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The End Of Maher

Could This Be the End of Bill Maher?

Columnist Arianna Huffington says “Politically Incorrect” could get yanked off the air by ABC because of recent comments by host Bill Maher that upset advertisers and network affiliates. Huffington made the claim yesterday – and strongly defended Maher -in a column posted on her Web site. “A small group of zealots have intentionally distorted comments made by Bill Maher, and succeeded in putting the show’s future in jeopardy,” Huffington, a frequent guest on the show, wrote. Maher’s comments came last week during the first episode of “PI” to air after the terror attacks on September 11. Huffington, whose syndicated column appears in The Post, was not available for comment yesterday. Huffington’s claim about ABC possibly yanking “P.I” is “just a rumor,” said an ABC spokesman. “It’s not true.”

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My Baby’s Back

Well, after a too, too long break, the incredible Alanis Morissette has come back to us.

Her new album, which is very tentatively scheduled for a November 13 release, is entitled “Under Rug Swept.” The singer wrote 27 songs for the album and has narrowed it down to 12, although her website says the running order is a “work in progress” and could be changed before the final release date.

A new track, “Utopia,” — a mandolin-laced ballad with a warm, lilting melody — is available now on Alanis’ webiste. Enjoy.

Oh, and welcome back Alanis!

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We Salute You

The CBC salutes Mr. Dressup tonight.

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Man Be She Hot

Jessica Alba trains for her role on “Dark Angel.”

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What’s The Deal With That?!

Jerry Seinfeld and friends announce WTC benefit.

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No not “Give me a sub, dude”!

Emmy Awards get subdued look after attacks.

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Survivor III

New “Survivor” series to be hungrier and stinkier. Yes, sure, okay, but will any of them have the eye of the tiger?!??

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New Releases

Here are the new DVD and video releases for Tuesday, September 25th, 2001

THE SIMPSONS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (DVD)
-The Season One SIMPSONS DVD box set is simply amazing, with extras like episode scripts, outtakes, audio commentary, animatics, and more. The 3-disc set includes the 13 episodes from the first season, and while Matt Groening’s show has come a long, long way in the 12 seasons since, everything looks and sounds so good, you’d swear they’re new episodes.

CITIZEN KANE: SPECIAL EDITION (DVD)
-Wow! Finally debuting on DVD this masterpiece of cinema looks, sounds, and is, incredible. And the extras?!?! Ouch! Buy it. Rent it. Own it! I’m going to get mine right now…

HEATHERS: SPECIAL EDITION (DVD)
THE FRENCH CONNECTION: FIVE-STAR COLLECTION (VHS & DVD)
THE COMPLETE PRISONER MEGA-SET (DVD)
DARK DAYS (VHS & DVD)
X (DVD)
QUADROPHENIA: SPECIAL EDITION (VHS & DVD)
THE WHO – LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL (DVD)
A KNIGHT’S TALE (VHS & DVD)
ALONG CAME A SPIDER (VHSr & DVD)
THE FORSAKEN (VHSr & DVD)
ONE NIGHT AT McCOOL’S (VHS & DVD)
KINGDOM COME (VHSr & DVD)
THE MASK OF ZORRO: SPECIAL EDITION (DVD)
BEAUTIFUL THING (VHS & DVD)
AMORES PERROS (VHS & DVD)
BARAKA: COLLECTOR’S EDITION (DVD)
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE [BBC Mini] (DVD)
SURVIVOR – SEASON TWO: GREATEST & … (VHS & DVD)
TEQUILA BODY SHOTS (VHSr & DVD)
BLACK SCORPION RETURNS (VHS)
BEVERLY HOOD (VHS & DVD)
GATE KEEPERS: OPEN THE GATE (VHS & DVD)
POKEMON: JOHTO – TEAM GREEN! & CRIMSON WARRIOR (VHS & DVD)
RUSH CHRONICLES – THE VIDEO COLLECTION (VHS & DVD)

– FOX releases a 30th Anniversary 5-STAR COLLECTION edition of THE FRENCH CONNECTION this week, with deleted scenes, new documentaries, audio commentary from William Friedkin, Gene Hackman, and Roy Scheider, and more.

– Based on the Japanese comic book, X is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure about a young man with near limitless power, who returns to Tokyo to protect his childhood friends, and unknowingly sparks a war between two opposing mystical factions.

– RHINO Home Video releases a digitally-remastered version of the cult classic QUADROPHENIA this week. The DVD is loaded with extras including audio commentary from director Franc Roddam, the film’s original theatrical trailer, a special VESPA trailer featuring classic commercials, a Trivia Track with Cockney-to-English subtitles, a WHO discography, and more. The coming-of-age drama, based on the WHO’s 1973 album, involves a group of scooter-riding, pill-popping Mods and their war against the Rockers in defense of their lifestyle and identity.

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New Kevin Smith DVD Due

KEVIN SMITH APPEARANCES TO BE COLLECTED ON DVD

JM Kenny, who worked on the MALLRATS and DOGMA DVDs, will be taping a series of upcoming college appearances from filmmaker Kevin Smith for release on DVD. Anyone whose ever had a chance to catch one Smith’s marathon Q&A sessions, or caught the audio commentary on his movies, surely know just how interesting this disc should be…

A possible spring release is planned for the DVD.

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New Trek Debuts Wednesday!

STAR TREK PREQUEL SERIES ‘ENTERPRISE’ ON WEDNESDAY

UPN revitalizes the STAR TREK franchise this week with the two-hour premiere of ENTERPRISE. Airing Wednesday night at 8, the pilot introduces Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap) as Captain Jonathan Archer of the Enterprise NX-01, who has to contend with First Contact with two alien races; the Suliban and the Klingons. Set in 2151, about 100 years before the days of James T. Kirk, the series’ cast includes Jolene Blalock (Jason & The Argonauts) as the ship’s sexy Vulcan science officer. And speaking of First Contact, the premiere feature a guest appearance from James Cromwell as Zephram Cochrane.