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Sandra Bullock is developing an hourlong drama for CBS that's basically an offshoot of the 1998 film Practical Magic, which starred Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Like the movie, the TV show will revolve around two sisters who struggle with the blessing/curse of magical abilities, Variety reports. And just to be clear, Bullock will produce — not star in — the potential series. Of course, a few more Murder by Numbers and that could all change. read more


Do you believe in life after tour? Cher apparently does, because the diva is finally ending her oft-extended Living Proof farewell tour on Halloween night in Toronto. That's the same city where the tour began, like, 14 years ago. read more


Miramax has delayed the release of its upcoming Nicole Kidman-Anthony Hopkins drama The Human Stain from Sept. 26 to Oct. 31, TV Guide Online has learned. Rumor has it the studio postponed the the highly anticipated film just to annoy me. read more


A 40-year-old man has been charged with attempting to cut off the water supply to illusionist David Blaine, who is spending more than six weeks holed up in a glass box beside the River Thames in London. Stephen Field allegedly climbed nearby scaffolding and tried to cut through water pipes attached to the box. Blaine is 10 days into his 44-day stint. read more


A whopping 7.7 million viewers watched Sunday's mini-season finale of Sex and the City, during which Mikhail Baryshnikov was introduced as Carrie's (Sarah Jessica Parker) latest beau. (Note to Big: You've got nothing to worry about, dude.) That was the comedy's second most-watched episode ever. The show returns with eight final episodes in January. Meanwhile, Sex's impressive climax helped boost the debut of Carnivale, which drew 5.3 million viewers — HBO's best series bow to date. read more


Comedy Central has ordered a second season of Reno 911!... Arnold Schwarzenegger's appearance on Monday's Oprah earned the chatfest its best season-premiere numbers in five years. read more


Actor-singer Sheb Wooley, best known for his work in Westerns like High Noon and for recording the No. 1 hit "Purple People Eater," died Tuesday of leukemia. He was 82. Wooley also appeared in some 50 TV shows, including The Lone Ranger, Rawhide, The Mod Squad and Murder, She Wrote. read more


After their MTV kiss, Madonna and Britney Spears got into bed together. That is to say, the pop tarts are recording a duet titled "Me Against the Music" for Brit's fourth album, Get in the Zone. The single goes out to radio stations on Sept. 30. As previously reported, the release of the album itself has been delayed indefinitely. read more


American Music Awards nominations are out! In the male pop-rock artist category, American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is competing with the big boys — Kid Rock, John Mayer and Justin Timberlake. Meanwhile, Celine Dion snagged two nods: The one for favorite adult contemporary artist puts her up against Cher and Norah Jones. The other, for fave female pop-rock artist, has her vying with Avril Lavigne and J.Lo. Eminem got nods for favorite male rapper and the 8 Mile soundtrack, while Sean Paul and Missy Elliott also are up for hip-hop honors. read more


Foul-mouthed thesp Colin Farrell and his galpal, model Kim Bordenave, became the proud parents of a baby boy, born Friday in Los Angeles. Farrell was not present for the birth because he was in Morocco shooting Oliver Stone's upcoming Alexander the Great epic. The little guy will be named when his pa returns home. read more

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