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Looks like Paul McCartney's not the only British rocker getting marriage-minded with age: Ex-Genesis singer Peter Gabriel, 52, just wed Irish girlfriend Meah Flynn, the BBC reports. The two tied the knot at Li Capanni — a luxury hotel Gabriel owns in Sardinia. Former bandmate Phil Collins was the best man. read more


Oprah Winfrey is about to breathe new life into ailing cable channel Oxygen. The talk queen — who owns 25 percent of the network — will star in a prime-time companion to her daily syndicated chatfest. Oprah After the Show will tape immediately following her talk show and air weeknights on Oxygen at 7:30 pm/ET beginning Sept. 16. "We're going to kick off our shoes, take questions from the audience and see where the conversation takes us," Winfrey said. As part of the deal, Oxygen agreed to give up any rights to air reruns of The Oprah Winfrey Show — a deal it secured when Winfrey signed on as an investor. read more


That upcoming Grateful Dead reunion concert appears to be DOA. The promoters of the event — planned for Aug. 3-4 in East Troy, Wis. — have been denied a permit by a county highway committee. Roughly 200,000 fans were expected to show up at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre, but the venue only holds 35,000 people. "We only have 80-some sheriff's deputies," Walworth County Highway Committee Chairman Odell R. Gigante said. "Short of bringing in the National Guard, we just couldn't handle it." read more


What's up with The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers? Though the Rings sequel wrapped filming last year, director Peter Jackson has called several cast members — including Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood and Liv Tyler — back to New Zealand to shoot new scenes, reports. While New Line Cinema insists it's only adding small stuff, it's speculated that Jackson wants to spice up Tyler's onscreen romance with Mortensen. read more


Two musicians are suing Britney Spears, claiming two songs on her Oops! ... I Did It Again album are based on one of their tunes. Philly-based songwriters Michael Cottrill and Lawrence Wnukowski say that "What U See (Is What U Get)" and "Can't Make You Love Me" are "virtually identical" to a song they submitted to Spears's representatives. read more


Woody Allen reached a settlement Tuesday with two former producers who he alleged cheated him out of $12 million. Details of the settlement were not disclosed... Playboy founder Hugh Hefner is shopping a revival of the classic late-night variety series Playboy After Dark to the cable networks... Nickelodeon is developing a film version of the best-selling book series Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events... Saturday's Lennox Lewis-Mike Tyson Pay-Per-View duel grossed a record $103 million. read more


The 28th annual Saturn Awards — honoring fan faves in horror and sci-fi — are out... and random as usual. In movies, best actor and actress kudos went to ex-spouses Tom Cruise (Vanilla Sky) and Nicole Kidman (The Others). Guy Pearce's Memento was best thriller, while The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was best fantasy film. In TV, Farscape hottie Ben Browder and Enterprise starlet Jolene Blalock go read more


Casablanca has topped the American Film Institute's list of the 100 most romantic movies of all time. The rest of the top 10: Gone with the Wind, West Side Story, Roman Holiday, An Affair to Remember, The Way We Were, Doctor Zhivago, It's a Wonderful Life, Love Story and City Lights. Modern pics making the cut include When Harry Met Sally (No. 25), Titanic (No. 37), The American President (No. 75) and The Princess Bride (No. 88). What, no read more


Months ago, ABC wasn't the only suitor out to tempt David Letterman away from CBS. The New York Times reports NBC wanted Dave back in its fold in a weekly prime-time show — he would've aired from 8-9 pm daily, except on "Must-See" Thursday, when Friends fills that timeslot. Late Show producer Rob Burnett told the Times, "Dave had a good laugh over it," indicating the funnyman would've taken NBC more seriously had they offered him Jay Leno's Tonight Show job, which they didn't. read more

Racer X: Who Should Play Richard Petty?

Dennis Quaid is already in the pit, getting tuned up to play speed-demon Richard Petty's pop, Lee, in a feature about the birth of NASCAR. But who will rev moviegoers' engines as Richard himself? "It's going to be whoever is the hot young buck when we're ready for photography," says producer John O'Hurley (best known as Seinfeld's J. Peterman). "It isn't going to be me, let me put it that way." Here are a few potential road-runners that we could see in the driver's seat.
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