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CLARK KENT MEETS SUPERMAN

Erstwhile Man of Steel Christopher Reeve will guest-star on a February sweeps episode of the WB's Superman prequel series Smallville. As reported by J. Max Robins in the Jan. 18 issue of TV Guide magazine (on newsstands Jan. 13), Reeve will play Dr. Swan, a brilliant scientist who provides Clark Kent (Tom Welling) with revelatory insight into his superhero destiny. A lure for Reeve to return to the Superman franchise was the willingness of the WB to run a public-service announcement at the end of the episode for the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. "Chris is a Smallville fan," says a show insider. "He's told friends [Welling] reminds him of a young Chris Reeve." read more

LEFT OF THE ALTAR

Natalie Imbruglia isn't torn about marriage. The Aussie pop singer is engaged to marry Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns. The groom-to-be popped the question shortly before Christmas. read more

SHORT CUTS

Steven Spielberg will be honored Friday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame... Drew Barrymore's camp is denying reports that the twice-wed actress is engaged to boyfriend Fabrizio Moretti, drummer for the Strokes. read more

FASHION GRUMP STRIKES AGAIN

Fussy fashionista Mr. Blackwell has unleashed his "Worst Dressed List" for 2002, and his latest critical spitefest makes Joan Rivers look downright sweet. He calls Meg Ryan a "swap-meet fashion wreck." Scantily-clad celebs also take a hard hit this year: Shakira is labeled "overwrought and underdressed" in "Madonna's old clothes," while Christina Aguilera's "bimbo bombs wouldn't cover a gnat." And as for Kelly Osbourne, she's pegged a "fright-wigged baby doll" in "Ozzy's hand-me-downs." Well, &!$# you! read more

SHE'S COMIN' OUT

Camera-shy Osbourne daughter Aimee, who has chosen to remain MIA on MTV's The Osbournes, will make a rare public appearance at the American Music Awards on Monday (live 8 pm/ET on ABC). She is scheduled to present an award alongside Justin Timberlake. The rest of Aimee's clan — Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly and Jack — are hosting the show. read more

BILLY GOES BAD

Former Once and Again star Billy Campbell will play serial killer Ted Bundy in the upcoming USA Network movie Ann Rule Presents: The Stranger Beside Me. The telepic — airing March 21 — is the first of a new movie franchise featuring best-selling author Rule (played by Barbara Hershey). read more

FAR OUT

Farscape fans, take heart: The Sci Fi Channel is as upset over the show's untimely demise as you. "We never wanted to cancel it," Sci Fi president Bonnie Hammer tells TV Guide Online. "[But] the ratings had softened, and it was getting increasingly expensive to produce. We just couldn't make the financial deal." For the complete story, including Hammer's thoughts on a Farscape TV movie, click here. read more

IMPRESSIVE

Chart-topping country diva Shania Twain will perform live during Super Bowl XXXVII's halftime show on Jan. 26, the NFL confirmed Monday. An announcement about additional performers is expected shortly. read more

HOT JOE

Viewers are clearly not tiring of low-brow reality shows. Last night's debut of Joe Millionaire on Fox finished first from 9-10 pm, delivering a preliminary 12.7 rating/17 share. Final numbers are due later today. read more

WHO'S THE BOSS?

Nominations for the 45th annual Grammy Awards were announced this morning in New York, and an unprecedented eight artists — Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Norah Jones, Avril Lavigne, Sheryl Crow, Nelly, Ashanti and Raphael Saadiq — led the field with five nods apiece. Up for Record of the Year were "A Thousand Miles," Vanessa Carlton; "Without Me," Eminem; "Don't Know Why," Jones; "Dilemma," Nelly; and "How You Remind Me," Nickelback. Album of the Year nods went to Home, Dixie Chicks; The Eminem Show, Eminem; Come Away With Me, Jones; Nellyville, Nelly; and The Rising, Springsteen. Best New Artist nominees were Ashanti, Michelle Branch, Jones, Lavigne and John Mayer. The Grammys will be telecast live on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 23. For a list of the major nominees, clic read more

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