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LITTLE ROCKETTE

Sylvester Stallone, 55, and wife Jennifer Flavin Stallone, 33, celebrated the birth of their third child, daughter Scarlet Rose, Saturday in Los Angeles. She joins sisters Sophia, five, and Sistine, three. Stallone also has two sons from a previous marriage. read more

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"If I am 100 percent physically able and they offer the part to someone else, I would be very disappointed." — Original Darth Vader David Prowse, 66 — who's about to undergo his fifth hip operation — expressing to Reuters his desire to once again don the black helmet and cape in the next Star Wars prequel. read more

BASS, RUSSIA NOT 'N SYNC

Despite a report that 'N Sync's Lance Bass qualified as physically fit for a seat aboard a Russian rocket flight to the International Space Station, a rep for the Russian Aerospace Agency insists that it has had "no contacts whatsoever with Mr. Bass. We have received no requests from either him or his representatives." What's more, the agency claims that no other wannabe cosmonaut has landed a seat yet on the spacecraft, which is set to blast off in October. read more

INTERNAL POLITICS

Former Ally McBeal actor Gil Bellows is checking out of CBS's The Agency. Bellows's field officer character — who was shot in the season finale — was reportedly a casualty of the show's shift in focus from the CIA's field operations to the politics between the agency and Washington. Meanwhile, USA Today reports that co-star Gloria Reuben (ER) may be next on the chopping block. read more

I SPY ANGIE HARMON

Much-missed Law & Order alum Angie Harmon will play a spy trainer in the upcoming comedy feature Agent Cody Banks. Malcolm in the Middle's Frankie Muniz and Lizzie McGuire's Hilary Duff also star. read more

SHORT CUTS

Mildred Wirt Benson, the original author of the Nancy Drew mystery series, died Tuesday at the age of 96... FX is developing a two-hour movie about the life of American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh... Former NYPD Blue star and CNN Headline News anchor Andrea Thompson is returning to television as host of Court TV's retooled Saturday-night block dubbed Follow Your Intuition, Broadcasting & Cable reports. read more

QUEEN FOR A DAY

Speaking of The Osbournes... VH1 has picked Osbourne family matriarch Sharon to host its upcoming all-star tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. The concert — celebrating the queen's 50th anniversary on the throne — will take place in the garden of Buckingham Palace and feature performances by Sharon's hubby Ozzy, as well as Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Aretha Franklin and Paul McCartney. VH1 will air highlights of the June 3 concert on June 9. read more

WILL THEY ADD SUBTITLES?

It's official! MTV has renewed The Osbournes for a second season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has ordered 20 new episodes to debut in the fall. It's unclear, however, whether MTV agreed to give Ozzy and Co. the 1,000 percent raise they reportedly had been demanding. read more

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN

A suicidal gunman stormed into CBS's Los Angeles headquarters late Tuesday, keeping police at bay for more than four hours before shooting himself in the chest. The unidentified 31-year-old man reportedly drove his pickup truck through a barrier at the complex — home to such shows as The Price Is Right and The Young and the Restless. He remains hospitalized in critical condition. No one else was hurt. read more

OSBOURNES COPYCAT

E! Entertainment Television has given the go-ahead for a reality series centering on alleged golddigger Anna Nicole Smith, Variety reports. It's the first such project to follow The Osbournes, although E! insists The Anna Nicole Smith Show was in the planning stages before MTV's farcical family took America by storm. The series is slated to debut in late July or early August. Rumor has it that the first episode will feature Anna visiting a local nursing home. (Just kidding.) read more

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