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IT'S WAR!

France's famed luxury store Herm&#232s has issued a public apology to Oprah Winfrey for turning her away from one of its Paris boutiques last week. In a statement, Herm&#232s expressed "its sincere regrets for any misunderstanding that these circumstances could have caused," adding that the shop was simply closed for a private after-hours public relations event. Close pal Gayle King described the incident as "one of the most humiliating moments" of Winfrey's life. It ranks right up there with O's decision to devote nearly a full hour to Steven Cojocaru last April. read more

CURTAINS

James Earl Jones' bout with pneumonia has forced the early closing of Broadway's On Golden Pond revival. Pond will play its last show Sunday. Jones, meanwhile, is expected to make a full recovery. read more

SUCCESSION PLAN

In a delicious Beverly Hills, 90210 parallel, Tiffani Thiessen — who succeeded Shannen Doherty as 90210's de facto bad girl in the mid-90s — was recently approached by UPN to replace Doherty as the star of its fall comedy Love, Inc. (Doherty was dropped after preview audiences didn't warm to her character. Imagine that.) But the parallel ends there; as reported in the current Ask Ausiello, Thiessen passed on the gig. OK, Vanessa Marcil, the ball's in your court. read more

SNAKE CHARMER

Justin Timberlake is in talks to star alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci in the Paramount drama Black Snake Moan, per The Hollywood Reporter. In the film, Jackson plays a blues guitarist who tries to redeem the soul of a girl (Ricci) addicted to sex. Timberlake would play Ricci's boyfriend. Insiders say Timberlake was a shoo-in for the role, given his prior relationship with sex-obsessed Britney Spears. read more

TODAY ON RISE

America's first family is breathing a little easier these days. Last week NBC's Today opened up a 732,000 viewer lead over ABC's Good Morning America. During May sweeps, Today's advantage over its AM rival had shrunk to 40,000 viewers. CBS's The Early Show, meanwhile, continues to rank a distant third, although it's handily beating reruns of Saved by the Bell on TBS. Hey, you gotta take your wins where you can get 'em. read more

TODAY ON RISE

America's first family is breathing a little easier these days. Last week NBC's Today opened up a 732,000 viewer lead over ABC's Good Morning America. During May sweeps, Today's advantage over its AM rival had shrunk to 40,000 viewers. CBS's The Early Show, meanwhile, continues to rank a distant third, although it's handily beating reruns of Saved by the Bell on TBS. Hey, you gotta take your wins where you can get 'em. read more

IT'S WAR!

France's famed luxury store Herm&#232s has issued a public apology to Oprah Winfrey for turning her away from one of its Paris boutiques last week. In a statement, Herm&#232s expressed "its sincere regrets for any misunderstanding that these circumstances could have caused," adding that the shop was simply closed for a private after-hours public relations event. Close pal Gayle King described the incident as "one of the most humiliating moments" of Winfrey's life. It ranks right up there with O's decision to devote nearly a full hour to Steven Cojocaru last April. read more

CURTAINS

James Earl Jones' bout with pneumonia has forced the early closing of Broadway's On Golden Pond revival. Pond will play its last show Sunday. Jones, meanwhile, is expected to make a full recovery. read more

SHORT CUTS

Spin City alum Richard Kind has joined the cast of Fox's upcoming legal drama Head Cases. He'll star opposite Chris O'Donnell and Adam Goldberg.... CNN has pulled the plug on its long-running political roundtable Capital Gang. Its last show will air Saturday.... Donny Osmond has been tapped to host the Travel Channel's two-hour special Vegas Turns 100, airing July 7. read more

STAR TREATMENT

Film critic Roger Ebert received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday. "When I watch movies, I can feel what it's like to walk in another person's shoes," he told the crowd, which included friends, family and Tony Danza. "Movies make us more decent people. This is a wonderful day for me." Speechwriters gave his remarks two thumbs way down, calling them "hokey" and "predictable." read more

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