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MOVIES He exec-produces; he stars; he sulks and smolders! 2 Fast 2 Furious hero Tyrese will do all that and more -- oh, he may write the script treatment, too! -- for D.A. Verdict, an MGM thriller about a lawyer stuck with prosecuting old associates from the hood.... Will Smith (Made in America) will star in Last First Kiss, a romantic comedy about a foxy female journalist out to expose a professional matchmaker as a fake. Smith plays the love doctor.... Brittany Murphy (Just Married) may be getting a Boyfriend in a Box, reportedly a romantic comedy about a woman who finds herself caught in a hilarious web of lies about her literal boy toy.

TELEVISION Is this a sitcom what she has, or is it another reality show? Newlyweds' Jessica Simpson is developing a sitcom at ABC.... But is this a sitcom what VH1 has, or is it another reality show? It's both, stupid! Not only is the Behind the Music channel mounting a new, updated version of The Partridge Family, it's airing a reality series about the making of the show as well. I Think I Love You, VH1!... Sweethearts Dweezil Zappa and Lisa Loeb's cooking/travelogue series debuts Jan. 16 on the Food Network. According to Zappa, Dweezil and Lisa will address the universal theme of ''food bringing people together.''... How do you take your mind off your newly axed Fox sitcom Luis? If you're Luis Guzman, you join Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep, and Jude Law in a future blockbuster called Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. What newly axed Fox sitcom? Exactly! -- Gregory Kirschling, with additional reporting by Adam B. Vary

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Originally posted Nov 21, 2003 Published in issue #738 Nov 21, 2003 Order article reprints