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CUSTODY CASE

A judge on Thursday awarded temporary custody of Robert Blake's two-year-old daughter with slain wife Bonny Lee Bakley to Delinah Blake, Blake's adult daughter. A hearing for permanent custody is slated for July 25. read more

PRETTY EMPOWERED WOMAN

Fighting back tears, Oscar winner Julia Roberts pleaded with Washington lawmakers on Thursday for more money to research Rett syndrome, a neurological disorder that affects about 200,000 girls and women worldwide. Roberts was moved to take a stand after meeting 10-year-old New Yorker Abigail Brodsky, who died of the disease last June. read more

MORE HAS-BEENS READY TO RUMBLE

Yikes! Here's Fox's fight card for Celebrity Boxing 2, airing May 22 at 8:30 pm/ET: "Tabloid tough guys" John Wayne Bobbitt and Joey Buttafuoco square off, as do pro football's William "The Refrigerator" Perry and basketball's Manute Bol. The rest of the 90-minute special's C-list combatants will be announced at a later date. read more

WHAT ABOUT BOB?

Bob Costas will remain NBC's go-to Olympics guy at least through 2006. The venerable talking head has signed a new contract with the Peacock network worth roughly $1 million a year, The Associated Press reports. In addition to his Olympic duties, Costas will cover Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup horse racing, and U.S. Open and Ryder Cup golf telecasts. He also recently signed a two-year extension with HBO, where he will become host of Inside the NFL. read more

CASH AND CAREY

Mariah Carey is getting a second chance. The embattled Glitter diva — whose $100 million deal with Virgin ended in January with a multi-million dollar buyout — has signed with Island Def Jam. The Vivendi Universal-owned label is home to such stars as Jay-Z, Ja Rule and Ashanti. read more

BUSTER BROWN DEAD AT 88

Dance legend Buster Brown, who showed off his fancy footwork on stage, in films and on television, died Tuesday in New York. He was 88. read more

Meet Unfaithful's Dark Prince


French heartthrob Olivier Martinez insists that there is a line he won't cross when it comes to shagging on the big screen. Of course, you might have a hard time believing that after seeing him and Diane Lane go at it behind Richard Gere's back in Unfaithful (opening nationwide Friday).

"I know it's not a French tradition, but I'm an actor who doesn't appear naked [in films]," the 36-year-old dreamboat confesses. "I don't play naked. I'm shy. Sometimes we're actors, but we're also human beings, and different personalities have different behaviors."

Ironically, Martinez had no problem with an Unfaithful scene that called for his character to seduce Lane's suburban housewife in the hallway of his apartm read more

PRETTY PICTURE

Steve Martin has assembled an all-star cast for a feature version of his play Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Ryan Phillippe, Kevin Kline and Juliette Binoche will co-star opposite Martin in the indie comedy, which is set in Paris in 1904. Picasso won the 1996 New York Outer Critics' Circle Award for best play and playwright. read more

VICE VERSA

You knew this was coming: Universal is developing a big-screen update of the quintessential '80s cop series Miami Vice. Michael Mann (Ali, The Insider), who executive produced the TV show, will write, produce and possibly direct the movie version. There's no word on who will succeed Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas on the front lines, but let's pray it's not, well, Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas. read more

SHORT CUTS

Hood Rich, the new CD from hip-hop duo Big Tymers, has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart with 160,450 units sold... Lily Tomlin will appear in The West Wing's increasingly star-studded May 22 season finale, Extra reports. read more

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