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John Travolta is in talks with MGM to reprise his role as Chili Palmer in Be Cool, a sequel to Get Shorty, Variety reports... Newcomer Bryce Dallas Howard, the daughter of Ron Howard, has been tapped to replace Kirsten Dunst in M. Night Shyamalan's next thriller, The Woods. Dunst opted to star in Cameron Crowe's next film instead. read more

PAGING WILLARD SCOTT...

A number of celebrations will be taking place around the country today to commemorate the 100th birthday of Bob Hope. Among the events planned: the Museum of Broadcast Communications will hold a Bob Hope career retrospective in Chicago; Los Angeles officials will designate the famous Hollywood and Vine intersection as Bob Hope Square; and at least 35 states are declaring today Bob Hope Day. And what about the man of honor himself? Hope will observe the special day surrounded by friends and family at his home in Toluca Lake, Calif. read more

TAKE THIS JOB AND...

Looks like Emmy is losing her fearless leader. Bryce Zabel — chairman of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences since fall 2001 — is opting not to run for re-election. Zabel took over just as the Sept. 11 attacks forced CBS to postpone the Emmys twice, and he's been a busy guy ever since. "I've done my duty, and I'm ready to move on," he told Variety. "I feel like I've had two terms jammed into one." read more

SHORT CUTS

Lifetime has renewed The Division for a fourth season... No surprise here: Last Wednesday's American Idol finale was the week's most-watched show with 38 million viewers. read more

LUCKY NUMBER

Staind's new CD 14 Shades of Grey debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's album chart with 220,950 units sold. Last week's top seller, Marilyn Manson's Golden Age of Grotesque, dropped a staggering 20 spots to No. 21 with sales of 45,000 copies. For the record, that's more than just disappointing — that's humiliating. read more

FAMILY BUSINESS

Fox's late, low-rated animated sitcom Family Guy is finally getting some respect — on DVD! According to Variety, nearly 400,000 copies of the show's three-disc DVD collection have sold since being released last month. read more

POSTPONED

Twentieth Century Fox is delaying the late-July video release of American Idol pic From Justin to Kelly to give the film more time to play in theaters. (Now, that's a joke, folks.) The musical romp — which opens June 13 — will now arrive on video and DVD in September. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the nation's largest theater chains complained that the original release date came too soon after the movie's debut in theaters. read more

60 Seconds with Clay Aiken

Spend a minute on the horn with American Idol 2's Clay Aiken, and you'll find it hard to believe that the freckle-faced 24-year-old didn't win the whole shebang. Seriously — for a runner-up, the kid sure is being run around! On the day that TV Guide Online connected with him, he was en route from one promotional appearance to another. And after his debut power ballad, "This Is the Night," drops June 10, his datebook will only get heavier. So, while the carrot-topped heir apparent to Rick Astley still remembers the little people, let's (quickly) ask him the big questions.


TV Guide Online: How's the publicity blitz going?
Clay Aiken:
(Laughs) Oh my goodness, blitz is the exact word to use. It's crazy.

TVGO: Okay, set the record straight: Did you or did you not know beforehand that Ruben had won?
Aiken:
I simply saw that there was a long name read more

Fame Lives Forever!


Fame costs. The contestant application for Fame — NBC's newest reality show — even warns against possible exposure to "injury and death." So we're guessing a few aspiring singer/dancers are about to start paying!

"Well, you know, I might maim them a little bit in rehearsal. I'm known to be tough," jokes Debbie Allen, who auditioned hundreds of performers for the 10-week series (debuting tonight at 8 pm/ET.) She'll now coach her 24 hand-picked semi-finalists as they face viewers and celebrity judges — including Britney Spears and 'N Sync manager Johnny Wright, who'll usher the winner into a recording studio after the talent search is over.

Just what should the next J.Lo or Justin Timberlake do to woo their cr read more

THE FUR IS FLYING

CBS has put the kibosh on Survivor: The Amazon winner Jenna Morasca's plans to star in PETA's new anti-fur ad. Sources confirm that the reality champ was all set to don a faux fur bikini for PETA's new campaign, "Wear Fake for the Animals' Sake," but Eye execs — citing Moraska's "contractual obligations" with the network — nixed the deal. According to a PETA rep, CBS initially OK'd the idea, as long as the word Survivor was not mentioned in the ad. PETA conceded, but the network still said no. The about-face came as a surprise to the animal rights org, which just completed a successful anti-fur campaign with American Idol finalist Vanessa Olivarez. Says the rep: "PETA encountered no problems with the folks at Fox, as Vanessa was also still under contract." read more

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