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Turns out, there are two Vincent D'Onofrios making a living in Hollywood — but only one of them is suing Madonna. Despite reports that D'Onofrio the actor (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) is suing the Material Girl over her new film Swept Away, it's actually D'Onofrio the producer who's crying foul. He claims he pitched Madonna the idea of doing a remake of the 1974 film of the same name. read more


David Letterman (sort of) got his wish to have a roadway named after him in his native Indianapolis. Officials in the Indianapolis suburb of Lawrence approved a resolution on Monday to rename a remote, backwoods dirt road "David Drive." If that wasn't enough of an insult, when the new street sign was erected on Tuesday, one side was misspelled "Daivd." Ouch! (The gaffe was corrected Wednesday morning.) All this is a far cry from Letterman's original request, to have Interstate 465 redubbed the "David Letterman Expressway." read more


Who's shooting J.R. Ewing now? Twentieth Century Fox! The film studio is developing a big-screen adaptation of Dallas. "I like the idea of doing it for the 21st century, with a new cast," series creator Dave Jacobs tells Variety. "We've got a new take on it. Before, people would have been interested in who is screwing each other. Now it's the national crimes that are affecting everyone. The conflict is still about family conflicts, but the stakes are higher now. That's the thing that excites me about it." Just promise us you'll give Miss Ellie a decent wardrobe this time around! read more


Here's an odd art-imitates-life parallel for Reese Witherspoon: In Sweet Home Alabama, she plays a celeb who's embarrassed by her trashy roots. Cut to her real-life hometown of Nashville, Tenn., where the New York Post reports that brother John Witherspoon has been charged with sexual assault. The 29-year-old allegedly snuck into a female neighbor's home, began molesting her as she lay asleep on her couch, then fled the scene. He has also been pulled over for drunk driving this year. read more


Popular alumna Sara Rue is happy today. Satisfied with its ratings, ABC has ordered a full season (22 episodes) of her new sitcom, Less Than Perfect, co-starring Andy Dick. read more


Sean Connery has filed a $17 million lawsuit against Mandalay Pictures over the shelved spy thriller End Game. Connery claims Mandalay was not able to finance the production, but strung him along for two years "in an attempt to hold themselves out to the entertainment industry as a viable production company." The erstwhile James Bond — who was to receive $17 million for the pic — alleges intentional and negligent misrepresentation, fraudulent concealment and breach of oral contract. read more


With sales of 336,660 copies, Elvis Presley's 30 #1 Hits held on to the No. 1 spot on Billboard's album chart for the second-consecutive week. The Rolling Stones' two-disc Forty Licks debuted in second place with 309,800 copies sold. Meanwhile, Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" remains the top-selling single for the third week. In other American Idol news, runner-up Justin Guarini has reportedly signed an album deal with the show's producer, Simon Fuller's 19 Recordings. Finally, Fox is confirming that Idol standout Tamyra Gray will appear in four episodes of Boston Public beginning in February. read more


In other ABC scheduling news, the network has axed Push, Nevada. Its seventh and final episode will air on Oct. 24. And yes, producers plan to ensure that enough clues will have aired to award one lucky viewer the $1 million jackpot. (For more on Push, click here.) ABC also has cancelled its Friday night dramedy That Was Then. Whose Line Is It Anyway? and The Drew Carey Show — currently airing on Mondays — will take over Then's 9-10 pm timeslot beginning in November. read more


Hey, wannabe pop stars! Start working on saucy retorts to Simon's scathing criticisms, 'cause American Idol 2 will soon hold auditions in Detroit, New York, Atlanta, Nashville, Miami, Austin and L.A. For more info, visit read more


NBC's Today show has cancelled Matt Lauer's trip to Cuba (planned for Friday) after it failed to secure an interview with Fidel Castro. Instead, Castro has decided to talk exclusively with ABC's Barbara Walters. That interview will air tomorrow night on 20/20. read more

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