BIG-SCREEN BOUND: Kanye West executive producing and appearing in an as-yet untitled feature film from New Line Cinema inspired by his music, reps for the rapper and studio confirm.
BADA BLING! Sopranos players Tony Sirico, Steven Van Zandt, Steven R. Schirripa and several others angling to re-negotiate their contracts for higher pay, the Wall Street Journal reports.
DOWN TO THE WIRE: Michael Jackson just making a 5 p.m. deadline and agreeing to pay $309,000 in back wages to Neverland employees. Jackson's last-minute move averts a state lawsuit.
MONKEY BUSINESS: Animal-rights activists targeting the Humane Association over the allegedly poor treatment of great apes in films and launching the "No Reel Apes" campaign in a bid to stop the use of the primates in films.
INDECENT PROPOSAL: The FCC proposing a $3.6 million fine against CBS and its stations and affiliates in a crackdown on indecent programming, including a 2004 episode of Without a Trace that purportedly showed teenagers participating in an orgy and the infamous Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl.
MR. GENEROSITY: George Clooney donating his Oscar gift bag to the United Way to be auctioned off for proceeds to benefit hurricane relief and rebuilding.
GAME DELAY: Sony pushing back the highly anticipated spring release of PlayStation 3 until November, because of delays in finalizing its next-generation optical disc technology, the company said Wednesday.
STORK WATCH: Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli expecting their third child together, Us Weekly reports. The couple already has two daughters.
NO MORE CELIBACY: Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo planning to get married in June after completing his Harvard degree, Boston Magazine reports.
CHART ATTACK: Juvenile's Check topping the charts with 174,000 copies sold in the week ended Sunday, per Nielsen SoundScan data.
PIECE OF THE PIE: Shannon Elizabeth's estranged husband, Joe Reitman, seeking half of all the assets the couple accumulated during the five years they lived together before marrying in June 2002. Elizabeth filed for divorce last June.
LAST CRUSADE: Harrison Ford telling German magazine Fit for Fun he and Steven Spielberg expect to begin shooting the fourth Indiana Jones film soon, now that they have a script of which they both approve.
LEADER OF THE PACK: Benicio Del Toro signing on for the lead role in Universal Pictures' upcoming remake of horror classic The Wolf Man, per Daily Variety. The film is slated for a summer 2008 release.
TOO CANDID CAMERA: Scott Stapp suing World Wide Red Light District in an effort to block the release of the sex tape featuring him and Kid Rock with four women. The suit is similar to one filed by Rock in Detroit last month.
NOT DEAD: Despite a widely circulated Internet story claiming he died in a "freak paragliding accident," Will Ferrell is "alive and well," his publicist tells E! Online.
NOT BACKING DOWN: Rob Reiner refusing to step down from his position as head of the First 5 California Children and Families Commission, despite allegations that he misused taxpayer money.
BUSTING A MOVE: Young MC suing music publishing company Varry White Music Inc. for allegedly failing to pay royalties on songs he helped write, including Tone Loc hits "Funky Cold Medina" and "Wild Thing."
BACK ON THEIR FEET AGAIN: Nicollette Sheridan, 42, and Michael Bolton, 53, getting engaged after the pair rekindled their romance following the Desperate Housewives star's breakup with fiancÚ Nicklas Soderblom last year. Sheridan and Bolton were an item in the early '90s.
TYING THE KNOT: Jack Black, 36, eloping with musician girlfriend Tanya Haden, 34, according to People. No word where they got hitched, but the two reportedly met at Crossroads, a private high school in Santa Monica, California, and only recently started seeing each other.
WINDING DOWN: Veteran 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace, 87, announcing he'll no longer be a regular contributor to the CBS newsmagazine, though he'll still continue to do occasional reports.
RAUCOUS HALL: Black Sabbath, Blondie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, an absent Sex Pistols and the late Miles Davis inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Monday night in a ceremony at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
PERFECT TIMING: Blondie hitting the road with the New Cars, a retooled lineup of the seminal new wave band, with Todd Rundgren filling in for Ric Ocasek, in VH1 Classic's Road Rage Tour 2006, kicking off in Robinson, Missouri, on May 12.
SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED: Sean Connery suing the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California, for allegedly using his name and likeness to promote the club, according to TMZ.com.