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HE'S BACK

Arnold Schwarzenegger has an actual film career again. According to Variety, the aging action hero — who recently signed on for a third Terminator flick — has committed to two more returning movie franchises: Westworld and Conan the Barbarian. In Westworld, a remake of Michael Crichton's 1973 sci-fi saga, Schwarzenegger will play the robotic Old West gunmen role originated by Yul Brynner. Conan, meanwhile, will find Maria Shriver's better half reprising the title character he played in the 1982 original. read more

SHORT CUTS

Fox News spitfire Bill O'Reilly (The O'Reilly Factor) will host a new daily syndicated radio show beginning May 7... With nearly 40 million viewers, CBS's 9/11 special was easily the most-watched program last week — leading the Eye network to notch another weekly win... Former Night Court star John Larroquette is in talks to play a media baron in an untitled ABC pilot for fall... Ben Stiller will appear on the 100th episode of CBS's The King of Queens, which stars his real-life father, Jerry. The episode airs May 20... Jerry Seinfeld has signed a new three-year, eight-figure deal to serve as spokesman for American Express. read more

R.I.P. BOND 20

MGM has announced the title of its 20th James Bond flick: Die Another Day. The film — previously known only as Bond 20 — is due in theaters Nov. 22. read more

MEG'S MUSIC MAN

Oh geez, now Russell Crowe has another reason to be grumpy: His onetime ladylove, Meg Ryan, reportedly has a new guy. According to tabloid reports, Ryan, 40, is dating Broadway actor Craig Bierko (The Music Man). Bierko, 37, can next be seen opposite Sally Field on the ABC drama The Court (debuting March 26). read more

ENRON BANDWAGON

Paramount Pictures is developing a movie about the rise and fall of Enron. The would-be feature is based on a story that appeared in Vanity Fair's April issue. CBS also has its own Enron-themed telepic in the works. read more

DAVID MANNING MUZZLED

Sony Pictures is paying the price for last summer's faux critic scandal. Connecticut officials have fined the studio $325,000 for attributing fake movie reviews to a nonexistent film critic ("David Manning") at a Connecticut newspaper. Sony also has agreed to stop using ads in which company employees pose as moviegoers praising films. read more

MARITAL BLISS? FUHGETABOUTIT!

Sopranos star James Gandolfini has filed for divorce from his wife of three years, Marcy, the New York Post reports. The couple have a two-year-old son. read more

VIRGINIA ISN'T FOR LOVERS

When is a kiss not just a kiss? Apparently when it's between two teenage girls. An ABC affiliate in Lynchburg, Va., refused to air Monday night's episode of Once and Again because it featured the show's 14-year-old character, Jessie (Evan Rachel Wood), kissing another teen girl. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation called the decision to yank the episode "pure and simple homophobia." read more

Kevin Pollak: "I'm a Charlatan!"


After taking a 10-year hiatus from the stand-up circuit to pursue films, celeb impersonator Kevin Pollak is back onstage. The funnyman says he finds joke material in the strangest places.

"I hear that Fox is actually going to have celebrity boxing," Pollak laughs to TV Guide Online. "It sounded like a hackneyed premise that a stand-up comedian who does impersonations would use. It inspired me. I can't wait for it to lead to Christopher Walken fighting William Shatner. That's my fantasy."

However, he is saddened that Long Island Lolita Amy Fisher backed out of her match with ex-skater Tonya Harding. "Those unyielding parole people — where are their priorities?" the 44-year-old quips. "Isn't this read more

SOAP DISH

Kelly Ripa was more perky than usual today on Live with Regis and Kelly. When nominations for the 29th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced this morning at New York's famed Rainbow Room, Regis Philbin's better half received two nods — one for Live and another for her role as Hayley on All My Children. (Ripa's real-life — and AMC — hubby, Mark Consuelos, was nominated as well.) Best drama series nominees were: All My Children, As the World Turns, One Life to Live and The Young and the Restless. Trophies will be handed out on May 17. read more

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