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DEAL LOCKED UP

American Idol also-ran Kimberly Locke has signed a multiple album deal with Curb Records, USA Today reports. There's apparently no truth to the rumor that the pop-urban album — which is due out later this year — will include 10 variations of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." read more

DOES RACHEL KNOW YET?

Yo! Friends star Matt LeBlanc is gonna be a daddy! LeBlanc and new wife Melissa are expecting their first child, Jay Leno announced on Thursday's Tonight Show. This would be the first child for Joey's portrayer and the third for Melissa, who has two children from a previous relationship. read more

Sunday: The NFL on Fox Terry Bradshaw,...

Sunday: The NFL on Fox
Terry Bradshaw, James "JB" Brown, Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson returned to their pre-game bickerfest Sunday with their easy-going chemistry still going strong. But seriously, how much crap do you need to plaster on-screen at once? It looked like a parody of Headline News, with seven team logos, two news tickers (one updating the weather), the Ford logo, the show's logo and an over-the-shoulder graphic. And I think I saw a recipe for pecan pie there, too.

Also, if they're going to have non-football celebrities on like Kiefer Sutherland, can they give him a chance to say more than literally three sentences instead of talking over him about Bradshaw's big feet? (Not worth explaining.)

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The Ellen DeGeneres segment was pleasant enough. (I'm sure she was just thrilled that they included old footage of her and ex-girlfriend Anne Heche kissin read more

D-LISTERS, REJOICE!

David Spade's has-been satire Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star debuted atop the weekend box office with a rather lame $7 million. That was the lowest-grossing No. 1 opening since Ashley Judd's Eye of the Beholder took in $6 million back in 2000. Still, Spade and Co. fared better than Heath Ledger, whose supernatural thriller The Order was DOA at No. 6 with $4.3 million. On the bright side, Ledger still has Naomi Watts to go home to. Or did they break up? I can't recall. read more

SHORT CUTS

The Russian movie The Return won top honors at the Venice International Film Festival, which wrapped up this weekend... Last week's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy attracted 3.35 million viewers, a new ratings record for Bravo. read more

FROM SUNNYDALE TO SPRINGFIELD...

Here's some "TV News" scoop from the current issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale now): Former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar recently recorded an episode of Fox's The Simpsons to air in early 2004. In the episode, the Chosen One plays a kiddie delinquent named Gina who befriends Bart in juvenile detention. She later helps the bad seed escape, and the two go on the lam &#224 la The Defiant Ones. read more

NINE LIVES

Jenna Elfman and John Stamos will join the cast of Broadway's Tony-winning Broadway revival of Nine on Oct. 7. They replace Jane Krakowski and Antonio Banderas, who depart the musical on Oct. 5. Note to self: Go see this show before Oct. 5. read more

Howard Stern's "Wife" Goes to D.C.


Actress Mary McCormack is best known as shock jock Howard Stern's wife from 1997's Private Parts. Now, she's tackling even tougher, and possibly trashier, subject matter. In HBO's improv series K Street — Sundays at 10:30 pm/ET starting Sept. 14th — she'll dive into the world of Washington politics, under the watchful eyes of executive producers Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney.

Here's the sitch: Real-life political figures like Hilary Clinton guest star as clients of K Street's imaginary PR consulting firm. The "consultants" who work there include political pundits James Carville and Mary Matalin, who play themselves, while actors like McCormack and Ed's John Slattery play characters. Confused yet?

"The idea of the show," explains McCormack, "is that on Monday, we all sort of brainstorm and talk about what is going on in the news that week, like what everyone in D.C read more

Charlize Theron's Girlish Memories

When she was just a farmer's daughter in Benoni, South Africa, Charlize Theron dreamed of coming to America. "Not to any particular city," she says. Just 'America.' It always seemed like a place where everything is possible." Two decades later, anything is possible for Theron. The woman who left home as a dancer became a model and successful actress. Those early days are on her mind this month as she narrates When I Was a Girl, WE's series about the childhoods of famous women. Here, we grill the 28-year-old on some of her youthful indiscretions.


TV Guide Online: When you were a girl did you ever dream that you'd grow up to be a famous actress who gets paid to kiss Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves...
Theron:
Well... (Fake laughs)

TVGO: ...Tobey McGuire, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg and Ben Affleck?
Theron:
You are so funny. But, no. I grew up on a little farm in South Africa. I never knew anything about acting. In m read more

O.C. Papa Does Preach


Sandy Cohen, the public defender Peter Gallagher plays on The O.C., may seem like the squeakiest-clean father figure since Stephen Collins suited up to play Reverend Camden on 7th Heaven. But the sex, lies and videotape bad boy insists that although his character wears a halo, it's plenty tarnished.

"I don't think Sandy wakes up in the morning and decides to be a do-gooder," he says. Rather, "I think he comes from a long tradition in New York and certainly in the Bronx of pink-diaper babies who have a healthy mistrust of the government and the police."

As such, Sandy's taking-in of jail-bait teen Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie) isn't so much the attorney acting out of heroism, but out of habit. "The mistake of Sandy's life — or the most illuminating thing he does — is respond instinctively at a moment [after meeting Ryan's mother] when he sees that this kid who has great potential has no chance... no future. read more

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