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BOBBITT BOOTED

John Wayne Bobbitt — the reattached penis guy — was arrested Monday night in Las Vegas on domestic violence charges and will be pulled from Fox's Celebrity Boxing 2 on May 22. TV Guide Online has learned that former WWF star Chyna (Joanie Laurer) is the top candidate to replace Bobbitt in the ring; she'll do battle with Joey Buttafuoco. read more

CAMPBELL SCOOP

Gosford Park helmer Robert Altman is in talks to direct the ensemble ballet flick The Company. According to Variety, Neve Campbell is attached to produce and star. read more

HOT CHRISTMAS ITEM

Not looking forward to waiting in those long lines to see Star Wars: Episode II &#150 Attack of the Clones this weekend? Well, you could always hold out for the DVD, available this fall. read more

MALCOLM ON THE MOVE

Fox doesn't unveil its fall schedule until Thursday, but Variety reports that the network is expected to add four new dramas and three new comedies. Changes are also in store for many returning shows, including Malcolm in the Middle moving to Sundays at 9 pm/ET and The Bernie Mac Show shifting to 8 pm/ET on Wednesdays opposite ABC's My Wife and Kids. Critical fave 24, meanwhile, will return for a second 24-episode day. read more

SHORT CUTS

Bernadette Peters and Gregory Hines will host the Tony Awards on June 2... Where in the world was Today's Matt Lauer this morning, the third day of his popular globe-trotting series? Scotland's Skibo Castle... Anne Heche may replace Jennifer Jason Leigh in Broadway's Proof... Charlie's Angels star Lucy Liu is in talks to play the title character in a modern-day version of Charlie Chan, according to The Hollywood Reporter... Rosie O'Donnell confirmed on her talk show Tuesday t read more

FROG'S FALL

The WB outlined its fall plans to advertisers Tuesday morning in New York, and big changes are afoot. The Frog Network is adding two new dramas, the family saga Everwood and the Batman spinoff Birds of Prey, as well as four new comedies, including a Family Affair remake starring Tim Curry and a buddy sitcom featuring Beverly Hills, 90210 alum Jennie Garth and Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes. A weekly repeat of Gilmore Girls kicks off a revamped Sunday night, followed by original episodes of Charmed and Angel. The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, meanwhile, is be read more

WITH HONORS

Steven Spielberg can add bachelor's degree to his list of accomplishments. The Oscar-winning filmmaker — who attended Cal State University Long Beach in 1965 but dropped out three years later to pursue a film career — has accumulated enough credits to graduate. He plans to attend the May 31 commencement ceremony. Joked the auteur: "Completing the requirements for my degree 33 years after finishing my principal education marks my longest postproduction schedule." read more

PEACOCK TRIUMPHS

Nearly 29 million viewers caught Anthony Edwards's swan song on ER last Thursday, making it last week's most-watched show and helping NBC to rank No. 1 in households and total viewers. CBS, powered by CSI (No. 2) and Survivor: Marquesas (No. 4), finished second. read more

Toni Collette: Down Under for Good?


Most actors wouldn't dare flee Hollywood at their peak, but that's just what Australian actress Toni Collette did. The Sixth Sense Oscar nominee — who stars opposite Hugh Grant in the new romantic comedy About a Boy (opening Friday) — says a recent six-month sabbatical in Sydney just about saved her career.

"I started to resent working because I felt like it robbed me of any emotional life of my own," says Collette, who currently can be seen in the box office hit Changing Lanes. "Soon after [taking the break], I realized that if I didn't have acting as an outlet, if I didn't have that form of expression, I probably read more

TAKE A BOW

Madonna finally made her London stage debut on Monday in Up for Grabs, and the audience responded by giving her a standing ovation — before she even opened her mouth! "I have never before witnessed an actress receiving an ovation before she had uttered a word," one onlooker told Reuters. read more

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