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GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS

Gretchen Mol (Sweet and Lowdown) and Kathleen Robertson (Beverly Hills, 90210) have joined the cast of David E. Kelley's new Fox legal drama girls club. read more

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Rumors are rampant that Benjamin Bratt's new bride, Talisa Soto, is preggers... Five more companies have pulled their ads from FX's controversial cop drama The Shield in the past week... The music video for "Across the Stars," the love theme from Star Wars: Episode II &#150 Attack of the Clones, debuts Tuesday at 4 pm/ET on MTV's Total Request Live. read more

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"I'm crying a lot, which is weird in a good way. You know, I'm more accessible, I think, emotionally." — Rosie O'Donnell describing her emotions since coming out as a lesbian on tonight's Primetime Thursday. read more

NO MORE DANCING BABIES

David E. Kelley is doing the only humane thing — he's putting Ally McBeal out of its misery. The prolific producer announced on Wednesday that his Fox dramedy — which has struggled in the ratings this year — would not return for a sixth season in the fall. "It's sad to say goodbye to something you love, even when perhaps it is time," Kelley said. If Fox is smart, they'll lure Robert Downey Jr. back for the final episode — slated to air on May 20. "There are no plans for Mr. Downey to return," a show rep says. read more

Eminem Shocks Mariel Hemingway


Poor Eminem has another enemy: Mariel Hemingway. The 40-year-old actress — who plays Tipper Gore in the VH1 record-content labeling satire Warning: Parental Advisory — experienced a case of sticker shock herself when she first heard the erstwhile Marshall Mathers's controversial single "Stan," in which the foul-mouthed rapper sings about putting his pregnant girlfriend into the trunk of his car before driving it off a bridge.

"I was listening to it with my 11-year-old daughter and I was pretty shocked — and she was scared," Hemingway tells TV Guide Online. "It made me go, 'Oh, these labels are there for a reason.' I obviously didn't pay attention to it. So, we took it back [to the store] and it was fine."

The experience probably helped Hemingway relate to Gore, whose mid-1980s crusade against filthy rock lyrics inspired Warning (which read more

THE NEW GRINCH

Billy Bob Thornton has signed on to play the title role in Bad Santa, a Dimension comedy targeted for a Christmas 2003 release, Variety reports. The film follows two con men who rob malls while dressed as Santa and his elf. Natch, a cute eight-year-old eventually teaches them the true meaning of Christmas. read more

MOTORCYCLE MISHAP

R&B singer-actor Tyrese remains hospitalized in stable condition following a motorcycle accident last week in southern California. The 23-year-old checked himself into Los Angeles's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Monday after experiencing lingering back pains. read more

DEAR DIARY

Sex and the City creator Darren Star will adapt and direct a feature film based on Tracy Quan's book Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl: A Nancy Chan Novel, Variety reports. The book is based on Quan's popular Salon.com column. read more

CONGRATULATIONS!

ER star Noah Wyle and wife Tracy Wyle are expecting their first child. The couple have been married for two years. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp and singer-actress Vanessa Paradis are the parents of a baby boy. Jack John Christopher Depp III was born on April 9 in Paris. He joins older sister Lily-Rose, who is two years old. read more

ON THE MEND

Sportscasters Marv Albert and Mike Fratello were hospitalized Thursday after their limousine collided with a delivery truck in New Jersey. They are said to be in stable condition. read more

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