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THIS SOUNDS DIRTY

John Waters is on the prowl for an actress to play a blue-collar convenience store clerk prone to uncontrollable sexual urges in his latest comedy, A Dirty Shame. "I wish Meryl Streep would do it," he tells Variety, "but I don't think she would." Johnny Knoxville and Selma Blair have been recruited to co-star. read more

EXEC SHUFFLE

The head of cable network FX is defecting to NBC to oversee the network's prime-time development. Kevin Reilly, the man responsible for The Shield, will become second-in-command to Entertainment President Jeff Zucker. Funny sidebar: As USA Today notes, Zucker once referred to The Shield as a show "nobody watches." I bet he feels silly about that now. read more

TEEN TRIUMPH

Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" has topped VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Songs of the Past 25 Years. Michael Jackson had the No. 2 track with "Billie Jean," Eminem's "Lose Yourself" ranked No. 4 and Madonna's "Like a Virgin" came in at No. 10. The countdown will air over five nights, beginning Monday at 10 pm/ET. read more

WIVES REVISITED

Farrah Fawcett and Melissa Gilbert have signed on to star in CBS's TV movie adaptation of Jackie Collins's best-selling novel Hollywood Wives: The New Generation, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The first chapter of the Wives saga aired as an ABC miniseries in 1985 and starred Candice Bergen. read more

TOY STORY

Those '80s icons known as The Transformers are taking shape as movie stars. According to The Hollywood Reporter, X-Men writer-producer Tom DeSanto is developing a live-action feature based on the classic shape-shifting toys. Can the Smurfs be far behind? I think not. read more

BEST SELLER

Hillary Clinton's tell-all tome Living History sold roughly 200,000 copies in its first day of release Monday, according to Simon & Schuster. As a result of the brisk sales, S&S — which paid the former first lady $8 million to spill her guts about Monicagate — is printing another 300,000 copies of the book. read more

OH, BROTHER

The ax is swinging at another David E. Kelley show. The überproducer has fired one of the lead actors from his upcoming CBS drama Brotherhood of Poland, N.H. (Wednesdays/10 pm/ET). Brian Haley, who was slated to play brother Waylon Shaw, is out and a replacement is being sought. A rep for David E. Kelley Productions says the role is "being reconceived," but adds that "Brian's work was exceptional in the pilot, and we hope to be able to bring him back in another role." According to FilmJerk.com, casting agents are looking for someone with a small-town New England feel — accessible, familiar and passionate — to take over the part. Add bitter and hunky and suddenly the role is mine to lose. read more

SHORT CUTS

Madonna and Missy Elliott are in talks to appear together in an ad for Gap, USA Today reports... A musical based on Rod Stewart's greatest hits is coming to London's West End this fall. read more

FUN TIMES

Cameron Diaz is a signature away from reuniting with former Mask leading man Jim Carrey in Fun With Dick and Jane, a remake of the 1977 George Segal-Jane Fonda comedy about a middle-class couple who turn to a life of crime. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Barry Sonnenfeld (Men In Black, Get Shorty) is attached to direct. read more

MUSIC FEST AXED

The three-day Bonnaroo NE Music Festival featuring Bob Dylan, the Dead and Tom Petty — slated to take place Aug. 8-10 in Riverhead, N.Y. — has been canceled due to permit problems. Concert promoters say refunds will be issued to all ticket holders. I'm told this comes on the heels of last weekend's Field Day fiasco, but I really know nothing about that because I was away on vacation. read more

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