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DAILY NEWS

Late-night funnyman Jon Stewart has struck a deal with NBC to write and exec produce a half-hour comedy starring fellow Daily Show star-scribe Stephen Colbert, Variety reports. The untitled series will borrow heavily from Colbert's experiences growing up in South Carolina. read more

SCOOP!

Orlando Jones — who plays a by-the-book bandleader in Drumline (opening Friday) — is negotiating to take a role in Columbia's as-yet-untitled love triangle comedy starring Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves. "I don't know if we can work out the scheduling," Jones tells TV Guide Online. Nancy Myers (Father of the Bride) penned the script and plans to direct. read more

ANOTHER WIN

Analyze That can fuhgetabout a No. 1 debut at the box office. The mob spoof, a sequel to 1999's Analyze This, opened in second place with a disappointing $11.3 million — $7 million less than the original took in during its first weekend. The moviegoing mob were much more loyal to James Bond, as Die Another Day reclaimed its No. 1 ranking with $13 million. Rounding out the top five: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (No. 3 with $10 million), John Leguizamo's new drug drama Empire (No. 4 with $6.3 million) and Disney's Treasure Planet (No. 5 with $5.7 million). read more

PARTY OF FIVE

Elizabeth Taylor, James Earl Jones, singer-songwriter Paul Simon, Broadway star Chita Rivera and conductor James Levine were honored Sunday night in Washington, D.C., at the 25th anniversary Kennedy Center Honors. President Bush was on hand to pay tribute to the group. read more

SHORT CUTS

Drew Barrymore is in talks to reteam with her Wedding Singer co-star Adam Sandler in the upcoming Columbia romantic comedy 50 First Kisses... The Reese Witherspoon hit Sweet Home Alabama will be released on DVD Feb. 4... Emmy-winning producer-writer David E. Kelley (The Practice, Boston Public) is pitching to the networks a new hourlong drama series centered around an Irish-American family. read more

THEATER NOTES

Sandra Bullock, Leonardo DiCaprio and Candice Bergen were among the stars who turned out for Sunday's Broadway debut of Baz Luhrmann's production of Puccini's classic opera La Boheme. In other theater news, Nicole Kidman is in talks to return to the London stage in Henrik Ibsen's The Lady From the Sea. read more

EDIE FALCO ROCKS!

Tony and Carmela's marriage got whacked on last night's killer fourth-season finale of HBO's The Sopranos. A phone call from one of Tony's scorned girlfriends pushed an already-depressed Carmela (Edie Falco, enjoying her finest hour) over the edge, setting up a fierce domestic confrontation that ended with the cheatin' mob boss (James Gandolfini) out on the street. "You have made a fool of me for years," seethed Carmela. "You've had quite a time on my watch." Other developments from Sunday's episode: Uncle Junior's trial ended with a hung jury; Tony scrapped plans to off rival boss Carmine; and Christopher was released from drug rehab. Nielsen pundits are predicting that the 75-minute climax will likely rank as the highest-rated Sopranos episode in history. We're predicting that Falco will s read more

REUNITED

Latin crooner Marc Anthony and his wife, former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres, renewed their wedding vows on Saturday in San Juan. The ceremony came five months after the couple announced that they were separating. read more

A WHOLE NEW WORLD FOR GWYN

Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow have signed on to star in the big-budget thriller The World of Tomorrow, described by The Hollywood Reporter as a retro sci-fi pic in the vein of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Set at the turn of the 20th century, the film follows a reporter (Paltrow) and pilot (Law) who team up on an adventure. read more

CRIKEY!

Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan remains hospitalized in Sydney after sustaining a back injury while moving furniture. The 63-year-old Aussie actor is expected to be back on his feet in a few weeks. read more

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