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Fast Track: 'Idol' is down, but not out, in the ratings

March 03, 2011
  • The ratings for "American Idol" may be down this season, but it's still the No. 1 show on TV.
The ratings for "American Idol" may be down this season, but… (Frank Micelotta / Fox )

"American Idol" may be down this season, but it's still the biggest thing on TV. (Los Angeles Times)

Charlie Sheen brings that old warlock magic to Twitter and picks up a million followers. (Los Angeles Times)

Producers are looking to make a prequel or sequel to the 2019-set "Blade Runner," which means it could be set ... tomorrow? (Los Angeles Times)

"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" star Anthony Mackie says the movie will be educational. Ken Burns, you're on notice. (Los Angeles Times)

Would you believe that "Battle: Los Angeles" was shot in Louisiana? Is nothing sacred in the movie business? (Los Angeles Times)

Not entertainment-related, but worth being aware of: scientists have discovered new kinds of zombie-making fungi. (Yahoo News)

Steve Carell is filming his final episode of "The Office" this week, and series writer Mindy Kaling is sharing some of the storylines they never got to use for him. (Jezebel)

"Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie" is now shooting with the overstuffed cast of Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, John C. Reilly and Jeff Goldblum. (The Wrap)

What is Jon Cryer doing now that "Two and a Half Men" isn't shooting? He's answering phones for Ellen DeGeneres, apparently. (Hollywood Reporter)

A casino paid $40,000 for locks of Justin Bieber's hair and now plans to put the hair on tour to raise money for charity. (Los Angeles Times)

John Travolta has agreed to reunite with his "Welcome Back, Kotter" castmates. Gabe Kaplan is still a holdout. Really, Gabe? (TV Guide)

Diane Lane will play Superman's mom. (New York Times)

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