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NEGOTIATIONS PLOY?

The director behind the first two Harry Potter films thinks the flick's kid stars will call it quits after the third movie. "If I were a betting man I'd say they'll probably stop after three," Chris Columbus told Reuters about Daniel Radcliffe (Harry) and sidekicks Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. "If they ask my opinion, my advice would be to go back to being kids." Yeah, because high school is such a blast. read more

IDOL ADDITION

Look out, Simon: Fox is poised to recruit hip-hop up-and-comer and sassy New York-based radio personality Angie Martinez as the fourth judge on the second edition of American Idol. Martinez, a drive-time DJ on Gotham's WQHT-FM Hot 97, recently released her second album, Animal House. The talent search for Idol 2 got underway Monday in Detroit. read more

BAD GIRLS

Audiences apparently have no desire to join Fox's girls club. The Monday debut of David E. Kelley's latest legal drama attracted a dismal 6 million viewers and ranked fourth in its timeslot. read more

RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES

CSI: Miami has postponed a planned November episode about a sniper who randomly shoots bystanders from atop a high-rise office building. "For obvious reasons, a decision about when to air it has not been made," a CBS rep tells USA Today. In related news, a Toronto-based production company is pitching to the networks a TV movie about a Canadian profiler who's currently aiding the search for the Washington, D.C.-area sniper. According to Reuters, Tracking the Hunters will detail Kim Rossmo's rise from Vancouver cop to criminologist with a new system of catching serial predators. read more

SHE'S ON A ROLL

Another plum Hollywood role has gone to Nicole Kidman. The Oscar-nominated actress — who just scored the lead in the film version of TV's Bewitched — has signed on to star in Paramount's upcoming remake of The Stepford Wives. She'll play the role originated by Katharine Ross in the 1975 version. read more

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"I freaked out. I assumed I was the in-house joke. The queen spoke to me but I haven't a clue what she said. Look at photographs — I'm in shock." — Ozzy Osbourne describing his recent meeting with Queen Elizabeth during an interview with Britain's Radio Times. read more

Supermodel Tyson Joins Hollywood's Boyz Club


Polo uberhunk Tyson Beckford has a message for Tinseltown casting directors: Don't hate me because I'm beautiful. "It's been real hard [making the leap from coverboy to leading man], because all they think is, 'Oh, you're the guy from the magazines,'" he tells TV Guide Online. "They don't think you can do anything else."

The 6-foot-2 Adonis hopes to change that perception with his two upcoming big-screen releases, Pandora's Box and Biker Boyz. In the former movie, described as an African-American Fatal Attraction, Beckford plays an ill-fated married man. "My character's wife kills me in order to get my life insurance, which she doesn't get because I didn't sign it over to her," he explains, adding that "the moral to that story is make sure your papers are right before you get married, and don't give her half yet. Give her all the lovin' she need read more

SHORT CUTS

Michelle Parma, a cast member on the third season of MTV's Road Rules, reportedly was killed in a car accident over the weekend in Texas... Imax Corp. is planning its first-ever baseball-themed large-format film. Baseball: The Global Game will trace the origins and evolution of the game... Singer Marc Anthony and wife Dayanara Torres, who announced in July that they were separating after two years of marriage, have reconciled, the New York Daily News reports. read more

TERROR FALLOUT

British rock band Oasis canceled a Wednesday concert in the Philippine capital Manila over security fears. Specifically, a rep for the group cited "recent terrorist attacks both in Bali and the Philippines." Jazz guitarist George Benson and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, meanwhile, have scrapped upcoming concerts in Indonesia as a result of the Oct. 12 Bali nightclub bombing that killed more than 180 people. RHCP also canceled a planned Manila concert. read more

Preview: The Osbournes Part Deux


Here's some good #@$%ing news for fans of The Osbournes. MTV president Brian Graden tells TV Guide Online that, despite the ongoing cancer battle being fought by family matriarch Sharon Osbourne, the show's eagerly anticipated second season is still expected to kick off on schedule next month. "We're on track to debut in November," he says. "We're fully in their home and we have enough material for the first four or five episodes. So far, all systems are go."

Still, the network reportedly is keeping a January start date open as a back-up — should Sharon's recovery delay production. Whenever Season Two gets underway, Graden says viewers shouldn't expect the same-old same-old. "They're all famous in a different way now," he explains. "Kelly has her own music career, Ozzy was out on tour, and of course, Sharon got sick — and we have been there for that entire experience, at her re read more

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