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Crikey! Today show sweetheart Katie Couric will make a cameo appearance in Austin Powers 3 (opening July 26). "I play a prison guard," she tells Access Hollywood, "and one tough prison guard at that." Oh, behave! read more

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."

Despite the h read more

HONOR ROLL

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

HBO Takes More Heat for Project Greenlight


Add first-time filmmaker Pete Jones to the list of folks seeing red over HBO's documentary series Project Greenlight.

"I go to these speaking engagements and a lot of kids come up to me and say, 'After seeing the show, I don't think I want to get into movies,'" Jones laments to TV Guide Online. "That's frustrating to me. I hoped they would say, 'If this schmo can go make a movie, then I can go put some money together and make a movie myself.'"

Project Greenlight chronicles the making of Stolen Summer, the indie comedy Jones directed after his script won Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's screenwriting contest. Like the film's stars, read more

THE WHOLE K.I.T.T. AND CABOODLE

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

Survivor Bachelor's Rosie Gaffe


Ousted Survivor: Marquesas stud Hunter Ellis is probably regretting asking Rosie O'Donnell to give a shout-out to his mom on last Thursday's Rosie O'Donnell Show. Not only did she say hello, O'Donnell took it upon herself to invite Mrs. Ellis to join her 33-year-old bachelor son on an all-expenses-paid cruise to Alaska!

Nothing says, "Iceberg, dead ahead!" like a week-long pleasure trip with your mother.

"I talked to my mom [later that morning] and she goes, 'I want to know — is my name on the ticket?'" Ellis recalls to TV Guide Online with a chuckle. "She started laughing and then said, 'If you ditch me and take some girl...'"

Although Ellis hasn't decided whether he'll throw Mama from the boat, the former Navy fighter pilot insists that if the old woman does end up tagging along, they won't be playing shufflebo read more

I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT!

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

AIR RAGE TRIAL

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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"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

PIANO MAN ILL

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

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