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The Julianne Moore melodrama Far From Heaven is the best film of 2002, according to the New York Film Critics Circle. The group — which announced their choices today — named Diane Lane best actress for her riveting performance as an adulterous wife in Unfaithful. Daniel Day-Lewis was chosen best actor for Gangs of New York. On Saturday, the Los Angeles Film Critics weighed in with their picks, selecting Jack Nicholson's dark comedy About Schmidt as the year's best flick. Nicholso read more


NBC has ordered a second season of the reality show Meet My Folks to air Saturdays at 10 pm/ET beginning Jan. 25... Reality producer Mike Fleiss (The Bachelor) is developing a sure-to-be R-rated feature film that will follow eight college students to Cancun for spring break. read more


The American Film Institute has released its list of 2002's 10 best movies, and, in alphabetical order, they are: About a Boy, About Schmidt, Adaptation, Antwone Fisher, Chicago, Frida, Gangs of New York, The Hours, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Quiet American. The AFI also singled out the Top 10 programs on television, and the list included Boomtown, Everybody Loves Raymond, Gilmore Girls, The Simpsons, read more


Fox has canceled Joss Whedon's sci-fi dramedy Firefly due to low ratings. But before the show flies off for good, the network will air the original unseen two-hour pilot on Friday. Whedon, meanwhile, is trying to find a new home for the series. read more


Bourne Identity helmer Doug Liman is developing a CHiPs update for NBC, Variety reports. Unlike the original series, which starred Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada as two motorcycle cops tooling around Los Angeles, the new version will be set in San Francisco and feature a pair of ambiguously gay patrolmen. Everything about this story is true except for that last part. That was just me being silly. read more


Russell Crowe has found a lady to tame him. The Oscar-winning grump is engaged to marry his longtime girlfriend, musician Danielle Spencer, his reps confirmed over the weekend. Crowe popped the question last month in Sydney. The couple reportedly plan a mid-to-late 2003 wedding. read more


Former Lovin' Spoonful guitarist Zal Yanovsky died of a heart attack Friday at his home in Kingston, Ontario. He was 57. read more


Arnold Schwarzenegger and Cedric the Entertainer are in talks to star in the big-screen comedy Joe's Last Chance. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the plot revolves around an unlikely friendship that develops between a dedicated hit man (Schwarzenegger) and his latest target (Cedric). read more


Monica Lewinsky has been dealt another blow. The former White House intern's scheduled pit-stop on a popular Italian variety show was scrapped over the weekend because broadcasters decided that her appearance would be inappropriate for the program's family audience. Ironically, the show regularly features scantily clad young women prancing across a stage during musical numbers. Oh, those wacky Italians! read more

Meet Drumline's Loose Cannon

Band geeks everywhere, vindication day has arrived! After years of enduring torment and ridicule at the multiplex (read: the American Pie franchise), halftime junkies are about to get a major respect fix courtesy of Drumline, a rat-a-tat dramedy that centers on the world of college show-style marching bands (opening today).

"I definitely believe that this film will do [great things] for bands," says 22-year-old actor Nick Cannon, who plays Drumline's ace percussionist. "Because, the stereotype is that marching band isn't really the coolest thing in the world. When I was in high school, we used to throw stuff at the band. Now, this is the coolest thing ever.

"Once people see the movie, they're going to be like, 'Yo, that's a show,'" continues Cannon, best known as the star of Nickelodeo read more

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