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NBC's The West Wing plans a special documentary-style episode on April 24, featuring interviews with "real players inside the White House." Look for chats with former Presidents Bill Clinton, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, as well as Henry Kissinger, Leon Panetta and Dee Dee Myers. read more


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


"It's difficult to motivate her to get up and do anything without any money involved." — Divine Brown's manager, denying an interview request for Stuff's May issue. read more


While FX's new series The Shield may be a hit with critics, advertisers are not such big fans. Anheuser-Busch and Tricon Global Restaurants pulled ads from the violent series after three other companies dropped out last week. The network says that new advertisers are jumping on board to replace them. read more


Dr. Dolittle star Eddie Murphy will stop talking to the animals and try his luck with kids next, according to Variety. He has signed on for the film Daddy Day Care, in which he'll star as a father trying to take care of other people's children. read more


After three seasons on the air — that's two on the WB and just one on new network UPN — Roswell has been cancelled. The steamy teen sci-fi sudser promises to blast off for good with a "shocking and heartrending" series finale on May 14. read more


Christina Ricci's guest role on Fox's Ally McBeal hasn't even started, but it's already apparent that Ally &#252ber-waif Calista Flockhart is a bad influence on the former child actress. Ricci, now 22, tells Jane magazine's May issue that she learned how to be anorexic by watching TV movies in her teens. She points to an HBO flick that featured a young Flockhart as a bulimic and anorexic. "She'd vomit into Tupperware containers and keep them in her closet. It was so crazy to me that for some reason it was appealing." Now 5'1" and 98 lbs, Ricci — who's starring in the upcoming movie adaptation of Elizabeth Wurtzel's book Prozac Nation — makes her first Ally appearance on April 15. read more


Species star Natasha Henstridge is heading to the small screen in the new NBC action series She Spies. The actress will play the leader of a female trio of ex-cons who fight crime. The Peacock network will air four special sneak-peek episodes beginning July 20. The show officially bows in the fall. read more

Simpsons Miser Goes Hollywood

What does Harry Shearer — the voice behind The Simpsons's evil billionaire C. Montgomery Burns, Principal Skinner, Ned Flanders and more — do in his off time? Once again, he's skewering the power elite. In Teddy Bears' Picnic (currently in limited release), he takes a comedic look at an exclusive (and rather debauched) retreat for the wealthy, white and male.

Explaining his fascination with rotten rich guys, Shearer — who wrote, directed and exec produced Teddy — simply shrugs: "Growing up in California, you kind of always heard about this a little bit."

Shearer's been out of the director's chair for quite a few years — and focusing the large and diverse cast (including ER's read more

Big Changes Afoot at Sabrina

The departure of Caroline Rhea from Sabrina, the Teenage Witch has given producers an excuse to revamp the aging WB comedy. Though the already-wrapped season finale only accounts for the departure of Rhea — who's replacing talk show host Rosie O'Donnell next season — a newly-appointed showrunner has decided to make other castmembers disappear as well: Beth Broderick (Aunt Zelda), David Lascher (Josh) and Trevor Lissauer (Miles) will all be gone next season.

"We didn't know about [Beth and David] until after we shot the season finale, so I think we might need to deal with tha read more

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