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August 27, 2001

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Brosnan returning as Bond

Despite rumors to the contrary, Pierce Brosnan's license to kill will be renewed.

Eon Productions, which makes the 007 films, on Friday denied reports that it was looking to replace Brosnan in the role of James Bond.

A report in the British press this week said Scottish actor Gerard Butler had been promised the role whenever Brosnan gave it up.

Brosnan has starred in three Bond films, most recently "The World Is Not Enough." The title of the next film, due to start production early next year, has not been announced.

Eyewitness to food

"American Pie" actress Tara Reid will testify that she was partying with Elizabeth Grubman the night the publicist allegedly plowed her Mercedes sport utility vehicle into clubgoers.

But Reid's lawyer said his client didn't see Grubman drinking or doing illegal drugs in the hours before Grubman allegedly backed into the crowd, injuring 16 people.

"She didn't see her drinking or doing any drugs. Tara was hungry, so she was eating in the kitchen most of the time" while Grubman was outside the party at Alex Von Furstenberg's Southampton, N.Y., home, said Roy Breslow, Reid's lawyer.

Bouncer Scott Conlon, who was hit by the SUV, claims in a lawsuit that Grubman had been drinking and using illegal drugs before the incident.

Grubman, whose clients include Britney Spears and rapper Jay-Z, was charged with assault and leaving the scene of an accident. Reid will testify this week before a grand jury.

Material Girl goes home

Madonna's Drowned World Tour made a stop just a few miles away from where the material girl grew up in Rochester Hills.

"About half the people in here I either baby-sat for, went to school with or am related to," she told the enthusiastic Saturday crowd.

Dressed in everything from cone-tipped bras to cowboy hats, fans arrived for the first of two sold-out nights to hear a show drawn mostly from Madonna's last two albums.

Wanted: Dogged determination

The newest "Benji" movie won't feature any pampered Hollywood dogs. Director Joe Camp wants to cast all 26 canine roles from animal shelters.

The creator of the popular children's movies toured Atlanta shelters this week, looking for potential talent. Camp, 62, said the lead role will probably go to a dog he found in Chicago.

In Atlanta, the director spied an all-white terrier mix, Mr. Salty, who may be cast in the film. Mr. Salty's looks are perfect, but Camp said a movie-star mentality is more important.

"It's got to be a dog that's very confident in himself and works and wants to do this," he said.

The newest installment, "Benji Returns The Promise of Christmas," is set for the 2002 holiday season.

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