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George Clooney engaged: 'Three Kings' star to wed Amal (Alamuddin)

Also in Tattle: "Ben-hurt," the Indian Oscars, new Kevin Spacey, Jay Leno to work with dwarfs, and more.

 GEORGE CLOONEY has long admitted he's not the marrying kind.

Guess that's OK with the woman who's marrying him.

The serial-model-dating perennial bachelor has reportedly asked Lebanese-born, British human-rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin to tie the knot with him, according to People magazine.

Amal is 36. George is 52. They have been dating since October.

She was spotted last week wearing a large ring at a Los Angeles restaurant at what was allegedly an engagement party.

"George and Amal are trying to keep things very low-key, but they also aren't really trying to hide this, it doesn't seem," said a source quoted by People.

'Ben' there, done that

As Tattle must voice once a month, most movies do not need to be remade.

"Citizen Kane," "Casablanca," "Singin' in the Rain," "The Godfather," "A Clockwork Orange," etc., are as good as they're going to get, so redoing them for a younger audience with, say, Channing Tatum and Jennifer Lawrence in the Humphrey Bogart-Ingrid Bergman roles, is not necessary. See 1998's forgotten "Psycho" redo.

That's how we feel about word that Bible repurposers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey ("Son of God") are teaming with Paramount and MGM to remake the 1959 Charlton Heston-William Wyler classic, "Ben-Hur."

Famous for its amazing pre-CGI chariot-race scene, the film won 11 Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best actor.

In addition to Burnett and Downey producing, the new Hur-sion, Variety reports, will be written by Keith Clarke ("The Way Back") and John Ridley ("12 Years a Slave"), and directed by Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted").

In the 1959 version, Messala says to Sextus: "You ask how to fight an idea. Well, I'll tell you how . . . with another idea!"

Not in Hollywood. There you fight with the same idea.

* How long until Bollywood remakes "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag"?

The Indian sports film was the big winner of the "Bollywood Oscars" Saturday night, nabbing five key honors, including best picture and best director, as the awards made their first U.S. stop in Tampa, Fla.

Celebrities including Kevin Spacey and John Travolta, and dignitaries from India and the U.S., attended.

The four-day event, with an expected worldwide viewership of 800 million, drew thousands of visitors to the Tampa area and was expected to generate about $11 million in revenue, organizers said.

* Speaking of Kevin Spacey, his new film "NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage" will have a one-night-only showing tomorrow night at 7 at the Ritz 5.

The film takes viewers along with 20 actors on a whirlwind 10-month international tour of Spacey's "Richard III," directed by Sam Mendes.

The film offers a behind-the-scenes look at the process of putting a play together, introduces the actors and highlights their thoughts about their roles, their personal lives, and what the play and the tour mean to them. Info:

James Franco has been slapped with a copyright-infringement suit over a film about writer Charles Bukowski that he co-wrote and directed.

Cyril Humphris - who claims to be the exclusive rights-holder to Bukowski's semiautobiographical 1982 novel, "Ham on Rye" - says that he and Franco struck an agreement in 2009 granting Franco certain rights to develop a film based on the book. That agreement expired in 2010, per his suit.

Humphris, however, claims that, despite no longer having the rights, Franco still went ahead and made the film, incorporating "entire scenes" from the book.

Franco has claimed that the film is not based on the novel.



Columbus Short

won't be returning to "Scandal."

The announcement of Short's exit from the series comes amid two pending criminal cases, one accusing him of misdemeanor spousal battery and another accusing him of felony battery that seriously injured a man during an altercation at a West Hollywood restaurant in March.

If convicted, Short faces up to four years in state prison.

Short's wife, Tuere, filed for divorce April 15 after nearly nine years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. She is seeking legal and physical custody of the couple's 2-year-old daughter.

With her filing, Tuere obtained a temporary restraining order, accusing her husband of choking her and threatening to kill her and himself during a fight on April 7. A hearing on extending the order is scheduled for May 6. * reports that Jay Leno and Whoopi Goldberg have joined the voice cast of "The 7D," Disney's comedic, contemporary take on "The Seven Dwarfs."

The series will premiere July 7 at 10 a.m. on Disney XD, with debuts on Disney Channel and Disney Junior to take place later this year.

In recurring roles, Leno will play Crystal Ball and Goldberg will play Magic Mirror.

For those of you who would like to see a contemporary 1940s take on Snow White and the Dwarfs, Tattle would highly recommend "Ball of Fire," starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck, and directed by Howard Hawks. The screenplay? By Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett.

* reports that Jude Law has signed on to join Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman in "Genius," based on A. Scott Berg's award-winning biography "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius." The film recounts the real-life relationship between literary giant Thomas Wolfe (Law) and renowned editor Max Perkins (Firth), who developed a tender, complex friendship that changed both of their lives forever.

Tattle, alas, will unfortunately now have to change the title of our autobiography.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.