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WHAT A DRAG

Martin Lawrence has signed on to reprise his gender-bending role as a plus-sized matriarch in a follow-up to Big Momma's House. read more

DOGGY IN DEEP DOO-DOO

Snoop Dogg alledgedly enticed two teenage girls to flash his camera by offering them marijuana and ecstasy during a taping of Girls Gone Wild Doggy Style last February, according to an affidavit posted on TheSmokingGun.com. read more

MARKED MAN

Here's some scoop from the new issue of TV Guide magazine, on sale now: Kiefer Sutherland has made a lifetime commitment to 24 — and he's even gone so far as to seal the deal in ink! This season, his counterpart, Jack Bauer, will sport a tattoo on his forearm as part of an undercover operation. But instead of having the show's makeup artists draw on the symbol every week, Sutherland took matters into his own, um, arm, and had it permanently applied himself! In related news, Fox Entertainment President Gail Berman is considering having the words "24 Spoilers Bad" tattooed on both her hands. read more

ICE, ICE, BABY

Providence alum Melina Kanakaredes has signed a deal to exec produce and star in the CBS drama pilot ICE, Variety reports. The actress will play a member of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a wing of the Dept. of Homeland Security. read more

ARE YOU SATISFIED?

Shock jock Howard Stern has settled his lawsuit with ABC over the reality series Are You Hot? Stern claimed the show was based on one of his radio bits. read more

AND THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS...

Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick will kick off their 90-day return to Broadway's The Producers on New Year's Eve, the New York Post reports. However, according to a show rep, tickets for those performances won't go on sale for several weeks. So, Gram, if you're reading this, cool your jets. read more

HE MAY NOT BE BACK

Arnold Schwarzenegger's run for governor of California won't derail plans for a possible Terminator 4. Moritz Bormann, the German producer behind T3, says "if we come up with a good story, there will be a fourth Terminator — with or without Arnold." Similarly, insiders report that Gary Coleman's candidacy won't put an end to the Diff'rent Strokes curse. read more

LAST DANCE

Tony-winning tap dancer-turned-actor Gregory Hines, whose career encompassed Broadway (Jelly's Last Jam), film (The Cotton Club, White Nights) and TV (Will & Grace), died Saturday night of cancer. He was 57. In addition to his recurring role as Will's boss on W&G, Hines's TV work included the 2001 Showtime movie Bojangles and the short-lived sitcom The Gregory Hines Show. He is survived by his fiancé Negrita Jayde, as well as children Daria and Zach. read more

G.O.O.D.

Here's proof that the cop genre isn't D.O.A.: The Colin Farrell-Samuel L. Jackson action flick S.W.A.T. opened at No. 1 with a better-than-expected $37 million. Here's proof that Jamie Lee Curtis's career isn't T.G.I.Finished: Her well-reviewed family-friendly farce Freaky Friday ranked a strong No. 2 with an impressive $22.3 million. Finally, here's proof that Gigli is a T.U.R.K.E.Y.: In its second weekend of release, the stink bomb lost more than 80 percent of its business, sliding to No. 17 with $640,000. That's H.U.M.I.L.I.A.T.I.N.G. read more

COLOR BLIND CASTING

Minorities are finally making some progress in Hollywood. According to a new report issued by the Screen Actors Guild, TV and movie roles for minority actors inched up in 2002. Leading the way were black thesps, who accounted for 15.5 percent of all parts — up from 14.4 in 2001. read more

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