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Madonna will contribute a tune to the soundtrack of the next James Bond film. "She is doing a song for the film but she won't be acting," Madonna's rep tells Reuters. "We don't know if it will be the title song yet." The currently in-production 007 flick — starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry — has yet to be given an official title. read more

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The Writers Guild of America Awards — a good predictor of who'll wind up among Oscar's nominated writers — were announced Thursday. WGA original screenplay nods went to Gosford Park, The Man Who Wasn't There, Monster's Ball, Moulin Rouge and The Royal Tenenbaums. Nominations for screenplays based on previously published material went to A Beautiful Mind, Black Hawk Down, Bridget Jones's Diary, Ghost World and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. As reported Thursday, the WGA declared Oscar shoo-ins In the Bedroom (written by read more

CAN THIS FLICK BE SAVED?

The duo behind HBO's Mr. ShowBob Odenkirk and David Cross — have posted a fan appeal on their website, lamenting New Line Cinema's apparent shelving of their comedy Run Ronnie Run. Odenkirk tells TV Guide Online they hope fan response will sway New Line execs: "We are trying to convince people whose names we don't even know to release the film." Ronnie co-stars Jack Black and Ben Stiller and was tentatively set to debut this year. read more

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Chicago police are investigating whether R&B singer R. Kelly had sex with an underage girl and videotaped it. The 26-minute tape was sent anonymously to the Chicago Sun-Times last week. Talk about bad timing: Kelly will be part of today's opening act at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Kelly's attorney insists the video is a forgery. read more

ART IMITATES ENRON

FX is developing a two- to four-hour teleplay about the current Enron debacle. No word yet on who'll star as former Enron chairman and Senate dodger Kenneth Lay! read more

WHERE WAS THE VELVET ROPE?

A teenager was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly breaking into pop diva Janet Jackson's dressing room during a concert at New York's Nassau Coliseum. Mario Backman, 19, allegedly stole stuffed animals, an FDNY cap and some letters. He was charged with third-degree burglary and released without bail. Speaking of unruly fans, Steven Spielberg has been granted a restraining order against a man who allegedly broke into the überproducer's DreamWorks office on Jan. 11. read more

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NBC has ordered comedy pilots starring Saturday Night Live grads Chevy Chase, Norm MacDonald and Jon Lovitz. Chase will play the father of three daughters in an untitled project, and Lovitz and MacDonald will star as disgruntled roommates in the sitcom Leave Me Alone. read more

WHO ME, BABY?

The Who's Roger Daltrey has auditioned funnyman Mike Myers (aka Austin Powers) to play late bandmate Keith Moon in an upcoming biopic on the wild drummer, Britain's Sun tabloid reports. "Moon the Loon" died in 1978 of a drug overdose at age 32. "Mike is a genius," Daltry said. "I can really see him as Keith. I went to some of the filming of his new Austin Powers film and it's hysterical. He's amazing when you meet him, so clever." read more

Jealous Power Trip on Charmed Set!


After Shannen Doherty packed up her pointy hat and rode her broomstick away from Charmed, the remaining members of the WB series's coven of witches, Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs, hoped that the only scary creatures they'd encounter in the makeup trailer would be reporters. Alas, it turns out Doherty's replacement, Scream queen Rose McGowan, is a green-eyed monster.

"I get jealous that Alyssa gets to fly around in the air," admits the freshman sorceress, who took her place around the cauldron this season as Paige Matthews, the Halliwell siblings' newly discovered half sister. "I don't get to read more

Grammy Girl India.Arie: Movie Bound?


With seven Grammy nominations, look for soul diva India.Arie to take center stage when the music industry's biggest kudofest airs live Feb. 27 on CBS. Will Arie — whose autobiographical Acoustic Soul album has made her a sensation — break into the movies like other musical darlings before her?

"I don't necessarily have aspirations to that... but I'm open to it," Arie says. Well, any directors interested in hiring the soulful songbird should take note: She doesn't fancy the glamour and glitter that most singer-to-screen sirens demand in their film debuts. "If I did it, it would have to be something similar to my life experience in some sort of way," she muses. "I would never be a model in a movie. I'd be, like, the fastest swimmer in the world."

Actually, Arie is already involved in the movie business, even if we haven't yet seen her on the screen. She's recorded a track that will be featured in read more

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