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STICKING AROUND: ABC ordering up full seasons of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter starring John Ritter and Life With Bonnie, headlining Bonnie Hunt after solid performances in the ratings.

A BEAUTIFUL MIND: Kirsten Dunst in talks to join Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a drama set in the deep recesses of the brain about a man who tries to erase a particularly steamy relationship he had with his ex-mate. The film was written by Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich).

LEADING THE REVOLUTION: Antonio Banderas playing the title role in the HBO Films production And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself, a true story about early Hollywood filmmakers making a silent movie about Villa as he heads the Mexican revolution.

LATE NIGHT BATTLE: CBS' Late Show With David Letterman falling farther behind NBC's Tonight Show With Jay Leno in the ratings so far this season, drawing 4.1 million viewers compared to Leno's 5.9 million, down seven percent from last year.

REMEMBERED: Bruce Paltrow, the father of Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and writer-director-producer of such classic TV series as The White Shadow and St. Elsewhere, died Wednesday night in Rome, from complications due to pneumonia and a recurrence of throat cancer. He was 58.

BAIL FOR BLAKE? The California Supreme Court ordering Los Angeles police to show why actor Robert Blake should not be granted an immediate bail hearing while awaiting trial for the murder of his wife. Unless they show adequate reason, the court ordered that a bail hearing should be held.

FOXY CLOTHING: MGM digging deep into its extensive film library to license a hip urban clothing line inspired by black-oriented films from the 1970s, including Foxy Brown, Cooley High and Coffey.

TWEEN POWER: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen introducing Mary-Kate and Ashley in ACTION!, a new brand of products aimed at their core young girl fans even as the pair grows older.

SNIPPED: Rapper Snoop Dogg edited out of an upcoming Muppets TV movie because of his involvement in pornographic video projects and sweatshops.

ONLINE PIRACY: Music companies hoping to persuade a judge Friday to let them obtain names of Internet file-swappers without going to court first, a move that could lead to labels sending cease-and-desist letters directly to Netizens without going through ISPs.

YOU KNOW YOU WANT IT! The Museum of Sex (dubbed MoSex) opening in New York City this weekend aiming to catalogue the history of American sexuality from 19th-century brothels to turn-of-the-millennium sex parties.

CELEBRATING A LIFE: The family of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl preparing to mark his 39th birthday on October 10 with concerts around the world.

LENDING A HAND: Rocker Sheryl Crow donating an autographed electric guitar to benefit the family of a Reno police officer killed in a motorcycle accident last week. Bids will be accepted until the afternoon of Oct. 11.

RUNNING DOWN A DREAM: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performing a concert on Oct. 15 in Los Angeles of their new album, The Last DJ, in its entirety with an orchestra. The show will be broadcast live via satellite to movie theaters in 36 cities nationwide. The record hits stores on October 8.

SECOND THAT EMOTION: Motown legend Smokey Robinson set to receive a lifetime achievement award in music from Michigan's 17th annual Governors' Awards for Arts & Culture.

CAPTAIN'S LOG: Hoping to draw thousands of tourists, the City of El Paso marking the central site where Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was born with a plaque that reads "He created a universe for his future and that universe was Star Trek which became a worldwide phenomenon."