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SMELLS LIKE A BEST SELLER

The journals of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain will be published this fall by Riverhead Books. The currently untitled book will feature writings, drawings and handwritten lyrics to such hits as "Smells Like Teen Spirit." The journals begin when he was a teenager and end in 1994, the year Cobain committed suicide. read more

SHE'S COMIN' OUT

Rosie O'Donnell stormed out of the closet Monday night during a raucous stand-up performance at an Ovarian Cancer Research benefit in New York, reportedly calling herself "a dyke." The outgoing talk show host — who is expected to reveal that she is a lesbian in her upcoming memoir, Find Me — went on to say that, "I don't know why people make such a big deal about the gay thing... like this is a big revelation to somebody." Well, we had our suspicions... (For the scoop on O'Donnell's daytime swan song, click here.) read more

CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?

West Wing creator Aaron Sorkinwho complained that NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw's Jan. 23 special, The Bush White House: Inside the Real West Wing, was a "Valentine" to President George W. Bush — has apologized to Brokaw. In the current New Yorker, Sorkin groused that, "The White House pumped up the president's schedule to show him being much busier and more engaged than he is and Tom Brokaw let it happen." Well, after learning that Brokaw prefaced the show by saying Dubya's schedule was loaded up for the occasion, Sorkin spoke to Brokaw and said he was sorry. read more

EPIDURAL PLEASE!

Jennifer Aniston better get the hang of those breathing exercises: The producers behind NBC's Friends are mulling a season-ending plot in which Aniston's pregnant alter ego, Rachel, endures the longest labor in the history of the hospital where she gives birth. However, executive producer Kevin Bright says May's season finale has yet to be written, and as a result, "We're still weighing some options." read more

SHORT CUTS

Warner Bros. is developing a big-screen remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1951 pic Strangers on a Train, based on Patricia Highsmith's first novel... Showtime is planning a film about the 1963 kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr.. Stealing Sinatra will star David Arquette, William H. Macy and Ryan Browning as the kidnappers and Thomas Ian Nicholas as Sinatra... Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple is read more

DR. LEWIS LOVES NY

Looks like überproducer John Wells has cooked up one of those "crossover events" for his NBC dramas ER and Third Watch. On ER's April 25 episode, a family emergency will summon Dr. Lewis (Sherry Stringfield) to New York, where she works with Third Watch paramedics Molly Price, Jason Wiles, Kim Raver and Amy Carlson. Lewis's storyline concludes on Watch's April 29 episode. read more

TRIPLE THREAT

CBS confirmed Tuesday that it is moving forward with plans for a Big Brother 3, and is now accepting applications at CBS.com. The third installment will air over the summer and will feature "new innovations." Like, maybe, no housemates? read more

SEPT. 11 TRIBUTE

The Writers Guild of America will honor late Frasier co-creator David Angell Saturday at its annual awards dinner. Angell and his wife, Lynn, died on Sept. 11 when their hijacked plane crashed into the World Trade Center. The multiple Emmy winner will be awarded the Valentine Davies Award, which recognizes those who have "brought dignity and honor to the profession of writing." read more

TEMPER TANTRUM

Russell Crowe's pre-Oscar PR blitz hit a snag over the weekend. Shortly after Sunday's British Academy Film Awards, where the Beautiful Mind thesp won best actor, Crowe allegedly shoved and cursed a TV exec after his acceptance speech was edited out of the tape-delayed BBC broadcast. (Left on the cutting-room floor was Crowe's recital of a poem by Patrick Kavanagh.) "Who on Earth had the... audacity to take out the best actor's poem?" Crowe allegedly yelled to award show producer Malcolm Gerrie. "I'll make sure you never work in Hollywood." DreamWorks — the studio behind Mind — reportedly apologized to Gerrie. read more

MILLIONS WATCHING ELLIE

Has the Seinfeld curse been lifted? Well, maybe not, but this is certainly a good sign: Viewers turned out in droves to catch Julia Louis-Dreyfus's new single-camera comedy Watching Ellie Tuesday night. According to preliminary Nielsen data, Ellie won its 8:30 time period with a 12.4 rating and an 18 share. By comparison, The Michael Richards Show debuted in 2000 with a 10.5/15 and Jason Alexander's ABC train wreck, Bob Patterson, notched a 7.1/10 when it bowed last fall. read more

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