Today's News: Our Take


SPIDEY CENTS

Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire will make a career-high $12 million to play a winning jockey in the upcoming horse racing pic Seabiscuit, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Maguire will also serve as executive producer of the film, which he will shoot this fall before Spider-Man 2. read more

PUBLIC NUISANCE

David E. Kelley is stepping down as executive producer and head writer of Fox's Boston Public in order to focus his attention on ABC's The Practice and his new Fox drama, girls club. Former Roswell exec Jason Katims will replace him behind-the-scenes — which may mean that aliens are about to enroll. read more

HOME SWEET REFUGE

Ed actor Josh Randall — who was arrested last week on drug charges — has found the perfect place to hide out from the tabs. According to the Los Angeles Times, Randall and his wife, actress Claire Rankin, have become first-time home buyers with the purchase of a two-bedroom house in Los Angeles's tony Hancock Park district for $479,000. read more

CASTING COUP

Acting vet Don Cheadle (Traffic, Ocean's Eleven) has signed on for a four-episode guest stint on ER, Variety reports. His character — a medical student whose internship brings him to Chicago — will first appear during November sweeps. read more

MINERS STRIKE GOLD

Those nine rescued Pennsylvania coal miners have sold the rights to their miraculous story to The Walt Disney Co. for $150,000 each. The deal includes an ABC movie-of-the-week and a Hyperion book. read more

CHOICE KUDOS

American Pie 2, Mr. Deeds and Spider-Man were singled out as the year's best films at the 2002 Teen Choice Awards, taped Sunday in Los Angeles. Other winners included Tobey Maguire, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mandy Moore, Friends, The Osbournes and Britney Spears. The show airs Aug. 19 on Fox (8-10 pm/ET). read more

DOLLAR SIGNS

Austin Powers probably had a sixth sense that this was going to happen: Director M. Night Shyamalan's creepy alien thriller Signs topped the box office with $60.3 million — knocking Austin Powers in Goldmember into second. Signs — which stars Mel Gibson as a retired reverend who sees green people — marked the best opening for both Gibson and Shyamalan. In its second weekend of release, Goldmember grossed $32.4 million, for a shagedelic 10-day total of $143 million. Dana Carvey's critically-panned comeback The Master of Disguise debuted in third place with a not-so-disgraceful $13 million, followed by read more

HOW TO MAKE A BIG MESS

Martha Stewart's back in the news, and it's not a good thing. The domestic diva is being sued by one of her stockholders, who claims she breached her duties to her investors by becoming involved in the ImClone Systems insider trading scandal. Conrad K. Hahn seeks unspecified damages. read more

OFF AND RERUNNING

The Rerun Show got off to a strong start Thursday night. The NBC sitcom parody series attracted nearly 10 million viewers and built on its Will & Grace lead in. The show moves to Tuesday night this week. read more

I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT!

Former Saturday Night Live funny lady Molly Shannon is in talks to star in the family comedy Good Boy. The film — which will mix live-action and animation — centers around an alien dog who comes to Earth. read more

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