EVEN THOUGH 20th Century Fox TV has not committed to "The Simpsons" past the upcoming season 20, the
says the cast has reached a new four-year deal with the studio.
Under the contract, Dan Castellaneta (Homer), Julie Kavner
(Marge), Nancy Cartwright (Bart), Yeardley Smith (Lisa) and Hank Azaria (Moe), will be paid nearly $400,000 per episode, a hefty raise, and Castellaneta is being named a consulting producer. They are to begin work on the new season this week.
As of yesterday, Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, etc.) had not yet re-upped.
Lohans back bickering
If CBS is going to air extreme fighting, could the network maybe do it with the Lohans?
Nearly a year after they settled their divorce, Lindsay Lohan's estranged and annoying parents, (OK! blogger) Michael and (E! "reality" star) Dina, were in a Long Island courtroom arguing over custody.
Michael complained that Dina wasn't living up to a visitation agreement involving their two youngest children, Ali, 14, and Dakota, 11.
Neither 21-year-old Lindsay nor her brother Michael, 19, is involved in the custody issue since they are no longer minors.
Both parents claimed they intended to stop speaking with reporters while their case proceeds.
"There won't be any more comments from Dina and I," Michael told reporters outside the Nassau County Family Court building.
Tatum saved by cops
Tatum O'Neal told New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser she is grateful to the New York City police officers who busted her for cocaine and saved her from herself.
"I'm still sober!" she told Peyser in a phone call after being released from custody Monday.
"Just when I was about to change that and wreck my life, the cops came and saved me! I was saved by the bell, by the guys in the Seventh Precinct."
Tatum told Peyser she had sought out drugs Sunday evening because she was sad about the death of her 16-year-old Scottish terrier - but didn't take the drugs. She said she still hoped to celebrate a year of sobriety July 10.
Tatum added that spending 18 hours behind bars wasn't bad.
"I slept on a mattress with a couple of ladies because I was tired. . . . And I thought the thing that was cool about New York, no special treatment. No special cell. It wasn't that horrible. I think it's worse for the people that don't have a lawyer to get them out."
* 98.1 WOGL's Ross Brittain and
the Breakfast Club talk with 47-year-old model Kim Alexis tomorrow about her new series, "She's Got the Look," on TV Land. It's a competition in which judges Beverly Johnson and Wilhemina Models' president, Sean Patterson, will judge the contestants . . . all women 35 and older. The winner gets a modeling contract.
Kim has five kids, three sons (one is 22!) and two stepchildren. She tells the Breakfast Club she lost her baby weight by running the New York City marathon.
* Dull British Prime Minister
Gordon Brown's image is getting a revamp from Marvel Comics.
Brown is depicted in a heroic light in "Captain Britain and MI13," a new comic that shows him helping stave off an attack of evil, green-skinned aliens.
We believe they prefer the term immigrants.
* Want to know what co-writing a
$500-million-grossing movie does for your career?
The Hollywood Reporter says area native Matt Holloway and his writing partner, Art Marcum, have parlayed their credit on "Iron Man" into a second major movie assignment.
After announcing last month that they'd been hired to pen a reimagining of "Highlander," this month the duo has been asked to adapt Robert Ludlum's thriller "The Sigma Protocol."
"We're really excited about this project," Holloway told Tattle yesterday. "It's an opportunity to bring back some of the paranoia that movies like 'Three Days of the Condor' and 'The Parallax View' so indelibly put on screen."
* Michelle Monaghan ("Made of
Honor," "Gone Baby Gone") and her husband, Peter White, are expecting their first baby together this fall, her publicist, Jennifer Allen, said yesterday.
The couple wed in August 2005. They began dating after meeting in a New York City bar.
* Former French sex kitten/animal-
rights activist Brigitte Bardot was convicted yesterday of provoking discrimination and racial hatred for writing that Muslims are destroying France.
A Paris court also handed down a $23,325 fine against Bardot and ordered her to pay $1,555 in damages to the French anti-racism group MRAP.
* In the new Vanity Fair, a saucy story about Bill Clinton implies a too-close relationship with the saucy Gina Gershon.
According to TMZ.com, a letter from Gina and her Lavely & Singer lawyers demands a retraction, claiming "rumor-mongering was substituted for fact-checking" in the article (is that so wrong?), which "outrageously insinuates that Ms. Gershon has had an inappropriate sexual relationship with President Clinton. This is absolutely false."
Gina's lawyers say "Gershon has only been in the same room as President Clinton on three occasions," and each time there were others present.
* Gwyneth Paltrow on being pregnant: "I may force myself to do it one more time because the result is so worth it," she says in July's Harper's Bazaar.
Hear that, Chris Martin? She may force herself. *
Daily News wire services contributed to this report.