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News 04/22/2007

A musical adaptation of Spider-Man is coming to Broadway in July, with U2's Bono and The Edge supervised the songbook, according to Playbill. The stage mag reported that a "rehearsed reading" of the musical will take place on July 12 and 13. Also, Entertainment Weekly's Website is reporting that director Sam Raimi may opt to helm The Hobbit rather than stick with the Spider-Man franchise for a fourth go-round, a move that might also leave the superhero series without a heroine. "I think it's disrespectful to the whole team, I think, to do that," Kirsten Dunst told EW.com. "And audiences aren't stupid. It'd be a big flop without me, Tobey, or Sam. That would really not be the smartest move." Spider-Man 3 made its world premiere in Tokyo Monday, with stars Tobey Maguire, Dunst, and Topher Grace all braved the rain for the red carpet run. The film opens in Japan on May 1 and in the U.S. May 4.

Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof will screen in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, where it will compete with offerings from the Coen Brothers and Gus Van Sant. Films screening out of competition at the 60th annual festival include Michael Moore's Sicko, Ocean's Thirteen, and A Mighty Heart. The festival opens May 16 with My Blueberry Nights, starring Jude Law, Natalie Portman, and Norah Jones.

Isaiah Washington is slated to play a priest returning to the Catholic high school where he was once sexually abused in the upcoming indie flick The Least of These, per the Hollywood Reporter. The role marks the actor's first film work since making the gay slur that rocked the "Grey's Anatomy" world.

Chris Rock petitioned a Georgia court to begin paternity proceedings to determine whether he is the father of a former pal's 13-year-old son. If the evidence proves that Rock is the dad, the actor would like to "contribute to the support, maintenance and education" of the boy, court documents state.

After TMZ posted a recording of Alec Baldwin leaving an angry message for his 11-year-old daughter, Ireland, in which he called her a "thoughtless little pig" and berated her for failing to answer his call, Baldwin issued a statement accusing Kim Basinger and her lawyer of violating a court order by leaking sealed material. While acknowledging he should have used "different language in parenting his child," Baldwin vowed to "do what the mother is pathologically incapable of doing...keep his mouth shut and obey the court order."

New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg blasted official proclamations drafted by a city councilman honoring Tom Cruise and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard for their roles in promoting a detoxification program for 9/11 workers that includes heavy doses of vitamins and hours spent in a sauna sweating off toxins, the New York Post reports. "I don't think it's appropriate to do that. I think that reputable scientists do not think Scientology has any basis in science," Bloomberg said. Meanwhile, Cruise hosted a $6,250-a-ticket fundraiser for the program in Manhattan Thursday.

At least three lawyers filed complaints against Richard Gere in Indian courts after the actor was seen smooching Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty at a public function. The legal action comes after angry crowds burned effigies of Gere in several cities.

Jessica Alba will put her good looks to use as the latest Revlon spokesmodel, joining a roster of famous faces that includes Halle Berry, Eva Mendes, and Sheryl Crow, the cosmetics company said Friday.

Fresh off working with George Clooney in Ocean's Thirteen, Brad Pitt will re-team with his costar for the Coen brothers' comedy Burn After Reading, his rep confirmed to "E! News."

Victoria's Secret named Justin Timberlake the Sexiest Musician, Jessica Alba the Sexiest Actress, and David Beckham the Sexiest Dad. Timberlake's ex Cameron Diaz was singled out for her Sexy Legs, while Jay-Z and Beyoncé were named Sexiest Couple.

Oliver Stone partnered with moveon.org and votevet.org to direct a 30-second TV commercial questioning the Bush administration's military strategy in Iraq. The Oscar winner, himself a veteran, incorporated footage of U.S. soldiers and their families speaking out against the war in the ad, which is expected to air in the coming weeks.

Kitty Carlisle Hart, an actress whose lengthy career spanned Broadway, opera, television, and film, and a tireless advocate for the arts, died Tuesday night at her Manhattan apartment, her son said. She was 96.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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