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TOY STORY

Those '80s icons known as The Transformers are taking shape as movie stars. According to The Hollywood Reporter, X-Men writer-producer Tom DeSanto is developing a live-action feature based on the classic shape-shifting toys. Can the Smurfs be far behind? I think not. read more

MORE MONEY WOES

Rob Campos is now an unemployed loser. The star of NBC's For Love or Money — whose sexual misconduct during his tenure as a marine came to light earlier this week — has been fired by the Texas law firm where he'd been employed for 18 months, TheSmokingGun.com reports. On his firm's web page, owner Sanjay Mathur said Campos's checkered military past as well as "his conduct during the second episode of the TV show," has lead Mathur to "disassociate our relationship with Mr. Campos." NBC, which claims it was unaware of Campos's sketchy past when they cast him, has decided to continue airing the show. read more

TEEN TRIUMPH

Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" has topped VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Songs of the Past 25 Years. Michael Jackson had the No. 2 track with "Billie Jean," Eminem's "Lose Yourself" ranked No. 4 and Madonna's "Like a Virgin" came in at No. 10. The countdown will air over five nights, beginning Monday at 10 pm/ET. read more

THIS SOUNDS DIRTY

John Waters is on the prowl for an actress to play a blue-collar convenience store clerk prone to uncontrollable sexual urges in his latest comedy, A Dirty Shame. "I wish Meryl Streep would do it," he tells Variety, "but I don't think she would." Johnny Knoxville and Selma Blair have been recruited to co-star. read more

SHORT CUTS

Madonna and Missy Elliott are in talks to appear together in an ad for Gap, USA Today reports... A musical based on Rod Stewart's greatest hits is coming to London's West End this fall. read more

FUN TIMES

Cameron Diaz is a signature away from reuniting with former Mask leading man Jim Carrey in Fun With Dick and Jane, a remake of the 1977 George Segal-Jane Fonda comedy about a middle-class couple who turn to a life of crime. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Barry Sonnenfeld (Men In Black, Get Shorty) is attached to direct. read more

MUSIC FEST AXED

The three-day Bonnaroo NE Music Festival featuring Bob Dylan, the Dead and Tom Petty — slated to take place Aug. 8-10 in Riverhead, N.Y. — has been canceled due to permit problems. Concert promoters say refunds will be issued to all ticket holders. I'm told this comes on the heels of last weekend's Field Day fiasco, but I really know nothing about that because I was away on vacation. read more

WIVES REVISITED

Farrah Fawcett and Melissa Gilbert have signed on to star in CBS's TV movie adaptation of Jackie Collins's best-selling novel Hollywood Wives: The New Generation, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The first chapter of the Wives saga aired as an ABC miniseries in 1985 and starred Candice Bergen. read more

SECRET NUPTIALS

Titanic star Kate Winslet married filmmaker Sam Mendes (American Beauty) late last month in a small Caribbean ceremony. How small, you ask? The only folks in attendance were Winslet's 2-year-old daughter Mia and three close friends. That's hardly enough people to form a decent conga line. read more

Mark Valley: Keen on London

Keen Eddie star Mark Valley, 38, can relate to his character's culture shock as an NYPD cop living in London. However, unlike Det. Eddie Arlette, this easy-going Pasadena and Days of Our Lives alum's future doesn't hinge on his job across the pond. Here, Valley talks to TV Guide Online about headlining his very own TV series, those lovely British birds and his real passion...


TV Guide Online: "Fish-out-of-water" is a term often used to describe your character. When you were shooting Eddie in London, did you feel the same way?
Mark Valley:
Yeah, I did, sort of. I can't figure out these English women. They're strikingly good looking, and they're much cheaper dates. They'll go out and have a beer with you.

TVGO: Were there cultural differences that read more

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