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FRIDAY THE 13TH?

Something really freaky is happening on the set of Freaky Friday. Annette Bening is the latest cast member to drop out of Disney's upcoming remake of the 1977 comedy pic. Kelly Osbourne recently exited the film for personal reasons. It's unclear what motivated Bening's decision to leave. read more

COLBY, EMPLOYED AT LAST

Survivor: The Australian Outback alum Colby Donaldson finally has landed an acting gig. The Texan dreamboat has been cast in Time and Again, a PAX movie about ageism in the TV news biz. (Surprisingly, Colby's not playing a hunky anchorman, but a newswoman's hubby instead.) His co-stars include Dick Van Patten, Sally Kirkland and thirtysomething's Mel Harris. read more

YADA, YADA, YADA

Jerry Seinfeld will make a rare stand-up appearance on Late Show with David Letterman Oct. 31, the New York Post reports. Seinfeld is also slated to appear on Jay Leno's Tonight Show on Oct. 10, but he's not expected to perform. The comedy king is making the rounds promoting his upcoming documentary, Comedian. read more

MONSTER SALES

Monsters, Inc. had a mammoth first day in video stores. The Disney-Pixar film sold a record 5 million VHS and DVD copies Tuesday. That's the biggest first-day haul in history, beating The Lion King's record of 4.5 million. read more

YOU SNOOZE, YOU LOSE

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has been ordered to pay $2.45 million to a man who says he was beaten by the rap mogul's bodyguards in 1995. The Winston-Salem, N.C., judge ordered the payment because Combs didn't answer the allegations within a 30-day time limit. read more

GOLF DUSTUP

CBS will televise the Masters golf tournament in 2003, despite pressure from women's groups to drop the broadcast altogether. Augusta National — the private club which holds the Masters — refuses to allow women to be full-fledged members. In response to threats of advertiser boycotts, the club has agreed to sell no commercial airtime for this year's broadcast, picking up the entire tab on its own. read more

Kate Hudson: Famous Enough?


After her Oscar-nominated turn as rock groupie — sorry, "band aid" — Penny Lane in Almost Famous, Kate Hudson was extra choosy about her next film role. Why did she settle on the epic period drama The Four Feathers as her follow up?

"I could have gone after [Almost Famous] and done movies that were romantic comedy leads for girls," the blonde beauty admits. "But I want to do more sophisticated films. And if I want to do a romantic comedy, then it better be funny!

"I want to do movies that mean something to me," Hudson continues, "or that are just good, rather than go and do movies just to make me famous. I believe in what I do and I love what I do — and that's more important than being on MTV every day."

Thus, Hudson wasn't lu read more

PAGING TODD BRIDGES...

The TV networks really want to see celebs suffer. ABC has ordered a midseason reality series in which eight big shots from the world of film, TV and sports will be stranded in a remote location with only rice and water. Based on the British show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, the series will air over 15 consecutive nights and viewers will vote on which entertainer must take part in a physical challenge to win food for the group. The lamest (read: lowest-rated) participants will be kicked out. read more

FIRESTORM

Oscar winner Kevin Spacey apparently doesn't want to be associated with gay-friendly Fire Island. In a letter to the editor in this week's New York magazine, the actor denied a recent item that said he was renting a house and boat on the island off Long Island's southern coast. Spacey insisted he couldn't possibly have been staying on Fire Island because he had spent the summer at an amusement park in Boise, Idaho. (We're pretty sure he was kidding about that last part.) read more

General Hospital Scandal: Why Laura Quit!

General Hospital had divorced them, paired them up with other lovers and even killed them off. Yet it still seemed like Luke and Laura's honeymoon would never really be over — until now, that is. Earlier this month, after acting opposite Anthony Geary off and on for a quarter of a century, leading lady Genie Francis quit in a bitter dispute with her soap's brass over what she considers to be their preferential treatment of her co-star. (According to sources, Geary is allowed to take extended vacations, rewrite dialogue and improvise at the drop of a hat; Francis is not.) In this exclusive interview with TV Guide Online, the 40-year-old veteran of All My Children and Days of Our Lives goes on to reveal that, in fact, she had been debating whether or not to check out of GH for some time — ever since her peers denied her an Emmy nomination for read more

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