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THE PLAY'S THE THING

Actor couple Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins have agreed to star in an Irish production of The Guys, a play based on the Sept. 11 attacks, at Dublin's Peacock Theater in late August. The drama — currently playing in New York — is being made into a feature film starring Sigourney Weaver and Anthony LaPaglia. read more

EARLIER SHOW

Eminem fans got a major *#@%&#@ surprise over the weekend. The controversial rapper's new, widely bootlegged CD, The Eminem Show — scheduled to be released today — arrived in stores on Sunday instead. "We saw no reason to have fans waiting until Tuesday in this particular case," said a rep for record label Interscope. In related news, more than two dozen people suffered mostly minor injuries in a mosh pit stampede Saturday night while the real Slim Shady performed at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. read more

Emmy Whacks The Sopranos


The absence of The Sopranos from this year's Emmy derby extends to members of the voting Academy an offer they can't refuse: Look harder to find new nominees... or else!

Since Emmy rules state that only programs airing between June 2001 and May 2002 are eligible, HBO's mob hit — which saw its fourth season delayed until September — is out of the running. And if you go by the show's 2001 haul, a whopping 22 drama slots suddenly are up for grabs. (Ballots are mailed the week of June 3; nominations are announced July 18.)

"It'll force the Academy to cast a wider net," offers Cynthia Littleton of The Hollywood Reporter. Adds John Wells, producer of NBC's ER, The West Wing and Third Watch read more

HEIR APPARENT

Brian Williams will have to cool his heels a bit longer. Tom Brokaw is staying put as anchor of NBC Nightly News through 2004, at which point he will pass the torch on to Williams. "Brian Williams has been a valuable asset to NBC News and it's reassuring to know that when Tom steps down, Brian will be there," says Bob Wright, chairman and CEO of NBC. In the meantime, Williams will continue to sub for Brokaw on Nightly News and anchor The News with Brian Williams, which will now air on CNBC. Says Brokaw: "It gives me great comfort to know when I move on to other NBC News projects, Brian will be there to take over the Nightly News reins. He is a true professional and a trusted colleague." read more

NOT SO WILD ABOUT HARRY

Filmmaker Chris Columbus will not direct Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third film in the franchise. Columbus — who helmed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and the upcoming Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets — reportedly is tired of living in England, where the films are shot. According to Variety, Warner Bros. is eyeing Alfonso Cuarón, the director of the sexually-charged indie hit Y Tu Mamá También, to replace him. If you've seen Mamá, you know what an odd choice that is. read more

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

SHORT CUTS

Supermodel Claudia Schiffer married British film producer Matthew Vaughn Saturday in England... Steven Spielberg received an honorary doctorate degree from Yale University on Monday. read more

Beam Me Up, "Parker Lewis"!


Looks like Parker Lewis still can't lose. First, Corin Nemec, who played the title wisenheimer on Fox's colorful 1990-93 kidcom, was made a regular on Stargate SG-1 just in time for the space-travel series's June 7 sixth-season premiere (and Sci Fi Channel debut). Then, earlier this month, he also went and got hitched to his high school sweetheart, Jami, with whom he has an eight-year-old daughter.

"[My bride] probably wouldn't want me to say how we met," he tells TV Guide Online, then spills the beans anyway. "She came with a friend of mine to a party for my ex-girlfriend [when we were teenagers]. I was actually there to get back together with my ex-girlfriend until she walked in.

"I'm so glad," he adds needlessly, "that it worked out the way it did."

Even before the wedding (which capped the couple's second engagement to one another), the boyishly handsome 30-y read more

CHUCK WOOLERY'S NEW GIG

The Game Show Network is developing an American version of the European sensation Lingo to debut in August, Variety reports. Chuck Woolery will host the Bingo-esque quizzer, which pits two teams of two against one another as they try guessing five-letter words. read more

RANGE ROVER

Annette Bening has joined the cast of the Kevin Costner-directed western Open Range, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Costner will also star in the pic, which revolves around four men living in the West. Bening will play Costner's girlfriend. read more

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