Spider-Man 2 trailer on — appropriately enough — the Web. Fans can catch the preview beginning this Monday at 12:01 am/ET on Yahoo! read more

HONORED

Filmmaker Blake Edwards, the director behind The Pink Panther and Breakfast at Tiffany's, will be honored with an honorary Oscar at the Feb. 29 Academy Awards. read more

OZZY UPDATE

Ozzy Osbourne stopped breathing and his heart stopped beating for more than a minute following Monday's all-terrain vehicle mishap, according to wife Sharon. "He had stopped breathing for a minute and a half and there was no pulse," she told London's Daily Mirror. "But thank God, the security guard was there to revive him... and [get] him breathing and his pulse going again." Ozzy — who fractured his left collarbone, eight ribs and a neck vertebra in the accident — is expected to make a "steady" recovery. read more

Tru CallingI learned a valuable...

Tru Calling I learned a valuable lesson tonight. You don't need to miss Friends or the first half hour of Survivor to keep up with this supernatural drama. Wisely anticipating that NBC viewers will abandon anything new in the 8:30 slot, Fox execs provide the audience with a midshow recap. A quick little "Earlier on..." montage of clips takes 30 seconds to catch you up on the 30 minutes of the show you may have missed watching something better — I mean else.

Survivor I must be going through Friends withdrawal, because the whole time the castaways were trying to assemble sticks long and strong enough to fetch their keys to get out of their cages during the Reward Challenge, all I could think of was the poking device the gang fashioned out of chopsticks to wake up the feared-dead Ugly Naked Guy.

JC Penney commercial Although I have potato, tomato, either and neither straight, this ad compels me to pose a question read more

MOURNED

Michael Norwood, the co-host of History Channel's Deep Sea Detectives, died last Saturday while on assignment in the Phillipines. He was 36. According to reports, Norwood ran out of oxygen during a diving expedition. read more

DEAR DIARY

In what could be a harbinger of next year's Billboard Music Awards, Alicia Keys's new CD, The Diary of Alicia Keys, debuted at No. 1 on the album charts with sales of 618,000 units. It was the third-biggest bow of 2003. read more

CLANDESTINE AFFAIR

CSI's William Petersen has inked a deal to produce and star in a TNT original movie based on the James Ellroy bestseller Clandestine, Variety reports. The story centers on a 1950s Los Angeles-based cop (Petersen) on the trail of a serial killer. read more

ARE THEY STILL TOGETHER?

Preliminary ratings for the Most Boring Wedding of the Decade are in: Roughly 17 million people attended Trista and Ryan's Wedding on ABC last night, making it Wednesday's top program. But the two-hour doze-a-thon fell short of other recent reality events, including Monday's climax of Average Joe (17.4 million viewers) and the Bachelor finale in November (18.6 million viewers). Even more telling: Ratings dipped during the final half-hour of the nuptials, a sign that many viewers either A) fell asleep, B) tossed a grenade at their TV sets, C) rushed to the bathroom to hurl, or D) committed suicide. Nielsen is currently investigating. read more

PIRATES RULES

Consumers purchased a record 11 million copies of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl during the film's first week in video stores. Now that's what I call a nice booty. read more

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