MASTER THESPIANS: Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt are Oscar front-runners after winning top film-acting awards at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards.

BIG JIM: James Cameron's looking like another Oscar lock after capturing the Directors Guild of America's award for Titanic on Saturday night.

PLAYED OUT? Hugh Hefner's "Playmate for a Lifetime," wife Kimberly, filed for divorce Monday citing irreconcilable differences. An hour later the couple filed a joint statement saying the court petition was a "misunderstanding" and neither "wants a divorce."

GUESS WHAT? Titanic. Weekend box office. $18 million. No. 1. Chased hard, but not caught by U.S. Marshals.

BEANED: Boston theater critics have few kind words for Quentin Tarantino's stage turn in Wait Until Dark. The show opened there last week, en route to Broadway.

SAME OLD, SAME OLD: Troubled Broadway flop The Capeman will live on, via a cast album--but Billboard magazine says the collection's debut in stores will be delayed.

LA LIZ: Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor is back at home following a 10-day hospital stay for a minor back fracture.

THE SOUND OF SILENCE: Julie Andrews is under orders to keep it quiet after surgery to remove non-cancerous throat nodules, the New York Post reports.

ROYAL PAIN: Laser knee surgery for Prince Charles today. The would-be King of England is already out and about.

CLOSETED HUMOR: Gay activist Chastity Bono--Cher's daughter--agrees: Ellen is too gay. Bono says she likes the show fine, but thinks it's too inside for most viewers.

TOO FAR OUT? ABC's Columbus, Ohio, affiliate, meanwhile, is making noises about dropping Ellen. "We have a problem with the content," says the station owner.

WOOF! Shannen Doherty is suing a woman who sued her claiming she was attacked by the ex-90120 star's dogs. One problem: They weren't Doherty's dogs.

TAKE THAT, FILM SCHOOL! Party of Five star Jennifer Love Hewitt, 19, has sold a movie studio on an idea for a romantic comedy to the tune of $500,000, Daily Variety reports.

BETTY & VERONICA CAN'T WAIT: A 1998 Sundance Film Fest grad has been tapped to write and direct a live-action Archie movie. For all the casting news, see Dotted Line.

VOTES OF CONFIDENCE: Renewed for next season, two CBS Monday night comedies: Cosby and Everybody Loves Raymond.

NEW PROTEST FODDER: Jennifer Beals, who played a scantily clad dancer in Flashdance, will join the cast of ABC's under-fire priest drama, Nothing Sacred.

CAREER-DESTRUCTION WATCH: Fading Oasis held a "boring" sold-out (not) concert in Australia on Saturday, distinguished only by Noel Gallagher's apology for the bad singing.

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