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Backwards thriller Memento won four awards at Saturday's Independent Spirit Awards, including best film, best director, best screenplay and best supporting actress (Carrie-Anne Moss). In The Bedroom captured three trophies, including best actor and actress for Tom Wilkinson and Sissy Spacek. read more

UNDER SIEGE

Steven Seagal is being sued for $60 million by former business partner Julius R. Nasso, who claims the aging action star backed out of a contract to star in four films. According to the suit, Nasso alleges that Seagal pulled out of the projects on the advice of a Buddhist spiritual adviser. Apparently, the 50-year-old actor was told he could not become a reincarnated lama unless he distanced himself from his associates. read more

FALLEN HERO

An upcoming episode of the WB's 7th Heaven will pay tribute to a U.S. Marine killed in Afghanistan. In the May 6 installment, Ruthie (Mackenzie Rosman) learns that the Marine she was corresponding with, Staff Sgt. Dwight J. Morgan, has been killed. In real life, Morgan died in a Jan. 20 helicopter crash in Afghanistan. read more

SHORT CUTS

Erstwhile James Bond Roger Moore married long-time love Kristina Tholstrup on March 9 in Copenhagen... UPN has axed its new Tuesday comedies As If and The Random Years... ABC is close to a deal to land broadcast TV rights to A Beautiful Mind. — Michael Ausiello read more

V-Day Comes to Harlem


The Practice's Lisa Gay Hamilton wants to get the African-American community talking about The Vagina Monologues. Hamilton, with the help of pal Rosie Perez, is producing a benefit performance of Eve Ensler's enduring hit play geared toward women of color. V-Day Harlem 2002 will take place at New York's famed Apollo Theatre on March 30.

The 37-year-old actress was moved to act after appearing in last year's all-star V-Day benefit at Madison Square Garden. "I was disappointed as an artist to see that the audience was predominantly white women," she laments to TV Guide Online. "That's just terrible. The Vagina Monologues benefits all women — especially women of color. So, I thought, 'Perhaps we need to take the mountain to Mohammed.'"

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Ally Sheedy Gets Teed Off


Ever since Ally Sheedy shrugged off the onus of the Brat Pack, she has taken one creative leap after another, playing everything from a drug-addled lesbian in the sleeper High Art to a transsexual rocker in Off-Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Yet the Reagan-era teen queen may never have undertaken a role quite so alien to her as that of the 1960s housewife she plays in Just a Dream, the upcoming Showtime movie that marks Danny Glover's directorial debut.

"It was different," the edgy actress admits to TV Guide Online. "I had to rein myself in and put on a wig. But it was Danny Glover, so I would've been a dog and barked.

"[On the set], he just watches you and gives you all this positive feedback," she adds. "I was in love with hi read more

WORST IN CINEMA

Hollywood has fingered Tom Green as the year's biggest cinematic turkey. The comedian's big screen debut, Freddy Got Fingered, was chosen as the worst film of the year at the 22nd Annual Razzie Awards. Freddy's five trophies also included worst actor (Green) and stinkiest script. Other losers: Mariah Carey (worst actress, Glitter) and Planet of the Apes (worst remake). read more

BIG EXPERIMENT

Jamie Kennedy is bringing one of the characters from his WB series JKX: The Jamie Kennedy Experiment to the big screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is developing a movie revolving around Brad Gluckman, the wannabe rapper Kennedy portrays on JKX. read more

MODEL MOM

Supermodel Kate Moss, 28, is pregnant with her first child. The father reportedly is 30-year-old publisher Jefferson Hack, whom she's been dating for the past year. The baby is due in October. read more

OSCAR ODDS

With the Oscars just hours away, A Beautiful Mind remains the frontrunner to take home best picture of the year, according to the experts at GoldDerby.com. Mind is also favored to win for best director (Ron Howard), best supporting actress (Jennifer Connelly) and best adapted screenplay. Denzel Washington (Training Day) holds a slim edge over Mind man Russell Crowe in the best actor race, and Sissy Spacek (read more

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