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Nick Nolte was arrested Wednesday in Malibu, Calif., on suspicion of driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. The 61-year-old Oscar-nominated actor — who reportedly was "drooling" and "droopy-eyed" — was taken into custody after cops saw his car swerving across Pacific Coast Highway. He was later released. Blood test results are expected in a few days. read more


The new CD from country coquettes the Dixie Chicks held on to the No. 1 spot on the album charts for a second week in a row. Home slipped 53 percent from the previous week, but still sold a robust 367,000 copies. Eminem's The Eminem Show finished a distant second with 179,000 copies sold. read more


Ethan Embry (Can't Hardly Wait) has been cast as the second lead on ABC's upcoming Dragnet remake. The Dick Wolf-produced series — which stars Danny Huston — debuts in January. read more


Mark David Chapman — who murdered ex-Beatles singer John Lennon in 1980 — has topped Blender's list of rock 'n roll "villains" in its Oct. issue. The mag's humorous rantfest also skewers Tipper Gore, Ike Turner and Muzak. read more


Aspiring thesp Kelly Osbourne is putting her movie career on hold. The Osbournes star has dropped out of Disney's upcoming Freaky Friday remake due to personal reasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The flick — which stars Annette Bening and Lindsay Lohan — would have marked Osbourne's big-screen debut. Her mom, Sharon Osbourne, currently is undergoing treatment for colon cancer — but it's unclear if that was a factor in her decision. Actress Christina Vidal will replace her in the best friend role. read more


Actress Kim Hunter, who won a supporting actress Oscar in 1951 for her role as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire and played chimpanzee psychiatrist Dr. Zira in the Planet of the Apes movies, died Wednesday in New York of an apparent heart attack. She was 79. "Kim Hunter was a fine actress and a wonderful person," said Apes co-star Charlton Heston. "The world has lost a unique talent." read more


NBC has picked up a new reality series from movie producer Joel Silver that will attempt to find the next Vin Diesel and Jennifer Garner. According to Variety, the 10-episode series — titled The Next Action Star — will follow producers as they hold a casting search to find potential male and female stars with "that indefinable 'it' factor." The winners will star in the Silver-produced NBC TV movie Hit Me. Paging American Idol spitfire Tamika... read more

Suzanne Pleshette on Martha and Leona!

Still sexy at 65, Suzanne Pleshette seems mildly miscast as a grandmother. Nevertheless, an NBC rep confirms she will play Mark Feuerstein's sassy granny, Claire, on NBC's Good Morning Miami (debuting Sept. 26 at 9:30 pm/ET). This despite rumors of her part being tweaked into an "aunt" or another more youthful-sounding relative.

"I don't know what I am," the Bob Newhart Show alumna shrugs. "I think I should actually be the ingenue in the show!" Winking, she adds: "The only reason I agreed to [play a grandmother] is they agreed to write me about six scenes, six different wardrobe changes [per episode]. So, you know, I can be bought with clothes. I would play an elderly Chinese man if they asked me, as long as I was w read more


Keiko the killer whale — who made a splash in 1993's Free Willy — is retired and seeking a home in Norway. Locals eager to land a big tourist attraction hope the 8-yard-long whale can be settled in a quiet Norwegian fjord. Still, it has yet to be decided whether he'll be sent to swim solo in deep waters or kept closer to people. After living with humans for 20 years, the celebrity animal may be a "cetacean misfit," unable to adjust to a normal whale's life. read more


The first 13-episode season of The Shield will be released on DVD Jan. 7, the same day the show's second season kicks off on FX... Oscar-nominated thesp Laurence Fishburne is producing an action drama for CBS titled Sleepwalker, a show that follows the adventures of a next-generation superhero. read more

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