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With his music career on life support, Michael Jackson is venturing into directing for the first time. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the erstwhile King of Pop will co-direct a big-screen adaptation of Jennings Michael Burch's book They Cage the Animals at Night. Writer-director Bryan Michael Stoller will partner with Jackson behind the camera. The story "deals with orphans," Stoller says, "and Michael always felt that he grew up as an orphan because, in a way, he missed out on his childhood. The boy in the book had a tough time, and Michael related a lot to that." read more


What's the real reason rock band Creed cancelled the second leg of its North American tour? Well, on Monday, the group released a statement saying frontman Scott Stapp sustained injuries in an April 19 car wreck in Orlando. However, police are now saying that "no injuries" were reported in the crash. In an interview with The Associated Press, Creed rep Steve Karas responds: "Scott is not up for doing this tour. [He] got banged up and he can't do the tour. That's the story." Hmmm... still sounds kinda fishy. read more


CBS confirmed today that the fifth installment of Survivor will take place in Thailand on the island of Tarutao. "The 16 castaways will share the 58.3 square miles of island with a wide range of monkeys, snakes and bird life, along with a spectacular marine life of whales, dolphins and sea turtles," read a CBS statement. "With the cooperation of the Thailand government, production has been granted access to the island, which is normally closed to visitors from mid-May to mid-November." Survivor: Thailand will debut this fall. read more

Jolie's It Guy Kisses and Tells!

Regrettably, Christian Kane's favorite moment with Angelina Jolie in the just-released romantic comedy Life or Something Like It didn't make it on the final reel. "We had one small kissing scene that got cut out of the movie," the 27-year-old actor laments to TV Guide Online. "I'm pretty pissed — and you can quote me on that!"

So, are Jolie's lips as luscious as they appear? "I don't want to talk too much about the kiss, because it wasn't that big [a deal]," he says, "but [her lips] are even better in person."

In Life, Kane — best known as David Boreanaz's onetime nemesis on Angel — plays Cal Cooper, a second baseman fo read more


Rosie O'Donnell's longtime girlfriend, Kelly Carpenter, is pregnant, Access Hollywood reports. Earlier this month, O'Donnell's rep, Lois Smith, denied the tabloid tale, insisting that "this is absolutely not true." Calls to Smith have not yet been returned. read more


Rock band Creed has canceled all remaining dates on its North American Weathered tour after frontman Scott Stapp was injured in a car accident. Stapp is reportedly recovering after his car was struck by another vehicle in the Orlando, Fla., area. read more


Steven M. Bornstein has stepped down as president of ABC. Bornstein, who has held the position for a year, plans to pursue other interests. "Steve was instrumental in the development of numerous cable and online businesses, and played key roles in the enormous success of ESPN and the successful launch of the ABC Family Channel," said Disney president Robert A. Iger. "We appreciate all that he has done for ESPN, ABC Family and ABC and wish him well." read more


"These people are in just about as much jeopardy as I am having dinner." Johnny Carson dissing reality shows like Survivor in the June issue of Esquire. read more


HBO is producing the latest Sept. 11 documentary — this one following former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and his City Hall staffers on the day of the WTC terrorist attacks. Titled In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01, the special debuts May 26 at 9 pm/ET. read more

Téa Leoni: Funny Again

It's been years since Téa Leoni's comedic talents were properly showcased. After the 1997 axing of her sitcom The Naked Truth, she moved on to decidedly unfunny movies like Deep Impact and Jurassic Park 3. But her latest stint in Hollywood Ending has director and co-star Woody Allen raving that she is "the next Carole Lombard."

The 36-year-old actress tells TV Guide Online that it's the sort of experience she's eager to repeat. "I don't think I've ever had that much fun," she laughs. One improvised slapstick scene finds Leoni preparing Allen — a film director who's s read more

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