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FEHR AFFAIR

CBS's fall pilots are taking shape and adding a little love, according to Variety. Oded Fehr, star of The Mummy and the short-lived UC: Undercover, has signed on to play the romantic interest of a married doctor — played by Dana Delany — in the medical drama Presidio Med. Also, look for Behind Enemy Lines actor David Keith to set off sparks with Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden in an untitled Allison Anders project. read more

BERRY SCARY

Ouch! Bond girl Halle Berry suffered an eye inflammation on the Die Another Day set in Spain on Saturday. The film's producers deny frenzied reports that she was hit with debris from a smoke grenade — they say a stray gust merely blew dust in her eye. "As a precautionary measure, the production sought medical attention," their statement said. "We are happy to report that Ms. Berry suffered no lasting ill effects and returned to work immediately." read more

ASHANTI CLOUDS DION'S DAY

R&B diva Ashanti's self-titled debut album took the top spot on Billboard's chart-topper this week after selling over 500,000 copies. Celine Dion's A New Day Has Come dropped to No. 2 with 263,000 copies. read more

SHORT CUTS

Director Martin Scorsese will be joining Woody Allen, David Lynch, Catherine Deneuve and a host of other international stars at the Cannes Film Festival next month to top the short film and Cinefoundation jury... Former Johnny Carson sidekick Ed McMahon filed a $20 million lawsuit against his insurance company, claiming that he was sickened by toxic mold that spread through his Beverly Hills home... Comedy Central has renewed two series, game show Beat the Geeks and Martin Short's celebrity in read more

DIVA DREAM TEAM

Now this is a must-see car wreck of egos, image and overblown vocals! On May 23, superstar singers Celine Dion, Cher and Mary J. Blige will perform in VH1 Divas Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. Their televised concert benefits VH1's Save the Music Foundation, supporting music education in public schools. read more

Bam! TV Chef Cooks Emeril's Goose


You will never hear Food Network chef Tony Bourdain offer to "kick it up a notch." Nor will you see him tool around on a Vespa shopping for late-night snack fixings with his mates. However, you may see him play with high-powered rifles in Cambodia or preside over a lamb slaughter in the Moroccan desert!

On A Cook's Tour, Bourdain takes his bad-boy chef act on the road in search of the perfect meal. It's not your typical foodie's travel show, with lots of gushing over exotic ingredients. "I'm proud of the fact that I'm just as unpleasant on television as I am in person," Bourdain boasts to TV Guide Online. "If I don't like something, I'll look at the camera and say, 'This sucks.'"

Bourdain airs Tuesday nights between Emeril Live's Emeril Lagasse and The Naked Chef's Jamie Oliver — two Food Network chefs he takes every opportunity to tease. "I don't know how I ended up as the toxic meat filling in the Jamie Oliv read more

LET'S MAKE A DEAL

Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner loves to play games so much that he is creating one of his own — a new game show titled The Real Deal, reports Variety. The funny quiz show, which may air on the Game Show Network, would test contestants on the origins of urban legends, superstitions and popular words. read more

HBO TAKES JOURNEY

HBO bought the rights to the documentary film Journeys with George, which followed President George W. Bush for eighteen months on the campaign trail. No airdate is set, but it could debut on the cable channel as early as this summer. read more

Sandra Bullock's CSI Gig!


In researching her role as a homicide detective in the new thriller Murder by Numbers, Sandra Bullock did not consult the country's most popular authority on the subject: CBS's top-rated forensics drama CSI. "I haven't watched CSI," she admits to TV Guide Online. "I like the real-life stuff, like on Discovery and The Learning Channel... and Cops. Give me the real gore. And if [those shows] are not on, then you go to the other shows that [feature] actors."

In Murder by Numbers — which opens April 19 — Bullock's character is caught in a cat-and-mouse game with two high school killers. Did Miss Congeniality get squeamish having to sift through all the evidence (i.e., blood, guts, puke, read more

YEAH BABY, YEAH

MGM/UA and New Line Cinema have finally reached an agreement after several months of debate to allow the newest Austin Powers film to use its original title, reports Variety. In exchange, Austin Powers in Goldmember, a spoof of the James Bond film Goldfinger, will arrive in theaters on July 26 with trailers for the next Bond flick, Die Another Day, attached to it. read more

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