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STUNT CASTING ALERTS!

Actress-model Elizabeth Hurley plays herself on Denis Leary's new ABC cop comedy, The Job, on March 21. Donald Trump also makes a cameo in the risqu&#233 episode, which has Hurley and Leary exchanging a steamy kiss — and some even steamier dialogue. Chad Lowe (Mr. Hilary Swank) and Margot Kidder (Ms. Superman), meanwhile, will appear in a May sweeps episode of NBC's Law &#038 Order: Special Victims Unit. Lowe plays a repressed young man suspected of murdering a pregnant woman, and Kidder is his domineering mother. Finally, ER doc Anthony Edwards will attempt to breathe some life into the Peacock's ailing The Weber Show on March 15, playing Chris Elliott's aging rock musician brother. read more

ISLANDERS GET HOLLYWOOD ENDING

Last night's finale of Fox's Temptation Island was one big letdown, er, lovefest as the three remaining couples resolved to stay together — despite advances made by more than two dozen comely singles. In case you missed it, here's a recap: Shannon and Andy kissed, made up and got engaged; Mandy and Billy settled their differences and the former declared, "I never want to play this game again"; and Kaya and Valerie decided to remain committed to one another, with Kaya gushing to his love: "You make me a better man." In other reality news, on the final episode of ABC's The Mole, 29-year-old law school lecturer Kathryn Price was revealed to be the saboteur by contestant Steven Cowles. The 30-year-old Denver cop walks away with $510,000 in prize money. read more

ROBBED AGAIN?

A week after losing the Album of the Year Grammy to Steely Dan, Eminem has once again found himself on the receiving end of a snub. The 28-year-old rapper was shut out at Wednesday's Soul Train Music Awards, losing the two categories in which he was nominated. The event — which Eminem did not attend — will air in syndication on March 3. The big winners were R&#038B quartet Jagged Edge and singer R. Kelly. read more

LOVE HURTS

Courtney Love hopes to save her celebrity skin by countersuing her record label, Universal Music, Reuters reports. The company filed suit against the rock star last year for breaking her contract. Love protests what she calls "repressive and unfair working conditions" at the major record labels, adding that "artists who have generated billions of dollars for the music industry die broke and uncared for by the business they made wealthy." read more

SHORT CUTS

When Hannibal makes its broadcast premiere on CBS in November 2003, it will be repackaged into a four-hour miniseries featuring as much as an hour of unused footage, Variety reports... Pierce Brosnan (aka 007) and fianc&#233e Keely Shaye Smith became the proud parents of son, Paris Beckett Brosnan, born Tuesday in Los Angeles. This is the couple's second child together... Veteran TV producer Stan Margulies (Roots, The Thorn Birds) died Tuesday of cancer at the age of 80... Muggles everywhere can view the first trailer for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone beginning Friday, when the David Arquette comedy See Spot Run hits theaters. — Michael Ausiello and Daniel R. Coleridge read more

SNL STANDOUT RETURNS

CBS has given the go-ahead for a sitcom pilot starring former Saturday Night Live funnylady Cheri Oteri, Variety reports. In Loomis, Oteri — best known for her dead-on impersonations of Barbara Walters and Melissa Rivers — will play a small-town celeb who spends her leisure time trying to handle the challenges presented by her offbeat family and friends. Meanwhile, ABC has greenlit a comedy pilot starring Larry Sanders Show alum Jeffrey Tambor as the host of a TV cooking show. read more

SMASHING SALARY, BABY

Mike Myers is in talks to do a third Austin Powers film in a deal that would pay the actor a staggering $25 million advance against 21 percent of gross profits, Variety reports. Director Jay Roach — who helmed the first two films — is also in negotiations to return. The 1999 sequel, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, grossed $309 million worldwide. read more

LOPEZ WON'T TESTIFY

Actress-singer Jennifer Lopez will not take the stand in the gun possession and bribery trial of her ex-boyfriend Sean "Puffy" Combs, Reuters reports. In a joint statement released by the estranged lovebirds, Combs said, "Since I intend to testify on my own behalf, I feel it is no longer necessary for Jennifer to be involved in these proceedings." Added Lopez: "If [Puffy] and his lawyers change their minds and require me to testify, I will be there immediately to tell the truth." The rap mogul is expected to take the stand Thursday. read more

THE WAITING GAME

A spokesperson for troubled Friends actor Matthew Perry denies a report that production was halted on his latest film, Servicing Sara, as a result of his entering rehab. "I think they've got several days of scenes to do without Matthew, so they are in production," Lisa Kasteler told Reuters. Meanwhile, in a conference call with reporters, NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker said Friends producers "don't expect [Perry's absence] to have a big impact, but it's still early and we can't say beyond that." read more

The Truth About Julia and Brad's Bed Scene


In The Mexican, which hits theatres Friday, Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt face enough romantic woes to confound even Oprah Winfrey's fave relationship guru, Dr. Phil McGraw. Amusingly enough, Roberts is actually a diehard Dr. Phil aficionado. "I watch Oprah and I enjoy Dr. Phil," confesses the actress, who also includes the daytime soaps among her TV viewing guilty pleasures.

In fact, one particular sudser indirectly inspired Roberts to appear sans makeup in The Mexican's opening scene, which finds her lying beside Pitt in bed. "I'm a notorious Days of Our Lives watcher," she reveals. "So I see all these beautiful people waking up with lipstick and eye shadow on, [and] that bothers me. I only like to look glamorous when it's called for. So when I shot my scene with Brad, I just did it au naturel."

To hear Roberts tell it, setside camaraderie came naturally to her and Pitt as well. "I guess I was surprised that every day read more

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