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MUSIC WORLD IN MOURNING

Layne Staley, lead singer and guitarist for Alice in Chains, was found dead in his Seattle apartment on Friday. He was 34. The cause of death was not known, but authorities believe it might have been an overdose. read more

TRYIN' TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN

Barry Manilow will headline a one-hour concert for CBS to air during May sweeps, Variety reports. The special — dubbed Ultimate Manilow — tapes Wednesday at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood and will air Saturday, May 18 at 9 pm/ET. read more

NASTY SPILL

Actor Robert Duvall broke several ribs Thursday after falling from a horse while training for a role in the upcoming Disney western Open Range. The 71-year-old actor is resting at his Los Angeles home and is expected to be fully recovered by June, when Open Range is due to begin filming. read more

END QUOTE

"They've lived longer, they're more confident about their choices and they don't have to be hip and cool anymore, which I think is a godsend — you make really bad choices when you are trying to be hip." — Jodie Foster on why she's looking forward to turning 40 in November. read more

RESOLVED

The four daughters of late country music star Tammy Wynette have reached an out-of-court settlement with a Pittsburgh doctor they believe contributed to their mom's 1998 death. Details of the agreement were not made public. Wynette died at 55 of heart failure caused by chronic blood clots. The daughters alleged that Dr. Wallis Marsh mismanaged her case. read more

MORE DIVAS

The Dixie Chicks and Shakira have been added to the lineup of VH1 Divas Las Vegas, scheduled to air live from Las Vegas on May 23. Mary J. Blige, Cher and Celine Dion will headline the event. read more

ONCE... AGAIN?

Once and Again actor Billy Campbell is confirming rumors that his acclaimed ABC series may return in the fall for a fourth season — despite the fact that last Monday's episode was billed by the network as the show's series finale. Campbell's leading lady, Sela Ward, broke the news to him last week. "She called and said, 'Have you heard? It's not definite that we're cancelled,'" he tells TV Guide Online. "Apparently, on the same day that they cancelled us, [ABC] called the studio and said, 'Don't knock down the sets, don't release the actors, and why don't you work us up a tentative budget for a Year Four.' I don't know what to think... They can't even kill us with dignity." Responds an ABC rep: "Everything that I have been able to gather indiates that Once and Again has had it's se read more

EARLY CONFESSION

Openly gay Survivor: Marquesas contestant John Carroll — who became the latest castaway to get the boot Thursday night — was the victim of an anti-gay hate crime shortly before joining the reality show. On CBS's The Early Show, Carroll recalled the experience, in which a group of twentysomething males terrorized him with a knife and later drove his car off a road. read more

REUNITED

Courtney Thorne-Smith and Lisa Nicole Carson will return for Ally McBeal's series finale on May 20, a Fox spokesperson confirms to TV Guide Online. And what about Robert Downey Jr.? Responds the rep: "There are no plans for Mr. Downey to return." read more

CHARGED

Police arrested Baretta star Robert Blake Thursday night on suspicion of shooting his wife to death nearly a year ago. Blake's bodyguard was also arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit murder. "We believe the motive is Robert Blake had contempt for Bonny Bakley," said police Capt. Jim Tatreau. "He felt he was trapped in a marriage that he wanted no part of and, quite frankly, the situation was not to his liking at all." The 68-year-old actor could face the death penalty if convicted. For more on the Blake saga, click here. read more

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