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PARTY OF FIVE

Elizabeth Taylor, James Earl Jones, singer-songwriter Paul Simon, Broadway star Chita Rivera and conductor James Levine were honored Sunday night in Washington, D.C., at the 25th anniversary Kennedy Center Honors. President Bush was on hand to pay tribute to the group. read more

ANOTHER WIN

Analyze That can fuhgetabout a No. 1 debut at the box office. The mob spoof, a sequel to 1999's Analyze This, opened in second place with a disappointing $11.3 million — $7 million less than the original took in during its first weekend. The moviegoing mob were much more loyal to James Bond, as Die Another Day reclaimed its No. 1 ranking with $13 million. Rounding out the top five: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (No. 3 with $10 million), John Leguizamo's new drug drama Empire (No. 4 with $6.3 million) and Disney's Treasure Planet (No. 5 with $5.7 million). read more

THEATER NOTES

Sandra Bullock, Leonardo DiCaprio and Candice Bergen were among the stars who turned out for Sunday's Broadway debut of Baz Luhrmann's production of Puccini's classic opera La Boheme. In other theater news, Nicole Kidman is in talks to return to the London stage in Henrik Ibsen's The Lady From the Sea. read more

A WHOLE NEW WORLD FOR GWYN

Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow have signed on to star in the big-budget thriller The World of Tomorrow, described by The Hollywood Reporter as a retro sci-fi pic in the vein of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Set at the turn of the 20th century, the film follows a reporter (Paltrow) and pilot (Law) who team up on an adventure. read more

CRIKEY!

Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan remains hospitalized in Sydney after sustaining a back injury while moving furniture. The 63-year-old Aussie actor is expected to be back on his feet in a few weeks. read more

REUNITED

Latin crooner Marc Anthony and his wife, former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres, renewed their wedding vows on Saturday in San Juan. The ceremony came five months after the couple announced that they were separating. read more

Elijah Wood: Ready for Life After Rings


When Elijah Wood says he's been blessed, we're inclined to agree with him. The well-adjusted 21-year-old — who's back in theaters Dec. 18 with The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers — has gracefully avoided the troubled child actor path. And better still, when his own epic trilogy completes its run (the final installment, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, opens Dec. 17, 2003), it seems unlikely that the versatile thesp will follow Mark Hamill's footsteps to has-beendom.

"I think I'll always be associated with [LOTR]... but that's an asset as long as it's not the only thing I'm known for," says Frodo Baggins's portrayer, who first gained res read more

Ed Lightens Up


NBC's Ed is about to turn viewers into weight watchers. In September, Michael Genadry, who plays heavyweight high schooler Mark Vanacore, underwent gastric bypass surgery, and already he's dropped 70 pounds. Now, on Tuesday's episode (airing 8 pm/ET), the 24-year-old's character will submit to the procedure, which essentially reduces the size of one's stomach. "I started off over 450, and now I'm under 400," Genadry says proudly. "I don't see a difference, but everyone around me does."

Count exec producers Jon Beckerman and Rob Burnette among that number. So amazed were they by Genadry's transformation that they felt obliged to incorporate it into Mark's story. "We didn't want to mislead the audience [into thinking] that it would be possible for somebody like Michael to lose such a large amount of weight so quickly," explains Beckerman. "If we just portrayed this as if he went on Weight Watchers, w read more

Rupert Everett: Bond Another Day?


Before signing on to Die Another Day, Pierce Brosnan debated whether he cared to wear James Bond's tux for a fourth time. Names of potential Bonds were furiously bandied about, with many pegging Brit actor Rupert Everett as the next 007. However, MGM and Day director Lee Tamahori reportedly shied away from casting an openly homosexual man in the role. Did they fear moviegoers — who best know Everett as Julia's charming gay pal in My Best Friend's Wedding — would refuse to accept him as Ian Fleming's famously womani read more

Without a Trace's Eric Close: Cursed No More!


We don't want to jinx Eric Close, but it looks like the Without A Trace star finally is free of that pesky Nielsen curse. This FBI missing persons drama is his seventh TV series, and it's holding steadily in second place against ER on Thursday nights. Thus, it's faring far better than his other six shows — none of which survived past season one. In his latest tête à tête with TV Guide Online, the deliriously sweet smell of success has Close spewing clichés left and right!

"Patience is a virtue," he beams. "Good things come to those who wait. None of [my other shows] were bad projects. People liked them. They had followings, but there are so many factors that go into a show's [success], and I think one of the biggest things that's helping us is our timeslo read more

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