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Mel Brooks is working on a sequel to his hilarious Star Wars spoof, Spaceballs. In an interview with, Brooks said he hopes to get the film in theaters around the same time as Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith, which opens in May. Let's pray we can tell which one's the spoof. read more


Despite modest ratings, WB has picked up its acclaimed drama Jack & Bobby for a full 22-episode season. No word yet on The Mountain. Let's hope no news is bad news. read more


Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito has had his fill of fine dining. The embattled star of NBC's The Restaurant is closing his East Side eatery, Union Pacific, to pursue opportunities outside of the restaurant world. DiSpirito's other joint, Rocco's 22nd Street, shut its doors last week. What does all this mean for Mama? I've got one word for ya: Sbarro. read more


Martha Stewart (aka No. 55170-054) will serve her five-month jail sentence at a minimum-security prison in West Virginia. "While I had hoped to be designated to a facility closer to my family and more accessible to my attorneys, I am pleased that the Bureau of Prisons has designated me so quickly to FPC Alderson, the first Federal prison camp for women in the United States," Stewart said in a statement. Locally, FPC Alderson is known as "Camp Cupcake" — which works well with Stewart's new nickname, "The Icing." read more


New Line Cinema is bringing Broadway's Hairspray to the big screen, Variety reports.... Dawnette Knight, the woman accused of stalking Catherine Zeta-Jones, pleaded innocent at her arraignment hearing Wednesday. Her trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 10 in Los Angeles.... Legendary DJ Scott Muni, a New York radio fixture for 50 years, died Tuesday at 74. The cause of death was not immediately known, although Muni suffered a stroke in January. read more


Last week, you read here that William Shatner was shooting an indie film in Riverside, Iowa, the home town of his Star Trek alter ego, Capt. James T. Kirk. Turns out, it's just a hoax! On Tuesday, Shatner revealed to Riverside's residents that he's really been making a Spike TV reality show about a small town playing host to a Hollywood film shoot. "Everything in front of and behind the cameras was faked," Shatner admitted. "The only thing that was real is the love we have for Riverside." To soften the blow, he donated $100,000 for community projects. Another $50,000 and the town can hire a hit man. read more


In its second outing last night, ABC's castaway thriller Lost attracted 16.3 million viewers — down just 15 percent from its blockbuster debut. The Tuesday premiere of Wife Swap also looked solid with 11.1 million viewers, while UPN's Kevin Hill got off to a decent start (by UPN standards) with more than 4 million viewers. CBS, meanwhile, took the night thanks to another strong installment of CSI: NY, which once again trounced Law & Order. read more


Tyra Banks is on her way to becoming America's next top talk-show host. The star of America's Next Top Model has inked a deal with Warner Bros. to headline her own daily gabfest in fall 2005, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Can a fashion spread in Elle magazine be far behind? read more


Don't hold your breath waiting for that next James Bond flick to hit theaters. According to trade reports, MGM has put the tentatively titled Bond 21 on hold because it has yet to find a director — not to mention a new 007 to replace Pierce Brosnan. The umpteenth installment was slated to hit theaters in November 2005. read more


Green Day's new CD, American Idiot, sold 267,000 copies to enter Billboard's album chart at No. 1, giving the pop-punk trio its best debut ever. read more

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