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03/25/2004 10:09AM

SKEWERED: Don't look for a guest appearance from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (a.k.a. Sarah Michelle Gellar) during the final episode of the WB series "Angel," airing May 19, TV Guide Online reports. Gellar, who initially was slated to appear in the next-to-last episode of "Angel," was unavailable when it came time to shoot the story, series producer Joss Whedon said. And, despite the relationship between Angel, Buffy and the character Spike, the show's creators did not want the appearance of Buffy to overshadow the regular characters on "Angel."

JOINED: Frankie Valli is about to "walk like a man" -- a made man, that is. The falsetto-voiced singer, who rose to fame in the 1960s as a member of the Four Seasons, is set to take his shrill vocal chords to HBO's Mob hit "The Sopranos," the Associated Press reports. Valli, 66, first hit it big with such songs as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Walk Like a Man." Details of Valli's "Sopranos" character weren't immediately available, though the singer thought his role might be recurring through the next and final season.


QUOTED: "In the post-'Gigli' climate, you'd have to be an idiot to hype it as a Ben-and-Jen movie." -- director Kevin Smith on his new film "Jersey Girl," starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, according to AP


EXHIBITED: An exhibit of some of the late Princess Diana's gowns, photos and childhood memorabilia will make its way to the United States this fall, the Associated Press reports. "Diana, a Celebration" will be on display in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at the Museum of Art, Oct. 10-Dec. 31. The 150-piece exhibit, which is currently on display in Toronto, includes the princess's wedding gown and 28 other outfits, as well as photographs and home movies.

SCHEDULED: Onetime Van Halen front man David Lee Roth makes a cameo appearance on this week's episode of "The Sopranos," AP reports. Roth, who embarked on a solo career after splitting with the rockers in the mid-1980s, will appear playing cards with Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini). In other Van Halen news, the on-again-off-again group is reportedly planning a tour. Although it hasn't been revealed which vocalist -- Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone fronted the group after Roth's departure -- will take the helm, speculation points to Hagar, who may have mended fences with the group.

RELEASED: The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin was released from the hospital Wednesday, one day before her 62nd birthday, Reuters reports. Franklin had been admitted to Detroit's Sinai-Grace Hospital for a blood disorder that can result in hemorrhaging. A virus or an allergic reaction to medication may have caused the disorder, but it was not related to her hypertension, a physician for the "Respect" singer said. She will reportedly attend a birthday party in her honor on Thursday.

ACQUIRED: Fans of NBC's long-running sitcom "Frasier" won't be out in the cold when the series comes to an end this season. The cable network Lifetime has purchased the rights to the show, which it will begin airing in March 2006, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The show, which stars Kesley Grammer, has been on the air for 11 years.

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