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David Letterman has quit using guest hosts on The Late Show's Friday episodes. Word is, Dave had wanted extra leisure time this summer, but Jay Leno's increasing ratings lead has him nervous. So far, Tom Arnold, Kelsey Grammer, Tom Green and Jimmy Fallon have subbed for the late-night comic. read more


Rapper DMX was arrested Saturday by authorities on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts for using profanity during a concert the night before. (Using cuss words on stage is a big no-no there.) The 32-year-old — whose real name is Earl Simmons — was released after posting $376 bail. read more


Joshua Gracin's marine duties have forced him to back out of American Idol's 39-city tour, which kicks off July 8 in St. Paul... The second season of 24 will be released on DVD Sept. 23... My Big Fat Greek Wedding director Joel Zwick is in talks to call the shots on the live-action Fat Albert feature... Former Golden Girl Rue McClanahan has dropped out of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, the upcoming Broadway comedy co-starring Mark Hamill. According to a statement, she decided "to pursue other opportunities." read more


Legendary actress Katharine Hepburn, who won a record four best actress Oscars during her remarkable half-century long career, died Sunday at her home in Connecticut. She was 96. The cause of death was "simply complications from old age," her brother-in-law, Ellsworth Grant, told Reuters. Known as the first lady of American cinema, Hepburn picked up her first Academy Award in 1933 for Morning Glory; she also won for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Lion in Winter and On Golden Pond. Her last film was the 1994 remake of Love Affair, starring Warren Beatty and Annette Bening read more


Ex-Disney Channel fixture Hilary Duff is getting back in business with Mickey Mouse. The Lizzie McGuire star has signed a deal with Disney to release a solo album. Titled Metamorphosis, the CD is due out Aug. 26. read more


After six years of struggling ratings, Port Charles has been cancelled. The General Hospital spinoff's half-hour format "posed significant financial challenges," said Brian Frons, ABC's newly appointed daytime president. "This was an extremely difficult decision." Since its 1997 kickoff, PC has searched for its niche, ultimately adopting the Latin telenovela style of short-term story arcs, and even introducing gothic plotlines ripped off from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Still, the news is surprising, since PC was nominated for best show at this year's Daytime Emmys — for the first time in the soap's entire run. PC's final airdate is Oct. 3. For more, read Soaps News. read more


Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle got its wings clipped at the box office over the weekend. Despite a No. 1 opening, the much-hyped sequel grossed a disappointing $38 million — well below expectations and $2 million less than the first film's debut haul in 2000. The Hulk also experienced a major shortage of green. After debuting at No. 1 last week, Ang Lee's incredible failure lost a staggering 70 percent of its business to take in $18.4 million for No. 2. Also suffering from atrocious word of mouth: From Justin to Kelly, which slipped 78 percent in week two. (In related news, atheists everywhere are considering the possibility that there may be a God after all.) Finding Nemo bucked the downward trend, holding strong at No. 3 with nearly $14 million. The Disney/Pi read more


As promised, CBS today announced the surprise twist at the center of Big Brother 4 (debuting July 8 at 8 pm/ET): Some of the housemates will be stunned to discover that they're competing against ex loves. "No reality show has ever done what we're about to do," says exec producer Arnold Shapiro. "The result is unpredictable. The only certainty is that everyone involved will be shocked and will likely have to re-think their strategy." Truthfully, that's not the only certainty. For example, I know for a fact I won't be watching. read more


Screenwriter John August, the scribe behind the Charlie's Angels films, has inked a seven-figure deal to pen a live-action big-budget feature version of Tarzan for Warner Bros., Variety reports. The film bears no relation to the upcoming WB series Tarzan and Jane, starring mute Calvin Klein model Travis Fimmel. read more


Colin Farrell and 2 Fast 2 Furious star Eva Mendes have signed on to play love-struck immigrants in 1930s Los Angeles in Ask the Dust, Robert Towne's big-screen adaptation of John Fante's period classic, Variety reports. read more

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