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REAL GIRLFIGHT

Michelle Rodriguez, who played an up-and-coming boxer in the 2000 flick Girlfight, was arrested over the weekend on charges that she attacked her roommate at the Jersey City, N.J., home they share. The alleged victim, who has not been named, claims Rodriguez punched her and pulled her hair. The 23-year-old actress — whose latest film, Resident Evil, opened Friday — pleaded innocent Monday to charges of simple assault and harassment. She was released on $2,500 bail. read more

ONLY FOUR DAYS AWAY...

Oscar ballots are due today by 5 pm, at which time PricewaterhouseCoopers will tabulate the results and place the winners' names in sealed foil-lined envelopes. Ballots received after the deadline are ineligible. In other words, hurry up! read more

FEMBOT ALERT!

Crikey! Today show sweetheart Katie Couric will make a cameo appearance in Austin Powers 3 (opening July 26). "I play a prison guard," she tells Access Hollywood, "and one tough prison guard at that." Oh, behave! read more

HBO Takes More Heat for Project Greenlight


Add first-time filmmaker Pete Jones to the list of folks seeing red over HBO's documentary series Project Greenlight.

"I go to these speaking engagements and a lot of kids come up to me and say, 'After seeing the show, I don't think I want to get into movies,'" Jones laments to TV Guide Online. "That's frustrating to me. I hoped they would say, 'If this schmo can go make a movie, then I can go put some money together and make a movie myself.'"

Project Greenlight chronicles the making of Stolen Summer, the indie comedy Jones directed after his script won Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's screenwriting contest. Like the film's stars, read more

Survivor Bachelor's Rosie Gaffe


Ousted Survivor: Marquesas stud Hunter Ellis is probably regretting asking Rosie O'Donnell to give a shout-out to his mom on last Thursday's Rosie O'Donnell Show. Not only did she say hello, O'Donnell took it upon herself to invite Mrs. Ellis to join her 33-year-old bachelor son on an all-expenses-paid cruise to Alaska!

Nothing says, "Iceberg, dead ahead!" like a week-long pleasure trip with your mother.

"I talked to my mom [later that morning] and she goes, 'I want to know — is my name on the ticket?'" Ellis recalls to TV Guide Online with a chuckle. "She started laughing and then said, 'If you ditch me and take some girl...'"

Although Ellis hasn't decided whether he'll throw Mama from the boat, the former Navy fighter pilot insists that if the old woman does end up tagging along, they won't be playing shufflebo read more

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"I was beside myself with glee... I love this film desperately." — Internet gossip guru Harry Knowles's reaction after attending a special private screening of Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones over the weekend. — Michael Ausiello read more

Lex Luthor Gets Girlie


When Disney's gender-bending comedy Sorority Boys opens this Friday, Smallville fans everywhere will be flocking to theaters to catch Lex Luthor in drag. However, witnessing the bald baddie's portrayer, Michael Rosenbaum, wearing a dress won't be nearly as shocking as seeing him as a frat boy with — yikes! — hair.

And bad hair at that.

Smallville devotees can rest assured, however, that the '70s-esque shag Rosenbaum sports in the film isn't his real 'do. "That was just a horrible wig," says chrome-domed actor, who keeps his head shaved for his role as Clark Kent's future foe. "I wanted it to be bad because it was a comedy."

Despite the h read more

HONOR ROLL

The Ramones, Talking Heads, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Brenda Lee, Isaac Hayes and the late Chet Atkins were among the inductees Monday night into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "It's very easy to be cynical about the Hall of Fame," Petty told reporters backstage. "But on the other hand, it's really a beautiful thing for someone like me. I dedicated my entire life to this music." VH1 will air the New York-based ceremony Wednesday at 9 pm/ET. read more

THE WHOLE K.I.T.T. AND CABOODLE

David Hasselhoff is resurrecting his famous talking car for a feature film based on his '80s adventure series Knight Rider, Variety reports. Hasselhoff — who is not expected to star — will serve as the film's executive producer. read more

I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT!

Saturday Night Live alumna Molly Shannon is joining the cast of HBO's Sex and the City for a multi-episode arc. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the funny lady will play a single publishing executive in search of a man. Additionally, Shannon is in talks to take a role in ABC's remake of The Music Man. read more

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