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RIPPED-FROM-THE-HEADLINES

Law & Order currently is shooting an episode to air this season that mirrors the New York Times/Jayson Blair scandal, FilmJerk.com reports. But in classic L&O style, there's a shocking twist: Sam Waterston and Elisabeth Rohm will actually have some chemistry. read more

NOT SO LUCKY

Talk about a bad hand. An FX spokesman confirms that Lucky, the Las Vegas-set series starring John Corbett, has been axed after just one season. read more

BACK IN THE SLAMMER

Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was sentenced to 10 months in prison Thursday after a parole board determined that he smacked a Hollywood nightclub valet. Knight, who faced a maximum sentence of a year in prison, was credited for time spent behind bars; he's been jailed since June 27. read more

AND FINALLY...

Warner Bros. is developing a film based on Japanese animated import (and Kids' WB smash) Yu-Gi-Oh. read more

ANOTHER WIN FOR NIC

Nicole Kidman won a libel suit Thursday against London's Daily Mail newspaper, which suggested that she had an affair with Cold Mountain co-star Jude Law, causing the collapse of his marriage to actress Sadie Frost. A judge ordered the tabloid to issue a public apology and pay "substantial" damages to the Oscar winner. read more

YO, ADRIAN!

Adrian Pasdar (Profit) is joining the cast of CBS's Judging Amy in the recurring role of Doug McClaren, an ADA who first encounters Amy in her courtroom while trying a capital murder case. He'll turn up in the Sept. 23 season premiere. read more

COUP FOR JAY

Arnold Schwarzenegger will formally announce whether he plans to run for governor of California on Wednesday's Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The buzz is Mr. Terminator will bow out of the race. read more

CODE SUE

American Idol champ Ruben Studdard has slapped 205 Flava Inc., with a lawsuit, claiming the clothing maker unlawfully capitalized on his popularity after he wore its jerseys on the show. The shirts — adorned with Studdard's hometown area code 205 — became the crooner's signature accessory. (For more on Idol, see below... ) read more

IT'S A [BLEEPIN'] BOY!

Colin Farrell, who is expecting his first child with model Kim Bordenave in September, blabbed the baby's gender to Access Hollywood Thursday. "I got a boy on the way," he said. But more importantly, he's got a film due Aug. 8, and it's called S.W.A.T. read more

I SPY A SMART MOVE

Jennifer Garner won't be ditching her small screen career in favor of feature films anytime soon. According to reports, the actress is thisclose to signing a new deal that will keep her on Alias through the 2007-08 season. The pact would likely increase Garner's per-episode paycheck from $40,000 to about $150,000. read more

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