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MONSTER INK

Jennifer Lopez is thisclose to signing a deal to star in the New Line Cinema comedy Monster-in-Law. According to The Hollywood Reporter, J.Lo would play a girl who's set to marry the perfect guy until she meets his evil mother. Somewhere, Ben's mom is plotting her revenge. read more

OFF 2 FAST START

Vin Diesel is no doubt nursing a bruised ego today. The street-racing sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious — which some predicted would tank sans Diesel fuel — sped to No. 1 at the box office with $52.1 million. The original pic grossed $40.1 million in its opening weekend in 2001. That bumped Disney's Finding Nemo to second place with a still-potent $45.8 million. The animated smash's 10-day total stands at $143.3 million. Rounding out the top five: Bruce Almighty (No. 3 with $21.7 million), The Italian Job (No. 4 with $13.3 million) and The Matrix Reloaded (No. 5 with $9.1 million). read more

ABOUT FACE

Good news for minks worldwide: CBS has apparently had a change of heart about Survivor champ Jenna Morasca's desire to appear in PETA's next anti-fur ad. Two weeks after the network pulled the plug on the deal, Eye execs have allegedly changed their minds and given Morasca the green light to star in the campaign. Meanwhile, CBS has also given Morasca the OK to pose nude in Playboy's August issue. read more

SHORT CUTS

NBC has secured broadcast rights to the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2012 Summer Games... Actor Tom Sizemore pleaded innocent Friday to 18 counts of harassing ex-fiancée Heidi Fleiss... And in case you were wondering, yes, I'm back from vacation. Please, contain your excitement. Seriously, simmer. read more

GOOD HAIR DAY

Hairspray brushed past the competition at last night's Tony Awards, picking up eight trophies including best musical, lead actor (Harvey Fierstein) and lead actress (Marissa Jaret Winokur). The gay baseball dramedy Take Me Out was named best play, while Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night and Nine the Musical collected top revival honors. read more

SEAT OF POWER

American Idol judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson have announced plans to auction off the office chairs they used on the Fox reality competition to benefit cancer-related charities. Specific details about the auctions are forthcoming, but we hear Abdul's seat comes with a special low-recline option to make ass-kissing easier. read more

MORE TONY STUFF

Marc Shaiman and Scott WittmanHairspray's Tony-winning songwriting duo — revealed backstage at last night's ceremony that they are working with Steven Spielberg on a musical version of Catch Me if You Can. On a related note, rumor has it Harvey Fierstein has expressed interest in chasing after Leonardo DiCaprio. read more

SMOKED OUT

The 33-year-old attorney at the center of NBC's new dating show For Love or Money has a skeleton in his closet, and sure enough, the folks at TheSmokingGun.com have uncovered it! According to the site's sleuths, Rob Campos had his military career derailed after he drunkenly groped the breasts of a Navy officer after barging uninvited into the woman's dormitory room early one morning. The drunken escapade allegedly occurred in mid-1999 at the Newport Naval Station in Rhode Island. As a result, Campos was expelled from the JAG training program, slapped with an administrative punishment, and ordered to enroll in a substance abuse treatment program. In a statement, NBC said it was not aware of Campos's checkered past. "Clearly, this would have been material information during the screening process." read more

TYING THE KNOT

Actor/filmmaker Edward Burns married supermodel Christy Turlington Saturday at San Francisco's Saints Peter and Paul Church. Among the celebs reportedly in attendance: Bono, Sting and Vin Diesel. Apparently, stars with normal names were turned away. read more

SUDDEN LOSS

JAG star Trevor Goddard — who recurred as Lt. Commander Mic Brumby from 1998 to 2001 — was found dead today in his North Hollywood home. The L.A. County coroner said the cause of death may be suicide. Apart from his JAG stint, the handsome 37-year-old Aussie actor also did films, including Gone in Sixty Seconds and the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean. read more

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