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Jack Bauer will be back, actor says

Kiefer Sutherland, 42, will be back to play Jack Bauer for an eighth season of the hit counterterrorism drama 24, the actor said Tuesday. Sutherland told the Associated Press that 24, in its seventh season, will start shooting its eighth in May.

Song and dance

Anne Hathaway is set to play Judy Garland in both film and stage adaptations of Gerald Clarke's 2000 biography, Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland.

In other film news, Zac Efron has dropped out of his role in a remake of Footloose. Paramount Pictures says the heartthrob is no longer attached to the film, but the studio did not give a reason.

Hudson on 'Idol'

Jennifer Hudson is returning to American Idol - for one night only.

The Grammy- and Oscar-winning actress, singer and Idol alum is scheduled to tape a performance in front of the studio audience Wednesday after the live broadcast has ended. Hudson's appearance will air on a future segment.

TV's top 10

Fox's American Idol held off ABC's Dancing with the Stars to stay at the top of the ratings for the week of March 16-22. Idol had 23.7 million viewers on Wednesday and 21.9 million on Tuesday, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The rest of the top 10, in millions: Dancing with the Stars (Monday), ABC, 21.2; 60 Minutes, CBS, 17.0; NCIS, CBS, 15.8; The Mentalist, CBS, 15.5; Desperate Housewives, ABC, 14.7; Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 14.6; Two and a Half Men, CBS, 14.1; Criminal Minds, CBS, 13.7.


Activist Gloria Steinem, 75

Singer Aretha Franklin, 67

Singer Elton John, 62

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker, 44

Auto racer Danica Patrick, 27

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