Originally created 08/20/04

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NEW YORK -- First the board room, now the board game.

At his Fifth Avenue Tower on Wednesday, Donald Trump unveiled his newest business venture: a new Parker Brothers board game with high stakes dealmaking and dollar sums in the billions. Move over Mr. Monopoly.

Trump, the Game is played by up to four players bidding on real estate, buying big ticket items, such as islands and office buildings, and making billion-dollar business deals - just like The Donald does in real life.

There is, however, no gaming equivalent of bankruptcy, which has recently been a part of the Trump experience. On Aug. 9, Trump Hotel and Casino Resorts announced plans to file for Chapter 11 and to form a new corporate structure where Trump surrenders much of his control.

Of course, players can terminate their opponents using the two words - "You're fired" - made famous on Trump's reality TV show "The Apprentice."

The Trump game "allows players to feel the power and make the deals," said Mark Blecher, senior vice president of marketing at Hasbro Games (the parent company of Parker Brothers).

The game retails for $24.99.

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NEW YORK -- Joan Rivers, the fashion critic who has openly joked about her own cosmetic surgery, will guest star as herself on the season finale of the FX drama series "Nip/Tuck."

In the episode to air Oct. 5, Rivers will play herself and meet with the show's plastic surgeons, played by Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon, for an unusual cosmetic consultation. It is so unusual that in the show, Rivers flies to the surgeon's Miami practice to avoid the glare of the paparazzi.

Though FX is tight-lipped about the nature of the discussed procedure, Scott Seomin, a publicist for the cable station says, "It's definitely not something she's had done before."

Rivers is best known for her celebrity red-carpet coverage on cable's E! Entertainment network. In June, she and daughter Melissa joined the TV Guide Channel to cover the entertainment world.

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NEW YORK -- Jennifer Lopez will return to guest star on the season premiere of "Will & Grace."

The singer-actress will continue in the role of herself in an episode to air Sept. 16 on NBC. In last season's finale, Lopez was recruited by Megan Mullally's character to sing at her Vegas marriage to another guest star, John Cleese.

In this episode, Lopez returns to New York after her summer tour, where Sean Hayes' character accompanied Lopez as a backup dancer.

Yet more guest stars are on the way for NBC's "Will & Grace." In the seventh season's second episode, Janet Jackson will appear.

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NEW YORK -- Vanessa Carlton, Rosario Dawson and Susan Sarandon will participate in an event aimed at getting young, single women to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

The Sept. 13 event will feature entertainment and talks on feminism, politics and civic transformation. It is sponsored by three organizations that promote women's issues and voting: V-Day, Rock the Vote, and Vote, Run, Lead.

Julia Stiles, Isabella Rossellini and Gloria Steinem are also slated to attend.

"With 65% of women making up the majority of undecided voters, this event is a rallying call to activists nationwide that we must do everything we can to ensure that all women make their voices heard," said Marie Wilson, president of the White House Project, an activist group.

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