Texas-sized spoof

Timothy Bottoms played Texan Sonny Crawford 30 years ago in "The Last Picture Show" and again in 1990's "Texasville." Now he's playing the most powerful Texan in the world.

Bottoms has been cast as President Bush in Comedy Central's new show "That's My Bush!" the cable channel said Monday. The sitcom, from "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, debuts April 4.

"That's My Bush!" will offer a glimpse inside the White House while spoofing television comedies.

Comedy Central spokesman Tony Fox said Bottoms was chosen for his acting skill and his physical resemblance to the president. His version of Bush won't be as over-the-top as Will Ferrell's portrayal on "Saturday Night Live," though.

"This is really a satire of the American sitcom," Fox said. "They're making George out to be this wonderful, likable guy, as most sitcom stars are."

Cash back in hospital

Pneumonia has once again put singer Johnny Cash in the hospital.

Cash, 68, was in serious but stable condition Monday morning at Baptist Hospital. Spokeswoman Donna Mason said he was admitted Sunday morning.

Cash was treated for pneumonia during a two-week hospital stay in October 1999. In 1998, he was hospitalized twice for it and said later he nearly died that fall. He was diagnosed in 1997 as suffering from a nervous system disease called Shy-Drager's syndrome, but later was told by doctors that was a misdiagnosis.

He said as recently as two months ago that his health was much improved.

An eight-time Grammy winner and a six-time winner of Country Music Assn. awards, Cash was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. He was nominated this year for two more Grammys.

Change of tune

Eminem says the Spice Girls are all fat and ugly now. The rapper, whose United Kingdom shows were picketed by gay and women's groups because of his hostile lyrics, said he would no longer bother with any of them. He made the comments during a recorded interview with BBC Radio 1's Jo Whiley that was aired Monday. That's in marked contrast to his first hit, "My Name Is," in which he said, "I can't figure out which Spice Girl I wanna impregnate." He also said in Monday's interview that he was considering a movie role after being offered the part of a villain.

Cast off, again

Former "Survivor" contestant Sean Kenniff may finally learn to keep his constantly flapping trap shut. The extremely confident Long Island, N.Y., neurologist will spend Valentine's Day alone after bragging about his new sweetie's sexual habits on Howard Stern's radio show.

Kenniff, who was already apparently on thin ice with his girlfriend, television reporter Trish Bergin, after publicly introducing her as "Billy Joel's ex," apparently went too far when he chatted to Stern on the air Friday.


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