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SPIDER-MAN 2 UPDATE

Screenwriter David Koepp — the scribe behind Spider-Man — has agreed to pen the first draft of the upcoming sequel, Variety reports. Smallville execs Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, who were initially tapped to write the script, will remain with the project — taking Koepp's first draft and "working from there," says Columbia chairman Amy Pascal. read more

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CBS is developing a four-hour miniseries based on the early years of Hitler to air next season... Johnny Depp is in talks to star in the upcoming Jerry Bruckheimer-produced action pics Pirates of the Caribbean and Takedown, according to The Hollywood Reporter. read more

BAD LUCK OF THE IRISH?

Paul McCartney's wedding to Heather Mills — scheduled to take place tomorrow at Ireland's Castle Leslie — is going to be one soggy affair. Tuesday's forecast calls for rain. However, the bride and groom remain undeterred: The 59-year-old former Beatle and his fiancée arrived Sunday by helicopter at the grounds of the castle's 1,000-acre estate. read more

TO SUM UP...

The Sum of All Fears fended off two high-profile newcomers to claim the No. 1 spot at the box office for the second consecutive week. The Ben Affleck actioner grossed another $18.7 million over the weekend, taking its 10-day total to $61.8 million. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood opened in second place with an impressive $16.3 million, way ahead of the Anthony Hopkins-Chris Rock spy flick Bad Company, which debuted in fourth place with a not-very-good $10.5 million. Speaking of disappointing grosses, Star Wars: Episode II &#150 Attack of the Clones continued its downw read more

REPEAT OFFENDER

Winona Ryder's supposedly sticky fingers may have gotten her into trouble more than once. According to Newsweek, the Los Angeles district attorney's office apparently has evidence that the 30-year-old actress's alleged Dec. 12 shoplifting spree may not have been her first act of thievery. However, the mag says she was never charged for the prior offense. On Thursday, Ryder was ordered to stand trial on charges that she swiped $4,760 worth of merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue last December. read more

The Return of Little Miss Popular


After Popular wound up its two semesters on the WB, teen magazines voted the schizophrenic high school dramedy's pretty — and pretty boring — leads, Leslie Bibb and Carly Pope, most likely to succeed. Our favorite grad, on the other hand, was adorable class clown Leslie Grossman, who played Southern-fried psychopath Mary Cherry. Come midseason, the 30-year-old Angeleno returns to the tube — as well as the classroom — in the new NBC series It's Not About Me. But that's only the next phase of the funny lady's campaign to become, as she puts it, "the Gen-X Eve Arden." Here, she tells all to TV Guide Online.
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MAN DRAMA FOR J.LO

Sadly, the rumors are true: Jennifer Lopez and her dancer husband, Cris Judd, have separated. However, tonight's Access Hollywood refutes the claim of New York Post gossip Cindy Adams that J.Lo and ex-lover Sean "P. Diddy" Combs have reunited. Their sources say no third party is involved in J.Lo's marital split and that she and Judd remain on amicable terms. read more

TAXICAB CONFUSION

Former Cheers star Woody Harrelson was arrested after an odd taxi chase in London, according to Reuters. While riding in a cab, Harrelson allegedly broke a lock and an ashtray, then exited the vehicle and hopped into another taxi. The driver of the first cab followed Harrelson and the second cab through the streets of London, until British police stopped the vehicles and chased the actor, who had attempted to flee on foot. Harrelson was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and later freed on bail. It is undecided if he will face charges. read more

NYPD Blue Star Bares All


Good news for NYPD Blue's Dennis Franz. The Emmy-winning actor won't have to adjust to yet another new partner when his venerable ABC cop show kicks off its 10th season this fall — sidekick No. 4, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, says he'd have to be dragged off in handcuffs before he'd bolt the 15th Precinct. In fact, unlike the rest of the jaded TV community, the former child star is anxious for his two-month summer hiatus to end.

"I can't wait to go back to work because I enjoy myself so much," he tells TV Guide Online. "It's so satisfying because I get to go to work every day wanting to go to work. It's a lot easier for an actor to come on to a good show like NYPD Blue than it is to come on to some of the other [shows] that I've done."

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Don Johnson and wife Kelley welcomed their second child, a son named Jasper, on Thursday... Former New Kids on the Block singer Joey McIntyre will be joining the cast of Boston Public as a regular next fall, Playbill.com reports... Nickelodeon is offering a four-hour Father's Day marathon of Nicktoons, including Spongebob Squarepants and Rugrats, on June 16. read more

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