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DEATH AS SPORT

Ubi Soft Entertainment is creating several video games based on CBS's smash-hit forensics drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Variety reports. First up: The PC version, which will hit store shelves in late 2003. Speaking of CSI, Thursday's episode attracted a best-ever 29 million viewers. read more

BUT, CAN-CAN IT WIN THE OSCAR?

Moulin Rouge's Oscar chances got a major boost Sunday night when the movie musical won top honors at the 13th annual Producers Guild Awards. The winner of the Producers prize has gone on to win the Academy Award for best picture nine out of 12 times. Other victors at the Los Angeles-based ceremony: TV drama (NBC's The West Wing); TV comedy (HBO's Sex and the City); and TV movie/miniseries (HBO's Band of Brothers). read more

Hartnett Co-Star's Bad Trip


Though he's best known as doobie-tokin' Rubin from Road Trip, Paulo Costanzo doesn't love being recognized for that role. "Luckily, I played kind of an introverted pothead, so I don't have people screaming [at me]," he sighs. "Once in awhile, there's a person who gives me weed on the street or something. A lot of people do that."

Sadly, he's not amused. "If you really feel that [a movie] showcases what you want to put forth into the world and you get recognized for that — then you can take the compliments personally," Costanzo says. "I never really liked the movie. I'm not a fan of that type of [teen] movie. So I don't take the compliments very personally with that."

Well, at least he's honest. "I'm a huge film buff and I have a very distinct taste," the 23-year-old offers. "So I can either say, 'I like it because I'm in it' — o read more

SHORT CUTS

The foreign-language romance Amelie won best picture at the Cesar awards, the French equivalent of the Oscars... Sylvester Stallone will voice the character of Paul Revere in PBS's upcoming Liberty's Kids, a series set during the American Revolution. — Michael Ausiello with Daniel R. Coleridge read more

I (DON'T) THINK I LOVE YOU

Partridge Family mom Shirley Jones has filed for divorce from her husband of 25 years, comedian Marty Ingels. Jones cited irreconcilable differences as the reason. read more

MORE OSCAR FODDER

Further proof that this year's Academy Awards race is wide open: Oscar hopefuls Gosford Park and A Beautiful Mind were the big winners at Saturday's Writers Guild awards, scoring best original screenplay and best adapted screenplay, respectively. Other WGA winners: TV drama (The Sopranos) and TV comedy (Everybody Loves Raymond). read more

IN THIS CORNER...

Amy Fisher has been KO'd from Fox's March 13 celebrity boxing special, which was to pit the Long Island Lolita against ice vixen Tonya Harding. According to the New York Post, Paula Jones — best known for accusing former president Bill Clinton of sexual harrassment — will replace Fisher in the ring. read more

MAKE WAR, NOT LOVE

Think moviegoers are tiring of war-themed films? Think again. Mel Gibson's Vietnam War saga We Were Soldiers debuted at the top of the box office, grossing $20.2 million. The Josh Hartnett romantic comedy, 40 Days and 40 Nights, opened at No. 2 with a respectable $12.5 million. Rounding out the top five: John Q (No. 3 with $8.4 million), Dragonfly (No. 4 with $6.8 million) and Return to Never Land (No. 5 with $6.5 million). Last weekend's No. 1, vampire pic Queen of the Damned, bit the dust in its second weekend of release, plummeting to sixth place with $5.8 million. read more

CBS DAYTIME MOURNS LOSS

On Feb. 28, soap opera actress Mary Stuart died at 75 due to complications from a stroke. A beloved suds staple for 50 years, she starred as Jo in Search for Tomorrow's entire 35-year run. Most recently, she was Meta on Guiding Light. For more on Stuart's passing, read Soaps News on Friday. read more

CALL HER MOMMY

Anne Heche and Coley Laffoon welcomed a 7 lb. infant son on Saturday in L.A. The John Q star and her cameraman hubby have dubbed their first child Homer Heche Laffoon. (Don't laugh, it's not nice.) read more

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