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Scandal-ridden domestic diva Martha Stewart has resigned from the New York Stock Exchange's board of directors. News of her departure came Thursday, a day after her stockbroker's assistant agreed to help prosecutors investigate Stewart's role in the ImClone mess. "I did not want the media attention currently surrounding me to distract from the important work of the NYSE and thus felt it was appropriate to resign," Stewart said in a statement. read more

ONE LESS AWARDS SHOW

CBS has decided to scrap plans for a second AFI Awards after last year's inaugural ceremony — which had an embarrassing number of absentee winners — proved to be a ratings bust. So, now there will only be 174 awards shows between December and March. read more

ROSIE FIGHTS BACK

Hmm... who didn't see this coming: Rosie O'Donnell has filed a countersuit against Gruner+Jahr, the publisher behind her crumbling magazine Rosie. O'Donnell — who didn't disclose the dollar amount she's seeking — claims G+J breached its contract and forced her to desert her eponymous monthly. On Tuesday, G+J slapped the former talk show host with a $100 million suit. read more

THE OTHER WOMAN

Friends Emmy winner Jennifer Aniston is in talks to play Ben Stiller's mistress in an untitled Universal comedy. Will & Grace's Debra Messing co-stars as Stiller's wife. read more

LIL' REMAKE

Rapper Lil' Romeo has been cast in MGM's hip-hop version of Romeo and Juliet, titled Lil' Romeo and Lil' Juliet. A nationwide casting search will soon get underway for Lil' Juliet. read more

GAME BOY

Quentin Tarantino is turning his upcoming feature Kill Bill into a video game. According to Variety, the Pulp Fiction auteur has signed a deal with Vivendi Universal's Black Label Games to produce an action video game based on his long-awaited film, which stars Uma Thurman and lands in theaters next October. read more

Ralph Fiennes Bares All


Never mind the frightening sights contained in the Silence of the Lambs prequel Red Dragon (opening tomorrow) — there's one scene some viewers might not want to erase from their minds so quickly: Ralph Fiennes running around the house wearing nothing but a freaky full-body tattoo. It's a pleasant surprise to find that the soft-spoken, Oscar-nominated English Patient star, who plays serial killer Francis Dolarhyde, thinks naked is natural.

"Running around with no clothes on is not particularly demanding," he tells TV Guide Online, sounding nothing like your run-of-the-mill, proper Brit. "You just have to not be shy. It's not a big deal either way. What was more important to me was the urgency of Dolarhyde at the time."

Indeed, read more

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

Steven Spielberg's 17-year-old son is following in his dad's footsteps. Max Spielberg recently completed work on his first movie, the short thriller Snap Shot, Reuters reports. Max wrote, produced, directed, shot and edited the pic during a four-week filmmaking workshop run by the New York Film Academy. read more

SENTENCED

Eighties rocker Adam Ant was sentenced Wednesday to one year of community service and rehab for using a gun to threaten pub customers in Britain. Ant avoided jail time because the judge said he suffered a "temporary episode" of mental illness when bar patrons mocked his flat cap and combat jacket. read more

BACHELOR RAD

Okay, so don't count out ABC's The Bachelor just yet. After scoring disappointing ratings for last week's preview edition, the show's official season premiere last night finished a solid second to NBC's The West Wing. ABC, there's hope for you yet! read more

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