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- A day after her talks with CBS broke down, Katie Couric is close to a $20 million deal to join ABC. Under the terms of the deal, Couric would get her own one-hour, five-day-a-week talk show (so long, General Hospital), produce special for 20/20 and ABC News, and serve as a fill-in anchor. ABC was the logical destination for Couric all along. Though CBS and NBC kicked the tired on bringing her in, one source called it "a bidding war with only one network bidding." [TMZ/The Daily}
- It's not Richard Nixon meeting Chairman Mao, but Ivanka Trump has scored her own victory for Sino-American relations, reaching a deal with Hong Kong-based retail distribution company Studio 1601 to launch her Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry line across Asia. The first store would open later this year in Hong Kong, with plans to expand into Shangahi, Taipei, and Macau in 2012. [WWD}
- Online poker may be a thing of the past, but that doesn't mean Washington insiders can't get together and play a few hands for a good cause. Last night's “Bad Beat on Cancer” fundraiser at Union Station pitted politicos like Attorney General Eric Holder, Sen. Mark Begich, Reps. Bobby Scott, Joe Barton, Jim McGovern and Jim Langevin) against poker pros, including Annie Duke, Phil Gordon, and Lee Childs. Scott was the only politician to score one of the five seats at the final table, coming in fifth. [The Reliable Source]
- The Hangover star Bradley Cooper is in discussions to play Lucifer in an adaptation of John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost for director Alex Proyas [Dark City]. The poem was written in 1667, right around the time of the first Bradley-Cooper-Is-About-To-Be-A-Really-Big-Star magazine cover. [Vulture]
- Jonathan Rhys Meyers' latest rehab stint may have cost him his job as the face of Hugo Boss. The Match Point star spent ten days at Capio Nightingale hospital in London last month to treat his alcoholism, the 33-year-old actor's fourth stint in rehab since 2005. Hugo Boss has responded by dropping the actor as the face of the fashion line, a role he's held since 2006. He'll be replaced by Jared Leto. [The Sun]
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