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HALO EFFECT

Demi Moore is coming out of retirement to appear in the upcoming Charlie's Angels sequel. The onetime box office draw will play a former angel working on the other side of the law in Charlie's Angels 2: Halo, scheduled for release next June. Moore, 39, hasn't been seen in theaters since 2000's Passion of Mind, a film which, um, no one really saw. read more

GREAT SCOTT!

Ex-Philly actor Tom Everett Scott has signed on to do five to eight episodes of ER. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he will play Eric Wyczenski, an Air Force air-traffic controller who comes to Chicago to visit his sister, nurse Abby Lockhart (Maura Tierney). He'll first appear in the third episode of the season. read more

MOLE FEVER

ABC's Mole franchise may not be dead after all. Buoyed by the decent ratings turned in this summer by Mole 2: The Next Betrayal, the network is considering a third installment, Variety reports. Meanwhile, during last night's Mole 2 finale, Bill was revealed to be the spy. read more

THE BOSS IS BACK

Bruce Springsteen's media blitz last week paid off big-time. His latest CD, The Rising, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's album chart, selling 526,000 copies. That ranks as the biggest opening-week tally in Springsteen's career. read more

WILL MARIAH BE AS LUCKY?

Mariah Carey will release her comeback album on Dec. 10, MTV News reports. The as-yet-untitled CD — her first project with hip-hop label Def Jam — reportedly will touch on many of the pop diva's recent problems (read: Glitter). read more

DETOUR

Martin Lawrence is tying up traffic again. Commuters in Miami are seeing red this week after producers of Bad Boys 2, which reunites Lawrence with Will Smith, were granted permission to film a scene on the busy MacArthur Causeway — the main pipeline between Miami and Miami Beach. Government officials approved the four-day closure, promising a payout of $20 million to the local economy. But that's little consolation to the road's 90,000 daily motorists, many of whom have found their 15-minute commute stretched to more than an hour. read more

POLL POSITION

American rock legend Jimi Hendrix has been voted the greatest guitarist of all time by readers of Europe's Total Guitar magazine. Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page ranked second, followed by Eric Clapton in third. Modern musicians making the cut include Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine (No. 13) and late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain (No. 14). read more

A SAD PROGRAMMING NOTE

NBC plans to air a tribute to late Passions star Josh Ryan Evans on today's show. For more on the actor's untimely death, click here. read more

TOUGH CELL

Don't hold your breath for that in-the-works Buffy the Vampire Slayer animated series. According to Buffy creator Joss Whedon, the spinoff's prospects remain sketchy. "Every day it changes," he tells TV Guide Online. "Today, it's not so good." What's the problem? "I can't really go into it, but it's all about contracts and finding a home for it and financing. A lot of really boring stuff." read more

THE BUSY GIRL

Jennifer Aniston's burgeoning movie career is interfering with her day job on Friends. The Emmy nominee, who's winning raves for her performance as a miserable discount store employee in The Good Girl, was slated to direct the sixth episode of her hit NBC sitcom this season. However, scheduling conflicts with her next film — the spiritual comedy Bruce Almighty, in which she plays Jim Carrey's girlfriend — have derailed those plans. "I'm no longer [doing it]," she tells TV Guide Online. "We may try to push it toward the end of the season, but I don't know if it'll make sense then." A Friends rep says it's "too early to tell" whether Aniston will get another shot behind the camera in the spring. read more

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