Et tu, Brockovich?

The busty namesake from the Julia Roberts flick gives us more reality TV; Chuck Barris biopic goes the way of Chuck Barris; Billy Bob Thornton fails the fatherhood test; and more.

Published February 20, 2001 8:00PM (EST)

Is TV ready for the real Erin Brockovich?

Because she's ready for TV. The busty woman whose feisty story and plunging necklines have brought Julia Roberts an Oscar nomination is hoping to capitalize on the reality TV craze.

No, she's not applying for "Survivor 3."

"I'm actually working on a reality-based TV program to possibly continue to bring cases and problems of people to the forefront," Brockovich said on Court TV's "Catherine Crier Live" last week. "That's becoming important to me."

It's called the boob tube, Ed.

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But they look better in bathing suits

"It's amazing how poorly they're playing the game, given the leads we gave them."

-- Richard Hatch on his successors in "Survivor 2."

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Guess we'll have to read the book

Bad news. Chuck Barris' biopic, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," has gotten the gong.

The film, which was supposed to have starred Johnny Depp as the wacky '70s talent/game-show host and George Clooney as a CIA recruiter, has been derailed due to budget and deadline issues, according to Variety.

The movie was inspired by Barris' autobiography, in which he claimed to have been a CIA secret agent while he hosted "The Gong Show."

I don't know about you, but I'm heartbroken this flick fell through. I would have paid good money to watch Depp and Clooney sing a duet of "You Light Up My Life."

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Truth or dare?

"Even though she's terribly successful, I think of her as the underdog."

-- Madonna on Britney.

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The good pop and the weasel

Rod Stewart has just secured a six-figure record contract for his 13-year-old daughter, Ruby.

Stewart tells the U.K. Sun that although his daughter won't really begin pursuing her singing career until she finishes her schooling, he and Ruby's mom, Kelly Emberg, "went after a proper deal" for their angel-voiced offspring.

Rod might teach Billy Bob Thornton a thing or two about fatherhood. The skinny actor's 21-year-old daughter, Amanda Spence, has told "Inside Edition" that she hasn't spoken to her pa in five months, since she gave birth to his first grandchild, Mikala.

"I talked to him when I was in labor with my daughter and that's the last time I've spoken to him," Spence says.

What she's after, she says, is her father's love -- although she wouldn't mind a little help with the bills, either. "I'm not saying that he has to go out and buy me a Lexus and a $300,000 house," she says. "But he knows that we struggle."

Well, can she sing?

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