HIRED: Former "Joe Millionaire" Evan Marriott has been signed to host a relationship show, "Fake-a-Date," for the Game Show Network, say reports. It will debut in March. A contestant will choose between three possible dates (of the opposite sex, say press releases), except only two are looking for love. The third is out to win a valuable prize. (A prize more valuable than love?)
QUOTED: "Today, we are like many other families who come to the bedside of a loved one and look into eyes that no longer flicker with recognition." -- Patti Davis, writing in the new PEOPLE, on what it is like to spend time with her 92-year-old father, former President Ronald Reagan
HONORED: In the first film awards of the season, "Mystic River" was named best film of 2003 and its star, Sean Penn, best actor, by the National Board of Review on Wednesday. Diane Keaton won best actress for "Something's Gotta Give." Best director: Edward Zwick, for "The Last Samurai." The board, which is about to turn 95 years old, picked as its Top 10 "Mystic River," "The Last Samurai," "The Station Agent," "21 Grams," "House of Sand and Fog," "Lost in Translation," "Cold Mountain," "In America," "Seabiscuit," and "Master and Commander." More often than not, the board's choices do not mirror the Academy Awards, scheduled for Feb. 29.
DISMISSED: A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday dismissed a $10 million lawsuit filed by Barbra Streisand, 61, against a multimillionaire who posted photos of her Malibu estate on a Web site documenting erosion along the California coast, reports Reuters. Streisand sued Kenneth Adelman in May accusing him of violating her privacy rights. But Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Allan Goodman ruled that her lawsuit chilled Adelman's free-speech rights on a matter of public concern, and ordered Streisand to pay Adelman's legal bills.
LIT: The Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, a tradition since 1931, came to life Wednesday night in a blaze of 30,000 lights before a crowd of thousands of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. Before flipping the switch to usher in the holiday season, Mayor Michael Bloomberg dedicated the lighting ceremony to U.S. soldiers everywhere. The NBC broadcast of the event featured performances by Harry Connick Jr., Ashanti, Enrique Iglesias, Gloria Estefan, Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard and newlyweds Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey.
EXPANDED: Hooters Air, an outgrowth of the popular restaurant chain, will expand its Columbus, Ohio, to Atlanta flight operations by adding new service to Myrtle Beach, Ft. Myers, and Nassau starting Dec. 18, the "Fun to Fly" airline's president, Mark Peterson, has announced. His planes boast extra legroom and Hooters Girls on every flight. (Well, someone has to deliver the safety instructions.)