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Alan Cumming has been added to the cast of X-Men 2 playing blue-tinted superhero Nightcrawler, Variety reports... Charlize Theron is in talks to star opposite Mark Wahlberg in the upcoming heist drama The Italian Job... Filmmaker John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood, Shaft) is negotiating to direct the sequel to The Fast and the Furious. read more


Malcolm in the Middle's maternal terror Jane Kaczmarek and hubby Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) expect their third child this fall. In other baby news, Dixie Chicks bandmember Emily Robison and husband Charlie will welcome their first offspring in November. read more


After just one full day of release, Eminem's new album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's album chart. The Eminem Show sold 285,000 copies for the week ending Sunday — the same day the disc officially went on sale. To get an idea just how impressive that figure is, consider that the week's No. 2 album, P. Diddy's We Invented the Remix, sold 143,000 units in seven days. Meanwhile, Marc Anthony's latest CD, Mended, bows at No. 3 with 111,025 units sold. read more


Diana Ross has voluntarily checked herself into Promises drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Malibu, Calif., "to clear up some personal issues before she starts on a summer tour in both the U.S. and abroad," her rep confirms in a statement. "She wants to be in great shape because she is someone who feels a sense of responsibility to her family and fans." read more


It's official! MTV has renewed The Osbournes for a second season. The network has ordered 20 new episodes to debut in the fall. It's unclear, however, whether MTV agreed to give Ozzy and Co. the 1,000 percent raise they reportedly had been demanding. read more

Morgan Freeman on America's Fears

Tom Clancy's terrorist tale The Sum of All Fears — opening Friday — vividly imagines a nuclear attack on Baltimore. While some moviegoers may shy away from this in light of current events, star Morgan Freeman thinks Americans can handle it. "It's a big country," he says. "We're courageous and we're not easily frightened — and this is just a blankity-blank movie."

Freeman admits Paramount Pictures might not have greenlit Fears had the idea been pitched to the studio post-Sept. 11. However, he believes newspapers and TV are inaccurately making it appear that most Americans are still emotionally upset by last year's terrorist attacks — he insists we're not.

"It's best that the media does keep it read more

E.G. Daily: What's Up, Buttercup?

Although Reagan-era It girl E.G. Daily hasn't had a film lead since the early 1990s, she's still a fixture at the multiplex — or at least her larynx is. Besides mouthing off as Tommy Pickles in the Rugrats flicks (and series) and the title oinker in Babe: Pig in the City, the voiceover artist lends her pipes to another of her TV characters — diminutive superheroine Buttercup — in The Powerpuff Girls Movie (opening July 3).

"I haven't really missed the on-camera work — I've been too busy," insists the petite single mom, who is best known as coquettish Loryn in Valley Girl and s read more


Rapper and Girls Gone Wild video hawker Snoop Dogg has been fined $250 and handed a 30-day suspended jail sentence for pleading guilty to possessing marijuana last year. Snoop was traveling on his rather incriminatingly titled "Puff, Puff, Pass 2001" tour when cops stopped his speeding bus and found the verboten green buds aboard. read more


James Woods has been cast as the lead in Rudy! — USA Network's biopic about Rudy Giuliani's life as Mayor of New York, up to and including the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The two-hour teleplay debuts later this year. read more


The gun used to kill Selena — the Tejano songbird J.Lo gained fame for portraying — was found in an odd place: The home of a court reporter who worked at the trial of Yolanda Saldivar, the ex-fan club president who got life imprisonment for Selena's murder. The .38-caliber Taurus revolver — which was mistakenly packed away with office supplies — will likely be destroyed. read more

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