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Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

By KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

KIDMAN: I'D GIVE UP CAREER FOR LOVE

Nicole Kidman shocked festival-goers in Cannes by announcing she would chuck her career if she met the right man.

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"I probably won't do this for the rest of my life," the Australian beauty confessed. "I think probably when I fall in love, that's when I'll stop doing as much of this because I'll want to settle down again."

Kidman, who is divorced from actor Tom Cruise, made the remarks at the famed film festival where she is promoting her new film "Dogville," directed by Lars von Trier. The 35-year-old actress won an Oscar earlier this year for her memorable portrayal of doomed writer Virginia Woolf in "The Hours."

Apparently referring to her marriage to the "Minority Report" star, Kidman added, "I went through a period in my life where I wasn't able to move around and explore as much, so now I'm living that out..."

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"This life is burnout anyway," she admitted. "You give so much of yourself and you've got to step away from it at some stage. You can't do it forever."


OPRAH TO STAY 'TIL 2008

Oprah Winfrey will host her beloved daytime talk-show until the end of the 2007-2008 season.

It was announced Monday that Winfrey extended her contract for "The Oprah Winfrey Show" with King World Productions by two more years. The new contract also means the 49-year-old queen of daytime television will make more shows than planned -- 130 a year -- from now until then.

At her last contract extension, Winfrey had said she would retire from the show after the 2005-2006 season. But as that date grew closer, she seemed to have experienced a change of heart.

"It's fulfilling being able to do this kind of television and I believe continuing to have a voice and a platform to speak to the world is still the right thing to do," Winfrey said.


HOFFMAN ON '25th HOUR'

Philip Seymour Hoffman says he thinks there is something in Spike Lee's drama "25th Hour" just about everybody can relate to.

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"I think that it's impossible to watch this film and not have it resonate in your life," the "Magnolia" and "Boogie Nights" star told reporters in New York. "I think that what's so great about the movie."

"25th Hour" is the story of how drug dealer Monty (Edward Norton) spends his last day of freedom on the eve of a seven-year prison sentence. Hoffman and Barry Pepper play Monty's friends, Rosario Dawson plays his girlfriend and Brian Cox his father. The film was released on DVD and video Tuesday.

"You think that it's just going to be about some guy who's just a drug dealer, but it's not," Hoffman explained. "It's about a bunch of different people and that they're all kind of rolling very quickly towards this kind of decision, being accountable, being whatever, and it covers a huge spectrum of human experience, and I think that especially for the 18 to 40 group right now." Asked how he liked working with Spike Lee on the film, Hoffman replied: "He's professional and prepared. He's economical. If he wants to change something he does. If he doesn't, he doesn't do anything."

Noting that the "Summer of Sam" and "Do the Right Thing" filmmaker allows his actors the freedom to perform the way they want, but will let you know if he doesn't like what you're doing, Hoffman added, "Other than that, he's very free about what you would like to do and he shoots in a way that allows you to be free. He's very good."

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'RULES' AUTHORS TO SPEAK AT LEARNING ANNEX

The authors of "The Rules" are offering a seminar on Internet romance in New York next month.

Although "The Rules" became a phenomenon in the late 1990s, some feminists dismissed Sherrie Schneider and Ellen Fein's how-to-get-men-to-commit book as old-fashioned and manipulative. Schneider and Fein do not entirely dispute these claims, noting their methods work because men are attracted to women they can't have and so by effectively playing hard to get, women can attract and hold the men of their dreams.

Schneider and Fein plan to give seminar students an outline of everything they know about love in cyberspace when they speak at the Learning Annex on June 4 about their new book, "The Rules for On-Line Dating." Topics include: where to meet men, how to post an ad online that gets quality responses, how to get a guy to ask you out in advance and call more often, and how to get your boyfriend to propose.

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