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LIFE AFTER SEX

DreamWorks is courting Sarah Jessica Parker for the lead role in its big-screen remake of The Man Who Came to Dinner. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Parker's casting is contingent upon whom the studio hires as her leading man. Steve Martin recently passed on the part. Note to Mikhail Baryshnikov: Don't get any bright ideas. read more

DEAR DIARY...

Leaving little time to make a baby with Brad, Jennifer Aniston has signed on to star in the Columbia Pictures feature Diary, which revolves around a married woman whose secret journal is stolen and then used against her. Production is slated to begin in late summer after Aniston completes work on Warner Bros.' untitled Ted Griffin comedy, which is about a woman who believes her family was the inspiration for The Graduate. read more

NICE TRY DI

Diana Ross has been ordered to serve another two-day jail sentence for drunken driving because she apparently cheated her first time around. According to authorities in Greenwich, Conn., the 59-year-old diva only spent 47 hours in police custody, leaving and returning multiple times. Ross will now have to return to the scene of the crime — Tucson, Ariz., — and do some hard time at the Pima County Jail. Big Bertha's waiting... read more

VERONICA CLOSETED

Pier 1 Imports has dumped Kirstie Alley like yesterday's wicker. As part of its new marketing campaign, the home-furnishing chain has tapped Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's design guru, Thom Filicia, as its new spokesperson. National TV spots featuring Filicia will begin airing today. read more

HORN UPDATE

Siegfried & Roy illusionist Roy Horn has given his first interview since his tiger mauling in October, telling Germany's Bunte magazine that he "almost had two feet in the grave, but now I'm doing better... I have hired the same trainer as Christopher Reeve and am working with him for nine hours a day." read more

Game Over OK, I totally dig Grand...

Game Over
OK, I totally dig Grand Theft Auto, yet I hated Tron. So you can understand why I was torn over this CGI-animated sitcom about the secret lives of video-game characters. But I gotta tell you, I was slightly amused. Patrick Warburton was born to play people with bigger egos than abilities, so he's the perfect fit for the car-racing head of the Crashenburn's cyber-household, but what's with an 8 pm show running jokes involving exposed johnsons and crass references to testicles? What's next, a bad touch from Donkey Kong? UPN would be wise to clean it up a bit and amp the sly gamer gags before this thing starts making Spike TV look high-brow.

American Idol
Finally! After, what, 100 weeks, the top 12 are finally in place, so now the real show can begin. Am I overjoyed with the Wild Card winners? Sort of. Lovelovelove Randy for sparing Jennifer Hudson and the viewer fave Jon Peter Lewis read more

MODEL MISBEHAVIOR

More Boobygate fallout, folks: According to the New York Post, UPN has ordered Tyra Banks to cut out portions of next week's highly touted "orgy episode" of America's Next Top Model, saying it "contains material that [the network] felt was inappropriate for broadcast." In the episode, the remaining contestants invite four "local Italian men" over for a party and a sexfest ensues. But the real excitement takes place the following day when Shandi calls her insecure across-the-pond boy-toy to break the news that she two-timed him, prompting him to scream, "What were you thinking?!" Someone needs to give these two their own reality show. read more

RING ROOTS

Japanese filmmaker Hideo Nakata, whose 1999 flick Ringu spawned the horror smash The Ring, is in talks to replace Noam Murro at the helm of The Ring 2, Variety reports. As reported here Wednesday, Murro dropped out of the upcoming sequel due to "creative differences" with DreamWorks. read more

WAX ON, WAX OFF?

Paris Hilton is apparently serious about going legit. The home-video vixen is in talks to join the cast of House of Wax, a remake of Vincent Price's classic 1953 spooker. She'd play one of a group of friends who fall prey to demented killers. 24's Elisha Cuthbert and One Tree Hill's Chad Michael Murray are already on board to star. read more

AND THEN THERE WERE 12

American Idol's final 12 are set following last night's wild-card-results show, which saw the last four candidates advance to the finals. Viewers voted in 24-year-old pen salesman Jon Peter Lewis, Randy Jackson selected 22-year-old fashion victim Jennifer Hudson, Simon Cowell picked 23-year-old pastor-in-waiting George Huff and Paula Abdul chose 17-year-old tone-deaf crybaby Leah LaBelle. Next Tuesday, the entire group will perform in a two-hour live show. read more

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