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HBO is developing a biopic on '70s fashion icon Halston titled Simply Halston... Bill Murray is in talks to play the title role in Bad Santa, a feature about a pair of con men who masquerade as Santa and an elf... In an effort to boost the Oscar chances of Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, Warner Bros. is rereleasing Training Day in a handful of theaters in New York and Los Angeles this weekend. — Michael Ausiello with Daniel R. Coleridge read more

PRODUCT PLACEMENT

The March 20 episode of ABC's My Wife and Kids will feature references to Steven Spielberg's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial — two days before the film's 20th anniversary rerelease. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal struck a deal with ABC to incorporate the film into the sitcom's plot. read more

TOMMY LEE LAWSUIT

The parents of Daniel Karven-Veres — the four-year-old boy who drowned during a birthday party at Tommy Lee's Malibu home last June — are now suing the rock star. Their suit alleges that the children in Lee's pool lacked adult supervision that day, and had no one available to perform CPR in case of an emergency. They seek to recover Daniel's medical and funeral expenses, plus punitive damages for their pain and suffering. read more

Holmes's Time Up at Creek?


Now that Keri Russell and the gang from Felicity are packing it in at the end of the season, critics are hoping those angst-ridden teens on Dawson's Creek will take the hint and call it a day as well. But if the show's stars have it their way — Katie Holmes in particular — Dawson's upcoming 100th episode (airing April 17, 8 pm/ET) will mark the first of many milestones to come.

"As long as we continue telling good stories and keep the level we want to achieve high, I want to do as many [episodes] as possible," Holmes confides to TV Guide Online. (Although the WB has yet to officially rule on Dawson's fate, insiders say the show is a shoo-in for renewal.)

Reflecting on the previous 100 episodes, Holmes adm read more

SPACED OUT?

Yippie-Yi... Nay! 'N Syncer Lance Bass's dream of becoming a space cowboy will have to remain just that for now — a dream. A spokesperson for the Russian space agency Rosaviakosmos tells Reuters that the 22-year-old boy band member is not in talks to hop on a Soyuz rocket and journey to the International Space Station in November. "It is as if I said I had bought Australia," the rep says, adding there was no agreement between commercial space exploration company Mircorp and Rosaviakosmos. "Mircorp has no right to sell these flights. They have no link to Rosaviakosmos, we have no contract linking us." read more

BOOB TUBE

Viewers of Thursday's Rosie O'Donnell Show got an eyeful when a woman in the studio audience flashed her breasts for the cameras. "We've been on the air for six years and it's never happened," O'Donnell said when the show returned from commercial break. The unidentified "crazy woman" — who was escorted out by security — reportedly said she was trying to get the attention of her grandkids, who were watching at home. read more

MUST-SEE TV

NBC's telecast of the Olympic figure skating finals Thursday night — featuring the dramatic come-from-behind gold medal triumph of U.S. skater Sarah Hughes — earned the network its best ratings of the games. According to preliminary Nielsen data, NBC notched a whopping 28.2 rating and a 39 share in prime time — one-tenth of a ratings point ahead of the Feb. 8 opening ceremony. read more

GOOD PROGNOSIS

Film critic Roger Ebert will undergo surgery today to remove a cancerous growth from his thyroid gland. The 59-year-old movie reviewer underwent a similar operation in 1987. "I am told this type of tumor is slow-growing and not aggressive," he said in a statement. read more

AMAZING SYNERGY

Reruns of CBS's Amazing Race 2 will run on sister network UPN on Fridays at 9 pm/ET — two days after its regularly scheduled Wednesday airing on CBS. Race 2 debuts March 11. UPN, meanwhile, has picked up a new version of The Twilight Zone for the fall. read more

HATCHET BURIED

Thanksgiving dinner should be a tad more pleasant at the Rimes household now: LeAnn Rimes's heated and very public legal tussle with her dad reportedly has been settled. Wilbur Rimes, father of the 19-year-old singer, told The Tennessean that, "all of the legal troubles between my daughter and I are over." He did not provide specifics. Rimes sued her pa in 2000 alleging that he and a former co-manager cheated her out of more than $7 million. Wilbur filed a countersuit against Rimes's company. read more

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