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NRA booster Charlton Heston will reprise his role as Ben-Hur in a direct-to-video animated remake of the classic 1959 film slated for release this fall. "You don't often get a chance to do the same thing twice," the 77-year-old actor said. read more


Raymond Burr, Jim Carrey and Michael J. Fox have topped a just-released list of the Top 10 Canadians in U.S. Television. Also making the cut: actors Lorne Greene and William Shatner; comedian Rich Little; journalists Peter Jennings, Robert MacNeil and Morley Safer; and Jeopardy emcee Alex Trebek. read more


Weight Watcher Sarah Ferguson has inked a deal with Universal to host Fergie, her very own talk show debuting in September 2003. "I'm not talent, I'm not a celebrity, I'm not an actress — I am just me," says the ever-humble Duchess of York. "I love being with people, whether they're famous or not." The royal's resume already boasts correspondent spots on NBC's Today and a Brit talkfest called Sarah, Surviving Life. read more


Pioneering fashion rule-breaker Bill Blass, who set new standards for American style by mixing and matching chic with casual, died Wednesday at his home in Washington, Conn. He was 79. According to reports, the cause of death was cancer. Blass's clients included former first ladies Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush, as well as Barbara Walters, Barbra Streisand and Candice Bergen. "I love his clothes, because they are comfortable, wearable and pretty," Reagan once said. Blass — who said he designed for women "not obsessed with fashion" — went on to expand his $700-million-a-year empire to include men's wear, swimwear, chi read more


Fox appears to have a hit on its hands with its mean-spirited guilty pleasure American Idol: The Search for a Superstar. Tuesday's premiere attracted nearly 10 million viewers and gave Fox a rare win on the night. And early word is that last night's episode did even better. read more


Eminem's new CD The Eminem Show held on to the No. 1 spot on Billboard's album chart for the third consecutive week, selling another 800,000 copies... The video for Kenny Chesney's country hit "Young" won top honors Wednesday at the inaugural CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards.... Former talk show host Gary Collins was found innocent Wednesday of drunk and reckless driving stemming from a March 24 incident... Today hostess Katie Couric has reportedly split from producer-boyfriend Tom Werner. The bicoastal couple had been dating for two years. read more


Late-night loudmouth Bill Maher says sayonara to ABC's Politically Incorrect on June 28. His final panelists include regulars like columnists Ann Coulter and Arianna Huffington, and actor-comic Christopher "Kid" Reid. read more


Alias badass Jennifer Garner has a new identity: movie star. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress — who's currently shooting Daredevil with Ben Affleck — is in talks to earn $3 million to star in 13 Going on 30, which is described as a female Big. The film would go into production next summer during Garner's Alias hiatus. read more

All-Star Survivor Scoop!

Survivor fans anxious to see former castaways Susan Hawk and Jerri Manthey claw each other's eyes out will have to cool their heels for at least another year. The much-talked-about championship edition — pitting the franchise's biggest stars against one another — won't happen until fall 2003 at the earliest.

According to CBS rep Chris Ender, a regular "average Joe" installment — not the all-star version — will follow Survivor: Thailand in the spring. "Survivor 6 will [feature] regular, soon-to-be-discovered Americans," he tells TV Guide Online. "The all-star Survivor is something that we're very interested in pursuing in the future — we're just not certain at this point when we're going to do it."

That said, Ender confirms that recruiting Richard, Tina, Colby, Rudy and Co. in time for next season was under consideration. The advantages for CBS are obvious: Sur read more


Jamie Lee Curtis has used up all her minutes with VoiceStream Wireless. The nation's sixth-largest wireless carrier has dropped the former scream queen as its spokesperson, replacing her with Catherine Zeta-Jones. It's all part of the company's new re-branding campaign as it becomes T-Mobile International. read more

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