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Posted on Mon, Apr. 11, 2005

Zeta-Jones confirmed for 'Dallas' movie

Catherine Zeta-Jones has signed on to co-star as Pamela Ewing in a movie based on the classic TV show Dallas, reports Producers are refusing to confirm Brad Pitt as her co-star. The show set amid the Texas oil industry ran for 13 years from 1978. Filming begins this year. Screenwriter Robert Harling says, "The story starts with Bobby and Pam meeting and getting married. It is reinventing the Ewing family as if they exist in 2006, when the movie comes out. We want to make a big, all-star, flashy, go-for-it version of the TV series."

Influence peddling

President Bush, Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx and domestic diva Martha Stewart have all made Time Magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people. The list, which hits newsstands today, also includes the Dalai Lama, terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela. Others are rappers, designers, world leaders and a tsunami survivor; all have shaped the world in some way, according to the magazine.

Fortune is smiling

It's more than two decades since Pat Sajak, 58, and Vanna White, 48, joined the Wheel of Fortune. But the co-hosts say this will be the last stop in their careers. "I'm at peace with what my obituary's going to say," Sajak said in Kansas City. They're OK with letting go of other aspirations: They're paid well, work just a few days a month and reign over TV's top syndicated show. Neither has set a retirement date. Producers say the show will live on after them. But, said White, "I can't imagine someone else turning my letters."

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