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TOUR DE FORCE

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band have added six new U.S. dates to their worldwide tour, including a Sept. 6 show at Boston's famed Fenway Park — the first time in history the venue will be used for a major concert. Among the other stops added to the tour: Chicago's Comiskey Park on Aug. 13, Detroit's Comerica Park on Sept. 21 and Milwaukee's Miller Park on Sept. 27. Tickets go on sale Saturday. read more

SPIKE TV UPDATE

The ridiculous war between Spike Lee and Spike TV (aka TNN) could be over soon. A New York Supreme Court judge has tentatively set a July 7 non-jury trial to determine whether viewers would associate the filmmaker with the Viacom-owned cable channel — as Lee's lawsuit claims. The Do the Right Thing auteur has until today to agree to the judge's proposal. Otherwise, we'll all have to suffer through a jury trial later this summer. In related news, The Associated Press reports that TNN filed court papers by Spike Jones Jr., son of the legendary music satirist, saying it is "frightening" that Lee is trying to claim exclusive ownership of the name "Spike." read more

SITH SENSE

Rumor has it that the working title for the next Star Wars prequel is Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Cinescape.com reports. Filming on the sixth (and allegedly final) Star Wars film begins Monday in Australia. read more

ROAD RULES

Tom Selleck apparently is holding a grudge against NBC for not picking up his comedy pilot Touch 'Em All McCall. The Magnum, P.I. star has sealed a deal with rival net CBS to headline the TV movie 12 Mile Road. He'll play a divorced farmer whose life is thrown into turmoil by the unexpected arrival of his emotionally troubled daughter (played by The Practice's Anna Gunn). read more

MOVE OVER ASHTON/DEMI

There may be some truth to buzz that Cameron Diaz, 30, and Justin Timberlake, 22, are 'n item. On Saturday, Britain's Sun tabloid ran a photo that appears to show the duo — ohmygawd — 'n a liplock! Diaz's rep Brad Cafarelli told USA Today that he couldn't comment on the incriminating photo because "it's a little blurry." How very, um, conve'nient. All right, that one was lame, I admit it. read more

GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE

Former Saturday Night Live star Chris Kattan (Mango!) has joined the cast of Adam & Steve, a big-screen romantic comedy about two New York couples — one straight and one gay. And get this: Kattan will play one half of the straight couple! (Yes, you read that correctly.) Parker Posey has signed on to play his wife in the indie flick, which starts shooting later this year. The gay duo will be played by Craig Chester (the pic's writer-director) and Malcolm Gets (Caroline in the City.) read more

SHORT CUTS

Miramax and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the team behind Chicago, are bringing another popular musical to the big screen: Damn Yankees... British filmmaker Paul Greengrass (Bloody Sunday) is in talks to direct Matt Damon in The Bourne Supremacy, the sequel to The Bourne Identity... Jodie Foster is in talks to appear in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's French-language romantic drama Un Long dimanche de fiancailles, starring read more

Question: This has plagued me ...

Question: This has plagued me for 20 years. When I was a kid in the '70s there was a Sunday night series, something like The Sunday Mystery Movie. It featured a revolving roster of shows, including McMillan and Wife and, if I'm not mistaken, Columbo. One of them, I'm sure, starred Richard Boone, but whenever I ask anyone about it, all I ever get is Palladin and Have Gun Will Travel, a series way before my time in the '50s. Am I misremembering? — Caryn F., Houston, Tex.

Televisionary: Not at all, Caryn. From October 1972 to August 1974, Hec Ramsey did indeed rotate with Columbo, McCloud and read more

MONK RULES

USA Network's breakout comedy Monk kicked off its second season Friday with record ratings. The episode attracted 5.4 million viewers, the show's largest audience to date. read more

SNOW JOB

Ted Danson apparently isn't holding a grudge against CBS for banishing Becker to midseason. The actor and his real-life wife Mary Steenburgen have signed on to star in the CBS telepic Surviving Love, a drama about a married couple whose icy relationship thaws out during a freak snowstorm. read more

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