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Lex Luthor Gets Girlie

When Disney's gender-bending comedy Sorority Boys opens this Friday, Smallville fans everywhere will be flocking to theaters to catch Lex Luthor in drag. However, witnessing the bald baddie's portrayer, Michael Rosenbaum, wearing a dress won't be nearly as shocking as seeing him as a frat boy with — yikes! — hair.

And bad hair at that.

Smallville devotees can rest assured, however, that the '70s-esque shag Rosenbaum sports in the film isn't his real 'do. "That was just a horrible wig," says chrome-domed actor, who keeps his head shaved for his role as Clark Kent's future foe. "I wanted it to be bad because it was a comedy."

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David Hasselhoff is resurrecting his famous talking car for a feature film based on his '80s adventure series Knight Rider, Variety reports. Hasselhoff — who is not expected to star — will serve as the film's executive producer. read more


Universal is planning to release a special IMAX version of Apollo 13 in theaters this summer... Eddie Murphy is in talks to star in Haunted Mansion, a feature film based on the spooky Disneyland ride... Johnny Depp has signed on to portray Peter Pan author Sir James M. Barrie in Miramax Films's Neverland... Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and The Royal Tenenbaums won best movie costume awards over the weekend from the Costume Designers Guild... Meat Loaf has been cast in the Fox drama pilot John Doe... Former read more


"I was beside myself with glee... I love this film desperately." — Internet gossip guru Harry Knowles's reaction after attending a special private screening of Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones over the weekend. — Michael Ausiello read more


Saturday Night Live alumna Molly Shannon is joining the cast of HBO's Sex and the City for a multi-episode arc. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the funny lady will play a single publishing executive in search of a man. Additionally, Shannon is in talks to take a role in ABC's remake of The Music Man. read more


Newlyweds Liza Minnelli and producer David Gest are wasting no time starting a family. According to Britain's Daily Express newspaper, the couple plan to adopt four children "of all races." Meanwhile, Minnelli and Gest are reportedly planning to chat with CNN's Larry King tomorrow via satellite from London. read more


NBC has shelved a fall comedy pilot starring Saturday Night Live grads Norm Macdonald and Jon Lovitz in an apparent dispute with producer Adam Sandler over syndication revenues, Variety reports. The potential series, titled Leave Me Alone, is now expected to be shopped around to the other networks. read more


The Ramones, Talking Heads, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Brenda Lee, Isaac Hayes and the late Chet Atkins were among the inductees Monday night into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "It's very easy to be cynical about the Hall of Fame," Petty told reporters backstage. "But on the other hand, it's really a beautiful thing for someone like me. I dedicated my entire life to this music." VH1 will air the New York-based ceremony Wednesday at 9 pm/ET. read more


Billy Joel and Elton John have postponed the eight remaining dates on their joint U.S. concert tour so Joel can recover from an inflamed vocal cord and an upper respiratory infection. On Monday, a New York Times review of Friday night's concert at Madison Square Garden suggested that Joel "seemed to have ingested something quite a bit stronger than cough syrup," and described him as rambling and bellowing. Joel's rep declined to comment on the review, telling The Associated Press only, "He was sick." read more


R.E.M guitarist Peter Buck was back on trial in a London courtroom Monday to face charges of assaulting a British Airways flight crew during a Seattle-to-London flight last April. Prosecutors said Buck — whose first trial was dismissed on a technicality — behaved like a "drunken lout," overturning a breakfast trolley, mistaking a stranger for his wife and scuffling with crew members. The 45-year-old guitarist has pleaded not guilty. read more

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