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CASE ALMOST CLOSED

John Cusack is in negotiations to star in the film adaptation of John Grisham's best-selling novel The Runaway Jury, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor will play Juror No. 2, a mysterious man who takes control of the jury in a high-stakes firearms case. read more

PAGING NATHAN LANE...

Henry Goodman — the London stage vet who last month replaced Nathan Lane as Max in The Producers — was abruptly fired from the hit Broadway musical Sunday, the New York Post reports. The show's, er, producers were reportedly unhappy with the progress Goodman was making in the role. Brad Oscar, who currently plays deranged Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind in the musical, will likely replace him. read more

MARATHON MAN

ABC Family will air an animated Spider-Man marathon during the Memorial Day weekend featuring classic and modern-day episodes of the four Spider-Man series. The live-action Spider-Man feature lands in theaters on May 3. read more

ROAD RULES

There was major congestion (wink, wink) at the box office over the weekend as the Ben Affleck-Samuel L. Jackson road rage drama Changing Lanes debuted at No. 1 with an impressive $17.6 million haul. After two weeks at the top, Panic Room slipped to second with $11.3 million, followed by Cameron Diaz's raunchy comedy The Sweetest Thing (No. 3 with a so-so $10 million). Rounding out the top five: Ice Age (No. 4 with $8.7 million) and The Rookie (No. 5 with $8.1 million). read more

GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER

On Monday's Rosie O'Donnell Show, the departing talk queen — who recently revealed an addiction to MTV's The Osbournes — announced that Ozzy and his dysfunctional clan have accepted an invitation to dine at her house. read more

SPECIAL DELIVERY

Hannibal actress Julianne Moore gave birth to her second child, a girl, last week. Her longtime companion, director Bart Freundlich, broke the news to E! News Live. read more

CENTER FOLDS

This is the best career move Whoopi Goldberg has made since Ghost: The Oscar winner is vacating her center-square perch on Hollywood Squares at the end of the season. Goldberg — who also served as one of the show's producers — reached a "parting of the ways" with Squares syndicator King World. Variety reports that King World couldn't meet Goldberg's new salary demands. read more

MONEY WOES

ABC is putting the once-hot Who Wants to Be a Millionaire on hiatus this summer. It will return in August in "short bursts," ABC says. read more

FAUX WORLD

MTV is producing a fictional TV movie based on its long-running reality series The Real World. In The Real World — The Final Season, the make-believe housemates are kidnapped by an obsessed fan, who kills one of them and holds the rest hostage. The telefilm will premiere on Aug. 6. read more

DOH!

Simpsons producer James Brooks apologized to Rio de Janeiro for a recent episode that depicted the city as being overrun by rats and monkeys. "We apologize to the lovely city and people of Rio de Janeiro," he said. "If that doesn't settle the issue, Homer Simpson offers to take on the President of Brazil on Fox Celebrity Boxing." Rio's tourist board had threatened legal action against producers for undermining its $18 million tourism campaign. read more

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