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MUMMY AND DADDY

Mummy hunk Brendan Fraser and wife Afton welcomed their first child, son Griffin Arthur Fraser, into the world on Sept. 17. In other baby news, psychic guru John Edward is a first-time dad: His wife gave birth to son Justin Edward on Wednesday. read more

NO SURPRISE HERE

The wife of Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland has filed for divorce after two years of marriage. Citing irreconcilable differences, Mary Weiland is seeking spousal and child support and full custody of their two kids. Last December, the singer — who has a history of drug problems — pleaded guilty to domestic battery after fighting with his wife at Las Vegas's Hard Rock hotel. He agreed to undergo counseling and the charges were dismissed. read more

HOME INVASION

Jurassic Park author and ER creator Michael Crichton was allegedly robbed at gunpoint and tied up by two men who ransacked his Santa Monica, Calif., home on Monday, The Associated Press reports. Crichton was not injured in the incident. read more

HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN

Opie's back: Ron Howard is returning to TV — albeit behind the scenes. Fox has picked up a drama pilot from the actor-turned-filmmaker titled Arrested Development, about a well-off family rocked by an accounting scandal. read more

SINGLE LIFE STINKS

Viewers stood up ABC's The Bachelor. Season two of the reality series debuted last night with a lackluster (and preliminary) 6.5 rating, placing it behind the season premiere of NBC's The West Wing and the conclusion of CBS's Big Brother 3. In other words, if ABC was banking on this show to pull them out of the Nielsen basement, they're in big trouble. read more

DIXIE DETHRONED

The Dixie Chicks' three-week reign on top of the album charts has ended thanks to some Disturbed folks. The heavy-metal quartet's second disc, Believe, debuted at No. 1 with sales of 284,000 copies. The Chicks's Home slipped to second place with 168,000 copies sold. read more

BACK IN BUSINESS

Turns out the early bird gets the viewers. ABC made a smart move launching its new fall shows early this season. The alphabet network, which has been in a slump for some time, brought in the largest primetime audience for a second straight week. The premieres of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter and Life with Bonnie coupled with Monday Night Football and the Miss America pageant helped boost the ratings. read more

REUNITED

Zoolander co-stars Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson are teaming up again. This time they'll star as police partners in Starsky &#038 Hutch, according to Variety. Stiller will play Paul Michael Glaser's role of Starsky in the upcoming remake of 1975 ABC series, and Wilson will take over David Soul's Hutch. Stiller and Wilson have also worked together in The Royal Tenenbaums and Meet the Parents. read more

Apollo 13's Missing Scenes


Listen up, film buffs: Ron Howard has a mission for you. The Oscar-winning director is challenging moviegoers to spot what's vanished from his new IMAX re-release of Apollo 13 (in select theaters now). Howard was forced to cut 20 minutes from the original two-hour, 19-minute pic to accommodate the limitations of IMAX projectors. But the artist-formerly-known-as-Opie bets most folks won't know what's missing.

"So far, nobody — outside of absolute insiders — has been able to figure out [what we removed]," he tells TV Guide Online. "I was as subtle as I could be. I lost a few scenes, but nothing major.

"The good news is, a lot of it I was just able to squeeze out," he continues. "Because, with the large-screen format, you don't need to linger to make sure that an idea is expressed. And you also don't have to repeat dial read more

LOOKING AHEAD

Screenwriter David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, Hannibal) is creating an hourlong drama for NBC, Variety reports. The Peacock network describes the potential 2003 series as a mixture of Robin Hood, The A-Team and Mission: Impossible. Mamet will serve as an executive producer on the project and earn more than six figures. read more

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