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Taye Diggs to Star in 'Grey's' Spin-off

Plus: Jason Bateman reuniting with ''Arrested Development'' co-star in feature comedy, Jimmy Fallon reportedly under consideration for ''Late Night,'' and more...

Taye Diggs
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Taye Diggs

Diggs to star opposite Walsh in Grey's spin-off
Taye Diggs has been tapped to star in the Grey's Anatomy spin-off currently in the works. No details are available on his character. Grey's will set the stage for the spin-off, which will focus on Kate Walsh's character, Dr. Addison Shepherd, via an expanded two-hour episode scheduled to air in May in which Dr. Shepherd will consider an exit from Seattle Grace. Grey's writer and creator Shonda Rhimes is writing the episode and is expected to write the potential spin-off as well. (Hollywood Reporter)

Bateman to reunite with Arrested co-star in Juno
Jason Bateman will join Michael Cera in the cast for the comedy feature Juno, directed by Jason Reitman. The pair played father and son in the Fox series Arrested Development. The cast also features Allison Janney, Ellen Page, and Jennifer Garner. Bateman will play Garner's emotionally stunted husband. The couple is interested in adopting Juno's (Page) unborn child. Janney (The West Wing) will play Juno's stepmother. Cera will play Juno's best friend and the man who got her pregnant. (Hollywood Reporter)

Jimmy Fallon reportedly in NBC's late-night plans
NBC is working out a holding deal with Jimmy Fallon that would put him in position to host Late Night in two years when Conan O'Brien goes on to replace Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show, according to the New York Times. NBC and Fallon reps would only confirm that they are working on a holding deal, which would bring Fallon back to the network. David Letterman's transition to Late Night was the result of a holding deal with NBC, and Dana Carvey's holding deal led to an offer (which he refused) to host Late Night after Letterman left. Similar deals with Jerry Seinfeld and Dennis Miller did not result in a spot in the late night lineup. (New York Times)

Britney Spears back in rehab yet again
Spears is testing the ''third time's a charm'' adage by heading into rehab for the third time in a week. Mark Vincent Kaplan, a lawyer for Spears' ex-husband, Kevin Federline, confirmed she has entered a treatment facility. Spears just left an L.A. rehab center on Wednesday morning, less than 24 hours after checking in, and before that, reportedly checked in and out of a facility in Antigua late last week. This third brush with rehab forced Spears to cancel a custody hearing with Federline. (People.com)

Marcia Cross delivers twin girls
Cross delivered fraternal twin daughters, Eden and Savannah, at a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday. They are the first children for Cross, 44, and her stockbroker husband Tom Mahoney, 49, who married in June 2006. (People.com)

Dreamgirls team apologizes to Berry Gordy
DreamWorks and Paramount bought full-page ads in Variety and the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, apologizing to Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. ''Dreamgirls is a work of fiction. It is also an homage to Motown. We used many wonderful accomplishments that belong to the rich Motown history,'' the ad stated. ''For any confusion that has resulted from our fictional work, we apologize to Mr. Gordy.'' Jamie Foxx's character is associated with Gordy, his business dealings, and his relationship with Diana Ross. Gordy never complained about the movie, but recently, Smokey Robinson said the movie's producers owned Gordy an apology for insulting Motown's ''integrity and our leader.'' (Variety)

Family Guy's Stewie, Brian doing online talk show
Baby Stewie and Brian the dog, characters from the animated Fox sitcom Family Guy, will host their own latenight talk show on MySpace on Sunday night, opposite the Oscars broadcast. Up Late With Stewie & Brian is a 10-minute flash-animated talkshow parody that will launch on Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. and remain online for the foreseeable future. It features a cliche-ridden monologue from Stewie, and an interview with Rob Corddry, star of Fox's upcoming comedy The Winner, which will debut on March 4 at 8:30 and 9:30, with Family Guy airing in between. (Variety)

Second lawsuit filed in fatal Brandy car accident
Attorney Paul N. Philips filed a lawsuit on behalf of the two sons of the woman who died in a Dec. 30 car accident that police say was caused by Brandy. The suit claims that unspecified injuries to the boys will likely cause some permanent disability. The suit asks that damages be determined at trial. On Jan. 30, the parents of the victim, Awatef Aboudihaj, 38, filed a $50 million lawsuit claiming Brandy was driving recklessly when her Land Rover crashed into Aboudihaj's Honda. The Los Angeles city attorney is determining whether to file charges. If convicted, Brandy faces up to a year in jail and $1,000 in fines. (AP via CBS)

