Today's News: Our Take


REMEMBERED

Actress Carrie Snodgress, Oscar-nominated for her film debut in 1970's Diary of a Mad Housewife, died last week of heart failure at UCLA Medical Center. She was 57. She was most recently seen in the HBO telepic Iron-Jawed Angels. read more

MAKE LOVE, NOT WAR

Paris Hilton's X-rated sidekick, Rick Salomon, has dropped his $10-million slander lawsuit against the Simple Life star and her family. Salomon filed suit last November, claiming Hilton and her clan waged a "cold, calculated and malicious campaign to portray [him] as a rapist." It's not clear why Salomon dropped the suit. read more

'TIS THE SEASON

Ally McBeal alum Jane Krakowski has joined the cast of NBC's upcoming remake of A Christmas Carol, starring Kelsey Grammer, Jason Alexander and Jesse L. Martin. Krakowski will play the Ghost of Christmas Past. read more

MONEY HUNGRY

Diane Keaton will follow up her Oscar-nominated turn in Something's Gotta Give with Mad Money, a comedy The Hollywood Reporter describes as a female Ocean's Eleven. Keaton will play one of three female janitors who rob the Federal Reserve. Thelma & Louise screenwriter Callie Khouri will direct. read more

DIVIDED HOUSE

Full House grad John Stamos and X-Men beauty Rebecca Romijn-Stamos are calling it quits after five years of marriage, the New York Daily News reports. The separation is said to be amicable. read more

AND ON THE 47TH DAY...

Remembering that Easter isn't all about creme-filled eggs and tense family gatherings, Christians flocked to The Passion of the Christ over the holiday weekend, lifting Mel Gibson's crucifixion saga back to No. 1 with $17.1 million. With $354.8 million in total receipts, Passion now ranks as the eighth highest-grossing film of all time, passing The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Meanwhile, moviegoers apparently forgot The Alamo was in theaters judging by the film's deadly debut; Disney's $100-million historical epic grossed a weak $9.2 million, tying for No. 3 with Johnson Family Vacation. Among other newcomers, the Bruce Willis-Matthew Perry sequel read more

POTTY MOUTH

Lakers superstar Shaquille O'Neal dropped the F-bomb during a live postgame TV interview Sunday. After losing 102-85 to the Sacramento Kings, Shaq was asked to critique his rival's performance on the court. "Not impressed, not impressed," he said. "Not [expletive] impressed, you know what I mean?" It was Shaq's second profane outburst of the season. On Feb. 1 in Toronto, the Kazaam star was suspended for cussing out the referees on live TV. read more

RECOVERING

Legendary NFL broadcaster Pat Summerall, 73, remains in stable condition at a Jacksonville, Fla., hospital after receiving a liver transplant Saturday. Summerall, a recovering alcoholic, had been on a waiting list since April 2. read more

SHAKING THE TREES

Janet Jackson wisely spoofed her starring role in Boobygate on Saturday Night Live over the weekend. Appearing as National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice before the 9/11 panel, Ms. Damita Jo flashed a pixelated (and blurred) breast to distract the commissioners from her testimony. Jackson's hosting stint, meanwhile, propelled SNL to its highest ratings in major markets in 13 months. In related news... read more

SHORT CUTS

The WB has renewed Everwood and Smallville for next season... In related news, the Frog network has tapped Drew Carey to star in and produce Green Screen, a live-action-animated improv comedy it's developing... Columbia Pictures has optioned Richard A. Clarke's controversial White House memoir, Against All Enemies, Variety reports. read more

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