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ROSIE STOPS THE PRESSES

Ex-talk show host Rosie O'Donnell — who turned McCall's into Rosie in April 2000 — has quit the magazine. Its last issue comes out in December. Blaming publisher Gruner + Jahr for gradually usurping her editorial control, she told reporters: "I cannot have my name on a magazine if I cannot be assured that it will represent my vision and ideas." While neither side is suing yet, Gruner sure sounded litigious in a recent memo to its employees: "It is truly shocking and disappointing that Rosie would walk away from her obligations... In doing so, she destroys the value of the business we created and violates the conditions of our binding contract... Rosie cannot simply ignore that obligation." (Them's fightin' words!) read more

MY BIG FAT GREEK SITCOM

The honeymoon is far from over for My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The low-budget sleeper is headed to the small screen in the form of a CBS comedy series. The Eye network has ordered seven episodes of the half-hour sitcom, which would find Wedding leading lady Nia Vardalos reprising her film role. (The triple threat also co-wrote the pilot and will serve as an exec producer.) According to Variety, the series — which could bow as early as midseason — will pick up as Vardalos' alter ego starts dating a non-Greek man behind her parents' back. Sadly, John Corbett will not be back as her beau; the actor is committed to FX's upcoming series Lucky. read more

COLBY, EMPLOYED AT LAST

Survivor: The Australian Outback alum Colby Donaldson finally has landed an acting gig. The Texan dreamboat has been cast in Time and Again, a PAX movie about ageism in the TV news biz. (Surprisingly, Colby's not playing a hunky anchorman, but a newswoman's hubby instead.) His co-stars include Dick Van Patten, Sally Kirkland and thirtysomething's Mel Harris. read more

LATIN KUDOS

Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz was the big winner at last night's Latin Grammys, picking up album of the year honors for MTV Unplugged and song and record of the year for "Y Solo Se Me Ocurre Amarte." Colombian superbabe Shakira won best video for "Suerte," the Spanish version of "Whenever, Wherever." read more

FRIDAY THE 13TH?

Something really freaky is happening on the set of Freaky Friday. Annette Bening is the latest cast member to drop out of Disney's upcoming remake of the 1977 comedy pic. Kelly Osbourne recently exited the film for personal reasons. It's unclear what motivated Bening's decision to leave. read more

REAL WORLD, FANTASY LOCALE

Tuesday's The Real World: Las Vegas hit the ratings jackpot — over three million viewers — so it's no surprise MTV has renewed its two best-loved reality TV staples. And taking a page from Survivor, they're setting 'em in exotic foreign locales. Come 2003, look for The Real World: Paris and Road Rules: The South Seas. A national casting call is currently underway for both shows. Exhibitionist hopefuls aged 18-24 can visit MTV's website for more info. read more

MONSTER SALES

Monsters, Inc. had a mammoth first day in video stores. The Disney-Pixar film sold a record 5 million VHS and DVD copies Tuesday. That's the biggest first-day haul in history, beating The Lion King's record of 4.5 million. read more

NO PLEA

Winona Ryder's shoplifting trial has been set for Oct. 7. Superior Court Judge Elden Fox announced the date Wednesday after Ryder's lawyers failed to reach a plea deal with prosecutors. read more

GOLF DUSTUP

CBS will televise the Masters golf tournament in 2003, despite pressure from women's groups to drop the broadcast altogether. Augusta National — the private club which holds the Masters — refuses to allow women to be full-fledged members. In response to threats of advertiser boycotts, the club has agreed to sell no commercial airtime for this year's broadcast, picking up the entire tab on its own. read more

SHORT CUTS

The choreographer behind Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is in talks with Disney to direct a live-action take on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs... The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office officially declared the June 5 death of Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone an accidental heroin overdose... Monday's season premiere of The Oprah Winfrey Show scored the program's best ratings since 1998. read more

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