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THE BODY ON BROADWAY?

Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is working with librettist and lyricist Stephen Dolginoff on The Body Ventura, a musical based on the life of the former pro wrestler-turned-politician, reports Reuters. read more

SHORT CUTS

Ewan MacGregor will join Ren&#233e Zellweger on the big screen in Down with Love, a new romantic comedy, according to Variety... Normally overprotective mother Madonna took a rare step in bringing her five-year-old daughter Lourdes to a public event on Tuesday. The duo attended the opening of an exhibition by fashion photographer Mario Testino. read more

ER Star Answers Beer Jeer


Heads up, ER fans! Next week's issue of TV Guide gives NBC's drama a Jeer for its Jan. 10 episode, when Maura Tierney's Nurse Abby — a recovering alcoholic — had a beer. Since her sudden slip was quite random, and the following week's episode never mentioned it, the scene seemed like a plot continuity hiccup. In an exclusive Q&#038A with TV Guide Online, Tierney tells how she really feels about Abby's lapse — and her recent romantic waffling. She also revels in being badder than ever in her director-hubby Billy Morrisette's indie, Scotland, PA (opening Feb. 8). Read on for the scoop!
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WHILE WE'RE ON THE SUBJECT...

Saturday Night Live's Ana Gasteyer announced she's pregnant and expects to give birth to her first child in June. Gasteyer will be the first SNL cast member to be pregnant while on the show. read more

MIRACULOUS RECOVERY

Katie Couric was caught in a flu-faux pas Tuesday night when the Today show anchor was seen at a party in Boston with her beau Tom Werner — on the same day she called in sick to work. A rep for Today told the New York Post, "After resting for a day and a half, she felt well enough to attend [the party]." Couric was back in New York by 9:30 pm that evening and back on the show Wednesday. read more

DAY CARE

Greeting card companies rejoice! Michael Jackson wants the world to create a new holiday to celebrate kids. In a recent interview with Vibe magazine, the King of Pop visualized Children's Day — a peaceful occasion that would be similar to Mother's or Father's Day. read more

WHO'S YOUR DADDY?

The Hollywood baby boom is still kickin' as actors Eddie Murphy and Andy Garcia took on the role of proud papas this week. Murphy and wife Nicole welcomed their fifth child on Tuesday night, a girl named Bella Zahara. Garcia (Ocean's Eleven) and his wife added a son to their brood of three daughters. According to The Associated Press, Andres Antonio Garcia-Lorido was delivered Monday in Los Angeles. read more

END QUOTE

"I am out of work May 22. I am totally available next season." — Rosie O'Donnell, telling Access Hollywood about her availability to do more sitcom roles. O'Donnell guest stars as the lesbian mother of Jack's son on tonight's Will & Grace. — Lauren Kane and Angel Cohn read more

MORE MUSIC TO OUR EARS?

And if a musical based on a wrestler weren't enough to scare you, '80s pop singer Boy George's life has been immortalized in song as well. Following the journey of the Culture Club lead singer, the new play entitled Taboo opened Tuesday night in London. read more

West Wing Star's Career Schiff


Fans of West Wing thesp Richard Schiff are in for a rude awakening if they go into his new film, I Am Sam, expecting to find Martin Sheen's trusty communications director, Toby Ziegler. Instead, they'll discover Schiff playing a tough lawyer out to prevent a mentally challenged man (Sean Penn) from retaining custody of his little girl (Dakota Manning).

"People are calling me bad and mean," the 42-year-old Emmy winner laments to TV Guide Online. "I guess my character does have a nasty streak, but I think he's really just trying to do his job. I needed a little convincing [in accepting the role], but I jumped at the chance to work with Sean Penn. I didn't care what judgement read more

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