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MIAMI VICE

Former NYPD Blue star David Caruso has been cast in the upcoming CBS series CSI: Miami, reports Variety. The show's ensemble cast will also include Rory Cochrane and Khandi Alexander. The Eye network also has a pilot in the works for Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden should her current series, The Education of Max Bickford, not get picked up for another season. In the Echo would have Harden starring as a parole officer who adopts one of her parolees. read more

SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO

After several weeks of renovations, the Apollo Theater in Harlem reopened its doors last night and welcomed a cast of celebs for a one-night benefit production of The Vagina Monologues. Salma Hayek, Rosie Perez, Practice star Lisa Gay Hamilton and rapper Eve all participated in "V-Day Harlem" in order to raise money and awareness for several anti-violence organizations. read more

SHORT CUTS

Prolific science-fiction novelist Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451) will receive a star (No. 2,193) on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today. Actor Charlton Heston is expected to attend the ceremony... British comedian Barry Took, who helped produce such shows as Monty Python's Flying Circus, died yesterday in London at the age of 73. read more

PRISON SENTENCE

Musicians Charlie Daniels and Aaron Neville spent their Easter Sunday in jail — voluntarily, of course. The two singers participated in Operation Starting Line, a coalition that helps inmates use religion to turn their lives around. In addition to counseling prisoners at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, both Daniels and Neville performed. read more

THEATERGOERS IN A PANIC

Instead of hunting colored eggs this weekend, it appears folks raced to see Panic Room. The Jodie Foster thriller took the top spot and had the biggest Easter holiday film opening ever, taking in $30.2 million. The animated Ice Age characters held on to their No. 2 spot, grossing $18.6 million. Dennis Quaid's newest flick, The Rookie, slid into the No. 3 spot with $15.8 million. Rounding out the top five: Blade II (No. 4 with $13.2 million) and Clockstoppers (No. 5 with $10.1 million). The new dark comedy Death to Smoochy, starring read more

SHORT CUTS

Randy Castillo, the drummer who replaced Tommy Lee in M&#246tley Cr&#252e, died of cancer Tuesday night in Los Angeles. He was 49... Rodney Dangerfield is finally getting some respect. The 80-year-old comic received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday... Lisa Nicole Carson has been approached about reprising her role as Calista Flockhart's roommate on Fox's Ally McBeal, the New York Post reports... ABC News analyst George Stephanopoulos and his wife, actress Alexandra Wentworth, are expecting their first child in September... Singer Lyle Lovett faces six months of rehab after being read more

DOTH PROTEST TOO MUCH?

Liza Minnelli is setting the record straight about her new hubby, David Gest: She insists he's not gay! "I know many of my husband's ex-girlfriends will agree that if every man was as good in bed as David, there would be a lot of happy women in the world," she tells the New York Post. "We moved in together one week after we met, that says it all." Actually, that says way too much. read more

Jacqueline Bisset Goes to Sleep


Acclaimed actress Jacqueline Bisset's new film The Sleepy Time Gal — debuting Friday on the Sundance Channel — took more than two years of on-and-off shooting to finish. Instead of being annoyed at the time consuming process, though, she feels it helped her get closer to her terminally-ill character.

"I was able to get perspective on different times of her life," the 57-year-old tells TV Guide Online. "I was able to work physically on myself to get some of my energy back for the 'well' parts — and then lose it for the 'tired' parts.

"What was great about it," Bisset adds, "was that each time we started to work, I felt really fresh, rather than get worn out on the shoot and [feel] harassed by the production to hurry up and shoot, shoot, shoot. Which so often happens. We had these intense little periods where we'd arrive and attack [a specific] section. I liked it."

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NEVER AGAIN

Sadly, this was as inevitable as death and taxes: ABC confirms that it has cancelled the low-rated Once &#038 Again — the final episode is April 15. In a statement, creator Ed Zwick thanked fans for their "outpouring of support," adding: "We're grateful that ABC has given us the chance to create a final episode that does justice to those who have been so loyal to the series." read more

Jodie Foster's Plum Role


Jodie Foster is so over Russell Crowe. Back in September 2000, Foster was all set to direct the Beautiful Mind troublemaker in the trapeze romance Flora Plum, when he sustained a shoulder injury during rehearsals. Crowe was forced to drop out, leaving Foster — and the film's star, Claire Danes — breathing fire.

Now, nearly two years later, Foster appears ready to rejoin the circus, but she's looking for a new freak. "[Russell's role] will be recast," reveals the two-time Oscar winner. "He cannot put his arm up, let alone put any weight on it, for a year. So, he's definitely not in the picture.

"Times have changed," she adds. "Russell has gone on to do other things, and he's not necessarily  read more

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