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SCENE STEALER

It's official: Gary Sinise has signed on to headline the cast of CSI: New York, CBS confirms. Although the spinoff doesn't debut until the fall, Sinise will first appear in a May sweeps episode of CSI: Miami. read more

MR. CONGENIALTY

Without a Trace star Enrique Murciano has found a plum part on the big screen. The actor has been cast as Sandra Bullock's love interest in Miss Congeniality 2, a sequel no one asked for. read more

MR. CONGENIALTY

Without a Trace star Enrique Murciano has found a plum part on the big screen. The actor has been cast as Sandra Bullock's love interest in Miss Congeniality 2, a sequel no one asked for. read more

WORLDS COLLIDE

Minority Report collaborators Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise are teaming up to bring H.G. Wells' classic alien-invasion epic, The War of the Worlds, back to the big screen, according to Variety. Spielberg would likely direct the pic, while Cruise is expected to star and produce along with DreamWorks. David Koepp (Spider-Man, Panic Room), meanwhile, has been tapped to rewrite the script. read more

SHORT CUTS

Twentieth Century Fox is developing a sequel to last fall's surprise family hit Cheaper by the Dozen... In what is being billed as "the first film-marketing venture of its kind," Sony is distributing free preview DVDs of its forthcoming flick Hellboy at Best Buy stores nationwide. read more

END QUOTE

"She's disappointed over feeling like her life was wasted. Everything she did is ignored... over something trivial, that maybe didn't happen." — Martha Stewart's daughter, Alexis, discussing her mom's reaction to being convicted in an exclusive interview on tonight's Larry King Live. read more

BEWITCHED

Here's further proof that Boston Public has been expelled: The drama's hottest teach, Jeri Ryan, is in final talks to star opposite Kim Delaney in the pilot for Sudbury, a CBS drama that revolves around two sisters who also happen to be witches. In other casting news, Carmine Giovinazzo — whose previous claim to shame was a starring role in UPN's short-lived stinker Shasta McNasty — has joined the cast of CSI: New York. read more

LETTERMAN FINDS LOVE

Courtney Love — who showed up two hours late to a court hearing Tuesday on drug charges and was berated by the judge for talking out of turn — will be a guest on tonight's Late Show with David Letterman. She'll perform (slur) a song from her new album, America's Sweetheart (Scariest Woman). read more

R. KELLY BEATS RAP

Florida prosecutors have dropped all child-pornography charges against R. Kelly. The singer's legal victory comes after a judge's ruling last week that digital photos were taken from his Miami home by illegal seizure, and were inadmissible as trial evidence. The photos in question reportedly depicted R. Kelly engaging in sexual acts with an underage girl. He's still fighting similar charges in Illinois. read more

APRIL SHOWERS

April Wilkner became the ninth catwalker thrown off Tyra Banks' runway on last night's penultimate episode of America's Next Top Model. "I don't understand — I always win everything," cried the 23-year-old Miami Beach native. "I'm not prepared for this." The competition is now down to three girls: Shaggy, er, I mean Shandi, Mercedes and Yoanna — one of whom will be named the winner next week. But for the life of me I can't recall what the grand prize is. Ms. Banks really needs to take more time to spell that out at the end of each episode. read more

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