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LENO... LETTERMAN... ALF?

Just when you thought alien life forms could only be seen on The X-Files, furry '80s icon ALF is planning a comeback to television. The puppet — last seen in January during a Super Bowl commercial — is scheduled to take part in NBC's 75th anniversary special this spring, and now the Daily News reports he may even get his own talk show! ALF creator Paul Fusco envisions the cat-eating conversationalist to interview "the people you'd read about in the National Enquirer and Star, the real people that claim to be abducted by aliens, that claim to have grown a squash in the shape of Elvis, the psychic pet heroes." Perhaps Anne Heche could make an appearance... read more

WHAT CONTROVERSY?

Despite a raging controversy concerning its accuracy, A Beautiful Mind was named best picture of the year Sunday night at the 74th annual Academy Awards. Mind also won for best director (Ron Howard), best adapted screenplay and best supporting actress (Jennifer Connelly). The big news, however, was the historic African-American sweep in the top acting categories: Halle Berry was named best actress for Monster's Ball and Denzel Washington captured best actor honors for Training Day. read more

SHORT CUTS

Dustin Hoffman will star opposite Edward Burns in the upcoming suspense drama Confidence, according to The Hollywood Reporter... The Associated Press reports 'N Sync and Smash Mouth will be touring together... According to the New York Post, former Survivor 2 contestant Alicia Calaway has a new gig as a health and fitness reporter for Fox 5 News in New York. — Michael Ausiello and Lauren Kane read more

JOINED AT THE HIP

Brother-sister duo Donny and Marie Osmond just can't grasp the concept of flying solo! Donny — who is set to host the new game show Pyramid — is begging Buena Vista to make his sis the new host of the syndicated Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. "Marie would be perfect for Millionaire — although I don't know how she'd look in a tie," jokes the entertainer. Pyramid, reports the New York Post, will be coupled with Millionaire in about 40 markets this fall. read more

BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER

Blade II sunk its teeth into the box office this weekend, grossing $33.1 million — nearly double the opening-weekend intake of the 1998 original. The Wesley Snipes vampire sequel narrowly defeated animated feature Ice Age, which took in $31.1 million in its second week. A rerelease of the 1982 classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial came in third with a disappointing $15.1 million. Showtime and Resident Evil rounded out the top five, earning $8.2 and $6.6 million respectively. read more

!SNIW OTNEMEM

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

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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Oscar Preview: And the Winners Are...


During Sunday evening's broadcast of the 74th annual Oscars (starting at 8 pm/ET on ABC), host Whoopi Goldberg probably won't make a single reference to categories such as Best Adapted Screenplay by a Writer Who Might Someday Cast Me or Outstanding Performance by One of My Former Co-Stars. But, as TV Guide Online's poll of Hollywood's elite suggests, Academy members often are as eager to hand out statuettes in the name of friendship and career advancement as they are on the basis of actual cinematic achievement. Here then, without further ado, are the nominees to whom our distinguished panel would give the gold — and why.

Susan Sarandon: "I'm rooting for Sean Penn."

Ray Romano: "Will Smith for read more

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

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

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