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HOWARD STERN PLAYS HARDBALL

Howard Stern has only six months left on his current contract with CBS, but according to the New York Daily News neither he nor his agent has discussed a new radio deal with CBS. Don't despair, because CBS sources say the situation is far from dire: "It'll happen; we want him to stay." read more

REESE WITHERSPOON GOES BLONDE

The woman from Pleasantville is about to be Legally Blonde. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reese Witherspoon is in final talks to star in the MGM movie Legally Blonde, about a flashy blonde who goes to law school. Aussie newcomer Robert Luketic is set to direct the film later this year. read more

REGIS HITS THE BOOKS AGAIN

Busy boy Regis Philbin is writing another book, Who Wants to Be Me?, slated to hit stores this fall. The humor book will include Regis's observations on life in the public eye as well as buying embarrassing products in the drugstore and battling uncooperative gadgets. Our question: Is this your final book, Regis? —Jonathan Reiner read more

TITO PUENTE DEAD AT 77

Latin bandleader Tito Puente died Thursday in New York at age 77; according to AP, he was recently treated for a heart condition. Puente cut more than 100 albums during his long career, recently winning his fifth Grammy Award in February. read more

ROSIE'S GUARDS GET THEIR GUNS

Gun-control activist Rosie O'Donnell defends her use of armed bodyguards, saying she needs extra security when she travels — but wouldn't let guns in her house. "In public places, my security people, who are off-duty policemen, have guns," she says in the current issue of National Review. But "the security people who work in my home do not have guns. The statistic is that you're three times more likely to be a victim of violence if you own a gun. That's why I choose not to have them in my home," Rosie says. —New York Post read more

JANET JACKSON SPLITS FROM HUBBY

Holy double whammy, Batman! Janet Jackson is married, and her estranged husband, Rene Elizondo, is filing for divorce! Reuters reports that Jackson acknowledged the secret marriage in a statement, explaining that she tried to keep the nine-year marriage "private in an effort to have a normal family life. It pains me greatly that despite my sincere efforts, my marriage to Rene did not work out." read more

SPIKE AND FRIENDS STAY UP LATE

How's this for a dream team: Spike Lee, Danny Glover and Pam Grier are teaming up on a Showtime murder mystery titled 3 A.M. Lee will serve as a producer, while Grier and Glover will star in the pic, to be written by Lee David. Variety reports that there is a chance the film could hit theaters before premiering on Showtime. read more

MORE MOVIE ROLES FOR THE ROCK

The Rock is set to roll in two new movies, Variety reports. The popular wrestler is in negotiations to star in a big-budget sci-fi flick for producer Joe Roth, and is also in advanced talks to star in the sequel to The Mummy for Universal. The Rock would collect $5 million for each role. read more

THE TRUTH ABOUT TOMMY LEE'S LEGAL WOES

Tommy Lee has released a statement explaining why he spent five days in the Los Angeles County jail due to a parole violation. Apparently, Lee's estranged wife, Pamela Lee, contacted the district attorney's office May 5 to report that she and Tommy had a glass of champagne on New Year's Eve. Wham, bam — no thank you, Pam! read more

PARTY HUNK MEETS DAWSON'S BABE

Former Party of Five hunk Michael Goorjian is in final talks to star opposite Dawson's Creek cutie Michelle Williams in the independent film Beatrice. Variety reports that Goorjian would play a disturbed young man who escapes from a mental hospital in the flick, which he also wrote. read more

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