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Marlon Wayans has signed on to star in the upcoming DreamWorks martial arts spoof Kung Fu Theater... Chris Rock and wife Malaak Compton-Rock became first-time parents of a baby girl, Lola Simone, on Friday... Juwanna Mann star Vivica A. Fox has filed for divorce from Christopher Harvest, her husband of three years... Officials in Walworth County, Wis., have OK'd The Grateful Dead's upcoming reunion show, scheduled to run Aug. 3-4 at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre. The group's initial request was denied over safety concerns. read more

TIME WARP ALERT

Fox is developing a two-hour TV movie remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Rocky Horror Birthday Show is slated to air in February — 30 years after Richard O'Brien first penned the campfest as a London play. Although the update will include many of the same songs, it will feature a new concept. For example, Tim Curry's Dr. Frank-N-Furter character will morph from a scientist to a plastic surgeon. read more

REEVE ON TV

ABC will air a series of three specials that chronicle Christopher Reeve's attempts to walk, Variety reports. The first installment will debut in the fall — coinciding with the actor's 50th birthday. Reeve's son Matthew is producing the project. read more

GOOD DEEDS

America has forgiven Adam Sandler for Little Nicky. The funny guy's new film, Mr. Deeds, debuted in first place at the box office over the weekend, grossing $37.6 million. The opening was on par with his two biggest hits: Big Daddy ($41.5 million) and The Waterboy ($39.4 million). Lilo & Stitch (No. 2 with $22.2 million) and Minority Report (No. 3 with $21.6 million) — which once again found themselves in a dead heat — showed impressive staying power in their second weekend of release. Rounding out the top five were Scooby-Doo (No. 4 with $12.2 million) and read more

ON THE MOVE

Someone is finally wising up to the fact that the Hollywood movie awards season lasts way too long. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are considering moving the annual Oscar ceremony from March to February. The shift could take effect as early as 2004. We're keeping our fingers crossed. read more

LAWSUIT WHACKED

A lawsuit that accused HBO's The Sopranos of depicting Italian Americans as mobsters was dropped on Friday. The Italian-American Defense Association was seeking a declaration from a jury that the show offends the dignity of Italian Americans. But now, they can fuhgetaboutit! read more

IDOL CONTROVERSY

Producers of Fox's American Idol have disqualified one of the show's semifinalists for lying about his age. The identity of the contestant — who is 25 — will be revealed on Tuesday's show. read more

TAXICAB SETTLEMENT?

A London taxi driver who accused Woody Harrelson of wrecking his cab dropped charges against the onetime Cheers star on Monday. Harrelson was arrested last month on suspicion of damaging the cab after a late-night chase in London. According to reports, Harrelson paid the driver $800. read more

THE SHOW GOES ON

The two surviving members of The Who will kick off their scheduled three-month U.S. tour tonight at the Hollywood Bowl — despite the sudden death of bassist John Entwistle last Thursday. Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey say the first show will serve as a tribute to Entwistle. British session player Pino Palladino will fill in for Entwistle. read more

WHODUNIT?

Stephen King has ended one of the publishing world's biggest mysteries: The horror legend revealed that he did not pen The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer, the best seller based on the fictional character from his Rose Red miniseries. The real author is suspense novelist Ridley Pearson. read more

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