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BUSTED

Country crooner Glen Campbell, 67, was arrested in Phoenix on Monday on suspicion of drunken driving, hit and run, and aggravated assault on a police officer. He was later released on $2,000 bond. read more

CAINE IS ABLE

Michael Caine has been tapped to play Bruce Wayne's trusty butler, Alfred, in Warner Bros.' latest Batman flick, Variety reports. As previously reported, Christian Bale is playing the Caped Crusader. Production is slated to get underway next year for a 2005 release. read more

BACKWARDS LOGIC

Fox has given the green light to Ricochet, an hourlong cop drama in which the stories are told in reverse a la Memento. Translation: My brother David and sister-in-law Pam are gonna hate it. read more

OUCH!

Las Vegas hottie Josh Duhamel recently tore his Achilles tendon in what an NBC rep characterizes as a "sports-related injury." As reported in an upcoming issue of ABC Soaps In Depth magazine, Las Vegas producers are writing the actor's injury into the show. Apparently, his security whiz character gets shot in the leg. D'oh! read more

FOR LOVE OR MONEY

Faux rich cowboy David Smith chose Linda from the Czech Republic over Cat from Germany on last night's Joe Millionaire finale. Despite his lies, Linda decided to stay with him and was awarded $250,000 for her troubles. Smith, meanwhile, won a 90-acre ranch. read more

WHAT ABOUT DAVID?

Tori Spelling, 30, became engaged over the weekend to actor-writer Charlie Shanian, 34. The couple met two years ago when they were cast in a Los Angeles production of the play Maybe Baby, It's You. In a recent interview with TV Guide Online, the iconic 90210 virgin confessed that Shanian "is the one." And I repeat: What about David?!?!?! read more

CAUSE OF DEATH

The death of 27-year-old actor Jonathan Brandis has been officially ruled a suicide. According to a coroner's report, the SeaQuest DSV star hung himself with a nylon rope in the hallway of his Los Angeles apartment complex on Nov. 11. He was found unconscious that night and rushed to a hospital, where he died the next day. Most recently, Brandis had a starring role in the ABC drama pilot 111 Gramercy Park. read more

TRU OR FALSE?

Despite lackluster ratings and virtually no critical support, Tru Calling has been picked up by Fox for a full season. I'm baffled. read more

PAGING LOU FERRIGNO...

Universal is employing a new strategy with its ailing Hulk franchise: If at first you don't succeed, try making a film that doesn't suck. According to USA Today, the studio is developing a sequel to last summer's Hulk, due in theaters in 2006. read more

STRIKE THAT

An Indiana high school marching band has dropped Michael Jackson's "Thriller" from its songlist for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The band's director told the New York Times that in light of the child molestation allegations facing Jacko, the tune would not be "appropriate for the morals and the ideals and the sense of pride" the parade represents. Instead, the band will play "Smack My Bitch Up" by Prodigy. read more

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