Today's News: Our Take


HITTING THE ROAD

NBC News is sending anchor-in-waiting Brian Williams to New Delhi for a series of reports on growing tensions between India and Pakistan. The first of the reports will air tonight on Nightly News. read more

BOND'S NEXT MOVE

Pierce Brosnan — currently hard at work on the latest James Bond pic, Die Another Day — has signed on to star in and produce the romantic comedy Laws of Attraction, Variety reports. He'll play a divorce lawyer who falls in love with another divorce lawyer. read more

FILM TITAN DIES

Famed movie mogul Lew Wasserman — who is credited with building Universal into the mega-conglomerate it is today — died Monday at his home in Beverly Hills of complications from a stroke. He was 89. "Wasserman was the last of the founding fathers of the entertainment industry," Variety editor Peter Bart tells USA Today. read more

THE BOSS RETURNS

Bruce Springsteen will release The Rising — his first studio rock album since 1992 and his full collaboration with the E Street Band in 18 years — on July 30. There's no word if The Boss will tour with the album. read more

SHORT CUTS

Scorpion King star Kelly Hu has joined the cast of X-Men 2 playing mutant villain Anne... Melrose Place alum Jack Wagner will host a new golf-themed interview show for ESPN titled Off Course. It debuts June 11 at 7:30 pm/ET. read more

TRIAL, INTERRUPTED

Talk about a lucky break. A judge delayed Winona Ryder's preliminary hearing on shoplifting and drug charges after the actress allegedly re-injured her right elbow while pushing past reporters outside court. Ryder fractured her right arm while filming the upcoming Adam Sandler comedy Mr. Deeds. The case is expected to resume on Thursday. read more

THEY'RE HERE, THEY'RE QUEER, GET USED TO IT

Showtime has renewed its racy gay soap Queer as Folk for two more 16-episode seasons. Queer's second season concludes June 16. read more

PAPA DIDN'T PREACH

Madonna's spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg is flatly denying reports that her client is pregnant. The Material Girl's dad, Tony Ciccone, reportedly told a British newspaper over the weekend that his superstar daughter was expecting her third child, but Rosenberg insists that such an interview never took place. read more

Question: I've been watching ...

Question: I've been watching the miniseries Band of Brothers on HBO, and I was wondering if there was any information about availability dates for DVD or video. Hats off to Tom Hanks. The series is great! — DCA, Seal Beach, Calif.

Televisionary: My friends at HBO Video don't have an exact release date, but they tell me Band of Brothers will probably be out on VHS and DVD sometime in the fourth quarter of this year, DCA, so keep the credit card in the wallet until October or so.

And I'm with you on Hank's track record for HBO. Band of Brothers, with its excellent writing and acting and its attention to detail, is right up there among the best of the best war movies. Between that and Hanks's From the Earth to the Moon, his name is on two of the finest miniseries to ever grace the small screen, in my opinion.

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Question: Can you please tell ...

Question: Can you please tell me the years the show Fridays was on and list its cast members? Thank you.

Televisionary: Fridays, ABC's answer to Saturday Night Live, was on from April 1980 to October 1982. Its regular cast members included Mark Blankfield (Good &#038 Evil), Maryedith Burrell (The Jackie Thomas Show), Melanie Chartoff (Parker Lewis Can't Lose), Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Darrow Igus, read more

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