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SHE CAN DANCE IF SHE WANTS TO

Janet Reno is taking a page from those silly Saturday Night Live "Janet Reno Dance Party" skits. On July 10, the Florida gubernatorial candidate is hosting a rave fundraiser at Level, a hip club on Miami's South Beach. Admission is $25 and the celeb guest list includes Damon and Marlon Wayans, Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster. What, no Will Ferrell? read more

DO I HEAR $2 MILLION?

Hollywood is finally realizing what we've known all along: Heather Locklear is worth 10 times her weight in gold. According to Variety, NBC, ABC and Fox are actively bidding to secure Locklear's services. Word is, the actress — who made even the final years of Spin City watchable — wants to headline her own show rather than serve as a mere supporting player. read more

THE FIRST STEP...

His name is David Hasselhoff, and he's got a drinking problem. The former Baywatch mogul has checked himself into the Betty Ford Center for treatment of alcoholism. "He realized his social drinking had increased more than he was comfortable with and he decided to do something about it," said publicist Richard Hoffman. Hasselhoff — who turns 50 next week — entered the facility on June 26. read more

SHORT CUTS

Former president Bill Clinton and actor Rupert Everett will appear as panelists on the upcoming MTV special, Staying Alive: A Global Forum on HIV/AIDS... The Parents Television Council will pay World Wrestling Entertainment $3.5 million for claiming four children died after imitating moves they saw on Smackdown! As part of the settlement, PTC said they were sorry... NBC will air four episodes of the popular Court TV series Forensic Files later this summer. read more

MOON MAN

Mike Myers has expressed interest in starring in a big screen biopic about Keith Moon, the late drummer of The Who. "I have talked to [Who frontman] Roger Daltrey about the possibility of a film," the Austin Powers actor tells The Associated Press. "I think Keith Moon was a fascinating character." Moon was 32 when he died of a drug overdose in 1978. read more

THE PERFECT BATTLE

Filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen (The Perfect Storm) has signed on to direct the long-in-the-works Batman vs. Superman feature. "It is a clash of the titans," he tells Variety of the 2004 release, which finds the two superheroes coming to blows over their differing philosophies. "They play off of each other so perfectly... They are two sides of the same coin and that is material for great drama." Casting is underway for the two leads. read more

STONE'S THROW

Sharon Stone is in talks to star opposite Rupert Everett in the indie spy drama A Different Loyalty, Variety reports. The 44-year-old actress is also in negotiations to headline the dysfunctional family film Liar's Club. read more

R.I.P.

Lore Noto, the producer of the world's longest-running musical, The Fantasticks, died Monday of cancer. He was 79. The Fantasticks ended its 42-year off-Broadway run in January... Famed animator Ward Kimball, who helped shape Mickey Mouse's look and created Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio, died Monday of natural causes. He was 88. read more

END QUOTE

"It's like dating. You show up at the prom and look across the floor and say, 'Maybe I'd have more fun with that girl over there.'" David Letterman discussing with Ted Koppel his recent talks with ABC on last night's Nightline UpClose. read more

I SPY AN EMMY

Robert Altman will direct Cate Blanchett in the upcoming HBO espionage drama Mata Hari, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Blanchett will portray the real-life World War I spy in the three-hour film. read more

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