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FERRIS BUELLER RIDES AGAIN

Ferris Bueller is about to get another day off. And predictably, it's Super Bowl Sunday. Matthew Broderick is appearing in viral web teases to the commercial and, of course, everyone thought it was for a sequel to Ferris Bueller's Day Off. It's actually for a Honda commercial, according to Jalopnik.com. "A source familiar with Honda's operations hinted to us earlier this year that the company was going to do a Ferris Bueller-style ad for the Super Bowl starring none other than Matthew Broderick," the site reports. "The source also added that the spot was going to mimic much of the original film, except this time prominently featuring Hondas. The big jump the two valets do in Cameron's dad's Ferrari? We hear this time it's going to be a Honda CR-V."

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'Epstein' dies

Robert Hegyes, the actor best known for playing Jewish Puerto Rican student Juan Epstein on the 1970s TV show Welcome Back Kotter, has died. He was 60. A spokesman at JFK Medical Center in Edison, N.J., said Hegyes arrived at the hospital Thursday morning in full cardiac arrest and died. Hegyes was appearing on Broadway in 1975 when he auditioned for Kotter, a TV series about a teacher who returns to the inner-city New York school of his youth to teach a group of irreverent remedial students nicknamed the "Sweathogs."

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Clooney plans prank

Everyone who knows anything about George Clooney knows he likes his practical jokes, especially Brad Pitt, who is a frequent target. But George says on Tuesday's season premiere of Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio he's got a major-league prank coming down the road. "I have done some horrible things to people. Truly, truly horrible," the 50-year-old Clooney says, according to People. "I'm working on one right now for Brad Pitt. It might end his career. I owe him, so I'm getting him." Is it really a good prank if you tell the guy straight-up that he's being targeted?

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Demi off 'Lovelace'

Demi Moore, who ended up in the hospital for what her rep called exhaustion, is no longer going to play Gloria Steinem in the porn-actress biopic Lovelace. This is what it's come to, folks, so it must be serious. Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker is on the short, short list to replace Moore as the feminist icon, Us says. Amanda Seyfried is going to headline that project as Linda Lovelace.

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Cher's not dead

Cher is dead. Or probably not dead. This is all your fault, Twitter. Why do we fall for your shenanigans every single time? The rumor started Thursday night when some numbskull tweeted "RT @CNN: American recording artist Cher dies at 65 years old. Found dead in Malibu home." Hollywoodgossip.com got Cher's buddy/jewelry designer Loree Rodkin to go on the record: "Whoever started that stupid rumor needs to have their face dragged across concrete. It's a hoax. She's fine. She's so NOT dead. She's just a busy girl."

- jgillin@tampabay.com; Find more at tampabay.com/blogs/juice

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