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E.T. HITS REDIAL

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial will be rereleased in theaters in March 2002 and will feature new footage, improved special effects and a digitally remastered soundtrack, The Hollywood Reporter says. The Steven Spielberg-directed classic is among the 10 highest-grossing pictures of all time. read more

BIG BROTHER UPS ANTE

It's do-or-die time tonight on Big Brother. Producers of the CBS debacle/reality show are prepared to increase its $10,000 offer to any houseguest willing to pack up and leave to make way for a more interesting, attractive roomie — reportedly a 22 year-old Florida woman. USA Today reports that if no one accepts the initial bribe — which will be made on tonight's live installment — the sum could be increased to as much as $50,000. (Earth to George: Take the money and run.) The offer may not come as much of a surprise to the contestants, however; several "fans," some with signs and one brandishing a bullhorn, have reportedly set up shop outside the compound in an effort to tip off the homebodies about the impending offer. read more

STREEP JOINS CAGE

Meryl Streep is in talks to star alongside Nicolas Cage in the black comedy Adaptation, Variety reports. Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman, the creative team behind Being John Malkovich, would serve as the film's director and writer, respectively. The project tells the story of a screenwriter coping with sexual frustrations and personal insecurities. read more

NBC WANTS MORE LAW

The Law & Order franchise may spawn yet another spin-off. According to Variety, NBC is in advance talks with producer Dick Wolf to create a third Law & Order series — to begin production as early as December. The enduring success of the 10-year-old Law & Order led to last season's Special Victims Unit, which performed solidly in the ratings. read more

SHORT CUTS

Will & Grace star Debra Messing married longtime beau Daniel Zelman on Sunday in Santa Barbara, CA. The 32-year-old Emmy nominee, who wore Vera Wang, met Zelman eight years ago at New York University.... Survivor Gervase Peterson will serve as a special correspondent for Access Hollywood at Thursday's MTV Video Music Awards. Meanwhile, Peterson will join fellow castaways Jenna Lewis and Joel Klug in an episode of CBS's Nash Bridges to air during November sweeps, the New York Daily News reports.... Mark Ronald Bailey, who allegedly has been stalking Brooke Shields since 1985, was ordered to stay away from the actress for 10 years. — Michael Ausiello read more

ALTMAN BASHES BUSH

Acclaimed film director Robert Altman (Nashville, The Player) says he will relocate to Europe if George W. Bush wins the presidential election in November. "If George Bush is elected president, I'm leaving for France," Altman tells Reuters, adding that a Bush victory would be "a catastrophe for the whole world." As a result, the four-time Oscar nominee will be throwing his support behind Al Gore, whom he believes "would be a good president." Meanwhile, on the heels of news that Gore will appear on the season premiere of The Oprah Winfrey Show on Sept. 11, Bush has agreed to stop by as well; he will be Winfrey's guest on Sept. 19. read more

Curtis Courts Viewers


Curtis Court promises to be a somewhat kinder, gentler court show. But TV judge James Curtis warns that he's no pushover on the bench.

"Compared to what's out there, I might very well be seen as touchy-feely," says the former California prosecutor and latest addition to the crowded court-TV landscape. "My approach is talking to people. No matter what side of the issue these folks are on, I really want to hear what they have to say. My grandmother always said, 'You get more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.' "

Curtis Court will also look to distinguish itself from the myriad of court shows — Judge Judy, People's Court, Judge Mills Lane, Divorce Court, Judge Joe Brown, Judge Mathis — by featuring expert witnesses, single-trial episodes, and on-location examinations of evidence. "I'll be getting off the bench," says the 43-year-old Curtis. "I won't be just a static personality sitting o read more

Will Oscar Go Psycho Over Bale?


Christian Bale's dark and twisted turn as murdering Wall Street yuppie Patrick Bateman in American Psycho was praised by film critics as a star-making performance, and led to talk of a possible Oscar nomination. But the Little Women actor admits that he holds out little hope that the Academy will recognize the sexy satire when nominations are announced in February.

"I think American Psycho might be pushing it a little too far for the [Academy]," Bale tells TV Guide Online. "But I haven't put a lot of thought into it... I'd be surprised, but obviously I would be happy."

Well, Oscar voters who missed American Psycho during its brief theatrical run earlier this year are in luck: The film is released on VHS and DVD today. What's more, the unrated version will feature the controversial three-way escapade between Bale's character and two prostitutes that director Mary Harron shortened to avoid the dreaded NC-17 rating.

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ROSIE'S BIG DEBUT

Rosie O'Donnell kicked off the fifth season of her talk show with a Survivor-themed installment in which she presented losing castaways Rudy, Sue, Colleen, Gervase and Gretchen each with a 2001 Pontiac Aztek, the same vehicle awarded to $1 million winner Rich Hatch. All six contestants were guests on the show. During the raucous premiere, O'Donnell managed to coax Sue into apologizing to America for her snake/rat tirade against Kelly and also revealed that she's going back under the knife today to repair a ruptured tendon in her finger. O'Donnell initially injured herself in an Aug. 4 mishap. Additionally, she said that after adopting her fourth child this summer, "I'm finally finished." read more

MTV Puts Madonna Second to Nunn


In 1982, a decade before MTV spanked Madonna for her S&M-themed "Erotica" clip by playing it only after midnight, the network just said no to "Sex (I'm a… )," the video that put the new wave band Berlin on the map. Yet, even though it isn't the group's bad-girl singer Terri Nunn but the Boy Toy who has gone down in rock history as the tube's most notorious pop tart, the divas aren't about to duke it out on Celebrity Deathmatch.

"My fortunes have gone up and down just like anybody's," Nunn tells TV Guide Online, "but I never felt like I wasn't given my due. I can't say that."

The former teen starlet, whose intense visage and two-tone hair kept Berlin filmettes such as "The Metro" and "No More Words" in heavy rotation throughout the Reagan era, doesn't merely talk about achieving perfect harmony with her successor, either: On the recent Virgin Voices tribute album, Nunn performs the Material Girl's "Live to Tell." And i read more

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