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MAMA'S IN LOVE

Bringing Down the House's Queen Latifah is slated to star in and produce Just Wright, a modern-day Cinderella story set in the world of pro basketball. According to Variety, the Oscar nominee will play a physical therapist who falls in love with an injured hoops player. In sort-of related news, the director behind Bringing Down the House, Adam Shankman, is in talks to helm a live-action film based on the 1960s cartoon series The Jetsons. read more

PAY UP

Liza Minnelli's diva hubby David Gest has made yet another enemy. A New York construction company is suing the couple claiming they failed to pay for renovations to their tony Upper East Side love chamber. (Ewww... ) They allegedly owe a balance of $138,000. read more

SHE'S A FIGHTER

Actress Lynn Redgrave has undergone treatment for breast cancer, her rep confirms. The 60-year-old Brit, however, continues to maintain a full schedule, including a role in the new off-Broadway play Talking Heads. read more

SPIDEY CRISIS OVER

It's a miracle! Despite reports, Tobey Maguire will not have to bow out of the next Spider-Man flick due to a bum back. According to USA Today, the 27-year-old actor — who did injure his back while shooting the upcoming horse-racing saga Seabiscuit — is all set to reprise his role as the web-slingin' superhero in The Amazing Spider-Man. read more

CRASH COURSE

Dire Straits singer Mark Knopfler is in bad shape indeed. A motorcycle accident has left the 53-year-old with six cracked ribs and a broken collarbone. Unfortunately, he'll have to miss performing with Eric Clapton this Sunday in a charity benefit at London's famed Albert Hall. read more

DIPLOMACY WORKS

It's official: James Gandolfini has resolved his salary dispute with HBO and the Emmy winner is expected back on the set of The Sopranos early next month to begin work on the show's fifth season. "We are delighted that the great Jim Gandolfini will be back at work in the role he has created with such distinction," HBO chairman and CEO Chris Albrecht said in a statement. According to the New York Times, Gandolfini ended up agreeing to HBO's offer of $11 million a year. He had been making $5 million. read more

DELAYED

The latest casualty of war: Barbara Walters's annual pre-Oscars special. ABC announced today that it was postponing the traditional chatfest as a result of the looming war with Iraq. No decision has been made on what will replace the show, which was to feature interviews with Nicolas Cage, Renée Zellweger and Julianne Moore. In related news... read more

STEPPING DOWN

Media bigwig Barry Diller has resigned as co-chief executive of cash-strapped Vivendi Universal Entertainment. What's that? You don't care? I figured as much. read more

SHORT CUTS

Helen Mirren will reprise her role as sleuth Jane Tennison in a new two-part episode of PBS's popular British mystery series Prime Suspect... In the wake of actress Lynne Thigpen's sudden death, producers of CBS's The District are considering having her character die in a car accident, the New York Daily News reports. read more

A LITTLE BIT OF MONICA

Monica Lewinsky is once again following in Bill Clinton's footsteps — only this time it's not into the Oval Office. On the heels of the ex-president's decision to take a job with 60 Minutes, Lewinsky has accepted an offer from Fox to host its upcoming reality show Mr. Personality (debuting April 21). For the lowdown on the show, click here. read more

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