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|Fri, 04-04-2003 - 9:49am|
HE'S BACK: Things may be looking up for Saddam Hussein and his regime: Embattled war correspondent Peter Arnett is once again broadcasting from Iraq! Just days after being fired by NBC for granting an unauthorized interview with state-run Iraqi TV (during which he handed Saddam a powerful propaganda weapon), Arnett began filing on-air reports for Belgian TV network VTN. Arnett is also reporting for for London tabloid The Daily Mirror.
SHOWSTOPPER: Dozens of fans walked out of a Pearl Jam concert in Denver Tuesday night after lead singer and anti-war activist Eddie Vedder impaled a mask of President Bush on a microphone stand. Despite the stunt, Vedder told the audience, "We support the troops." He then climbed into his stretch limo and counted all of his money.
INSIDE JOB: Online sportsbook BoDog.com has dropped betting on CBS's Survivor after discovering that at least two of the network's employees were wagering — and winning — on the show. The players in question correctly picked who would be the final two contestants in both the fourth and fifth editions of the reality show.
NO KIDDING!: Believe it or not, one of the first people Nicole Kidman called after winning her Oscar last month was ex-hubby Tom Cruise. "It was so important for me to talk to Connor and yes, to Tom," she tells People. "We have very different lives now, but as I've said to Tom, I will be there for him for the rest of his life." Or as long as she keeps winning more awards than him.
SECOND SHOT: Miramax will re-release George Clooney's little-seen directorial debut Confessions of a Dangerous Mind on Aug. 1. This time around, studio execs will try a new marketing approach: They'll pay people to see it.
I'LL HAVE A LARGE POPCORN AND A MASK: Exhibitors in Hong Kong are reporting that movie attendance has fallen off 30-50 percent since the outbreak of SARS two weeks ago. For those in the dark, SARS is more commonly known as Swept Away.
GERALDO RIVERA, HE'S NOT: CNN's embedded correspondent, neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta was called on to perform emergency surgery Thursday on a 2-year-old Iraqi boy wounded at a U.S. Marine checkpoint south of Baghdad. Sadly, the boy later died.
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FAUX FOOTBALL?: ESPN is launching an hour-long drama series set in the world of professional football. The show — titled Playmakers — is being produced and written by Alias exec John Eisendrath. It debuts Aug. 26.
IN CONCLUSION...: Thanks to everyone who submitted questions for American Idol's Julia DeMato. If you missed the Q&A, click here. Also, if you haven't already done so, please read my Seven Silly Questions for Cookie Monster, which was posted today. In my opinion, there's no better way to start a weekend than with a little Cookie!