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REALITY BITES

ABC's much-hyped reality series The Mole got off to a disappointing start Tuesday night, placing second behind CBS's JAG. According to early Nielsen numbers, ratings for the show actually dipped 2 percent in the second half hour. And The Mole was off 22 percent compared to what Who Wants to Be a Millionaire last averaged in that timeslot on Dec. 26. read more

SPEARS COMES OF AGE

Teen pop sensation Britney Spears — who was just named the worst-dressed celeb by Mr. Blackwell (see below) — will make her feature film debut in a coming-of-age story described as Boys on the Side meets Duets. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the "Untitled Britney Spears Project" will go before cameras in March and will be co-financed by Spears's record label, Jive Records. read more

AFI NAMES TOP 10

The American Film Institute has put out its first-ever list of the 10 best movies of 2000, and they include (in alphabetical order): Almost Famous, Before Night Falls, Best in Show, Erin Brockovich, Gladiator, High Fidelity, Requiem for a Dream, Traffic, Wonder Boys and You Can Count on Me. read more

FASHION VICTIMS

In releasing his 41st annual Worst Dressed Women list, fashion critic Mr. Blackwell pulled no punches in explaining why chart topper Britney Spears placed No. 1. "Oops, she did it again," he scowled. "Her bra-topped collection of Madonna rejects are pure fashion overkill. Relax. Help is on the way." Speaking of Madonna, the Music maker — who donned a Britney Spears T-shirt at her recent New York concert — placed fourth. "From Ghetto Glam to Rhinestone Cowgirl to Mrs. Guy Ritchie," Blackwell said. "Any way you label it, she's still just kitschy, kitschy, kitschy." Also making the cut: Angelina Jolie (No. 2), Björk (No. 3), Elizabeth Hurley (No. 5), Christina Aguilera (No. 6), Dr. Laura Schlessinger (No. 7), Courtney Love (No. 8), Mariah Carey (No. 9) and Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris (No. 10). read more

Dyan Cannon: Goin' Back to Ally


Dyan Cannon reports that her new NBC sitcom, Three Sisters (premiering tonight at 9:30 pm/ET), won't interfere with her recurring role as Judge Jennifer "Whipper" Cone on Fox's Ally McBeal.

"I know I'll be back — but I don't know what to expect," Cannon tells TV Guide Online. "You never do with [creator] David [E. Kelley]. He's full of surprises. But they asked me to get five outs on Three Sisters, so I'll wait and see what he's going to surprise me with."

Cannon's Three Sisters alter ego, Honey Bernstein-Flynn — the sexy mother of three adult sisters played by Katherine LaNasa (French Stewart's wife), Vicki Lewis (NewsRadio), and A.J. Langer (My So-Called Life) — was inspired by her real-life persona. Still, the actress, who tried — unsuccessfully — to get producer read more

SHORT CUTS

CBS's Walker, Texas Ranger will ride off into the sunset in May after eight seasons, star Chuck Norris told the Los Angeles Times... Pax TV has ordered an additional 22 episodes of the spiritual drama Mysterious Ways, eight of which will air first on NBC (where it's currently enjoying a second life)... Haley Joel Osment will voice the lead character for Disney's upcoming live-action feature, The Country Bears, according to The Hollywood Reporter... Beginning Feb. 3, Fox is adding to its Saturday morning lineup the live-action series Los Luchadores, about a Latino superhero... And don't hold your breath waiting for that Madonna-Britney Spears duet. "It's nowhere near being a reality," Madonna's rep told the Los Angeles Times. "It's one of many things Madonna is thinking about in the future." — Michael Ausiello read more

AS GOOD AS IT GETS

Fresh off her People's Choice Award win, Friends star Jennifer Aniston is a signature away from starring in the low-budget indie The Good Girl, Variety reports. Directed by Miguel Arteta (Chuck & Buck), the film revolves around a married woman whose boring life is turned upside down when she has an affair with a stock boy who thinks he's Holden Caulfield. read more

Star Trek: The Voyage Home?


The crew of Star Trek: Voyager has been lost in the Delta Quadrant for seven seasons, and now, with the final episode slated to air May 23 on UPN, there is much speculation about whether or not the space travelers will find their way back home.

At the Television Critics Association's press tour in Pasadena, Calif., Tim Russ, who plays Tuvok, refused to offer any clues, although he insisted the truth is no doubt out there — somewhere. "There probably is a fan in Iowa who does know," he joked. Executive producer Rick Berman took a more direct approach in addressing the rumors: "Not going to tell you."

The crew's top doc, Robert Picardo, turned the tables on the relentless media. "I actually have a question for you," he remarked. "Do you think we will shoot multiple endings as a way of fooling you?"

Although cagey about plot details, Voyager's producers and cast did reveal that the big read more

AMA'S HAVE FAITH

With three wins, Faith Hill was the most honored performer at the American Music Awards Monday night. The country diva picked up trophies for favorite album (Breathe), favorite female country artist, and favorite female pop/rock artist. Other big winners included Hill's hubby Tim McGraw (favorite male country artist), Toni Braxton (favorite female R&B artist and favorite R&B album, Heat), rapper Dr. Dre. (favorite rap/hip-hop artist), rock band Creed (favorite alternative music artist and best pop/rock album, Human Clay) and Justin Timberlake, um, 'N Sync (favorite pop/rock band and Internet voters' artist of the year). Among the big losers were co-host Britney Spears and her nemesis Eminem — both of whom went home empty-handed. read more

GERE AND GRACE

Will & Grace's Debra Messing has joined Richard Gere and Laura Linney in The Mothman Prophecies, a psychological thriller about a series of unexplained phenomena that take place in a small West Virginia town, Variety reports. Mark Pellington (Arlington Road) will direct the film, which starts shooting later this month in Pittsburgh. read more

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