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CASTING COUPS

Sitcom vets Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown) and John Mahoney (Frasier) are in talks to join the cast of Dick Wolf's latest Law & Order spinoff, Trial by Jury, Variety reports. And as first reported last week by TV Guide Online, former Law & Order star Carey Lowell is also near a deal to reprise her role as Jamie Ross on the upcoming offshoot. read more

THAT'S REVEREND, TO YOU

CNBC has tapped smartmouthed Rev. Al Sharpton as a new political commentator. The ex-Democratic presidential candidate — who hosted SNL back in December — will offer his take on the upcoming Democratic and Republican National Conventions. read more

LIFE AFTER SEX

The exec producer of Sex and the City is speaking out for the first time about Kim Cattrall's decision to pull out of the show's big-screen spinoff — a stunt that killed the project for good. "The thing that's saddest for me," Michael Patrick King tells USA Today, "is that the whole movie was for the audience. The series ended with pathos and deep emotion, but this would have been big laughs. Now it will never happen." King says the movie would have picked up where the series left off and also feature a flashback to the girls' first meeting in the '80s. "It would have been screamingly funny," he says. "A lot of '80s clothes." Damn you, Kim Cattrall! Damn you! read more

Hugh Jackman Toasts Tonys

Some people know him as the hunky X-man Wolverine, others as monster hunter Dr. Gabriel Van Helsing. But on Sunday, Hugh Jackman will just be The Boy from Oz. Nominated for a lead-actor trophy for his portrayal of flamboyant Aussie songwriter Peter Allen in the hit Broadway musical, Jackman will host the 58th Annual Tony Awards. And he promises it will be loads of fun.


TV Guide Online: Hosting the Tonys must be like working the room at a really big party.
Hugh Jackman:
That's a good way to put it. There are 6000 people there. Broadway people. And they're the most lively crowd you've ever seen.

TVGO: How do you prepare for a thing like that?
Jackman:
The only bit I'm doing is to get contact lenses. I didn't think my eyesight was that bad until I tried to read the TelePrompTer at last year's Tonys — and couldn't. Oy. It was like being at the eye doctor and being asked to read that tiny little line — on n read more

PLACE YOUR BETS, FOLKS

Serial wedder Jennifer Lopez reportedly married Latin pop star Marc Anthony Saturday in a small ceremony at her Beverly Hills home. The nuptials come six months after Bennifer went kaput and just five days after Anthony's divorce from former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres became final. Vegas handicappers, meanwhile, have placed 2-1 odds on the marriage ending by the time I'm done writing this item. read more

THAT'S REVEREND, TO YOU

CNBC has tapped smartmouthed Rev. Al Sharpton as a new political commentator. The ex-Democratic presidential candidate — who hosted SNL back in December — will offer his take on the upcoming Democratic and Republican National Conventions. read more

DISBANDED

Spiritually-inclined rockers Creed have called it quits. Frontman Scott Stapp will pursue a solo career, while bandmates Mark Tremonti and Scott Phillips form a new group called Alter Bridge with former Creed bassist Brian Marshall. Singer-songwriter Myles Kennedy (of Mayfield Four fame) rounds out the new quartet. read more

PRENUP NIXED?

Halle Berry's estranged hubby, Eric Benet, is asking a judge to determine the "validity" of their prenup in an effort to obtain spousal support from his famous wife. Berry, who filed for divorce from Benet in April, recently told Oprah that her soon-to-be-ex had cheated on her and was being treated for sexual addiction. The rest of their marriage was an absolute fairytale, though. read more

PRENUP NIXED?

Halle Berry's estranged hubby, Eric Benet, is asking a judge to determine the "validity" of their prenup in an effort to obtain spousal support from his famous wife. Berry, who filed for divorce from Benet in April, recently told Oprah that her soon-to-be-ex had cheated on her and was being treated for sexual addiction. The rest of their marriage was an absolute fairytale, though. read more

LIVE LIKE MARTHA

Martha Stewart's childhood home in Nutley, N.J. — so often idealized in the pages of Martha Stewart Living — is for sale at an asking price of $549,000. The embattled domestic guru lived at 86 Elm Place from age 3 through high school. And even though Stewart's mom sold the three-bedroom abode to its present owners back in 1987, the place still reflects Martha's green thumb, boasting fig trees and a holly bush planted and pruned by the diva herself. But sorry, all you looky-loos: There'll be no open house, and only pre-qualified buyers will be shown the home's interior. Presumably, the mortgage closing costs would include property taxes and the fee for an exorcist. read more

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