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After a series of flops, Kevin Costner is heading back to familiar territory: the golf course. The Tin Cup actor is in talks to star opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in Taming Ben Taylor, a romantic comedy about a Long Island vineyard owner who considers selling his property to make way for a golf course. read more


Fox will air the third edition of Temptation Island on Thursdays at 9 pm/ET, beginning Aug. 28... Talk about a bad hand. An FX spokesman confirms that Lucky, the Las Vegas-set comedy starring John Corbett, has been axed after just one season... Macy Gray will serve as guest co-host on this week's Jimmy Kimmel Live. read more


CBS has greenlit a three-hour telefilm about Charles Manson titled Helter Skelter, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It's based on former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's book about the capture and trial of Manson. read more


The exec producer behind CSI wants to break into the reality scene. As reported in the current issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale now), Anthony Zuiker is developing a hip-hop version of American Idol titled Ruckus. "It incorporates DJ, MC rap, breakdancing and graffiti," he says. "I'm running around town pitching it right now." CBS officially passed on the project, but Eye network prez Les Moonves wants to keep Ruckus in the Viacom family. Says the exec: "I'm thinking about it for [sister network] UPN." read more


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


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

WB Boys Have Hoop Dreams

In the WB's fall drama One Tree Hill, Chad Michael Murray and James Lafferty are half brothers with an intense rivalry on the basketball court. Lafferty's Nathan is the rich, popular star of the high school b-ball team. Murray's Lucas is just the poor misfit star of his local playground. But when the cameras aren't rolling, do these dudes really have mad skills?

"I'm a football guy," says Murray, who's best known for his bad-boy roles on Gilmore Girls and Dawson's Creek. In many of his scenes, the 21-year-old actor admits, stand-ins do all the fancy moves. But weeks of coaching are making life easier on the stunt men. "I'm picking up my ball control... Every time I had some downtime, we would go out and play."

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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


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


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

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