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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

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

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

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

BACHELOR'S BACK

Now here's a show the whole family can't watch: ABC is producing a six-part behind-the-scenes special on its lowbrow reality series The Bachelor. Hosted by inaugural Bachelor Alex Michel, the miniseries — which will run for six consecutive nights from Aug. 11-16 on sister cable net ABC Family (huh?) — promises to answer all the questions about what really happened on the show. 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

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

WILL SHE OR WON'T SHE?

Soap star-turned-Live spitfire Kelly Ripa seems to be downplaying a story in Monday's New York Post that said she plans to quit All My Children when her contract expires in December. The Post reported Ripa would make only sporadic appearances on the sudser. "All My Children has been and will continue to be a big part of my life," Ripa responded in a statement. "I hope to continue to appear as Hayley Santos for many years to come." read more

MAY THE BEST MAN WIN

How badly will Harry Potter clobber George Clooney this fall? That's the question all of Hollywood is asking themselves now that 20th Century Fox has moved up the release of Clooney's sci-fi thriller, Solaris, from Dec. 13 to Nov. 27 — just a stone's throw from the Nov. 15 debut of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Fox is betting that Solaris — which reunites Clooney with his Ocean's Eleven and Out of Sight director Steven Soderbergh — will be the perfect adult alternative to Potter. We're betting Fox will face an uphill battle. read more

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