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FRIENDS, LOVERS AND CO-WORKERS

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt are mixing business with pleasure. The happy couple are in talks to produce a dark comedy together, with Aniston reportedly attached to star. The Friends Emmy winner would play a politician's wife who's confronted by the 10-year-old son she gave up for adoption. read more

MANPOWER

The National Network (TNN) is undergoing yet another name change. Beginning June 16, the cable channel formerly known as The Nashville Network will be retitled Spike TV, a move meant to signal its focus on male viewers. The network — which has seen its ratings sag this past year — will be adding segments based on Men's Health and Stuff magazines, as well as shows about cars, sports and lesbian sex. read more

SHORT CUTS

Arnold Schwarzenegger has been tapped to host CBS's American Film Institute special counting down the top 100 heroes and villains in film history. It airs June 3... The debut CD from American Idol's Kelly Clarkson hits stores today... A soundtrack to NBC's American Dreams will arrive May 6... Box office smash Bringing Down the House will be released on DVD Aug. 5. read more

Sheryl Crow Plays Hard to Get


Chris Isaak has had little trouble populating his eponymous Showtime series with big-name guests. For the show's upcoming third season, debuting in October, the wicked gamer has recruited Oakland A's pitcher Barry Zito, and pop stars Michelle Branch and Gloria Estefan. However, one celeb on his most-wanted list is proving a rather tough get: Sheryl Crow.

"She's booked until the year 2040," Isaak says of the singer, adding, "She has a disorder. It's a sickness called work disorder. I work more than anybody, and Sheryl Crow is trying to work more than me — and it's making me sick.

"Because of her disorder, she can't even take an evening off," he continues, in full-tilt deadpan mod read more

STORK REPORT

Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn's plot to overrun the planet with perfect-looking babies has begun! The former Law & Order beauty and her handsome football player hubby are expecting their first child at the end of October, Entertainment Tonight reports. The couple were married in June 2001, shortly after Harmon left Law & Order. I remember because I haven't enjoyed the show since. read more

AMERICA, LAND OF THE FREE

Apparently, we're better at making war than love. On last night's finale of Married by America, Jill and Tony dumped Kevin and Billie Jeanne, respectively, at the altar, thwarting Fox's plans for a sequel series, Divorced by the Dominican Republic. Later, it was revealed that Jill and Kevin were continuing their engagement, and Tony was seeking a restraining order against obsessive Billie Jeanne. Okay, he's not really, but doesn't it seem like a good idea? read more

REMEMBERING DAVID BLOOM

Some of the biggest names in news are expected to turn out Wednesday for a memorial mass in honor of NBC newsman David Bloom at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral. Bloom died April 6 while covering the war in Iraq. A private family service was held over the weekend. read more

GENTLEMEN PREFER BAUBLES

A ring and a bracelet that belonged to Marilyn Monroe were stolen from a British art gallery Monday. The estimated worth of the jewels: $63,000. Two men were believed to have been involved in the theft. read more

Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Single Fantasy


For a mom of two with nearly 16 years of marriage under her belt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus sure is convincing as a desperately single, struggling jazz singer on Watching Ellie (returning to NBC tonight at 9:30 pm/ET). What makes the Seinfeld alumna revel in her role so?

"I guess it allows me to tap into my fantasy life," says Louis-Dreyfus, whose husband Brad Hall is exec producer of Ellie. "It's been quite some time since I've been single. It's a god-blessed gas!

"From a comedic point of view, it's great to be a needy, insecure, maybe slightly angry person," she adds. "It lends itself to a lot of humor."

Having worked through nine 24-episode seasons of Seinfeld, Louis-Dreyfu read more

ON THE MEND

Rodney Dangerfield — who underwent brain surgery last week as a prelude to a heart valve replacement — has been taken off a respirator. According to reports, the 81-year-old comedian's first request for doctors was to watch The Jerry Springer Show. His rumored second request? To get a tape of All My Children's April 22 episode. read more

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