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LEGAL MANEUVER

David E. Kelley has added Mark Valley (Keen Eddie) to the cast of his upcoming Practice spin-off Boston Legal, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Valley will star opposite fellow legal eagles James Spader and William Shatner. read more

LISTEN UP, FOLKS

Oliver Beene's Wendy Makkena has taken over the role of Jason Alexander's wife on CBS's fall sitcom Listen Up. She replaces Kirsten Nelson (The O'Keefes). read more

BRANDO REMEMBERED

Acting legend Marlon Brando, who died last Tuesday of lung failure, was reportedly cremated in a private funeral Monday in Los Angeles. There are no plans for a public memorial service. read more

FROM JUSTIN TO COLLEGE

Justin Guarini has found work — and it's not on The Surreal Life! The American Idol also-ran will star in Vassar College's Beach Boys-themed musical Good Vibrations, which runs from July 29 to Aug. 1, USA Today reports. Guarini had been up for the role of Che in the national touring company of Evita, but rumor has it JoJo from Superstar USA came in and nailed his audition. read more

BAILEY RETURNS!

Party of Five alum Scott Wolf — he was that liar-thief-drunk Bailey — has joined the cast of WB's Everwood, Variety reports. He'll play a California doctor who takes over Dr. Abbott's old practice. "Dr. Abbott and Dr. Brown have gone into practice together, so Scott comes in as the new doctor across the street," explains exec producer Mickey Liddell. "He starts stealing clients from Abbott and Brown [because] he's the new, young doctor in town." It's those damn dimples, I tell ya. read more

MOURNED

Eric Douglas, son of Kirk and half-brother of Michael, was found dead Tuesday inside a Manhattan apartment building. The cause of death is not yet known but the 46-year-old had a history of drug and alcohol problems. "The family is very shocked and saddened by this event," read a statement from the Douglas clan. "We hope you'll respect their privacy at this time." read more

DENIED!

Steppenwolf front man John Kay turned down Paris Hilton's request to use the rock group's 1968 anthem "Born to Be Wild" on her Fox road romp, The Simple Life. "There are certain things even a rock and roller will not stoop to," Kay told the Toronto Star, "and this is one of them." read more

FAHRENHEIT UPDATE

Sony is near a deal to acquire home-video rights to Michael Moore's hit anti-Dubya doc Fahrenheit 9/11, Variety reports. The film is scheduled for late September, just weeks before the Nov. 2 presidential election. But that's probably just a coincidence. read more

NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN

Sean Connery has inked a deal with HarperCollins to pen his memoirs, due out in late 2006. "Having always vowed never to write my autobiography, here I am standing on the runway awaiting my journey into a new space," the erstwhile 007 said in a cornball statement. "It's rather scary, but utterly exhilarating, and I'm looking forward to it." read more

OFF THE MARKET

Bob Guiney's serial smooching days are over. The former Bachelor star married All My Children's Rebecca Budig on Saturday in a surprise ceremony at the Guiney family's Long Lake, Mich., cabin, People reports. The pair — who announced their engagement at the Daytime Emmys in May — hinted about a summer wedding in the current issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale now). "If we do it," Budig teased, "it won't be planned." read more

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