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FORD SPLITS WITH WIFE

Harrison Ford and wife Melissa Mathison have split after 17 years of marriage. "We have been living apart for the past month," the couple said in a joint statement. "We sincerely hope that we can work out our differences." Ford was recently photographed drinking champagne at a New York City club with The Practice actress Lara Flynn Boyle, fueling speculation that they were romantically involved. "It had nothing to do with that," Ford's rep tells The Associated Press. "They separated before that." read more

SHORT CUTS

ABC has renewed its improv series Whose Line Is It Anyway? through the 2003-2004 season, Variety reports... The Drew Carey Show airs its second live episode tonight on ABC... John Wells — producer of ER and The West Wing — is developing a drama series for CBS about a recently defeated U.S. senator who returns home to live near his three grown daughters, The Hollywood Reporter says. — Michael Ausiello read more

LOPEZ HAS ENOUGH

Jennifer Lopez will star in the thriller Enough, described as Sleeping with the Enemy meets Double Jeopardy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lopez will play a woman who discovers her husband is evil. Sandra Bullock was originally attached to star. read more

OOPS... SHE'S DOING IT AGAIN

Britney Spears wants to get lucky again in the publishing world. According to inside.com, the pop princess — who along with her mom, Lynne Spears, wrote the successful paperback Britney Spears' Heart to Heart — is pitching a work of fiction also co-written by her mother. The book is described as a Mother's Day parable, and is expected to be published in May. read more

SATURDAY NIGHT DEAD

The Broadway musical Saturday Night Fever will close on Dec. 30 after 500 performances, Variety reports. The show — which received mostly negative reviews when it opened on Oct. 21, 1999 — is the victim of declining ticket sales. read more

Chippendales Shoot Was Murder for Actor


Some of the female extras working on Chippendales Murder, the USA Network film premiering tonight (9 pm/ET), took their roles as rowdy audience members a little too seriously. As star Victor Webster explains, things got a little out of hand during one of his stripteases.

"I didn't know the director told them to go crazy and grab me as much as they could," laughs Webster, who plays one of the featured dancers in the fact-based tale of murder and corruption behind the scenes of America's most notorious male dance revue. "I was pulling away milliseconds before their hands were actually under the g-string."

Impromptu crotch-grabbing wasn't the only frightening moment the former Days of Our Lives hunk experienced during the film's shoot. In a scene that may conjure up visions of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Webster is dressed as a drag queen — complete with garter belt and high heels. "I've dressed up for Halloween and crazy things li read more

Animal House's D-Day Remembers Belushi


It was March 5, 1982, when actor/comic John Belushi died from a drug overdose at the young age of 33. A member of the original 1975 Saturday Night Live cast, Belushi was equally well-known for his performance as Tasmanian devil-cum-frat boy John "Bluto" Blutarsky in the 1978 comedy Animal House.

Since the comedian's passing, much light has been shed on his real-life, id-driven existence, one full of through-the-night partying fueled by various vices. Actor Bruce McGill, who played Animal House's motorcycle-riding Daniel Simpson "D-Day" Day (and currently can be seen portraying golfing great Walter Hagen in The Legend of Bagger Vance), bittersweetly recalls Belushi's penchant for "living life to the fullest."

"Hell, I was living it with him," McGill tells TV Guide Online, pointing out that, at that time, Belushi was burning the candle at both ends. "The thing that people don't realize is that John was still doing Sat read more

SEINFELD BABY ARRIVES

Jerry Seinfeld and his wife, Jessica Sklar, became first-time parents of a baby girl today. According to The Associated Press, Sascha Seinfeld was born at an undisclosed New York hospital. Both parents and baby said to be doing well, yada, yada, yada... read more

Angels Fashion Faux Pas


Charlie's Angels star/producer Drew Barrymore — who's no doubt still celebrating the film's record $40 million opening this past weekend — says that there are two fashion accessories no self-respecting Angel would ever be caught dead wearing: earrings and skirts.

"I never wore earrings, because… if you live the life where at a moment's notice you could be in a fight, [they] could really hurt getting ripped out of your ears," says Barrymore, who, in addition to co-stars Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, trained rigorously for the film's elaborate martial arts sequences. "And I never wore any skirts, because, who wants to fight in a skirt?"

Diaz admits that the wardrobe restrictions were occasionally frustrating. "There were a couple of times where you really wanted to wear a skirt," she admits, adding that footwear also proved a tricky issue. "There were times where the outfit would have looked so badass with stilettos — you read more

PAINS REUNION RATES

Despite brutal reviews, ABC's Growing Pains reunion movie on Sunday attracted a healthy 15.1 million viewers, the network's largest audience for a Wonderful World of Disney picture in nine months. Fox was also happy with its Sunday night season premiere of The X-Files — the first episode featuring new castmember Robert Patrick. The show won the night in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic earned its best ratings since last November. Meanwhile, the CBS miniseries, Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, was DOA, attracting a paltry 10.9 million viewers. read more

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