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DIVIDE AND CONQUER

Quentin Tarantino's upcoming flick Kill Bill is so long that Miramax has now decided to release it in two parts, Variety reports. The first installment hits theaters on Oct. 10. read more

TREASURE TROVE

Disney is setting sail on a sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio — which has already locked in stars Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley — has begun talks with Pirates scribes Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio about penning a follow-up. read more

BAD BREATH

Lawyers for Diana Ross have failed to persuade an Arizona judge to disallow her infamous Dec. 30 breathalyzer tests. Although they argued that Ross — who faces three DUI-related charges — was coerced and intimidated by cops, he didn't think she looked particularly scared on the police videotape. (Her hair that night is another story.) Ross's trial begins Sept. 9. read more

REVAMPING THE PRACTICE

The Practice exec producer David E. Kelley had a lot of explaining to do at the Television Critics Assoc. press tour on Tuesday. For starters: Why did he pink slip half of the legal drama's cast, including Dylan McDermott, Lara Flynn Boyle and Lisa Gay Hamilton? ABC's decision to slash the show's license fee was a factor, but that wasn't the only reason. "Creatively, I knew that the show had to be reenergized," he said. To that end, Kelley confirmed that in addition to James Spader, Sharon Stone would guest star in at leas read more

FREEZE FRAMED?

Cameron Diaz has filed a lawsuit to try and block the release of photos taken of her at a private modeling session more than a decade ago. The Charlie's Angels star claims she never gave photographer John Rutter permission to make the pics public. There's no word on how revealing the photos are, but it's safe to say breasts are exposed. read more

HEIST PLOT FOILED

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have nixed plans to co-star together in Monkeyface, a heist film set at a Miami racetrack. "It collapsed on Friday," director Stephen Frears told Reuters. "They couldn't do a deal. Everybody wanted to make it, but somehow they couldn't lock it into place." read more

SHORT CUTS

The 14th season of MTV's The Real World will be shot in San Diego... Random House will pay Simon Cowell $2 million to dish about American Idol in I Don't Mean to be Rude, But..., which is due in bookstores Dec. 2... Oscar winner Adrien Brody has joined the cast of M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming thriller The Woods... The new ZZ Top album, Mescalero, hits stores Sept. 9, Billboard reports... Unfaithful star Diane Lane and actor Josh Brolin (Mister Sterling ) were engaged over the Fourth of July weekend. read more

SSSNAKEALICIOUS

No sssurprise here, folksss. J.Lo, Ice Cube, Jon Voight and Owen Wilson won't be starring in Anacondas, the in-the-works sequel to 1997's laughably bad Anaconda, about a giant snake who eats people. Lesser known thesps like Johnny Messner — who co-stars in the WB's Tarzan this fall — are in talks to do the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Sssounds like it'll head direct to video. read more

MADONNA IN KHAKIS

It's official: Madonna has signed on as the new face of The Gap. The multimillion-dollar ad campaign — which will also feature Missy Elliott — is slated to break July 28. read more

Amazing Race's Misbehavin' Models

Which team was most likely to suffer a Flo and Zach-style breakdown in the early legs of The Amazing Race 4? That'd be Tian and Jaree. The two Miami models were at each other's throats from the start, and that animosity continued until they arrived in India, where they suddenly turned best friends again. But their reunion was too little, too late; although a fifth-place finish was in their grasp, they were ultimately beaten out by their pals, Chip and Reichen.


TV Guide Online: Your elimination couldn't have come at a worse time. After spending the first half of the race squabbling, it seemed like you two were finally starting to get along.
Tian:
It's not like we finally came together at that point, though. They showed the 1 percent of the time we were fighting, but not the other 99 percent where we were talking and braiding each other's hair.
Jaree: It's all e read more

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