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"I was under extreme pressure as my 24-hour bra had only 14 minutes to go." — Joan Rivers, justifying her numerous Golden Globe pre-show gaffes to TV Guide Online. — Michael Ausiello read more

LIPTON SCOOP

Billy Bob Thornton, Dennis Quaid, Johnny Depp, Hugh Grant, Richard Gere and Benicio Del Toro are the latest crop of thesps heading Inside the Actors Studio with host James Lipton. The "intimate" chats — in which performers dissect the craft known as acting — will tape between Jan. 28 and April 15; air dates are TBA. So, what's with the all-male lineup? Couldn't Lipton at least get Markie Post??? Responds a Bravo rep: "It just so happened that the first six actors who were available on the taping dates were men." read more

'N CONCERT

'N Sync will kick off a new U.S. tour on March 3 in Portland, Ore., to promote their Celebrity CD. The tour — which the group promises will "canvass the country" — will conclude on April 28 in Orlando, Fla. read more

THE QUEEN OF QUEENS

Hollywood's biggest movie actress is headed to the small screen — well, behind it. Julia Roberts is producing a CBS drama pilot set at a Queens, N.Y., courthouse. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Queens Supreme will offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the work of the judges. read more

Shane West: No "Candy" Fan


As the lead guitarist and singer for the L.A.-based punk-rock band Average Jo, Once and Again's Shane West wasn't exactly a fan of pop starlet Mandy Moore's music when he took a starring role opposite her in the new romantic drama A Walk to Remember (opening today).

"I knew who she was and I knew what she looked like. I think one of her songs is called "Candy" [but I've] never heard it," he admits to TV Guide Online. "It's not the type of music that I listen to, [so] I'm very unfamiliar with it."

However, West does give credit where credit is due, conceding that his leading lady can sing circles around him. "I'm not particularly fond of my voice," the humble 23-year-old sighs. "I am okay with it, but it's nowhere near Mandy's read more

TOTALLY RAD DEBUT

Never underestimate the enduring appeal of parachute pants: Fox's That '80s Show got off to a strong start Wednesday night, finishing No. 2 among adults 18-49 and scoring the best young demo ratings of any new series this season. read more

DYNAMIC DUO 2

Speaking of high-wattage reunions, Martin Scorsese is expected to direct his Gangs of New York star Leonardo DiCaprio in an upcoming Howard Hughes biopic. Production on the pic could start as early as fall, but team ScorCaprio best hurry up: Memento filmmaker Christopher Nolan is helming his own Hughes pic starring Jim Carrey. read more

SHORT CUTS

Antonio Banderas will make his Broadway debut in a revival of the 1982 hit musical Nine, based on 8&#189... For the first time, Disney will release its upcoming animated outer-space pic Treasure Planet on Nov. 27 simultaneously in both regular multiplexes and IMAX theaters... UPN is pulling the struggling Roswell from its Tuesday night schedule for seven weeks beginning in March and replacing it with two new comedies: As If and The Random Years... Fox has announced premiere dates for its new midseason comedies Andy Richter Controls the Universe (March 19 at 8:30 pm/ET) and Greg the Bunny (March read more

DYNAMIC DUO

Hollywood dream team Tom Cruise and director Steven Spielberg — whose first collaboration, Minority Report, arrives in theaters on June 28 — will reunite for the WWII POW pic Ghost Soldiers, Variety reports. The film is based on Hampton Sides's bestseller. read more

BABY NEWS

Metallica's James Hetfield is a dad for the third time: On Jan. 17, his wife, Francesca, gave birth to daughter Marcella Francesca Hetfield in San Francisco. read more

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