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WOMEN ROARS INTO THEATERS

HBO Films will release Sundance Film Festival winner Real Women Have Curves in theaters on Oct. 18. The flick tells the story of a young Mexican-American woman struggling to strike a balance between her mainstream ambitions and her cultural heritage. read more

SNAKE, RATTLE AND ROLL

Snake Plissken, the anti-hero of Escape From New York and Escape From L.A. played by Kurt Russell, is mounting a multimedia comeback this spring in the form of a comic book series and a new animated feature film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Russell will lend his voice to the pic, which is being targeted for release in 2004. A special edition DVD of Escape from New York also is in the works. read more

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

The Big Apple will help kick off the 2002 NFL season with a massive Times Square bash that is being dubbed the "world's largest tailgate party." Bon Jovi will headline the Sept. 5 event, which takes place just hours before the New York Giants take on the San Francisco 49ers across the Hudson in New Jersey. Mayor Michael Bloomberg hopes the party will provide a boost to businesses struggling since the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Admission is free, but if you're driving in, parking will cost you an arm and a leg. Consider yourself warned. read more

REALITY RULES

Buoyed by repeats of CSI, Everybody Loves Raymond and Becker, CBS won the ratings race last week among total viewers. But reality programming continues to be the summer success story: NBC's Dog Eat Dog and Meet My Folks, Fox's American Idol and CBS's Big Brother 3 all finished in the top 10. In the category of viewers 18-49, Meet My Folks and American Idol tied for No. 1. read more

MINER MIRACLE

Hollywood is wasting no time capitalizing on the dramatic real-life rescue of those nine trapped coal miners in Pennsylvania. A CBS rep tells USA Today, "Whenever there is an event of this significance with a happy, inspirational ending, we usually receive movie pitches from the creative community. This case is certainly no different." read more

GO ERIN!

Erin Brockovich, the legal eagle Julia Roberts won an Oscar for portraying, has signed a deal with Lifetime to host a new reality drama Final Justice. The show — slated to debut in early 2003 — profiles women who took on the system and won. read more

Fastlane Stud Dares To Go Bare!


On L.A.'s Sunset Strip, the Mondrian Hotel's Sky Bar is where stars — and too-trendy poseurs — go to be seen on the scene. Last week, Fox put TV critics' names on the club's famed "list," inviting us to mingle with talent from their new fall series. Well, this schmoozy soiree had two things going for it: stiff Mai Tais and handsome TV celebs consuming them with gusto!

Can't Hardly Wait star Peter Facinelli arrived solo; his pregnant wife Jennie Garth (Beverly Hills, 90210) was home with their daughter. In Fastlane's pilot episode, the 28-year-old actor bares his butt — and gets his groin "frisked" — in sexy scenes with co-star read more

SHORT CUTS

Hollywood animal trainer Frank Inn, the man responsible for turning Benji into one of the world's most famous pups, died Saturday in California. He was 86... NBC has decided to delay Love Shack — its new reality show hosted by Big Brother 2 victor Will Kirby — to midseason... Actress Lolita Davidovich will appear in five episodes of CBS's The Agency this fall. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she'll play a love interest for Beau Bridges's CIA director... Good Morning America has tapped former Telemundo correspondent Alex Cambert to serve as an entertainment and lifestyle reporter. read more

Michael Chiklis Vs. The Shield Boycotters


Hey, Michael Chiklis! You've just earned an Emmy nomination — as outstanding lead actor in a drama — for playing badass cop Vic Mackey on FX's The Shield. What'll you do now? Thumb your nose at advertisers who succumbed to pressure to boycott the hit show's sexy, violent content? Well, maybe just a little...

"I think [Shield's nominations] are just an affirmation and a vindication for us," Chiklis tells TV Guide Online. "This is in keeping with what we've said all along about this controversy, which is that quality is always defensible.

"I don't know if I would call it an 'f--- you,'" he adds diplomatically, "because it is a serious matter that [boycotters] are talking about, which is the effect of TV programming on children. I happen to be a parent. However, I think a lot of the read more

Seth Green's Evil Principles


After making his third scene-stealing appearance as Dr. Evil's sarcastic spawn, Seth Green wants to make it clear that he wasn't just in Austin Powers in Goldmember for the green stuff, baby. And since he made this claim prior to the film's record-breaking $71.5 million opening weekend, we're inclined to believe him.

"My concern [about Goldmember] was not to make a movie for the sole purpose of making money," he explains, "not wringing out the proverbial talent 'til it's dry." Luckily, after reading the script, Green realized Mike Myers had no intention of phoning in the funny. "The second I read it, I was put completely at ease."

Still, Green predicts Goldmember will mark the final adventures of the i read more

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