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November 19, 2004

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The name's Firth, Colin Firth

New York -- Colin Firth is done being Bridget Jones' nice guy, but he's not against donning British agent 007's tuxedo.

"At the moment, I can't think of anything I would be less attracted to," says Firth about the possibility of a third "Bridget Jones" film.

However, the 44-year-old actor tells Entertainment Weekly magazine that he'd seriously consider taking over the James Bond franchise from Pierce Brosnan.

Unlike another famous Colin -- Colin Farrell, who says he's not interested in the role despite being Brosnan's choice -- there's been no talk of Firth grabbing Bond's Walther PPK.

"No one has approached me, but I would not be averse to it," Firth tells EW in its latest issue.

Trudeau wins freedom honor

Aspen, Colo. -- "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau will receive the Freedom of Speech Award from the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in February.

Comedian Jim Carrey, director Christopher Guest and the writers of The Harvard Lampoon also will be honored at the festival, scheduled for Feb. 9-13, it was announced Wednesday.

The Freedom of Speech Award acknowledges artists who speak out on social issues despite challenges.

"Garry's work is more relevant than ever, even though it's been around for more than 20 years," said festival director Craig Minassian. "He's taken a stand with his art. It's a nice generational look at the comic strip."

'Like a Rolling Stone' is No. 1

New York -- Rolling Stone magazine has named the top 500 songs of all-time, and, well, the No. 1 song isn't exactly a complete unknown.

Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" tops the list, compiled from votes by 172 critics and musicians including Brian Wilson, Joni Mitchell and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.

"No other pop song has so thoroughly challenged and transformed the commercial laws and artistic conventions of its time, for all-time," writes senior editor David Fricke in the latest issue of the magazine.

Following "Like a Rolling Stone" are the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," John Lennon's "Imagine," Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" and Aretha Franklin's "Respect."

Rounding out the top 10: "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys, "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry, the Beatles' "Hey Jude," Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Ray Charles' "What'd I Say."

Though the list is heavy on the '50s, '60s and '70s (voters were told to focus on "the rock 'n' roll era"), the most recent song is 2003's "Hey Ya!" by OutKast, charting at No. 180.

Close to join 'Shield' cast

White Plains, N.Y. -- Glenn Close says her first role as a regular on a TV show "will be kind of a great adventure" -- including the commute to Hollywood.

Close, who lives in Westchester County and has a teenage daughter, said Wednesday that playing a police captain in FX's "The Shield" was "the last thing I thought I'd be doing, but they were very persuasive. Other than the fact that I have to commute back and forth, I'm looking forward to it."

"This will be an unusual balance, and I think they're going to be smart about scheduling me so I can have a regular chunk of time at home," said the actress, best known for movies such as "Fatal Attraction" and "The Big Chill."

Birthday

Broadcasting and sports mogul Ted Turner is 66. Talk show host Larry King is 71. Fashion designer Calvin Klein is 62. Actress Allison Janney is 44. Actress Meg Ryan is 43. Actress-director Jodie Foster is 42.

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