Originally created 02/02/05

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NEW YORK - NBC will bring back the midseason drama "Medium" for a second season, the network announced.

The show, which premiered just weeks earlier, has received good ratings. It stars Patricia Arquette as Allison DuBois, a woman who solves crimes through her dreams and visions.

"With Glenn Gordon Caron's flair for developing characters, Patricia Arquette's winning performance and a unique concept for television, 'Medium' has resonated with viewers," said Kevin Reilly, president of NBC Entertainment, in a statement Friday.

Besides the full second season pickup, "Medium" will add three more episodes to the already planned 13 episodes.

"Medium" airs on Mondays (10 p.m.).

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LOS ANGELES - Keanu Reeves, who traveled through time in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" and took on humanity's machine conquerors in "The Matrix" films, has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Reeves, 40, was honored with the star Monday for a career that includes movies such as the action thrillers "Speed" and "Point Break," the romances "Something's Gotta Give" and "A Walk in the Clouds," and the dramas "Little Buddha" and "My Own Private Idaho."

His star was placed along Hollywood Boulevard near the spot where some action scenes in "Speed" were shot.

"When I was 15 years old in Canada, I did a play called 'Romeo and Juliet,'" Reeves said. "I asked my mom if it was OK to be an actor, and she said, 'Whatever you want.' So thanks, Mom."

The honor came just weeks before the release of his next movie, "Constantine," adapted from the DC Comics series. Reeves stars as the title character, a man with visions of angels and devils on Earth who battles to dispatch demons back to the underworld.

"I've been pleased to work with so many wonderful stars through the years," Reeves said. "This has been an amazing journey. I hope it continues."


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hollywood couple Orlando Bloom and Kate Bosworth have split after dating for nearly three years, People magazine reported.

"They did decide to take some time apart due to their upcoming work schedule, and they remain very close," the couple's representative, Robin Baum, told the magazine. "It was a mutual decision." The couple's split was reported Monday by People.

Bloom, 28, starred in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and last year's "Troy."

Bosworth, 22, who starred in 2002's "Blue Crush," played Sandra Dee in last year's "Beyond the Sea," about 1950s crooner Bobby Darin.

The couple began dating in the spring of 2002.


TAOS, N.M. (AP) - Lynn Anderson has been accused of shoplifting a "Harry Potter" DVD from a Taos supermarket and punching a police officer.

Anderson's lawyer entered pleas of not guilty on behalf of the 57-year-old country singer to charges of battery on a police officer, resisting a police officer and shoplifting.

Taos County Magistrate Betty Martinez allowed Anderson to seek medical treatment out of state after the pleas were entered Friday. Martinez said she didn't know why Anderson was seeking medical treatment.

Anderson was arrested Jan. 24 at Smith's Food & Drug Center.

According to a statement filed by Taos police officer Virgil Vigil, Anderson asked him, "Do you know who I am?" when refusing to sign a citation after supermarket employees had accused her of taking the DVD.

Anderson allegedly balked several times when she was asked to go to a patrol car. When the officer asked if she was resisting arrest, Anderson turned and punched him on the left forearm, according to his statement.

Brigitte Ursula Lotze, Anderson's lawyer, said the singer deserves the prayers of Taos residents.

"Ms. Anderson is a loved and respected member of the Taos community," Lotze said.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Carmelo Anthony will assist a campaign against drugs and violence following criticism of his appearance in a DVD that warned witnesses about working with the police.

State and federal officials approached the Denver Nuggets star, hoping his celebrity would be a draw. His exact role hasn't been determined.

The DVD, titled "Stop Snitching," has circulated in Baltimore since November. Anthony, a Baltimore native, appears briefly, standing next to a man who warns that anyone who tips off police about drug deals will "get a hole in his head." Anthony doesn't respond to any of the comments on tape but appears in the DVD's credits.

The DVD prompted state lawmakers to propose legislation strengthening penalties for witness intimidation. Gov. Robert Ehrlich mentioned it in his State of the State address last week. Anthony later said he doesn't approve of the DVD's contents and didn't know it was being made.

"I'm completely against violence and drugs - that's not me," Anthony told The Washington Post. "I just want to get the word out. I've lost friends to violence. I would never support anybody harming anyone."


MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) - Eva Longoria was desperate to set the record straight on her love life during a photo shoot in this northern Mexico city where her family has roots.

The "Desperate Housewives" co-star was spotted at Monterrey's international airport Sunday with 'N Sync singer JC Chasez, following her weekend photo shoot with Latina magazine, the Reforma newspaper reported in its Monday editions.

The magazine invited Longoria to do the project after learning that her family is from Monterrey, a center of business and industry 430 miles north of Mexico City.

Longoria arrived alone Friday, but Chasez was present later during the photo shoot, Reforma said.

Chasez told reporters he was vacationing in Monterrey, while Longoria said she was "here alone, with my friends, my publicist."

Chasez "is only my friend," the actress told the newspaper.

Longoria returned Sunday to Los Angeles to shoot additional episodes of the hit ABC series. "Desperate Housewives" airs on Sundays (9 p.m. EST).

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