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Question: I have been trying ...

Question: I have been trying to find a song I heard on a repeat episode of Beverly Hills 90210. It was played in the "Graduation" episode and it was one of the last songs played as they were driving down to look at the "Class of '93" sign they put up on the Hollywood hill. The main chorus went something like, "don't forget, blood is thicker than water." Who sings the song, and where can it be found? ? Carrie Anne, Virginia Beach, Va.

Televisionary: The 1993 episode, "Commencement" (a two-parter, actually), included the Triplets' "Blood is Thicker Than Water." You'll find it on the band's album (surprise!) Thicker Than Water.

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Question: A few years ago ...

Question: A few years ago there was a police series with a main character who was a Chinese police officer on loan from Hong Kong. TV Guide described him as a man who "looks like Humpty Dumpty and moves like Spider-Man." What was the name of the series, who was the actor and what other parts has he played? I really enjoyed the series and was sorry it was not renewed. ? Bernice, Port Allegany, Pa.

Televisionary: You're thinking of CBS's Martial Law, which starred the roly-poly but lethal Sammo Hung as a Chinese cop working with the L.A.P.D. His English wasn't so hot (no stretch there — neither is Hung's), but he kicked butt with ease. Along for the ride were Kelly Hu as fellow cop Chen Pei Pei (later known as Grace Chen), and read more

Question: In your Aug. 19 ...

Question: In your Aug. 19 column you mentioned the Nathan Laneseries Encore, Encore; but what was that very (and perhaps mercifully) short-lived series about Nathan being a gay congressman? ? Randall, Hollister, Cal.

Televisionary: Jeez, Randall. Forgotten already? CBS only pulled the show at the end of June. Then again, judging by Charlie Lawrence's low ratings, it didn't stick with too many other people, either.

Lane, the acclaimed Broadway and film talent, played gay TV star-turned-congressman Charlie on the show, which debuted in mid-June. He was a first-term representative from New Mexico, with Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne, Norm) as his biggest fan-turned-office manager and read more

TOWERING DEBUT

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers earned a record $23 million during its first five days on rental store shelves, Video Store magazine reports. That surpasses the previous rental record set by The Bourne Identity, which last January grossed $22.8 million during its first five days in stores. read more

BACK TO THE FUTURE

It's official: Buffy sire Joss Whedon has signed a deal with Universal to turn his short-lived Fox series Firefly into a feature film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Whedon — who will pen the script — will make his big-screen directorial debut with the project. Shooting is expected to begin in early 2004, and it's Whedon's hope that the show's original cast will return. read more

David Spade's Child Star Search


Hollywood has-beens are plentiful in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (opening tomorrow). Writer/star David Spade corraled a long list of yesteryear talent, including both Coreys — Feldman and HaimLeif Garrett, and most of the Brady Bunch clan. Was there any C-list celeb on Spade's wish list who wasn't eager and available?

"Fonzie," Spade tells TV Guide Online. "Love him. [Henry Winkler] was my favorite 35-year-old read more

CHANGE IS GOOD

If this music-acting stuff doesn't pan out, Hilary Duff may have a future as a fortune teller. At last week's MTV VMAs, the erstwhile Lizzie McGuire predicted that her first solo album Metamorphosis would debut at No. 2 behind Mary J. Blige's Love & Life. And guess what? Duff was right! Blige's latest CD entered Billboard's album chart at No. 1 with sales of 286,000 copies. Duff's Metamorphosis, meanwhile, finished a close second with 204,000 copies. read more

SHELLED

Wannabe California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was hit in the head with an egg Wednesday as he arrived at a campaign rally in Long Beach. But the Terminator star shrugged off the attack, joking, "This guy owes me bacon now." (Where's Bruce Vilanch when you need him?) read more

Ridley Scott Can't Escape His Alien


Look out, Ripley, the original bitch is back! This Halloween, a new generation will have the chance to be scared silly by Alien when a new director's cut of the 1979 sci-fi screamer gets released in theaters. Oscar-nominated helmer Ridley Scott says he jumped at the chance to retool his landmark spooker.

"Fox [asked], 'Do you think we've got an audience there again?'" recalls the British auteur, whose con-artist comedy Matchstick Men opens Sept. 12. "I said, 'Absolutely!' I regard a generation as 10 years. The kid who couldn't see Alien at 15 years old, never saw it until it was on video. Tape fades and it varies tremendously... It can be anything from what it should be to absolutely dreadful. That is not the film I made."

Though the running time of the extra-terrestrial thriller will remain about the same, Scott says he trimmed some slow bits and added about five minutes of unseen footage. "As the 24 years have past, I think, read more

COLLATERAL CASTING

Jada Pinkett Smith is in talks to star opposite Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx in the upcoming thriller Collateral, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In the film, Cruise stars as a contract killer who forces a cab driver (Foxx) to chauffeur him around on a series of hits. Pinkett Smith would play Foxx's love interest. read more

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