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The childhood home of late Nirvana rocker Kurt Cobain — located in Oregon City, Ore., — sold on eBay for $210,000... ESPN is in talks with directors Ron Shelton and Spike Lee about developing a drama series centering on a pro sports team. read more


Brad Pitt can shave off that ugly beard now. The actor has officially dropped out of Darren Aronofsky's sci-fi time-travel tale The Fountain. He reportedly was unhappy with the latest draft of the screenplay. Instead, Pitt will star as Achilles in the upcoming epic adventure Troy. Wolfgang Petersen directs. read more


Maybe Reege will ask J.Lo's beau whether there's any truth to the big rumor that the Oscar winner is sporting a toupee. British tabs recently reported that Affleck's faux follicles went flying during a mock fight with fellow thesp Vince Vaughn. But Irish actor Colin Farrell — who just finished shooting Daredevil with Affleck — laughed off the fur flak at the Toronto Film Festival this week. "I tell you now, straight off the bat: Ben Affleck does not wear a toupee," he insisted. "You can literally pull it — it's not coming off." And you were pulling on Ben's hair because... read more


Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn Sigler is engaged. According to Entertainment Tonight, boyfriend A.J. Discala popped the question to the 21-year-old actress while on a Mexican cruise over Labor Day weekend. read more


Nick Nolte was arrested Wednesday in Malibu, Calif., on suspicion of driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. The 61-year-old Oscar-nominated actor — who reportedly was "drooling" and "droopy-eyed" — was taken into custody after cops saw his car swerving across Pacific Coast Highway. He was later released. Blood test results are expected in a few days. read more

Why Bonnie Hunt Nixed Rosie Offer

Bonnie Hunt passed on the chance to enter the chatfest arena as Rosie O'Donnell's successor, but the Second City alum gets an opportunity to talk the talk on her new ABC sitcom Life With Bonnie (debuting Tuesday at 8:30 pm/ET). The series finds Hunt playing a mother of three who spends her days hosting a Chicago morning program. The twist? The show-within-the-show's segments are improvised, and feature real guests. In other words, those Italian chefs in the pilot — they're the real deal.

"I love the [talk show] format," Hunt says, "and for me, [Life With Bonnie] is a chance to be able to do something fresh and funny, but not do it every single day — and [not] have people on whose movies I don't really like but pretend I do. That would be painful for read more


The new CD from country coquettes the Dixie Chicks held on to the No. 1 spot on the album charts for a second week in a row. Home slipped 53 percent from the previous week, but still sold a robust 367,000 copies. Eminem's The Eminem Show finished a distant second with 179,000 copies sold. read more

Heath Ledger's Dirty Work

In The Four Feathers (opening Sept. 20), Heath Ledger plays a British soldier out to redeem himself after his friends brand him a coward. Now, you'd think starring in action-packed fare like The Patriot and A Knight's Tale would make filming battle scenes a snap for the Aussie hottie. But Feathers's exotic locale — the down and dirty Moroccan desert — still threw him some unique challenges.

"Physically, it was grueling just working in the desert," Ledger admits. "Throwing yourself down dunes and s--- like that was kind of tough, but I had tons of fun."

Worse yet, Ledger usually spent three hours in the makeup chair to don a grungy-looking stick-on beard and wig — to achieve that bedraggled late 1800s look. "It's disgustingly uncomfortable because y read more


Ethan Embry (Can't Hardly Wait) has been cast as the second lead on ABC's upcoming Dragnet remake. The Dick Wolf-produced series — which stars Danny Huston — debuts in January. read more


Mark David Chapman — who murdered ex-Beatles singer John Lennon in 1980 — has topped Blender's list of rock 'n roll "villains" in its Oct. issue. The mag's humorous rantfest also skewers Tipper Gore, Ike Turner and Muzak. read more

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