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WHAT'S OLD IS NEW AGAIN

John Travolta is in talks to star in a remake of the 1950 Jimmy Stewart film Harvey. Meanwhile, Jim Carrey is expected to headline a remake of the 1947 Danny Kaye pic The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with Steven Spielberg directing. read more

BLAST OFF

Space Cowboys star Clint Eastwood is heading back into orbit. The legendary thesp has acquired feature film rights to James R. Hansen's authorized biography of astronaut Neil Armstrong. Eastwood will produce and direct the film, but not star. read more

SHORT CUTS

Mark Harmon has nabbed the lead role on CBS's upcoming JAG spinoff... Jerry Seinfeld will perform two shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on May 2 and 3... Survivor: The Amazon was the most-watched show on TV last week with 23.2 million viewers... UPN has renewed WWE Smackdown! for an additional two years. (Please, contain your excitement.)... Steve Martin has signed on star in a remake of the 1937 ghost comedy Topper. He'll play the role originated by Cary Grant... Will & Grace's Megan Mullally read more

MAC ATTACK

There's trouble behind the scenes at The Bernie Mac Show. Fox has fired Larry Wilmore, the show's Emmy and Peabody Award-winning creator and executive producer. According to Variety, Wilmore — who is expected to end up with an overall deal at NBC — was let go because execs felt the comedy wasn't reaching its potential under his leadership. I'm glad someone took the fall for last month's painfully lame — and uncharacteristically sappy — India.Arie cameo. read more

SHUT UP!

Kelly Osbourne is running away from home! According to the New York Post, the 18-year-old wannabe rocker is thisclose to purchasing a multi-million dollar crib right down the street from her parents' Beverly Hills mansion. Throw in a handful of C-listers, some camera equipment and you've got the makings of Surreal Life 2. read more

IDOL CHATTER

Here's my two cents on last night's American Idol: Julia DeMato's attitude problem is out of control; Joshua Gracin does something funny with his bottom lip when he sings; Ryan Seacrest needs to stop showing such blatant favoritism toward Ruben Studdard; and how cool is it that Vanessa Olivarez has a pet pig named Bacon Bits? Cool enough for me to vote for her. read more

IN HIGH GERE

Despite being snubbed for his role in Chicago, Richard Gere has agreed to be a presenter at the March 23 Academy Awards. In related news, Gere will take on ballroom dancing for his next project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor is set to star in Miramax's Shall We Dance? — a remake of the 1996 Japanese comedy about a man who takes dancing lessons to impress a beautiful young teacher. read more

DOWN BUT NOT OUT

Sheryl Crow tells the new Ladies' Home Journal that she has battled chronic depression for years. "It is a shadow for me," she says. "It's part of who I am. I just know how, at this point, to sort of manage it." They're called happy pills — not that I would know anything about those. read more

O, BEHAVE

A judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by the publisher of fetish magazine O that claimed Oprah Winfrey's similarly titled magazine is tarnishing his trademark. U.S. District Judge John Koeltl said there's no way readers could confuse a publication featuring "whip-bearing naked women" with Winfrey's mag. Am I the only one getting a disturbing mental picture? read more

CHARLES IN CHARGE

ABC's upstart General Hospital spinoff Port Charles scored the equivalent of a medical miracle this morning: a Daytime Emmy nomination for outstanding drama series! The half-hour sudser — which nabbed a total of seven nominations — will compete for best soap with CBS's As the World Turns, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless. Ironically, ABC's All My Children and CBS's Guiding Light — which were shut out of the top category — led the field with a combined 31 nominations. Elsewhere, new yakkers Dr. Phil and The Wayne Brady Show were singled out in the best talk show slot. They'll face off against Live with Regis and Kelly, Soap Talk (huh?) and The View. I have two major gripes with this year's nominees: Two of my favorite performers — General Hospital's Tamara Braun (Carly) and One Life to Live's Melissa Archer (Natalie) — wer read more

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