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In other awards news, Salma Hayek garnered more praise for her work in Frida. The biopic earned her a best actress award and was named the best picture at the 18th annual Hispanic Imagen Awards. Hayek was also the recipient of the Imagen Foundation's Creative Achievement Award. Her Frida co-star Alfred Molina won for best actor. read more


Move over Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul's got a new guy to give the cold shoulder to: American Idol host Ryan Seacrest! Fox has tapped Seacrest to host Idol's upcoming kiddie spinoff American Juniors, TV Guide Online has learned. The problem? Abdul was reportedly in advanced talks to host the show, which debuts June 3 at 8 pm/ET. read more

Willem Dafoe's Fishy Behavior

It's surprising to hear Willem Dafoe — who sucked blood in Shadow of the Vampire and went criminally insane in Spider-Man — voicing a good guy in Disney's Finding Nemo. "Well, shame on you!" he protests, chiding us for spoiling his rotten rep.

As moorish fish Gill, he kindly takes Nemo (Alexander Gould) under his fin, as they hatch a plan to escape from their fish tank together. Still, Dafoe's deep, gravelly voice adds a bit of mystery to the role. "I think that's played with," he says, "because certainly this Gill character has an ominous entrance. And there's always a little bit of slight tension about what his motives are."

A true actor's actor, Dafoe even appears to be looking for subtext in the kid flick! "On some levels, I always thin read more

Emmy Comedy Contenders Leave Us Laughing

Where the prime-time Emmy nominations are concerned, we here at TV Guide Online adhere to one simple rule: If you ain't gonna fix the problem, you don't get to moan about it. So, since we're rarely 100 percent satisfied with the slate of stars and series that wind up in the running, we've decided to take matters into our own hands for the third year in a row. We TV vigilantes are compiling wish lists of the shows and actors we feel are truly deserving of recognition (and, in many cases, all too likely to be overlooked when the real ballots are mailed out today by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences). First up, TV Guide critic Matt Roush, Michael Ausiello and our panel of opinionated pundits tackle four of the comedy categories and single out the good-humor men and women whose funny business is our pleasure.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Zach Braff, Scrubs: By tickling our funny bone with his eager-puppy antics, this TV M.D. prov read more


The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers took home top honors when the 2003 MTV Movie Awards were handed out Saturday night. Towers won four awards, including best picture and best action sequence. Spider-Man's Kirsten Dunst earned the best actress prize, and along with her co-star Tobey Maguire, took home the award for best kiss. Rapper-turned-actor Eminem was named breakthrough and best actor for his performance in 8 Mile. MTV airs the awards on June 5. read more


In this week's issue of TV Guide magazine, Richard Chamberlain confesses he's gay — and he's been secretly married to a man for 20 years. Chamberlain, best known for his roles in Dr. Kildare and The Thorn Birds, discusses life in Hollywood's celluloid closet, and his hidden relationship with Martin Rabbett, who is now his manager. For the full story, click here and pick up TV Guide on newsstands now. read more


Disney-Pixar's fishing expedition, Finding Nemo, paid off at the box office this weekend, earning $70.6 million. The underwater animated adventure — featuring the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres and Willem Dafoe — came in first place and set a new opening record for a cartoon flick. Coming in at No. 2, the Jim Carrey comedy Bruce Almighty continued to see heavenly sales, with $35.6 million. Rounding out the top five: The Italian Job (No. 3 with $19.3 million), The Matrix Reloaded (No. 4 with $15 million) and read more


NBC still plans to air their Jessica Lynch telepic next season, despite new information surrounding the rescue of the U.S. prisoner of war, Variety reports... Harrison Ford finally got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame... The trial of five men accused of plotting to kidnap ex-Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has been halted due to unreliable evidence. read more

Finding Ellen DeGeneres

In Disney's Finding Nemo (opening today), Ellen DeGeneres dives undersea to play Dory, a Blue Tang fish who suffers from short-term memory loss, but still bubbles with positive energy. Wait, who's this article about again? Oh yeah! Ellen DeGeneres... she starred in that TV show Ellen and dated Anne Heche. Er, anyway, while she bares little resemblance to her scaly, animated alter ego, DeGeneres does have a similar outlook on life.

"Dory's innocent," the comic says. "She's optimistic. There's not even a thought in her head that a shark would hurt her or that being swallowed by a whale is a bad thing. In some ways, I'm like that, but not quite so much.

"It was fun to play," she continues, "because I got to go in, over the course of three years, and stand there and play this hap read more


NBC's lame attempt at replicating American Idol fever seems to hold promise for the Peacock. Wednesday night's debut of Fame, featuring Gen-Xers singing and dancing, scored 10 million viewers. Hosted by Debbie Allen and 'N Sync dude Joey Fatone, Fame garnered the largest total audience for a summer reality series premiere in two years. read more

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