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TOBEY'S AA-OK

His name is Spider-Man, and he has a problem. Tobey Maguire, 28, reveals in Playboy's August issue that he's a card-carrying member of Alcoholics Anonymous. "It has totally changed my life," he says. "AA is no-frills spirituality. There are no hokey traditions. It's so simple." read more

TOUR DE FORCE

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band have added six new U.S. dates to their worldwide tour, including a Sept. 6 show at Boston's famed Fenway Park — the first time in history the venue will be used for a major concert. Among the other stops added to the tour: Chicago's Comiskey Park on Aug. 13, Detroit's Comerica Park on Sept. 21 and Milwaukee's Miller Park on Sept. 27. Tickets go on sale Saturday. read more

SPIKE TV UPDATE

The ridiculous war between Spike Lee and Spike TV (aka TNN) could be over soon. A New York Supreme Court judge has tentatively set a July 7 non-jury trial to determine whether viewers would associate the filmmaker with the Viacom-owned cable channel — as Lee's lawsuit claims. The Do the Right Thing auteur has until today to agree to the judge's proposal. Otherwise, we'll all have to suffer through a jury trial later this summer. In related news, The Associated Press reports that TNN filed court papers by Spike Jones Jr., son of the legendary music satirist, saying it is "frightening" that Lee is trying to claim exclusive ownership of the name "Spike." read more

MONK RULES

USA Network's breakout comedy Monk kicked off its second season Friday with record ratings. The episode attracted 5.4 million viewers, the show's largest audience to date. read more

SNOW JOB

Ted Danson apparently isn't holding a grudge against CBS for banishing Becker to midseason. The actor and his real-life wife Mary Steenburgen have signed on to star in the CBS telepic Surviving Love, a drama about a married couple whose icy relationship thaws out during a freak snowstorm. read more

MOVE OVER ASHTON/DEMI

There may be some truth to buzz that Cameron Diaz, 30, and Justin Timberlake, 22, are 'n item. On Saturday, Britain's Sun tabloid ran a photo that appears to show the duo — ohmygawd — 'n a liplock! Diaz's rep Brad Cafarelli told USA Today that he couldn't comment on the incriminating photo because "it's a little blurry." How very, um, conve'nient. All right, that one was lame, I admit it. read more

HBO TACKLES 9/11

Glenn Close and Maggie Gyllenhaal have signed on to star in Strip Search, an HBO original movie that explores crime and punishment in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, Variety reports. Sidney Lumet is on board to direct the project. read more

GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE

Former Saturday Night Live star Chris Kattan (Mango!) has joined the cast of Adam & Steve, a big-screen romantic comedy about two New York couples — one straight and one gay. And get this: Kattan will play one half of the straight couple! (Yes, you read that correctly.) Parker Posey has signed on to play his wife in the indie flick, which starts shooting later this year. The gay duo will be played by Craig Chester (the pic's writer-director) and Malcolm Gets (Caroline in the City.) read more

SITH SENSE

Rumor has it that the working title for the next Star Wars prequel is Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Cinescape.com reports. Filming on the sixth (and allegedly final) Star Wars film begins Monday in Australia. read more

SHORT CUTS

Miramax and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the team behind Chicago, are bringing another popular musical to the big screen: Damn Yankees... British filmmaker Paul Greengrass (Bloody Sunday) is in talks to direct Matt Damon in The Bourne Supremacy, the sequel to The Bourne Identity... Jodie Foster is in talks to appear in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's French-language romantic drama Un Long dimanche de fiancailles, starring read more

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