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"CAGNEY" HITS THE STAGE

Sharon Gless, former TV partner of Tyne Daly, is returning to the stage, this time in The Lion in Winter, Aug. 14-26 at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA. She'll co-star with Randall Duk Kim, a veteran of soaps and theater. What — she can't be do a guest-starring role on Judging Amy?
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CHRISTIAN SLATER, BACK IN ACTION

Comeback kid Christian Slater is set to join Nicolas Cage in John Woo's Windtalkers, a fact-based flick about soldiers guarding spy-cracking Navajo Indians during World War II. Variety reports that the picture begins shooting in July in Hawaii, and Cage and Slater play the aforementioned soldiers. read more

AALIYAH PREPARES TO SPARKLE

Action-flick cutie Aaliyah is in negotiations to play the Irene Cara role in a remake of the '70s musical flick Sparkle. Variety reports that Whitney Houston will serve as one of the film's producers, and the remake will feature an entirely new soundtrack. read more

BOB HOPE'S SPEEDY RECOVERY

Ya gotta have Hope — Bob Hope, that is! Reuters reports that the legendary 97-year-old funnyman, recovering from gastrointestinal bleeding, was released from the hospital Wednesday after proclaiming, "I'm up, I'm dressed, I might as well go home." Hope's doctors agree that he has sufficiently recovered, and they released him on the condition that he continue physical therapy and not make any more bad jokes. read more

DUELING JACKIES HIT THE AIRWAVES

Get ready for the battle of the Jackies! Variety reports that actress Joanne Whalley has been cast in the title role of the CBS miniseries Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: A Life... not to be confused with the upcoming NBC miniseries Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot, which features Law & Order star Jill Hennessy as Jackie. In true mud-wrestling fashion, the rival projects will premiere opposite each other on Sunday, Nov. 5. read more

RUMOR CONTROL AT THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES

Speaking of Madonna, forget those reports of the singer stepping into the off-Broadway play The Vagina Monologues. The New York Daily News reports that Madonna turned down an offer to appear in the controversial performance piece. Too bad... audiences would have stopped at nothing to get a glimpse of Miss American Pie talking about... cherry pie. read more

MURDER ONE RETURNS TO TV

Remember the ABC/Steven Bochco series Murder One? It's returning to TV, this time on A&E starting June 22, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A&E owns all 41 episodes and will also screen an episode of Murder One that never aired on ABC. read more

BILL BELLAMY JOINS THE FROG NETWORK

Former MTV funnyman Bill Bellamy is returning to TV. Variety reports that the comedian has signed a deal with the WB to develop and star in a comedy for the fall 2001 season. "Bill's someone we've been pursuing all year," WB honcho Susanne Daniels says. "He's good at physical comedy but I could also see him in a romantic comedy." read more

UNIVERSAL SUES MIKE MYERS

Universal is suing Mike Myers, claiming he walked away from a legal commitment to make a film based on his Saturday Night Live Dieter character. However, Reuters reports, Myers says he is shocked at the lawsuit and that he balked at making the Dieter film because "the script was unworkable. I cannot in good conscience accept $20 million and cheat moviegoers who pay their hard-earned money to see my work by making a movie with an unacceptable script," he said in a statement.

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STAR WARS ODD COUPLE?

How's this for an odd couple: The New York Daily News reports that George Lucas and director/actress Troy Beyer were snuggling at the MTV Movie Awards! Lucas's rep says the two are just friends. What would Linda Rondstadt think? read more

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