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Country singer Faith Hill is considering making the leap to the big screen. According to Variety, Hill has expressed interest in playing the lead in New Line Cinema's romantic comedy Even Steven, about two jilted ex-girlfriends who seek revenge on their former beau. read more


The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Dr. Laura — the controversial and low-rated talk show hosted by radio personality Laura Schlessinger — will temporarily cease production this week. However, the program's distributor, Paramount, insists the struggling series has not been cancelled and will resume production in March. But why? — Michael Ausiello with Daniel R. Coleridge read more

Hannibal's Next Dish: Jennifer Love Hewitt?

When Jennifer Love Hewitt was cast as Satan opposite Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins in Alec Baldwin's contemporary retelling of The Devil and Daniel Webster, insiders chuckled, predicting the 21-year-old Party of Five princess would be eaten alive. Well, after three days of filming, the actor behind Hannibal Lecter reports that the jury is still out on whether Hewitt has the chops to pull it off.

"I don't know, I've only done three days on it [so far]," Hopkins tells TV Guide Online. "She's very pretty, I know that... I'm sure she's very good. The little bit we did together she seemed very, very good. Don't believe what the press tells you."

Hewitt may have second thoughts about locking horns with the real-life knight after catching his encore performance as the doctor with an appetite for barbecued brains in the grisly Hannibal, the highly anticipated sequel to The Silence of the Lambs (opening tomorrow). But the soft-spoken read more

Tales from an Oscar Dark Horse

Marcia Gay Harden — a supporting actress Oscar hopeful for her portrayal of artist Lee Krasner in Pollock — can't help but get caught up in the pre-nomination hype.

"There was a point last week when I felt panic," the 41-year-old actress admits. "I had so much hope and I wanted [the nomination] — and I still want it. But it means something different to me this week because I have [just] seen the film again and I am... so proud of [it].

"If it doesn't happen," Harden adds, "I'll be concentrating on Valentine's Day."

Oscar nominations will be announced Tuesday morning, and insiders see Harden as Pollock's best hope for recognition. The film's director-star, Ed Harris, will likely get bumped in the lead actor slot by Billy Elliot's Jamie Bell.

Regarding her co-star, Harden — who has already won kudos from the New York Film Critics as well as an Independent Spirit Award nod — hopes that "Ed read more


Western star Dale Evans, the singer-actress who was married to the late Roy Rogers, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure. She was 88. Dubbed "Queen of the West," Evans appeared with Rogers in 35 movies and together they recorded more than 400 songs, including their signature tune "Happy Trails." read more


Rich man Donald Trump is pitching to the networks a new reality show in which he would challenge contestants to spend $1 million in 30 minutes. The Donald would host the proposed series — titled Billionaire — from his perch atop New York's Trump Towers, Variety reports. "I like the selection process, because they'll be taking people in strange situations," Trump said. "They will be enlisted when they're about to get married or there'll be a husband in a delivery room, waiting for the birth of his child. He can take a pass, or say, 'Honey, I'll be back in an hour.'" Of course, there are rules: Contestants can't use the phone or computer to make purchases, and there's a $200,000 cap on any single item. (Our advice: Head to an airport gift shop.) read more


Tom Cruise officially filed for divorce from Nicole Kidman yesterday, The Associated Press reports. Citing irreconcilable differences as grounds for the split, the actor's petition also indicated he and Kidman will share custody of their adopted kids, Conor and Isabella. "It is Tom Cruise's desire that the dissolution of the marriage be handled amicably," his lawyer Dennis Wasser said. "His major concern is the welfare of the parties' children." read more


In another precursor to the Oscars, nominees for the 53rd annual Writer's Guild Awards were announced yesterday. In films, best original screenplay nods went to Almost Famous, Best in Show, Billy Elliot, Erin Brockovich and You Can Count on Me. For best screenplay adaptation, it was Chocolat, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, High Fidelity, Traffic and Wonder Boys. Meanwhile, The West Wing boasted three nods for best writing in a TV drama, while The Sopranos got two and another went to Once &#038 Again. Plus, Will &#038 Grace got a nod for best sitcom writing, while Frasier and Sex and the City each snagged two. read more


After 11 seasons, the once-lucrative Baywatch franchise has been drowned. Syndicator Pearson Television — citing declining ratings and a competitive marketplace — has announced that it will end production on the series' most recent incarnation, Baywatch Hawaii, Variety reports. The weekly guilty pleasure — starring David Hasselhoff and a team of buff lifeguards — debuted more than a decade ago on NBC before heading into syndication. It eventually aired in more than 100 countries. New episodes of Baywatch Hawaii will air through May. read more


A woman has accused Nash Bridges star Don Johnson of groping her and making sexually explicit comments at an upscale San Francisco sushi bar, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The incident reportedly occurred on Jan. 20. The 51-year-old actor is expected to meet with police later this week to give his version of the story. read more

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