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Lost's Band Plays On


For a band that doesn't really exist, Drive Shaft sure is getting a lot of exposure.

The fictional rock group of Lost castaway Charlie (played by Dominic Monaghan) was featured in a flashback episode in the fall, and the band's single "You All Everybody" was recently heard blasting from Sydney's stereo on Alias, another ABC Wednesday-night show.

There's a music video at www.abc.com, and even a faux fan website, www.driveshaftband.com, complete with bios, photos, a discography and dedications to its missing bassist. "We've been talking about putting out an official album," says Lost executive producer Bryan Burk.

Groupies can catch the band again in Lost's Charlie-centric installment next Wednesday at 8 pm/ET. "As long as Lost is alive, so is Drive Shaft," Burk promises. Rock on.


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BODY OF EVIDENCE

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has decided not to file charges against Paris Hilton for allegedly stealing her sex tape from a West Hollywood newsstand. The case was dropped for "lack of sufficient evidence," which is odd since Celebrity Justice had the whole thing on tape. read more

FINAL FRONTIER

UPN has pulled the plug on Star Trek: Enterprise. The network confirmed Wednesday that the struggling prequel series has run out of dilithium crystals and will end its four-year run on May 13. And with no new series on the horizon, the tube will be without original Trek episodes for the first time in 18 years. This is all the Tribbles' fault. read more

MEAN DRIVER

Lindsay Lohan was sued Wednesday by two people who claim she injured them in a traffic accident last year in Studio City, Calif. Eddie Pamilton and Ilex Harris say Lohan struck their car, leaving them with continuing pain, discomfort and a desire for some quick cash. read more

JUST JACK

Also in Variety, Jack Nicholson has been cast opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon in Martin Scorsese's next film, The Departed. Nicholson will play an Irish gang boss targeted by two undercover cops (DiCaprio and Damon). Filming stars in April. read more

LAUNCH PAD

Sarah Jessica Parker has been tapped to play Matthew McConaughey's love interest in the big-screen comedy Failure to Launch. The pic centers around a thirtysomething slacker (McConaughey) who meets the woman of his dreams (Parker), only to suspect that his parents hired her in an attempt to get him out of their house. read more

IT'S OFFICIAL

MSNBC confirmed Wednesday that bow-tied conservative Tucker Carlson will headline his own prime-time show this spring. Carlson's hiring comes just weeks after CNN fired him for, as Jon Stewart so eloquently put it, "fail[ing] miserably." read more

GAME NEWLYWEDS

As long as they don't follow it up with a variety special, we're down with this: During CBS's Feb. 13 Grammy telecast, camera-shy marrieds Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony will perform a duet live for the first time. M.An is also up for three awards — Best Latin Pop Album, Best Salsa/Merengue Album and Best Ben Affleck Substitute. read more

A LAW & ORDER SPLIT

Recently departed Law & Order star Elisabeth Rohm has broken off her engagement to MSNBC legal hunk Dan Abrams, the New York Post reports. The reason for the split is not known, but extremely unreliable sources say Rohm was overheard asking Abrams, "Is this because I'm a bad thespian who played a 10-second lesbian?" read more

MILLION DOLLAR CASTING

Jay Baruchel, who so deserved an Oscar nod for his role as endearingly deluded boxer Danger in Million Dollar Baby, has been snatched up by WB. The actor has been tapped to star in an untitled legal drama produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Per Variety, the show centers around the relationship between a young prodigy lawyer (Baruchel) and his mentor. read more

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