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Well, this ought to really piss off “TV Guide” subscribers.

In a advertising team-up with the networks, the next issue of TV Guide will feature a DVD glued to the front. The disc will include previews of the new and returning shows that’ll be airing this summer, in an attempt to get more viewers to tune in to the new, original programming.

The only catch: this DVD won’t be available to subscribers. If they want to watch it, they’ll have to buy a second copy of the magazine on the newsstand.

Yeah, that seems fair.

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Shameless cross-promotion: ESDMusic Album Cover Quiz #2

Not sure if many of you fine, fine readers are aware of this, but we have a sister blog that’s dedicated to the world of music, called Eat Sleep Drink Music (esdmusic.com). We’re launching this new game, see, where we blot out the name of an artist and the album title, and see if you can figure out what it is. Here are a few covers from this week’s installment.

Think you can get the rest? Then click here, and tell your friends. Good luck.

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That’s even more sad than that crying Indian from those “don’t litter” ads in the ’70s…!

This morning, Katie Couric bid a tearful farewell to “The Today Show,” and, dammit, I even got a little misty…particularly when I realized that, now that she’ll be behind the anchor desk at “The CBS Evening News,” I won’t be able to see her legs, which always gave me a reason to get up in the morning…well, um, I mean, besides my wife and kid.

Ahem.

There were some very funny moments during the various clip segments that covered Couric’s entire tenure at the show, but somber moments appeared as well. In fact, when we were watching the various key news stories that she’d been a part of over the years, my wife observed sadly that “when (our daughter) gets to school, there’ll be so many things in her history book that we never would’ve imagined when we were her age.” Given that she made this comment as the screen showed clips from 9/11, Hurrricane Katrina, and the Columbine massacre, I dare say she didn’t mean it as a good thing.

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Baz Luhrmann risks severe cell phone injury from boxing gladiator

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“How many temper tantrums does a three-time Oscar nominee have to throw to get some respect around here?”

Cinderella Man Russell Crowe might just regret playing prima donna on Baz Luhrmann’s latest movie, a war epic set in 1942. The film was set to star Crowe and Nicole Kidman as lovers in the Australian outback…until Crowe’s on-set belligerence led Luhrmann to replace his notoriously difficult star with fellow Aussie actor Heath Ledger.

According to Cinematical:

Sweet, cuddly Russell Crowe demanded script-approval rights on the project, and threatened to leave if Luhrmann and his producers failed to give in. In a move that was clearly a huge shock to Crowe, Luhrmann apparently said “Right. That’s you off then.” Once his bluff was called, Crowe was all, “Ah ha. Baz, you know I’m a kidder. Script approval? I don’t need that. It’s all good. Seriously. When do we start?” But, sadly, twas too late and his place had been taken by a gay cowboy.

This one is fun on so very many levels: Russell Crowe continues “fightin’ round the world.” Heath Ledger takes on a role as the love interest of his real-life ex-girlfriend’s best friend. The skinny gay cowboy triumphs over the burly boxing gladiator. And little old Baz Luhrmann wins the respect of every director in Hollywood.

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Fontana says farewell

Adding his name to the list of people who’ve come and gone from the cast of “Law & Order,” Dennis Farina – who plays Detective Joe Fontana – has announced that he will be leaving the show.

But, then, this is a show with a constantly rotating cast, and it has been from the get-go. Farina came on to replace the late Jerry Orbach’s character, Detective Lenny Briscoe…and Briscoe came in to replace Detective Phil Cerreta, who was played by Paul Sorvino. (And, lest we forget, Sorvino replaced George Dzundza, who played Detective Max Greevey.)

Who’ll be the next in line…? Time will tell.

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