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ATTACK OF THE KILLER HAS-BEENS

Along with stars of current shows like ER and Friends, yesteryear's luminaries made Sunday night's three-hour NBC 75th Anniversary Special a ratings smash. The Peacock ruled the night with help from Mr. T, Bill Cosby, Barbara Eden, Michael J. Fox and other old faves. read more

THOROUGHLY PLEASED

Tony Award nominations were announced this morning, and new musical Thoroughly Modern Millie scored a field-best 11 nods. Urinetown and the revival of Into the Woods managed to snag ten nods each, while Mornings at Seven became the most nominated play with nine. Winners will be announced on June 2 from Radio City Music Hall. read more

SHORT CUTS

The Price Is Right's Bob Barker will be hosting the upcoming Daytime Emmy Awards on May 17... Musical director George Sidney died this weekend of complications due to lymphoma. He was 85... Bill Murray has taken such an active interest in a Brockton, Mass., minor league baseball team that he may become part owner. read more

MY SO-CALLED REPLACEMENT

Actress Claire Danes has replaced newcomer Sophia Bush in the upcoming big-budget Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, according to Variety. Danes enters the project, currently four weeks into filming, as a love interest for Nick Stahl's character John Conner. Director John Mostow claims that Bush was coming off as too young in the dailies. read more

IN OTHER KENNEDY NEWS

Actor Emilio Estevez is developing a drama about the assassination of Robert Kennedy. Estevez, who penned the script Bobby, is planning to direct and likely star. read more

THE $100 MILLION MAN?

Box office pundits are predicting that Spider-Man could make as much as $100 million this weekend. The comic book flick — which opens nationwide today — is garnering rave reviews from critics. read more

Woody Allen: Does He Hate Hollywood?


As we saw at this year's Academy Awards, Woody Allen takes his post as the quintessential New Yorker quite seriously. So, naturally, when people turn to him for an update on how the Big Apple is faring in the wake of Sept. 11, his response hardly lacks for passion.

"Right after 9/11 I went to Europe," says the director, "and they would ask me these sweeping questions like, 'Mr. Allen, is this the death of New York?' 'Is this the end of all humor?' or 'Can you ever show the New York skyline again?' It's absurd! It's like saying, 'Can you ever see a Humphrey Bogart film after he died of cancer?'

"It was a terrible tragedy, but the city is still a thriving, exciting, romantic city full of great stories," he continues. "New York has had tragedies, and every country has had famines, earth read more

Can James Cameron Save Dark Angel?


Turns out, Hollywood budget-buster James Cameron can do more with less. The Oscar winner — who spent $200 million to make Titanic — managed to shoot tonight's 90-minute Dark Angel season finale for a measly $3 million. "So, theoretically," he jokes to TV Guide Online, "I should be able to make a [two-hour] movie for about $5.5 million."

Of course, features and episodics are two very different beasts — as Cameron quickly learned. "I think we did 116 set-ups in one day... those are nutso numbers," he marvels. "The most set-ups I've ever done in my life before that was probably 40. But I think some of the lessons I learned will be valuable from a filmmaking standpoint.

"On TV, you have to figure out the things yo read more

In Defense of Hollywood's Wild Boy


So frequently has Brad Renfro gotten busted that critics may well sniff that his portrayal of a juvenile delinquent in the period picture Deuces Wild (opening today) required no research or talent. But the 19-year-old bad boy — who became a punch line after trying to steal a yacht without untying it from the dock — has at least one loyal booster in Michael Pitt, his co-star in last year's true-crime drama Bully.

"I happen to like Brad a lot," Pitt tells TV Guide Online. "People talk a lot of s--- about him, but I think he's an exceptional actor."

That said, even Renfro's No. 1 fan has no choice except to concede, "He's working some stuff out."

However, Pitt isn't losing any sleep over his friend's future — and he doesn't imagi read more

STILL MORE OSBOURNE NEWS

The Osbourne clan's beloved dog, Pipi, has been returned safe and sound. Live spitfire Kelly Ripa — who offered to double the reward offer to $1,000 — broke the news on today's show. However, the mystery person who returned the dog declined the cash. Sounds like a publicity stunt to us. read more

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