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Comic Settlement
E! reports: Stan Lee's Spidey cents are tingling big time. 

The 82-year-old comic-book mastermind has engineered a massive settlement with Marvel Enterprises that brings an end to a $10 million lawsuit in which Lee accused the company of shutting him out of unpaid profits stemming from the big-screen success of his famed webslinger and other Marvel Comics-based films. 

The suit, filed in November 2002 in U.S. District Court, contended that Lee's deal with the company gave the him a share of the earnings generated from films and TV shows featuring Marvel's comic creations. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Hitchhiker Galactic Hit
AP reports: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" caught a nice ride with movie-goers, who made it the No. 1 weekend choice at theaters with a $21.1 million debut. 

Ice Cube's action thriller "XXX: State of the Union" opened weakly with $12.7 million, coming in third for the weekend. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Gump Star Threatened
AP reports: Police arrested a man who allegedly threatened "Forrest Gump" star Mykelti Williamson with a gun while both were driving on city streets. 

The man followed Williamson, yelling racial slurs and pointing a gun at the actor before running him off the road and approaching his vehicle on foot Tuesday, Williamson said. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Family Guy's big Return
E! reports: The once lowly rated Family Guy returned to Fox Sunday for the very belated launch of its fourth season as a bona fide top 25 hit, with 11.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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American Dreams Crushed
Reuters reports: ABC has extended its string of early pickups with next-season orders for the James Belushi-starring sitcom "According to Jim" and "America's Funniest Home Videos." 

Meanwhile, word is that the fate of NBC's "American Dreams" has now been sealed, and the period drama, long considered a long shot for renewal, will not return next season.[see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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SNL Gets Ferrell
AP reports: "Saturday Night Live" is getting some more cowbell. Will Ferrell will host the show May 14, his first appearance since leaving "SNL" in 2002 after seven seasons as a cast member, NBC announced Tuesday. Queens of the Stone Age will be the musical guest. 

Ferrell became one of the stars of the sketch comedy show with skits such as Craig the Spartan cheerleader, an impression of President Bush and the cowbell-playing member of Blue Oyster Cult. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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MTV Movie Awards
Contact Music reports: LINDSAY LOHAN, UMA THURMAN, JAMIE FOXX and BRAD PITT will be among the stars battling it out for prizes at the 2005 MTV MOVIE AWARDS next month (JUN05) after being named among the top nominees. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Maher Suit Tossed
ABC reports: A judge has dismissed a $9 million lawsuit that accused political comic Bill Maher of reneging on a promise to marry a former girlfriend and support her for life, Maher's lawyer said. 

A Superior Court judge on Monday threw out the palimony lawsuit by Nancy "Coco" Johnsen, a former model and flight attendant who dated Maher for months, according to a joint statement from Maher's lawyer, Adam Streisand, and publicist Cece Yorke. 

The lawsuit, which was filed in November, sought $9 million and other unspecified damages. It accused Maher of fraud, battery and assault. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Daily Show Spinoff
Washington Times reports: On July 29 Comedy Central will launch "Weekends at the DL" with D.L. Hughley as host, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday. 

"The Colbert Report" will have "The Daily Show's" Stephen Colbert offering his take on current events and pop culture, much as he does on the Daily Show. And Adam Carolla's will host an as yet-untitled comedy show focusing on the day's events, celebrity interviews and viewer calls. 

These two shows are expected to debut in the fall. [see full story for more] - Click Here for the Full Story 

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Flicka Deaths Accidental
Zap2it.com reports: The American Human Association has concluded its investigation into two equine deaths on the set of 20th Century Fox's "My Friend Flicka" remake, ruling both incidents unpreventable accidents. 

In a release headlined "American Humane remains good friend of 'Flicka,'" the monitoring organization expresses regret over the two deaths, but says all supervisory protocols were followed and that they were not the result of any failure on the part of American Humane's Certified Animal Safety Representatives or the production company's failure to comply with American Humane's "Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media." [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Buffy The Hunter
Zap2it.com reports: Sarah Michelle Gellar is in place to star in an untitled film based on stories from Melissa Banks' "A Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing." 

The Warner Independent Pictures project will mark the directorial debut of "Serendipity" scribe Marc Klein and is set to begin production in September. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Star Wars 3 Not For Kids
antiTainment reports: Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith comes with a warning to parents. This movie may not be suitable to children under 13. The film has received a PG-13 rating due to "sci-fi violence and some intense images". 

George Lucas provided a screening at Skywalker Ranch on Tuesday to select members of the media and we know that the rating is well deserved. AP's David Germain says that the action in the film is "relentless" and adds, "It includes sequences more dark and disturbing than anything previously seen in the tragic Skywalker soap opera." 

Germain reports some of the darkest moments come when, "Young Jedi knight Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) completes his transformation into black-hearted villain Darth Vader with a bloodbath against old allies. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of IMAX
antiTainment reports: Harry Potter fans will once again be able to see their hero in IMAX glory. The Imax Corporation on Monday announce that they will debut the 4th film in the series, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", in Imax theatres the same day the film hits traditional theaters, November 18th. 

Warner Brothers have reportedly stuck a deal with Imax to digitally remaster the film for the large screen following the success of the release of the third film, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", in that format. [see full story for more]- Click Here for the Full Story 

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