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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

Glenn Close and Danny DeVito have joined the cast of Woody Allen's next movie. The plot of the as-yet-untitled pic is being kept hush-hush (big surprise!), but according to The Hollywood Reporter, it will revolve around three young adults, two of whom will be played by Christina Ricci and Jason Biggs. read more

SAD DAY IN HOLLYWOOD

Oscar-nominated actor Dudley Moore, best known for his roles in 10 and Arthur, died Wednesday morning at his home in New Jersey. He was 66. Moore had been battling progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare and incurable brain disorder. read more

HARSH REALITY

A contestant on a new NBC game show titled Dog Eat Dog was hospitalized Wednesday after a stunt he was involved in went bad. The unidentified 26-year-old Los Angeles man nearly drowned during a head-to-head competition in which he and an opponent were suspended by their ankles underwater. Dog Eat Dog — which does not have a launch date — is loosely based on the British show of the same name. read more

HOLLYWOOD LOSES ANOTHER GREAT

Austrian-born filmmaker Billy Wilder, who was behind such classics as Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot and Double Indemnity, died Wednesday of pneumonia. He was 95. Among Wilder's accomplishments: He collected three Oscars for co-writing, directing and producing the 1960 pic The Apartment — the only person to do so for one film. read more

NEVER AGAIN

Sadly, this was as inevitable as death and taxes: ABC confirms that it has cancelled the low-rated Once &#038 Again — the final episode is April 15. In a statement, creator Ed Zwick thanked fans for their "outpouring of support," adding: "We're grateful that ABC has given us the chance to create a final episode that does justice to those who have been so loyal to the series." read more

WILL HEADS UPTOWN

Fresh off his Oscar nod for Ali, Will Smith will produce and potentially star in a remake of Uptown Saturday Night, the groundbreaking 1974 buddy comedy that starred Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby, Variety reports. read more

MR. TELEVISION DIES

Legendary comedian Milton Berle, known affectionately as "Mr. Television," died Wednesday of colon cancer. He was 93. His wife, Lorna, and several other relatives were at his side. "What a remarkable man, what a remarkable career," Bob Hope and his wife, Dolores, said in a statement. "Eighty-eight years in show business, a brilliant comedian, an accomplished actor, a lifelong friend." read more

THAT'S BULL

Julia Roberts's ex, country singer Lyle Lovett, was trampled by a bull and broke his leg Wednesday. The 44-year-old was injured while coming to the rescue of his uncle, who had just been flipped by the bull. Lovett is said to be in good condition following emergency surgery on his right leg. The madness occurred on his uncle's farm in suburban Houston. read more

FOR THE RECORD

Now That's What I Call Music 9 debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart with sales of 419,000 copies. Jay Z and R. Kelly's new duets album, Best of Both Worlds, opened at No. 2 with 223,000 units sold. read more

ELLIE GETS REPRIEVE

Julia Louis-Dreyfus's struggling NBC comedy Watching Ellie — which was slated to go on hiatus after Tuesday's episode — has been extended through April 16. — Michael Ausiello with Daniel R. Coleridge read more

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