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DEVELOPED: After breaking box-office records with "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," the film's writer and star, Nia Vardalos, 40, will write, star in and executive produce a big studio movie for Universal, "Connie and Carla," described by the Hollywood Reporter as a female buddy comedy about two dinner theater singers (one of which will be played by Vardalos) forced to go undercover as drag queens. Vardalos calls it "Some Like It Hot" meets "Tootsie." Shooting is expected to begin in April.
DENIED: Country superstar Kenny Chesney, 34, a bachelor, tells the Associated Press that at first he thought the rumor that he'd gotten married in the Caribbean islands was amusing -- until people started calling his mother to try and confirm it. He insists he's "as single as can be," adding that the rumor is "not even close to being maybe a little true."
DEFERRED: Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn were committed elsewhere, so they couldn't accept the first-ever American Veterans' Elvis Presley Patriotic Song Award in person, AP reports. The ceremony, honoring the duo's "Only in America," was held last weekend in Nashville. No word on where Brooks and Dunn were, but Dunn tells the news service: "You don't do songs for the rewards. You do songs because they strike a chord in you and make you feel something."
SETTLED: "Renegade" and "Falcon Crest" actor Lorenzo Lamas, 44, has lifted a restraining order against his estranged fourth wife, former Playboy Playmate Shauna Sand, and the divorcing couple agreed to share custody of their three young children, lawyers tell Reuters. The couple were married in 1996. Lamas took out a restraining order against Sand claiming that she began "acting out violently" when he asked for a divorce. Sand will receive "more than 50 percent of the remaining assets," her lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, said in court Tuesday.
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