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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


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


Here are two more reasons why Jennifer Love Hewitt didn't want to replace Shannen Doherty on Charmed: The former Party of Fiver has signed on to star in and produce a pair of new flicks, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In the big-screen romantic comedy My Romance, Hewitt plays a frustrated artist who falls for a millionaire playboy. And in the Showtime original movie Secrets, she'll play a young woman whose hubby went MIA during the Vietnam War. read more


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


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


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


"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


'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

Seth Green: Hare and Now

You can't accuse former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Seth Green of not having a social conscience. The actor — who played Alyson Hannigan's werewolf beau on the acclaimed vampire saga — is hoping his new Fox comedy, Greg the Bunny, will mark a breakthrough for one of the world's most oppressed and underrepresented minorities: puppets.

"I look forward to the opportunity to break the barriers and raise people's awareness to the plight of the fabricated American," jokes Green of Bunny, a midseason sitcom that focuses on the humans and puppets behind a faux children's show called Sweetknuckle Junction. "[Personally], I don't really have a problem with puppets. We get along fine. I don't consider myself a bigoted or racist person."

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Mandy Moore Walks the Walk

Pop starlet Mandy Moore is best known for her sweet song "Candy" — and a clean-cut image that defies scantily-clad junior vixens like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Though aware she's less high-profile than they are, Moore is more concerned with staying true to herself.

As she tells TV Guide Online: "In this day and age, you're criticized for doing the whole sexy thing, but at the same time, you're getting so much attention for it that people end up loving it — or talking about it, at least — and I guess that's the whole point. It's a lot easier to go down that path, but it's just not me."

"I want to look back at photographs in 10 years and [think], 'Well, maybe that's not in fashion anymore, but at least I'm not embarrassed by what I'm wearing,'" says the 17-year-old. "I would be embarrassed if I was wearing some of that stuff [and I couldn't] pull it off. I read more

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