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FOX REVAMPS DON'T ASK

So long, Anthony LaPaglia! Variety reports that the Tony-winning actor has been jettisoned from the cast of John Goodman's upcoming Fox sitcom Don't Ask as the series undergoes a makeover. Goodman's character will still be playing a gay father, but he won't be living with a straight roommate (LaPagila); instead, he'll now live with his sister and son. Other characters from the pilot episode are also being cut, and casting is underway for new characters for the series, which will air Wednesdays this fall. read more

JESSICA LANGE LASHES OUT!

Jessica Lange is taking aim at Hollywood's penchant for commercialism and casting aging action heroes opposite ingenues. "I'd like to point out one of the best things about being 50 in this industry, and that is the absolute concrete assurance that women my age will never be considered for a role in one of those macho, airhead, testosterone action films — and for that I am grateful," she said Friday at the 24th annual Women in Film luncheon. What do you really think, Jessica? read more

DIALLO'S MOM WANTS TO MEET THE BOSS

Amadou Diallo's mother plans to thank Bruce Springsteen in person for his controversial song recognizing her son's shooting at the hands of New York City police — possibly tonight at The Boss's Madison Square Garden concert. "Of course I would like to meet with him," Kadiatou Diallo said yesterday. "He's here for 10 days; we will have time for that." Diallo said it would be great to hear Springsteen do the song — "American Skin" — in person. "It keeps his memory alive," she said of her slain son. Without mentioning Diallo by name, the song references key elements of the case — "41 shots," a person lying dead in a vestibule and confusion over whether something is a knife, gun or wallet. —New York Post read more

NIC AND ANGELINA TOP THE BOX OFFICE

The team of Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie proved to be unbeatable as Gone in Sixty Seconds led at the box office this weekend; the flick grossed $25.5 million and pushed Tom Cruise and Mission: Impossible 2 into the No. 2 slot. Big Momma's House, Dinosaur and Gladiator rounded out the top five.

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TNT GIVES VIEWERS THE SHAFT

Prepare to get the shaft from TNT — a 10-hour Shaft marathon on Tuesday, that is! The cable network will air the three original Shaft movies, as well as two 90-minute episodes of CBS's short-lived Shaft TV series. The marathon also features a discussion with Samuel L. Jackson, John Singleton (star and director, respectively, of the new Shaft movie hitting theaters this Friday) and Richard Roundtree, the original Shaft. read more

ABC SHELVES ANIMATED CLERKS

ABC has canceled Kevin Smith's animated series Clerks after just two episodes, according to Variety; repeats of Spin City will replace the show in its time slot. A Miramax TV honcho says, diplomatically, that the show "wasn't right for ABC." Can't wait to see what Smith says about this latest development.... read more

CLEA DUVALL GOES TO MARS

Sassy actress Clea DuVall might be moving to Mars. According to Variety, she is in talks to star opposite Courtney Love and Ice Cube in the upcoming flick John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars. Production is slated to begin in August in New Mexico. read more

VAN DER BEEK'S SUMMER VACATION

Now we know what James Van Der Beek is doing on his summer vacation: He's starring in writer/director Todd Solondz's untitled film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the flick also stars Selma Blair and Heather Matarazzo, and Van Der Beek plays a cold, sophisticated big man on campus. read more

SURVIVOR BEATS REGIS

Sorry, Regis! The second episode of CBS's Survivor handily beat ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in the Nielsen ratings Wednesday night. Variety reports that Survivor beat Millionaire by 63 percent among adults 18 to 49, giving CBS its best rating in that key demographic group in more than seven years. read more

BUZZ LIGHTYEAR'S EARLY YEARS!

Ever wonder about Buzz Lightyear's early years? Disney and Pixar are releasing a straight-to-video prequel to the Toy Story flicks Aug. 8, titled Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins. The flick is a traditional cartoon rather than a computer-generated production like its two predecessors. read more

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