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February 11, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST

Smith’s autopsy inconclusive
A doctor says that Anna Nicole Smith’s autopsy does not reveal a cause of death. Police say there is no evidence suggesting a crime was committed. Prescription drugs were found in Smith’s room, but there is no indication from the autopsy that she took them. A judge ordered that Smith’s body be preserved until a Feb. 20 hearing regarding the paternity of her baby. (CNN)

Cartoon Network honcho resigns over Boston scare
Jim Samples, General Manager for the Cartoon Network, resigned Friday, saying he takes responsibility for the terrorism scare caused by a marketing campaign for the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie. ”I deeply regret the negative publicity and expense caused to our company as a result of this campaign,” Samples wrote in an email to employees on Friday. ”As general manager of Cartoon Network, I feel compelled to step down, effective immediately, in recognition of the gravity of the situation that occurred under my watch.” The campaign, which took place two weeks ago, placed electronic boxes with flashing lights around Boston, and police and bomb squads responded by going into anti-terrorist mode. Turner Broadcasting paid $2 million to compensate. The same campaign took place in several other cities without incident. (Hollywood Reporter)

Spade, Rock sign onto Sandler comedy
David Spade and Chris Rock will star in a new, as-yet untitled comedy being produced for Columbia by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions. Spade will write the script with Fred Wolf. The duo also co-wrote Joe Dirt and Dickie Roberts. The new comedy will be about a turf battle between three families vying for the same camping spot in a public park. (Variety)

Penn, Willis sign onto Levinson comedy
Sean Penn and Bruce Willis have joined Robert De Niro in the Barry Levinson-directed comedy What Just Happened? Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, and Kristen Stewart have also been added to the cast. De Niro plays a desperate movie producer suffering from the Hollywood lifestyle and breakup of his second marriage. De Niro and his Tribeca Productions partner Jane Rosenthal are producing with Art Linson. Mark Cuban’s 2929 Productions will executive produce with Eric Kopeloff. Shooting will start next month. (Variety)

Sequel to High School Musical in the works
Disney is working on Haunted High School Musical, a spin-off sequel to the extremely successful Disney Channel TV movie from last year, which reached 100 million viewers worldwide and sold 6.5 million DVDs. The sequel will pick up where the original left off, with all original cast members returning. It will air some time in 2008. (Variety)

Julia Roberts, Carrie-Ann Moss join Fireflies
Roberts and Moss have joined the ensemble cast of Fireflies in the Garden, a drama loosely based on the life of the project’s writer/director Dennis Lee, exploring family dynamics after unexpected tragedy strikes. Emily Watson and Ryan Reynolds are also in talks to join the movie, which is scheduled to start shooting next month. Lee is making his directorial debut. He is a student Academy Award winner for his short film Jesus Henry Christ. German company Senator Entertainment will produce. (Hollywood Reporter)

Scorsese producing Queen Victoria movie
Martin Scorsese and Initial Entertainment’s Graham King are producing The Young Victoria, which will tell the story of the British queen’s early life and marriage to Prince Albert. Jean Marc Vallee will direct from a script written by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park). King, who is British, has worked with Scorsese on past projects, including The Departed, The Aviator, and Gangs of New York. (Variety)

Fox buys Grammer/Heaton comedy series
Fox has paid sister company 20th Century Fox $1.3 – $1.4 million per episode for 13 episodes of Action News, a four-camera comedy which stars Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton as TV journalists. Fox beat out ABC and CBS, which also expressed interest. 20th Century president Dana Walden said the fact that the Fox network is a sister company did not play a role in negotiations. The deal is the largest commitment by a network for a comedy in the 2007-08 season. (Variety)</p

Saw team’s new feature screens at Berlin
Saw II and III director Darren Lynn Bousman has again teamed with Twisted Pictures’ Mark Burg and Oren Koules for Repo! The Genetic Opera, a futuristic fantasy screening at the Berlin film fest. The story is about an epidemic of organ failures that causes people to have to pay for new organs, and how repo men come to claim them if payments are not made. Lionsgate has signed on to distribute in the U.S. and the U.K. as well as handle international sales. (Variety)

Columbia seeks rights to Metal Gear Solid
Columbia is in talks to acquire rights to a movie adaptation of the popular Konami Digital Entertainment video game. The game centers on Solid Snake, a Special Operations hero called out of retirement to complete one last mission: neutralize terrorists trying to take over a nuclear facility in frozen Alaska. Michael De Luca is producing, with Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima executive producing. (Hollywood Reporter)

Lost return can’t touch Idol ratings
American Idol was Wednesday night’s top telecast in its 9 p.m. timeslot with 27.6 million viewers and an 11.8 rating/27 share in the adults 18-49, with Lost returning after a two-month hiatus to a new 10 p.m. slot and drawing 14.7 million viewers and 6.5/16 in 18-49. (Hollywood Reporter)

Peter Krause takes the lead in ABC pilot
The former Six Feet Under star has agreed to join ABC’s drama pilot Dirty Sexy Money as an idealistic lawyer who inherits the job of representing a powerful and ethically flexible family after his father dies. Krause was most recently seen in the Sci Fi Channel minseries The Lost Room. (Variety)

Disney returning to two-dimensional animation
Disney has announced that it will once again be working on hand-drawn, two-dimensional animation movies alongside it’s 3-D CGI projects. Two months ago, Disney cut 160 jobs from its staff of 800 at its Burbank animation studio. (Hollywood Reporter)

Despite Murdoch comment, no Borat sequel currently planned
Fox says that there have been some preliminary discussions, but no actual plans made for a sequel to Borat, despite claims made on Thursday by News Corp. honcho Rupert Murdoch to the contrary. Murdoch suggested that Sacha Baron Cohen would finish doing a movie for Universal based on his Bruno character and then come back and do a sequel, but a senior spokesperson for Fox said that it is too early to even discuss the possibility of another Borat project. (Hollywood Reporter)


Page Six: J. Lo is finally at peace with her life in the public eye.

Liz Smith: Clive Davis has been showing off his newest discovery: England’s Leona Lewis.

Rush & Molloy: In a new video she is selling with the help of Heidi Fleiss, drag queen Kayla Coxx claims she has gotten very friendly with Charlie Sheen.

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