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The second episode of ABC's new Sally Field drama The Court took a nosedive in the ratings Tuesday night, losing 30 percent of its young adult audience from its premiere last week. They were probably all watching MTV's reality smash The Osbournes, which continues to rock the cable world. Tuesday night's episode posted a 4.4 rating, more than double what the premiere episode notched five weeks ago. read more


An off-off-Broadway play written in response to the Sept. 11 attacks is headed to the big screen. The Guys — which tells the true story of a fire captain who lost eight men in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers and the editor who helps him write the eulogies — is being made into a feature film. Sigourney Weaver and Anthony LaPaglia, who appeared in the stage version, will star in the movie. read more


Model-actress Elizabeth Hurley gave birth to a baby boy, Damian Charles, on Thursday in London. "Both mother and baby are happy and healthy," Hurley's rep said. Her former boyfriend, film producer Stephen Bing, is reportedly the child's dad. read more


CSI was the most-watched show last week, helping CBS to its 13th win this season among total viewers. The Eye network also benefited from its coverage of the NCAA basketball tournament as well as another strong performance from Survivor: Marquesas (20.5 million viewers). NBC, meanwhile, was tops in adults 18-49. read more


Boy George has found a role he was born to play: Himself. In late April, the '80s pop icon will take over the starring role in Taboo, the London musical based on his life. This won't be the gender bender's first stab at acting: He once appeared in an episode of The A-Team. Okay, so it will be his first stab at acting. read more

Six Feet Under: Rehashed?

American Beauty starlet Thora Birch is a fan of screenwriter Alan Ball's offbeat HBO series, Six Feet Under. Still, she does point out that his mortuary drama bears more than a little resemblance to the Oscar-winning 1999 film. Is this a case of literary d&#233j&#224 vu for Ball?

Case in point: Birch's Beauty character, Jane, and Six Feet's similarly rebellious teenager, Claire (Lauren Ambrose), could be twins. "You can see a lot of characters from American Beauty in Six Feet Under," Birch says, "but it doesn't bother me. Ricky Fitts's mother (Allison Janney read more

Ashley Judd's Secret Life

Liza Minnelli, listen up! Ashley Judd has discovered a way to keep her marriage to racecar driver Dario Franchitti private: She's refusing to talk about it!

While promoting her new thriller, High Crimes (opening Friday), the 33-year-old actress — who wed the speed demon last December in a super hush-hush ceremony — is giving the media precious few details about life in the Franchitti-Judd household. "I enjoy being married," she says. "We feel very blessed and we're having a great time."

Why all the mystery? "My husband and I have very public spheres in which we participate," Judd explains, "and we feel like we give a lot of ourselves in those areas — he obvi read more


Kathie Lee Gifford and husband Frank have settled their libel lawsuit with the National Examiner over a February 2000 story accusing Regis's former sidekick of turning her son Cody into a "monster." The Giffords reached the out-of-court settlement about three weeks ago. The article said that Kathie Lee's "constant coddling" led Cody to behave like "a spoiled brat." (For more Kathie Lee news, see below.) read more


Mummy hunk Brendan Fraser and his wife, Afton, are expecting their first child in October, columnist Liz Smith reports... The Sci Fi Channel and TNT are finalizing a deal for off-network rights to all 202 episodes of The X-Files... Onetime TV judge Mills Lane, 64, remains in intensive care after suffering a stroke Monday... Gwyneth Paltrow reportedly is considering adopting a baby... Porn classic Debbie Does Dallas is being turned into a Broadway show. read more


A Chicago janitor is accusing Eddie Murphy of stealing his likeness for a character on the now-defunct comedy The PJs. According to Variety, Tally Collier is seeking $10 million in damages from Murphy and his fellow PJ producers, which includes Imagine Entertainment execs Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. read more

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