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Santana still strumming on 'Glee,' Naya Rivera not fired

Also in Tattle: Rupert Murdoch romances Harlequin, Kurt Cobain's wedding snark was real Love note, Casino angry Ben Affleck can count.

ALL THOSE reports that Naya Rivera was booted from "Glee" because of an ongoing feud with Lea Michele?

Tone deaf.

"There is no truth to the rumor Naya has been fired from the show," Fox TV noted in a statement released to the Associated Press on Saturday night. "She remains under contract to 'Glee.' "

Rivera plays Santana Lopez, a lesbian glee-club member.

The show's fifth-season finale is set to air May 20. Show co-creator Ryan Murphy has said that the series' sixth season will be its last.

A web of box office

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" debuted with $92 million at the box office over the weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday. It was a solid opening for Sony's Columbia Pictures, which has released five movies about Marvel's web-slinging superhero in the past 14 years.

The rebooted franchise starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone isn't performing quite as strongly as Sam Raimi's trilogy with Tobey Maguire - perhaps because those movies were made in what seems like a few weeks. Two of those films opened well above $100 million.

Last week's No. 1 film, the female revenge comedy "The Other Woman," slid to second with a distant $14 million.

But it shouldn't be long until "The Other Other Woman" is announced. It's not really a sequel but the same movie remade with younger actors.

Love is in the e-Air

That crusty old romantic Rupert Murdoch and his company News Corp, are going to buy Harlequin Enterprises from Canadian newspaper company Torstar.

Price for the bodice-ripping book publisher is a bosom-swelling $415 million.

News Corp's HarperCollins publishing unit (home of "Busted," by Tattle colleagues Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker) will be the new home of Harlequin.

This is News Corp's largest acquisition since its assets were split off last year from the cable, TV and movie-studio properties, now known as 21st Century Fox.

Torstar, owner of the Toronto Star, said that the sale would strengthen its balance sheet and give Harlequin more opportunities to bulge . . . er, grow.

News Corp wanted Harlequin for its global distribution and digital platform that would allow HarperCollins to extend its e-footprint. Harlequin gets about 40 percent of its revenue from e-book sales in North America and about 20 percent outside the region. Worldwide, HarperCollins gets about 20 percent of its revenue from digital sales.

News Corp CEO Robert Thomson said that it was quicker and cheaper to buy Harlequin than to try to build a distribution and digital platform.

Harlequin, amazingly, publishes more than 100 novels a month and has published more than 6 billion books since it was founded in 1949.


Life & Style magazine reported yesterday that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were secretly married in L.A., according to an anonymous source.

The magazine is also reporting that a "friend" of Miley Cyrus is saying that the "allergic reaction" that landed her in the hospital was really a "drug overdose."

Oh, and Kim cheated on Kanye.

Busy few days for Life & Style.

* Seattle author Charles R. Cross, one of the foremost experts on Kurt Cobain, says that the late grunge rocker did not pen a note mocking his wedding vows to fellow musician Courtney Love.

Courtney Love wrote it.

Cross says that Love emailed him to say that she wrote the note and that she gave it to Cobain before their wedding in 1991.

Cross says that the couple often wrote such sarcastic notes to one another, and the handwriting is Love's.

William Kent Krueger's "Ordinary Grace" received an Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel last week in Manhattan.

Other winners included Jason Matthews' "Red Sparrow" for best debut novel by an American author, Annabel Pitcher's "Ketchup Clouds" for best young-adult novel and Alex Marwood's "The Wicked Girls" for best paperback original.

Established in the 1940s, Edgars have been awarded to such leading mystery authors as Raymond Chandler, Patricia Highsmith and P.D. James.

Ben Affleck was banned from playing blackjack at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Casino because he was "too good," an Affleck source said Friday. reported that it was because he was counting cards.

Why is it against the rules to count cards anyway? For one thing, it's hard and takes serious skill, and if you have serious skill you should be able to use that skill in a game in which the odds are against your winning.

If the casinos ran horse racing, would bettors be forbidden from reading the racing form, watching morning workouts or hanging around the paddock?

If they ran baseball, would cleanup hitters be forbidden from sitting on a fastball? Would football teams be prohibited from scouting?

Affleck was told he could play other games at the casino.

Like checkers.

- Daily News wire services

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