David Geffen comments spark Clinton/Obama feud
Geffen's comments at a fundraiser he held for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama have ignited a feud with rival candidate Hillary Clinton. Geffen told columnist Maureen Dowd that Clinton is too divisive a figure to win the presidency and called Bill Clinton a ''reckless guy.'' He also said, ''Everybody in politics lies, but (the Clintons) do it with such ease it's troubling.'' Clinton has asked Obama to apologize and return the $1.3 million raised at the event. Obama says he's puzzled as to why he should apologize for someone else's comments and asked his Democratic rivals to join him in a pledge to rule out negative campaigning this election cycle. (Variety)

Nintendo Wii outsells competitors
The Wii sold 435,000 units last month, compared to Sony Playstation 3's 244,000, and 294,000 for Microsoft's Xbox 360, which launched in November 2005. Sony Playstation 2 still ranked, moving 299,000 units. PS3 is now available for purchase after initial supply problems due to small shipments. The Wii's success has been attributed to Nintendo opting to not match the graphical power of PS3 and 360, enabling a lower price point for the console. (Variety)

Warner picks up potential vehicle for Scorsese
Warner Bros. and Graham King's Initial Entertainment Group, which produced The Departed for Warner, have acquired screen rights to Brian Selznick's children's novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret as a potential directing vehicle for Martin Scorsese. The book is about a 12-year-old orphan who lives in the walls of a Paris train station in 1930 and a mystery involving the boy, his late father, and a robot. Scorsese is eyeing several movies as his next directing project, including a possible Departed sequel, and Silence, the Initial/Warner adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel about two 17th century Jesuit priests who witness the hardships of spreading Christianity in Japan. (Variety)

Molly Shannon, Ving Rhames tapped for pilots
Shannon will star in NBC's comedy The Mastersons of Manhattan, a serialized soap about two socialite sisters (Shannon and Natasha Richardson); Rhames heads to ABC's pilot Football Wives as the GM of a football team. (Hollywood Reporter)

First live Idol wins Tuesday for Fox
Tuesday's two-hour American Idol averaged 29.4 million viewers and an 11.7 rating/30 share in adults 18-49. CBS's NCIS came in distant second at 8 p.m. with 15.3 million viewers and a 3.4/9. At 9 p.m., CBS's The Unit was in second with 11.5 million and a 3.0/7. (Hollywood Reporter)

Marcia Gay Harden, Toby Jones tapped for The Mist
Harden and Jones have joined the cast of the Frank Darabont-directed movie adaptation of the Stephen King story about a group trapped by a mysterious mist that creeps into a Maine town. Harden will play Mrs. Carmody, an outspoken member of the trapped group. Jones will play Ollie, a mild-mannered supermarket manager-turned hero. Shooting starts this week. (Hollywood Reporter)

Kesselman adapting Glenn Frank novel
Jonathan Kesselman, the writer-director of The Hebrew Hammer and Nickelodeon Studios' upcoming comedy The Orbit of Bob, is adapting Frank's prize-winning debut novel, Abe Gilman's Ending for the screen. He also will produce the movie through his company Worldwide Media Conspiracy. The story is about a depressed man in a wheelchair who moves to a nursing home after his wife dies and becomes involved in a historical project related to the Holocaust. The novel won the Frank the Bruce P. Rossley Literary Award for best new voice. (Hollywood Reporter)

NBA All-Star game scores poorly in ratings
Sunday's NBA All-Star game scored the lowest ratings since it moved to TNT in 2003, averaging 6.8 million total viewers in its 8:30 p.m. ET slot. The game attracted 10.8 million viewers in 2003 and has declined every year since, with just over 7 million last year. (Hollywood Reporter)

IN THE GOSSIPS

Page Six: Sources say R&B singer Usher is engaged to his longtime girlfriend and stylist Tameka Foster.

Liz Smith: The British dominated movies last year, and they will dominate the Oscars on Sunday.

Ben Widdicombe: Donnie Walhberg, married father of two, was seen making out with two women at a Boston club, and reportedly left with one of them.

Originally posted Feb 22, 2007
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