NEWS BRIEFS: Spidey Swinging Soon

03/26/2004 AT 01:00 PM EST

WEBBED: Tobey Maguire will be swinging into theaters sooner than expected, the Associated Press reports. Sony Studios announced Wednesday that the eagerly anticipated "Spider-Man 2" is going to hit theaters June 30 -- two days earlier than previously thought. The studio also revealed a 2007 release date for "Spider-Man 3." The original "Spider-Man" had the largest opening weekend ever and was the top-grossing film of 2002.

JOINED: Jennifer Garner is getting a sister -- or at least her "Alias" character Sydney Bristow is. Argentina-born newcomer Mia Maestro will join Garner on the popular ABC series later this season. Maestro will appear in the final three episodes and return for the next season, which is the series' fourth, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Maestro previously appeared in the films "The Motorcycle Diaries" and "Frida."


QUOTED: "Turn off the sexual (B.S.), and let's talk business." -- "The Apprentice" contestant Amy Henry complaining about the behavior of teammate Katrina Campins regarding Campins's attempt to flirt her way to a business deal


ENDORSED: Former Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean threw his support behind almost-certain party nominee John Kerry on Thursday. During a noon rally at George Washington University, Kerry told the crowd that Democrats will win the campaign "by reminding America that what unites this country is so much more powerful that what has ever divided us in the past," AP reports. Other Democrats including former presidents Clinton and Carter reportedly joined Kerry for celebratory dinner Thursday night.

ARRESTED: A Georgia poet who contributed a couple verses to the best-selling "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series was arrested earlier this week. Jill Leslie Grubb-Travoss was charged with disturbing the peace and obstructing an officer after she allegedly harassed neighbors in her subdivision following a Homeowners Association meeting, AP reports. The 51-year-old poet was reportedly upset after she was not elected to the board, and neighbors claimed that she repeatedly telephoned them, saying they would "be sorry about the way (they) voted." Travoss wrote two poems for "Chicken Soup for the Grandparents' Soul."

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