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PASSION CASHING IN

Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ grossed a stunning $15 million to $20 million in its first day of release Wednesday, on par with the debuts of such blockbusters as The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Independence Day. Insiders now say the film's five-day total could surpass $60 million. Meanwhile, a Kansas woman reportedly died of a heart attack while viewing Passion's crucifixion scene. There's no evidence, however, that her death was related to what she was seeing on screen. read more

HOME STILL SWEET

Despite a 61 percent dip in sales, Norah Jones' latest disc, Feels Like Home, sold another 395,000 copies to remain atop Billboard's album chart for the second consecutive week. read more

AUTOPILOT SEASON

Chloe Sevigny has been tapped to play one of a polygamist's three wives in HBO's drama pilot Big Love... NYPD Blue's Garcelle Beauvais and Melrose Place grad Laura Leighton have been cast in ABC's Eyes pilot, which is set inside a high-powered risk-management corporation... Designing Women's Jean Smart will star opposite John Goodman in CBS' comedy pilot Center of the Universe. read more

HOWARD SPURNED

Howard Stern is the latest entertainer to get nipped by Boobygate. Clear Channel Communications pulled the shock jock's syndicated show off its six stations Wednesday, saying the program did not meet the company's newly revised programming standards. Specifically, CCC cited Stern's "vulgar, offensive and insulting" interview on Tuesday with Paris Hilton's X-rated costar, Rick Solomon. The move also comes a day before Clear Channel CEO John Hogan is to appear before a House subcommittee on broadcast indecency. Execs from ABC, Fox and NBC are also expected to attend the hearing. read more

HOME STILL SWEET

Despite a 61 percent dip in sales, Norah Jones' latest disc, Feels Like Home, sold another 395,000 copies to remain atop Billboard's album chart for the second consecutive week. read more

AMERICAN IDLED

American Idol producers booted Donnie Williams from the competition on Wednesday in the wake of the aspiring singer's arrest for DUI. As we reported yesterday, the 20-year-old — who was slated to perform on next week's Idol as part of the last batch of semifinalists — was pulled over in Northern California on Monday after cops clocked his speed at 100 mph. Williams will be replaced in the competition by 23-year-old New Orleans crooner George Huff. Producers, meanwhile, welcomed Williams to "try out for the show again next season." In other Idol news, LaToya London and Amy Adams advanced to the final round on last night's show. Producers, meanwhile, invited Leah Labelle to get a grip. read more

AUTOPILOT SEASON

Chloe Sevigny has been tapped to play one of a polygamist's three wives in HBO's drama pilot Big Love... NYPD Blue's Garcelle Beauvais and Melrose Place grad Laura Leighton have been cast in ABC's Eyes pilot, which is set inside a high-powered risk-management corporation... Designing Women's Jean Smart will star opposite John Goodman in CBS' comedy pilot Center of the Universe. read more

SHORT CUTS

Lifetime has renewed Wild Card for a second season... ABC has ordered additional episodes of My Wife and Kids, According to Jim, Hope & Faith, 8 Simple Rules and Less Than Perfect, taking all five shows past the traditional 22-episode season... In what has to come as a major blow to Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters has landed an exclusive interview with Shrek. The green ogre will appear on Walters' Oscar special Sunday night. read more

IAN'S HER GUY!

Meredith Phillips picked Ian over Matthew on last night's finale of The Bachelorette. McKee thanked her with a proposal, which she accepted. I have nothing witty to say about this because I was busy watching The O.C. Speaking of which, how much do we love Luke and Julie as a couple? read more

AMERICAN IDLED

American Idol producers booted Donnie Williams from the competition on Wednesday in the wake of the aspiring singer's arrest for DUI. As we reported yesterday, the 20-year-old — who was slated to perform on next week's Idol as part of the last batch of semifinalists — was pulled over in Northern California on Monday after cops clocked his speed at 100 mph. Williams will be replaced in the competition by 23-year-old New Orleans crooner George Huff. Producers, meanwhile, welcomed Williams to "try out for the show again next season." In other Idol news, LaToya London and Amy Adams advanced to the final round on last night's show. Producers, meanwhile, invited Leah Labelle to get a grip. read more

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