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MATTER OF FACT

Meryl Streep will co-star in the murder drama Dark Matter, Variety reports. It's based on the true story of a Chinese physics student who shot and killed six people on the University of Iowa campus back in 1991. Streep plays a wealthy benefactress who befriends the troubled scholar. Matter's helmer is Chinese opera director Chen Shi-zheng, who's making his feature-film directing debut. read more

SISTERS UNITED

Ashley Olsen has canceled her trip Down Under for next week's Australian premiere of New York Minute. Understandably, she wants to stick close by twin sister Mary-Kate, who's reportedly undergoing treatment for an eating disorder. "Ashley has decided to be with her family at this time," says Robert Thorne, CEO of the twins' Dualstar Entertainment Group. "While it is unfortunate that plans have been canceled, Mary-Kate and Ashley appreciate everyone's support and understanding." read more

SHORT CUTS

Dean Cain and Denise Richards will star in Lifetime's adaptation of the Cara Lockwood novel I Do (But I Dont).... Michael Jackson's lawyers head to court today for a pretrial hearing focusing on whether documents will be sealed from the public. read more

BBC'S BIG PLAN

BBC is in talks with Britain's government about starting an Arabic TV news channel to rival Al-Jazeera. Featuring news, talk shows and documentaries, the channel would broadcast across the Middle East, but also be accessible to viewers in the UK and Europe. BBC's plan follows the recent launch of Al-Hurra, which is funded by the U.S. government. read more

LIFE AND DEATH

Nicole Richie's fledgling acting career is officially at death's door. As reported in the current issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale now), the Simple Life diva recently filmed an episode of HBO's Six Feet Under to air Sept. 12. She'll play a celebrity who attends Claire's first art show and ends up purchasing one of her paintings. Sounds like she'll be playing herself, right? "They never say it's Nicole Richie," says her rep. "They never really call her by name." In related news, Paris Hilton has signed on to star as a sorority president in National Lampoon's Pledge This! read more

WELCOME HOME

As hinted in the season finale of Judging Amy, Dan Futterman will return to the show as a regular this fall. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Futterman will be reprising his role as Amy Brenneman's brother. The actor, who left the CBS series after Season 2 for personal reasons, made a guest appearance in May foreshadowing his comeback. read more

TROUBLE

DMX was arrested on charges that he and another man tried to steal a car in New York's Kennedy Airport parking lot on Thursday night. Authorities believe the rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, may have identified himself as a federal agent. He is charged with attempted robbery, criminal impersonation and criminal mischief. read more

SISTERS UNITED

Ashley Olsen has cancelled her trip Down Under for next week's Australian premiere of New York Minute. Understandably, she wants to stick close by twin sister Mary-Kate, who's reportedly undergoing treatment for an eating disorder. "Ashley has decided to be with her family at this time," says Robert Thorne, CEO of the twins' Dualstar Entertainment Group. "While it is unfortunate that plans have been canceled, Mary-Kate and Ashley appreciate everyone's support and understanding." read more

THE PRODUCERS

Courteney Cox and David Arquette are producing more than just babies these days. Coco's mom and dad have have launched a production company called Coquette, which has several series projects in the works, including a drama eyed by HBO. The Hollywood couple currently produces Mix It Up for WE. read more

TROUBLE

DMX was arrested on charges that he and another man tried to steal a car in New York's Kennedy Airport parking lot on Thursday night. Authorities believe the rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, may have identified himself as a federal agent. He is charged with attempted robbery, criminal impersonation and criminal mischief. read more

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