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The childhood home of late Nirvana rocker Kurt Cobain — located in Oregon City, Ore., — sold on eBay for $210,000... ESPN is in talks with directors Ron Shelton and Spike Lee about developing a drama series centering on a pro sports team. read more

SAD ANNOUNCEMENT

Quirky "Werewolves of London" singer-songwriter Warren Zevon has been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. "I'm okay with it," the 55-year-old says. "But it'll be a drag if I don't make it till the next James Bond movie comes out." read more

ARE THEY READY FOR PRIMETIME?

ABC is once again turning to former Millionaire man Regis Philbin to save the network. Philbin and Live co-host Kelly Ripa have been tapped to host Regis & Kelly in Primetime, a special that is essentially a 60-minute promotional vehicle for ABC's fall lineup. It airs Tuesday from 10-11 pm/ET. Guests include Alias badass Jennifer Garner, 8 Simple Rules... star John Ritter and Push, Nevada producer Ben Affleck. read more

DON'T TELL TONY

Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn Sigler is engaged. According to Entertainment Tonight, boyfriend A.J. Discala popped the question to the 21-year-old actress while on a Mexican cruise over Labor Day weekend. read more

REGRETS, HE HAS SOME

More than 20 years after his retirement, former CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite says he still regrets giving up his career. The urge to return to the front lines hits the 85-year-old broadcast legend especially hard during major news events such as the Sept. 11 attacks. "When the big story is breaking, you want to be there," he said. "I knew that was going to happen, I just didn't know it was going to happen over so many years." read more

ANCHOR AWAY?

The Hollywood Reporter speculates that CBS will likely replace Jane Clayson as co-host of The Early Show. Deborah Norville is being talked about as one possible replacement. read more

BIG WEEK AHEAD FOR RYDER

Next week, Winona Ryder finds out when she will stand trial on shoplifting charges. Beverly Hills Superior Court Judge Elden Fox ordered both sides in the case to return to court on Wednesday, at which time he will set a trial date. read more

NO LAUGHING MATTER

The hubby of pop diva Celine Dion doesn't like it when people pick on his wife. Rene Angelil has demanded a Montreal-based radio station stop playing a parody of Dion's song "I'm Alive," in which the singer is called "annoying." The station — which withdrew the parody on Thursday — claims it was just trying to be funny. read more

BRAD'S BIG DECISION

Brad Pitt can shave off that ugly beard now. The actor has officially dropped out of Darren Aronofsky's sci-fi time-travel tale The Fountain. He reportedly was unhappy with the latest draft of the screenplay. Instead, Pitt will star as Achilles in the upcoming epic adventure Troy. Wolfgang Petersen directs. read more

SEPT. 11 RATINGS

The majority of TV viewers turned to CBS for Sept. 11 anniversary coverage on Wednesday night. The network's combination of 60 Minutes II and its 9/11 documentary attracted an average of 11.3 million viewers. ABC was second with nearly 10 million, followed by NBC (9.4 million) and Fox (3 million). read more

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