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PRETTY PICTURE

Steve Martin has assembled an all-star cast for a feature version of his play Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Ryan Phillippe, Kevin Kline and Juliette Binoche will co-star opposite Martin in the indie comedy, which is set in Paris in 1904. Picasso won the 1996 New York Outer Critics' Circle Award for best play and playwright. read more

VICE VERSA

You knew this was coming: Universal is developing a big-screen update of the quintessential '80s cop series Miami Vice. Michael Mann (Ali, The Insider), who executive produced the TV show, will write, produce and possibly direct the movie version. There's no word on who will succeed Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas on the front lines, but let's pray it's not, well, Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas. read more

CASH AND CAREY

Mariah Carey is getting a second chance. The embattled Glitter diva — whose $100 million deal with Virgin ended in January with a multi-million dollar buyout — has signed with Island Def Jam. The Vivendi Universal-owned label is home to such stars as Jay-Z, Ja Rule and Ashanti. read more

BUSTER BROWN DEAD AT 88

Dance legend Buster Brown, who showed off his fancy footwork on stage, in films and on television, died Tuesday in New York. He was 88. read more

SHORT CUTS

Hood Rich, the new CD from hip-hop duo Big Tymers, has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart with 160,450 units sold... Lily Tomlin will appear in The West Wing's increasingly star-studded May 22 season finale, Extra reports. read more

WHAT ABOUT BOB?

Bob Costas will remain NBC's go-to Olympics guy at least through 2006. The venerable talking head has signed a new contract with the Peacock network worth roughly $1 million a year, The Associated Press reports. In addition to his Olympic duties, Costas will cover Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup horse racing, and U.S. Open and Ryder Cup golf telecasts. He also recently signed a two-year extension with HBO, where he will become host of Inside the NFL. read more

FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton joined Nelson Mandela to open the first annual Tribeca Film Festival Wednesday in New York. Event organizers — which includes longtime Tribeca resident Robert De Niro — hope the five-day festival will provide an economic and psychological boost for lower Manhattan post-Sept. 11. read more

END QUOTE

"[Mother's Day is] a commercial rip-off, to tell the truth, a chance to sell my perfume and other things that ladies like... I think maybe half of my children will be here; they're spread all over the world, and I never know if they're coming." — Mother-of-four Elizabeth Taylor in an interview with The Associated Press. read more

RATHER SCARED

Dan Rather better watch his back. According to TV Guide's Max Robins, NBC newsman Brian Williams wants Rather's job as anchor of the CBS Evening News. For the complete story, click here. read more

OVEREXPOSURE ALERT

Simon & Schuster will pay Ozzy Osbourne and his dysfunctional clan $3 million for two upcoming books — a paperback companion to their MTV reality smash and a hardcover family memoir. The Osbournes tie-in will hit stores in November and the memoir will be out in spring 2003. read more

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