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Ron Howard's Beautiful Oscar Memories


It's been seven months since Hollywood at last bestowed twin Oscars on filmmaker Ron Howard for producing and directing A Beautiful Mind, yet the experience remains a blur for the artist formerly known as Opie. "Not unlike childbirth, I don't remember much of that now," he tells TV Guide Online. "It was pretty emotionally wrenching.

"I probably feel the joy of that acknowledgement even a little more deeply today than I did immediately afterward," he adds. "At the time, there was a tremendous surge of adrenaline — and it was sustained for quite a while. Now, there's just a real sense of satisfaction that the movie was acknowledged in that way."

Award-show pundits speculated that Howard's triumph was, in part, the Academy's way of making up for lost time. During his 25-year career behind the camera, he n read more

NEGOTIATIONS PLOY?

The director behind the first two Harry Potter films thinks the flick's kid stars will call it quits after the third movie. "If I were a betting man I'd say they'll probably stop after three," Chris Columbus told Reuters about Daniel Radcliffe (Harry) and sidekicks Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. "If they ask my opinion, my advice would be to go back to being kids." Yeah, because high school is such a blast. read more

Sopranos Babe Next to Get Whacked?


Few would argue that one of the most engrossing story arcs on this season's Sopranos has been Adriana's inevitable discovery that she's been the target of an FBI undercover sting operation. The bombshell was dropped on the future mob wife during the Sept. 22 episode, when she learned that her best buddy, personal shopper Danielle, was actually a G-woman in disguise. Adriana's explosive reaction — she hurled on the FBI's conference table — is sure to rank as one of the year's most memorable TV moments.

"It was a nightmare [shooting that scene]," Drea de Matteo, Adriana's portrayer, laments to TV Guide Online. "There were a lot of things to concentrate on, like cleaning me off, cleaning off my dog, cleaning off the other characters, cleaning off the table, cleaning off my Harry Winston bracelet — which was very important."

Although the actress wouldn't reveal whether the on-camera upch read more

RATINGS ROUND-UP

CSI has once again surpassed Friends as TV's most popular show. Drawing more than 30 million viewers, CBS's crime drama ranked as last week's No. 1 program and helped the Eye Network win the Nielsen derby for the fourth straight week. NBC, which had the week's No. 2 and No. 3 shows in Friends and ER, finished a narrow second with 12.3 million viewers. Still, the Peacock remained the top destination for adults 18-49. Among freshman series, CSI: Miami fared the best at No. 9. read more

SHE'S ON A ROLL

Another plum Hollywood role has gone to Nicole Kidman. The Oscar-nominated actress — who just scored the lead in the film version of TV's Bewitched — has signed on to star in Paramount's upcoming remake of The Stepford Wives. She'll play the role originated by Katharine Ross in the 1975 version. read more

IDOL ADDITION

Look out, Simon: Fox is poised to recruit hip-hop up-and-comer and sassy New York-based radio personality Angie Martinez as the fourth judge on the second edition of American Idol. Martinez, a drive-time DJ on Gotham's WQHT-FM Hot 97, recently released her second album, Animal House. The talent search for Idol 2 got underway Monday in Detroit. read more

SHORT CUTS

Andy Richter Controls the Universe returns to Fox's lineup Dec. 1, airing Sundays after Malcolm in the Middle... Mariah Carey's comeback album, due Dec. 10, will be titled Charmbracelet. read more

BAD GIRLS

Audiences apparently have no desire to join Fox's girls club. The Monday debut of David E. Kelley's latest legal drama attracted a dismal 6 million viewers and ranked fourth in its timeslot. read more

CHILD STAR DIES

An 87-year-old man found stabbed to death in the Nevada desert has been identified as former Little Rascals bit player Jay R. Smith. An investigation is underway. read more

REVISITING JUSTIN'S BAD HAIR DAYS

Believe it or not, there once was a time when 'N Sync had to fly — yikes! — coach! A new one-hour video shot and edited by band member Joey Fatone will chronicle the early days of the group, when they had to stay in cheap motels and the only female fans at their side were their mothers. The Reel 'N Sync is due in stores on Nov. 5. read more

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