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LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

Steven Spielberg's 17-year-old son is following in his dad's footsteps. Max Spielberg recently completed work on his first movie, the short thriller Snap Shot, Reuters reports. Max wrote, produced, directed, shot and edited the pic during a four-week filmmaking workshop run by the New York Film Academy. read more

SENTENCED

Eighties rocker Adam Ant was sentenced Wednesday to one year of community service and rehab for using a gun to threaten pub customers in Britain. Ant avoided jail time because the judge said he suffered a "temporary episode" of mental illness when bar patrons mocked his flat cap and combat jacket. read more

BACHELOR RAD

Okay, so don't count out ABC's The Bachelor just yet. After scoring disappointing ratings for last week's preview edition, the show's official season premiere last night finished a solid second to NBC's The West Wing. ABC, there's hope for you yet! read more

LIL' REMAKE

Rapper Lil' Romeo has been cast in MGM's hip-hop version of Romeo and Juliet, titled Lil' Romeo and Lil' Juliet. A nationwide casting search will soon get underway for Lil' Juliet. read more

IN MOURNING

TV and film producer-director Bruce Paltrow, the father of Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow and husband of actress Blythe Danner, has died of complications from pneumonia, Entertainment Tonight reports. He was 58. According to ET, Paltrow died in Italy while on vacation with Gwyneth, who was celebrating her 30th birthday. Danner, meanwhile, was in Los Angeles shooting her CBS drama series Presidio Med. She's currently en route to Rome. Paltrow exec produced such small screen gems as The White Shadow and St. Elsewhere. His last project was directing Gwyneth in the 2000 feature Duets read more

WE KNEW THEY COULD DO IT

Finally, they agree on something. Pamela Anderson and ex-hubby Tommy Lee have at long last reached an agreement for custody of their two children, Brandon, 6, and Dylan, 4. According to Launch.com, the couple will share custody of the kids. "Tommy is obviously thrilled with the outcome," Lee's rep says. read more

LIVE WIRES

This weekend's 28th season premiere of Saturday Night Live will mark the debut for two new cast members: Actor-comic Fred Armisen and Groundlings alum Will Forte. We're going to go out on a limb and predict that neither one will fill Will Ferrell's shoes. Also, we really miss Cheri Oteri. And Molly Shannon. And... read more

SHORT CUTS

Vin Diesel's XXX will be released on video and DVD on Dec. 31... MGM is developing a feature film based on the Girls Gone Wild video series... According to Jim actress Kimberly Williams is engaged to country star Brad Paisley... Showtime has renewed sci-fi drama Jeremiah, starring Luke Perry and Malcolm-Jamal Warner, for a second season. read more

IT'S CURTAINS!

After a 16-year Broadway run (6,612 performances to date), Les Miserables will close on March 15, 2003. It's second only to Cats as Broadway's longest running show. Producers will bring back the musical's original 1987 top ticket price of $47.50 for performances Monday through Friday, Oct. 3-Dec. 20. However, 200 prime orchestra seats will still sell for $100. read more

KING OF THE WILD FRONTIER

Billy Bob Thornton is in talks to play Davy Crockett in Disney's upcoming $75 million period drama The Alamo. The Rookie's John Lee Hancock will direct, replacing Ron Howard, who dropped out over creative differences. The Beautiful Mind Oscar winner agreed to stay on as a producer. read more

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