HBO intends to cast Laura Linney as Katharine Graham in its still-developing biopic.
HBO intends to cast Laura Linney as Katharine Graham in its still-developing biopic. (By Chris Jackson -- Getty Images)
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Saturday, November 15, 2008

HBO's Press Run for Linney

As HBO inches toward its long-awaited, on-again/off-again biopic about the late legendary Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, we'll continue to wrench out the news! The latest: Should the project get the green light, our colleague Lisa de Moraes reports, the pay cabler intends to offer the role of Graham to Laura Linney (who's name has been circulating as Most Likely to Get the Lead since March).

HBO said yesterday the project is still "in development" -- specifically, still in the "script stage," with Joan Didion writing. But Tom Hooper, originally attached to direct (he also directed HBO's Emmy-winningest bio-miniseries "John Adams," in which Linney won raves for playing Abigail Adams), has been replaced by Robert Benton, of "Kramer vs. Kramer" fame.

Another West Arrest

What's gotten into Kanye West? The rapper, whose designer duds and egomaniacal rants usually outshine his rap sheet, was arrested in London early yesterday morning -- his second run-in with the law in as many months.

British media report that West, 31, was detained after an incident involving a photographer outside the Tup Tup Palace bar in Newcastle, a town in northern England. He was later released without charge. Although British police do not typically identify suspects who have not been charged with crimes, they did confirm that a 31-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of assault after an incident at a nightclub.

The Tup Tup Palace said West visited the club after his gig in Newcastle on Thursday but could not confirm the arrest, the Associated Press reports. West is playing dates around Britain as part of his Glow in the Dark tour.

West was arrested last month at Los Angeles International Airport after he was filmed struggling with a paparazzo. He eluded charges in that incident as well.

'Full House' Star's Open Book

Actress Jodie Sweetin, who played middle daughter Stephanie Tanner on "Full House," has inked a six-figure deal to memoirize her time spent addicted to and recovering from drugs, the New York Observer reports.

The nascent book sold at auction to Simon Spotlight, Simon & Schuster's pop culture imprint, which recently published best-selling memoirs from actress Tori Spelling and comedienne Chelsea Handler.

End Notes

Spotted: Kevin Spacey (long-sleeved white shirt, gray slacks) sipping a soft drink at the Bar at the St. Regis yesterday . . . Rahm Emanuel power-dining with four others at the Source on Thursday night.

Quoted: "Maybe there were reasons for a breakup. Maybe the heart moved on. Perhaps feelings changed. I am truly saddened that anything would potentially cause you to think less of me."-- Joe Jonas, 19, of the ever-emotionally literate Jonas Brothers trio, taking to his MySpace page to assure his fans that he would never have cheated on a recently dumped girlfriend. The girlfriend, 18-year-old country starlet Taylor Swift, told Ellen DeGeneres that Jonas dumped her via a 27-second phone call. "I called to discuss feelings with the other person," Jonas wrote, never naming Swift directly. "Phone calls can only last as long as the person on the other end of the line is willing to talk."

-- Marissa Newhall, from staff, wire and Web reports

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