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Ryan O'Neal has signed on to play Alicia Silverstone's dad in the NBC comedy pilot Miss/Match, from Sex and the City creator Darren Star, Variety reports. The series centers on a New York matrimonial attorney (Silverstone) who doubles as a high-end matchmaker. read more


Filmmaker Michael Moore won best original screenplay for his controversial anti-gun documentary Bowling for Columbine at Saturday's 55th annual Writers Guild of America Awards. Best adapted screenplay honors went to David Hare for The Hours. TV kudos, meanwhile, went to CBS's expelled drama The Education of Max Bickford (huh?) and NBC's past-its-prime comedy Frasier (yawn). read more


Denzel Washington cleaned up at the 34th annual NAACP's Image Awards on Saturday, winning best actor for John Q as well as best supporting actor and best director for Antwone Fisher, which also was named best film. Halle Berry won best supporting actress for Die Another Day and Angela Bassett scored best TV movie actress for her title role in The Rosa Parks Story. The ceremony airs Thursday at 8 pm/ET on Fox. read more


In their first 60 Minutes showdown last night, Bill Clinton and Bob Dole sparred over President Bush's tax cut. In case you missed it, Clinton is against it and Dole is for it — and the name Frenchie Davis never came up. read more


Rocker Fred Durst apparently has a firmer grasp of the English language than many of us gave him credit for. The Limp Bizkit frontman got a tongue-lashing from scholars for using the word "agreeance" during an anti-war tirade at last month's Grammys. But according to the North American editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, "agreeance" is, in fact, a word. Britney Spears, meanwhile, still wants nothing to do with him. read more


Broadway is on a freakin' roll! Actually, it's not, I just wanted to see what it was like to lead off three consecutive news stories the same way. The fact of the matter is, Broadway is in freakin' trouble. A strike by Great White Way musicians — which left most Broadway theaters dark over the weekend — continues into its fourth day today. The dispute centers around producers' desire to cut the minimum size of orchestras from 26 to 15 players. The good news? The hysterical Off Broadway farce Zanna, Don't! is not affected by all this. The bad news? Neither is the dreadful (and disturbingly overrated) gay baseball satire Take Me Out. read more


Queen Latifah is on a freakin' roll! The Oscar nominee's new comedy Bringing Down the House (co-starring Steve Martin) debuted as the weekend's No. 1 film with $31.7 million. It was the third-biggest March opening ever, and a personal best for Latifah and Martin. The Bruce Willis war flick Tears of the Sun opened in second place with $17.2, followed by Old School (No. 3 with $9.2 million), Chicago (No. 4 with $6.9 million) and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (No. 5 with $6.8 million). And in case you're wondering what the heck happened to last weekend's top movie, read more

TV Mobster: Gotta Sing!

Most Mob bosses would sooner slit their throats than break into song. But now that NBC's edgy miniseries Kingpin has put its lead tough guy, Yancey Arias, on Hollywood's Most Wanted list, he hopes to use his raised profile to cut in on the movie-musical movement that has filmgoers humming all the way to the popcorn stand.

"I'd love to do a remake of West Side Story in which a Latino is [the traditionally white-bread] Tony," says the native New Yorker, a veteran of Broadway's The Wild Party, with Toni Collette and Eartha Kitt. "That would be quite an event, making it with a different racial background."

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Wanda Not "Syked" About the Oscars

Forget going for the gold; when it comes to the Academy Awards, comedian Wanda Sykes prefers to go for broke. That's why the funny lady, a pivotal part of the 2002 telecast's writing team, won't be returning to add punch to host Steve Martin's lines at this year's 75th annual ceremony. In her estimation, the kind of humor that really draws a crowd is the sort that also draws blood.

"The Oscars are very networky," she groans to TV Guide Online. "I loved working with [former emcee] Whoopi Goldberg, but everyone's a little too sensitive for me. I like a little edge."

And how. The onetime Chris Rock Show regular can say with great authority that, at the movie biz's black-tie back-slap, a little goe read more

Idol's Party Animal Speaks!

American Idol finalist Corey Clark — the dude Simon lambasted for partying the night before a pivotal qualifying round — has no plans to tame his wild image should he ultimately be crowned the champ. At the very least, he tells TV Guide Online, "I'm definitely going to be a little more fun than [AI's inaugural winner] Kelly Clarkson." (Justin, are you going to let him diss your woman like that?) We have to wonder whether the 22-year-old Nashville native was busy raising the roof the day Fox asked him to fill out its online profile, because he left half the form blank! What gives? "I didn't leave it [empty]," he insists. "I was never asked those questions." Well, we can fix that...
TV Guide Online: If you don't make it on American Idol, what will you do?
Corey Clark:
I will continue to try and record a demo.

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