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CAT FANCY

Well, it's about time: 20th Century Fox is bringing America's favorite cat, Garfield, to the big screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film — which will mix live action with computer animation — will revolve around the sibling rivalry between Garfield and his canine sidekick, Odie. (Speaking of Odie, isn't he just the cutest thing ever?) Toy Story scribes Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow are penning the script, so chances are it'll be really good. read more

ANISTON UPDATE

A slightly bruised Jennifer Aniston was back on the set of NBC's Friends Wednesday following a minor fender bender in Hollywood on Tuesday. read more

THE CONCLUSION IS OUT THERE

It's the end of an era at Fox: The X-Files will not be returning for a 10th season this fall, the network announced Wednesday. Creator Chris Carter decided to pull the plug on his long-running UFO saga — which has seen its ratings fall this season sans David Duchovny. "It's the ninth inning. We want to go out on top," he told Variety. "We wanted to go out as a strong show." It's Carter's hope that Duchovny will reprise his role as Fox Mulder opposite Gillian Anderson's Dana Scully for the show's two-part series finale. read more

DARK DAYS

Don't write that Felicity obit just yet. Wednesday night's debut of Glory Days, the college drama's winter replacement, was a ratings disappointment. According to preliminary Nielsen data, Kevin Williamson's new spookfest pretty-much matched Felicity's so-so average in the 9 pm timeslot. read more

END QUOTE

"She's a very important person to me... But I don't necessarily think we're a hundred percent ready for what being with each other would mean." — Russell Crowe on whether his ex, Meg Ryan, was the love of his life, in an interview with Diane Sawyer on tonight's Primetime Thursday (10 pm/ET). — Michael Ausiello read more

NBC'S DREAM PROJECT

NBC has greenlit a $30 million, four-hour epic miniseries about the myths and legends of Native American culture. According to Variety, Dreamkeeper — which is slated to air in November 2003 — will use "special effects to dramatize seven or eight Native American legends." read more

CORONER'S REPORT

Former Eight Is Enough actress Lani O'Grady died last fall of a drug overdose, the Los Angeles County coroner's office says. Tests showed high levels of the antidepressant Prozac and the painkiller Vicodin in her system. It remains unclear whether her death was an accident or suicide. She was 46. read more

THIS COULD GET UGLY

Actor Juan Carlos Diaz has requested a restraining order be filed against Emilio Estefan Jr., hubby of Gloria Estefan, alleging he threatened him and "touched him in an unwanted manner." Diaz further contends that Estefan requested sexual favors over a two-year period. Estefan's lawyer insists his client is the victim of "unfounded allegations and scandalous remarks." A hearing is set for Jan. 28. read more

ACTOR ARRESTED

Trouble-prone actor Brad Renfro was arrested on Monday near his home in Knoxville, Tenn., and charged with public intoxication and driving without a license. A year ago, the 19-year-old star of The Client and Ghost World was sentenced to two years probation for trying to steal a yacht in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. read more

OFF AND RUNNING

Two new midseason shows got off to strong starts Tuesday night. CBS's Supreme Court drama First Monday averaged 15 million viewers to finish No. 1 at 9 pm. ABC's debut of The Chair, meanwhile, was tops at 8 pm among adults 18-49 — tying with CBS's resurgent JAG. The John McEnroe-hosted quizzer improved on the network's performance in that time period this season by 43 percent. In related news, the New York Post reports that a contestant on Fox's rival game show, The Chamber, suffered minor burns after spending several minutes inside the show's mechanical contraption. Fox is dismissing the story as a rumor. read more

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