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Although some TV outlets have dumped Martha Stewart's programming, the Food Network isn't one of 'em. The cable channel says her cooking show, From Martha's Kitchen, will keep its regular time slot while they allow "due process to take its course." Translation: They're waiting to see if Stewart, a convicted (but still popular) felon, will do jail time. By the way, although Viacom has dropped Stewart's Emmy-nominated syndicated series Martha Stewart Living from its CBS and UPN stations, it continues to air elsewhere. read more


Barbra Streisand has moved one step closer to being an official Mother Focker. (That joke never gets old.) The actress-singer-diva is in final talks to play Ben Stiller's mama in Meet the Fockers — the sequel to Meet the Parents. Word is Babs is waiting to see if the revised script meets her high standards before signing on the dotted line. Note to cast and crew: Be afraid. Be very afraid. read more


Coyote Ugly babe Piper Perabo has been tapped to play Justin Timberlake's love interest in the singer's big-screen acting debut, Edison. Note to Cameron Diaz: Be afraid. Be very afraid. read more


UPN's new computer-animated series Game Over looks destined to live up to its title. The show's Wednesday debut attracted just 2 million viewers. read more


Seinfeld alum Jason Alexander and Law & Order's Jesse L. Martin have joined the cast of NBC's upcoming musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, starring Kelsey Grammer as Scrooge. Alexander will play Scrooge's dead business partner Marley, while Martin will play the Ghost of Christmas Present. read more


A Florida judge has ruled that digital photos were taken from R. Kelly's Miami home by illegal seizure, and cannot be admitted as evidence in his child-pornography trial. The photos in question reportedly depict the R&B singer engaging in sexual acts with an underage girl. He's currently fighting similar charges in Illinois. read more


Universal Pictures has delayed the release of Cinderella Man — its highly anticipated film reuniting director Ron Howard with his Beautiful Mind leading man, Russell Crowe — until March 18, 2005. The period boxing flick was originally set for release on Dec. 17. The studio says it wants more time to mount an effective marketing campaign and insists Crowe's recent shoulder injury was not a factor in the delay. read more


Two more TV contestants became reality roadkill Thursday night as Donald Trump dropped the F-bomb on potty-mouthed (yet lovable) saleswoman Heidi Bressler on The Apprentice, while Colby Donaldson got his torch (and sizeable ego) snuffed on Survivor: All Stars. read more


Joan of Arcadia star Amber Tamblyn has joined the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Warner Bros.' in-the-works film adaptation of Ann Brashares's best-selling coming-of-age novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The story follows four close friends during their first summer apart from one another. read more


MGM Television is developing The Real Rocky, a reality series that gives an unknown boxer a shot at fighting an established champ, Variety reports. Hmmm... that sounds a lot like NBC's upcoming boxing star search The Contender, which is being produced by Mark Burnett, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Sylvester Stallone. Paramount is also said to be developing a boxing show, as is George Foreman. Anyone else? Bueller? read more

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