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If this doesn't bring back childhood nightmares, nothing will. A new reality series, based on the popular kids' game dodgeball, is in the works, according to Variety. Ultimate Dodgeball, in which adults will battle by throwing balls at each other, hasn't officially been picked up by a network yet, but MTV is a possibility. read more

BROADWAY NEWS

On May 6, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Steven Weber will announce nominations for the 56th annual Tony Awards, Playbill reports. This carries on Tony's new tradition of having the nominees' names read by celebrity recasts in Broadway shows. Leigh is now starring in Pulitzer Prize winner Proof, while Weber just stepped into Matthew Broderick's role in The Producers. read more

FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES

Last night, President George Bush invited Dennis Quaid and Disney chairman Michael Eisner to the White House for a screening of Quaid's baseball flick The Rookie, Reuters reports. Quite a PR coup! If only Dubya had similarly welcomed Mariah Carey, Americans might have bothered to see Glitter. read more

VIEIRA'S FINAL ANSWER

Meredith Vieira, who some speculated as a potential host for CBS's The Early Show, seems to be staying put, reports the New York Daily News. In a deal, which is expected to be finalized today, Vieira will remain at ABC's The View and take on a new gig as host of the syndicated version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. read more

SOPRANO SMOKED

Robert Iler, who plays pot-smoking troublemaker Anthony Jr. on HBO's The Sopranos, has pled guilty to mugging two youngsters for $40. In exchange for copping to misdemeanor petty larceny, the 17-year-old got three years probation. He was also granted youthful offender status, which means his criminal record is sealed. (Not that it's exactly a secret!) read more

BELLS WILL BE RINGING

Supermodel Claudia Schiffer has set a date for her upcoming wedding to film producer Matthew Vaughn, reports Reuters. The two will be wed on May 25 at an undisclosed location in England. read more

SHORT CUTS

Dark Horse Comic character Hellboy is being brought to the big screen by Blade 2 director Guillermo del Toro, reports Variety. Ron Perlman is being eyed for the title role... TLC garnered its highest ratings ever last Saturday when 4.2 million viewers tuned in to watch a celeb edition of Trading Spaces with the Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines. read more

Rosario on the Go-Go!


Since Kids director Larry Clark discovered Rosario Dawson on her front stoop, the 22-year-old New Yorker has had remarkable luck. She now divides her time between acting in arthouse films and big-budget studio fare like Josie and the Pussycats and the upcoming Men in Black 2. Though sunny Hollywood beckons, Dawson refuses to abandon the Big Apple.

"Hell yeah, I'd rather stay in New York," she tells TV Guide Online. "I love working at home!" She just filmed newbie director Ethan Hawke's stark Chelsea Walls — a low-budget producti read more

CSI: Miami's Real-Life Tragedy


Talk about life, and death, mirroring art. On April 8, Valerie Schields — location manager for the new CSI spinoff CSI: Miami — got an ominous call from the Miami Film Commission office.

"They wanted to know if we'd extended our permit and moved location by five blocks," says Schields. "We had been shooting a crime scene on 19th and Collins Avenue on Miami Beach, and they'd had reports we were set up on 14th and Collins." Turns out, the real Miami-Dade CSI had taped off a crime scene there. Real detectives were investigating the murder of Zaida Rootes, a young woman whose body was found in the trunk of her own car.

It looked so real — or so unreal — that one of the CSI: Miami actors walked onto the crime scene, thinking it was the crime drama's set. He was then run off by the real cops!

Eerily, the gruesome incident is mirrored in the May 9 ep read more

BLAKE CHARGED

Baretta actor Robert Blake, 68, was formally charged on Monday with murder in the shooting death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. He was arraigned on one count of murder with the special circumstance of lying in wait, which could bring the death penalty. In court in yesterday, Blake pleaded not guilty to the charge among allegations that he plotted to kill his wife with the aid of two hitmen. Blake's former bodyguard, Earle Caldwell, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit murder. A preliminary hearing will be set on May 1. For more on the bizarre events leading up to Bakley's murder, click here. read more

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