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MEET THE KING

Oscar winner Sean Penn is being eyed to play populist politician Willie Stark in a remake of All the King's Men, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Broderick Crawford originated the role in the 1949 version and went on to win an Oscar. read more

MY NAME IS XANDER...

Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Nicholas Brendon (Xander) has entered rehab to treat an alcohol addiction. "After realizing that I had a disease that was taking control of my life, I decided that the best way for me to regain my health was to enter a treatment facility," the actor said in a message posted on his website. "I'm grateful for the love and support I've gotten from my wife, Tressa; my entire family; my business associates; and my friends." read more

DOINK DOINK

Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay, who was recently named the Most Underrated Actress on Television by yours truly, is reportedly engaged to actor (and sometime SVU attorney) Peter Hermann. And don't believe nasty tabloid reports that say Hargitay agreed to pay for the ring because Hermann doesn't make as much as she does. My sources tell me Hargitay merely gave him a loan. read more

FINALLY...

The plug has reportedly been pulled on Living It Up! With Ali and Jack! This begs the question: If a talk show is axed, but no one is around to care, does it make a noise? Discuss. read more

MASTER OF THE CHARTS

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World sold 3.5 million DVDs during its first week in stores, making it the month's best-selling title. read more

DEAR SALLY, SOMETHING'S UP WITH NOEL...

Felicity grad Scott Foley is in talks to star in The Gentleman, a new drama series from FX. Foley would play a likable medical-supplies salesman who moonlights as a serial killer. read more

IN RELATED NEWS...

Clear Channel Communications has tapped Donald Trump to headline his own national radio show, Trumped. The weekday program, which debuts June 15, will find The Donald weighing in on topics related to business, media, entertainment and politics. And come fall, he'll devote his Friday show to discussing the previous night's Apprentice firing and which contestant Carolyn is crushing on now. read more

TRADING GIGS

Another Trading Spaces vet is headed to the big leagues. Following in the footsteps of ABC's It Elder Ty Pennington, Vern Yip is ditching his day job to star in his own home-improvement show on NBC. In Design Intervention, Yip will help one lazy family finish building — or renovating — their home. read more

MERCY OUSTER

John Stevens' prayers were answered last night on American Idol when Ryan Seacrest uttered the words the embattled 16-year-old longed to hear: "The nightmare is over — you are free to go." (Or something like that.) The thick-skinned crooner's highly anticipated ouster follows last week's controversial results show, which found frontrunner Jennifer Hudson on the chopping block. The African-American diva's shock exit led Elton John to cry racism, but Idol meanie Simon Cowell dismissed those charges on Wednesday with "a definite no," predicting that Hudson's elimination would give the competition a much-needed shake-up. "Th read more

PLAY BALL!

Troubled actor Tom Sizemore, who was sentenced to six months in jail last year for beating and harassing Heidi Fleiss, has been tapped to portray fallen baseball legend Pete Rose in ESPN's TV movie Hustle. The film, scheduled to premiere in September, will depict Rose's gambling-related downfall in the '80s, as documented by Major League Baseball's Dowd Report. read more

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