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MOVIES Actor Thomas Jane (Dreamcatcher) has signed on to play Marvel superhero the Punisher. The film, due summer '04, tells the story of a Vietnam vet whose family is killed, leading him to a life of, you guessed it, punishing.... Don't start weeping yet: HBO is in discussions about continuing Sex and the City after the upcoming sixth season -- as a feature film.... Tim Allen will star as a cosmetics salesman in Revolution Studios' In the Pink.

TELEVISION Experienced criminal portrayer Steve Buscemi (Fargo) has been cast as a regular in the fifth season of HBO's The Sopranos. The network also signed Robert Loggia (Queens Supreme) for a recurring role as a Mob boss.... Spike Lee has agreed to direct a two-hour pilot for The Game, a potential Showtime series about street gangs.... Ex-Real Worlder Kyle Brandt has signed a three-year deal to take over the role of Philip -- Victor Kiriakis' son -- on NBC's Days of Our Lives starting May 13.

MUSIC How much is 50 Cent worth? A lot, according to his label, Interscope, which inked a deal to give the rapper his own imprint, G-Unit Records. The first release, featuring 50 Cent's G-Unit crew, is expected by year-end.... Pepsi UK has signed Brit MC Ms. Dynamite as a talent scout -- which is, ya know, odd for a soft drink company. Pepsi said the job, reportedly worth $1.52 million, entails helping ''new artists...make it within the music industry.''

BOOKS Crown will publish the historical study All the President's Pets by The Daily Show's Mo Rocca. -- Evan Serpick, with additional reporting by LR

Originally posted Apr 18, 2003 Published in issue #705 Apr 18, 2003 Order article reprints

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