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"I'd love to have a daughter." — Meg Ryan, who has a nine-year-old son with ex-hubby Dennis Quaid, on her desire to have more kids in an interview with Reader's Digest. — Michael Ausiello read more

WRITER'S CRAMP

How's this for scary: Horror master Stephen King told the Los Angeles Times that he plans to quit writing books because he's already starting to "recycle stuff." Of course, this so-called retirement doesn't kick in until after he completes work on five more books and a limited series for ABC. In related news, the second part of Stephen King's Rose Red held up well in the ratings Monday night, attracting 18.7 million viewers. The third and final installment airs Thursday. read more

SAG DAY IN HOLLYWOOD

Nominations for the eighth annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced this morning in Hollywood, and the casts of A Beautiful Mind, Gosford Park, In the Bedroom, Moulin Rouge and Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring will duke it out for the top prize: Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Motion Picture. In the individual acting slots, surprises included supporting nods for I Am Sam's young star Dakota Fanning and Training Day's Ethan Hawke, and lead mentions for dark horse candidates Kevin Kline (Life as a House) and read more

CRIMSON GLORY

Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals group is honoring Hollywood Die Hard Bruce Willis and Sex and the City's Sarah Jessica Parker. Each year, the Ivy Leaguers offer pudding pots, parades of drag queens and other modes of good-natured roasting to laud performers who've made "a lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment." read more

Rufus Wainwright Mourns Gay Icon


MTV's The Real World is often credited with giving birth to the reality genre, but that honor actually goes to PBS's late, pioneering documentary series An American Family (not to be confused with PBS's new fictional Latino drama). The 1973 saga followed a middle-class Santa Barbara clan — the Louds — through the mundane and sometimes terrible days of their lives. The second episode unexpectedly made television history when flamboyant Lance leapt out of the closet and declared that, yep, he was gay.

Well, on Dec. 22 — after 18 years with HIV and 10 years with hepatitis C — Loud died at the Carl Bean hospice in South Central Los Angeles. This past weekend, about 160 of Hollywood's trendiest gathered at Chateau Marmont for an outdoor memorial venerating the 50-year-old gay icon. Family, friends and fashion mavens focused on Loud's irrepressible exuberance and caustic wit.

Loud pal and current gay icon read more

CHEERIO, MOULIN ROUGE

Looks like fantasy flicks will reign supreme at the 2002 Orange British Academy Film Awards — England's version of the Oscars — where Moulin Rouge and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring have taken 13 nominations each. Meanwhile, Gosford Park and French sleeper Amelie each got nine noms, and Harry Potter scored eight. Winners will be announced Feb. 24. read more

Terminator 3 Casting Scoop!


Now that Arnold Schwarzenegger has agreed to reprise his role as Hollywood's favorite cyborg in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (for a reported $30 million), only one question remains: Will Linda Hamilton be back as Sarah Connor?

While out promoting his latest popcorn flick, Collateral Damage (due Feb. 8), Schwarzenegger gave TV Guide Online the scoop on the fate of T3's ass-kicking mom. (Her son John, the role originated by troubled thesp Edward Furlong in T2, reportedly will be recast.) "She is coming back... [but] as a past experience, not driving the current story forward," he says of Hamilton, read more

SHORT CUTS

Ali star Will Smith has been named male star of the year by organizers of ShoWest, the annual pow-wow of multiplex owners scheduled for March 7 in Las Vegas... Britney Spears will both host and serve as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live Feb. 2... Fox is pulling its struggling new game show The Chamber during February sweeps... Nearly 20 million viewers checked out the opening installment of Stephen King's Rose Red Sunday night on ABC. That was better than the debuts of King's Storm of the Century in 1999 or The Shining in 1997. read more

FEARSOME TREND

Well, we already knew NBC's Fear Factor has no shame. Proving that prime-time quizzers aren't the only game shows lame enough to scrape "celebrity" contestants from the bottom o' the B-list barrel, Fear plans another celeb edition for March 11. One of the saddest, most random lineups ever includes: Forgotten Baldwin brother Stephen, Growing Pains dad Alan Thicke, Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson (he's 30!) and Doritos hawker Ali Landry. If we're lucky, maybe soap starlet Alison Sweeney — the player who plays scheming Sami on Days of Our Lives — will do away with host Joe Rogan. read more

WHERE IS IT?

If you saw this season's most outlandish episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, you might be wondering whatever happened to "It." "It" is the abstract sculpture Marie made for Ray and Debra that, unbeknownst to her, looked like the most private part of the female anatomy. Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal explains to TV Guide Online that the final resting place of the "ladylike" piece of art (as Ray described it) is the home of executive producer Jennifer Crittenden — who based the script on a very similar experience that she had with her own mother. "It's in their yard," Rosenthal says of the home Crittenden shares with her husband in Los Angeles. "You can just picture it amongst the flowers." read more

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