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PICTURE PERFECT

With Eucalyptus officially wilted, Nicole Kidman is focusing on her next film. The Oscar winner is in talks to star in Fur, a biopic of photographer Diane Arbus. Secretary helmer Steven Shainberg is on board to direct. read more

FOX'S LATEST EMERGENCY

Hey, Denise and Charlie — help is on the way: Fox is planning a spin-off of Nanny 911 that will focus on fixing marriages in crisis. Per Variety, Marriage 911 will send in a team of "experts" to help couples get their relationships back on track. And if things deteriorate during filming, even better. read more

LOOK BUSY

The party's over for staffers at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Boss Lady reported to work Monday for the first time since completing her five-month prison sentence — and she invited the press to tag along. According to a media advisory released over the weekend, Stewart — who, under the terms of her home confinement, can venture outside her New York estate for up to 48 hours a week — "will meet with employees" at 1:30 pm at her company's Manhattan headquarters. "Due to space limitations," the release continued, "credentials will be provided only to full-time journalists working for news organizations with official press passes." Or a covered dish. read more

TOO MUCH PASSION

A man who claimed he was on a mission from God to pray with Mel Gibson was convicted Friday of felony stalking. Zack Sinclair, who was arrested in September after repeatedly going to the gate of the actor-director's Malibu estate, faces 16 months to three years in prison. read more

NOT COOL

What's the opposite of cool? Getting your ass whooped by Vin Diesel. That's what happened this weekend to John Travolta, whose Get Shorty follow-up Be Cool opened at No. 2 behind Diesel's family-friendly comedy The Pacifier. Costarring Gilmore Girls' Lauren Graham, Pacifier grossed an expectation-exceeding $30.2 million to Be Cool's $23.5 million. Hitch took the No. 3 spot with $12.5 million, followed by Diary of a Mad Black Woman (No. 4 with $12 million) and Oscar darling Million Dollar Baby (No.5 with $8.5 million). read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

I'm the last person to knock a gimmick, but this is pretty lame even by my weak standards: Deborah Norville will anchor Monday's Inside Edition from her home on Long Island to give viewers a feel for what Martha Stewart's five-month house arrest will be like. To authenticate the experience, the former Today hostess will even get fitted for an ankle bracelet. Coming up Tuesday: Norville will anchor Edition from McDonald's to give viewers a taste of what her next job will be like. read more

LAW ABIDING

Law & Order: Trial by Jury is guilty — of being an early hit for NBC! After debuting Thursday night with more than 17 million viewers, Trial settled into its regular Friday time slot and averaged a winning 14.4 million viewers. read more

THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING HALLE BERRY

Blessed with Oprah's magic touch (read: huge PR platform), the ABC telepic Their Eyes Were Watching God attracted a whopping 25 million viewers Sunday night. It was the most-watched TV-movie since 1999's Julie Andrews/James Garner romance One Special Night. read more

NASTY SPILL

Ed McMahon was hospitalized Friday with a mild concussion after falling at his Beverly Hills home. Johnny Carson's former sidekick also suffered a gash in his head that required stitches. He's expected to go home in a few days. read more

GETTING NASTY

Janet Jackson is seeking a restraining order against a man she says has been stalking her for nearly a decade. The Boobygate headliner claims Robert Gardner of New York faxed her several times (gross!) and last year tried to get into her Saturday Night Live rehearsal with a box cutter and knife. How stupid can one person be? Everyone knows her bra automatically snaps off when touched. read more

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