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News, Oct. 13: Ben & Jen Hit the Ballpark, "Siegfried and Roy" Tiger Released, Steve Martin To Be Next "Pink Panther," More…

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Oct 13, 2003 | 11:52am EDT

Top Story: Ben and Jen Hit the Ballpark

Although rooting for opposite teams, Ben Affleck, a rabid Boston Red Sox fan, and Jennifer Lopez, a New York Yankees follower, seemed to be enjoying themselves at the game between the two teams at Fenway Park Saturday night, CNN.com reports. Sitting together in the front row behind the Boston's dugout, the two watched the game and caught several glimpses of themselves during the broadcast on a plasma television installed in front of their seats.

Gibson's Passion Stirs Passion Online

The reported controversy surrounding Mel Gibson's upcoming movie The Passion of Christ (formerly known as The Passion) has fueled curiosity from fans who are now trying to see the unofficial trailer online. Reuters reports Harry Knowles of AintItCoolNews.com was the first to post a bootlegged copy of the Passion trailer about three months ago but eventually had to take it off his site because of overwhelming interest, which he said "ground [his server] to a halt." Still, thousands were able to download the trailer and distribute it over the Internet. Reuters reports Knowles won't say where he got the trailer, one that Gibson's Icon Prods. described as having been made for internal purposes and for screening to private groups. Icon told Reuters an official trailer for consumers is due out "by the holidays."

Kilmer Continues Goodwill Towards New Mexico

Val Kilmer took out an ad in the Santa Fe New Mexican thanking his New Mexico friends for standing by him in a controversy over a Rolling Stone article, The Associated Press reports. In an interview with the magazine, Kilmer is quoted as saying he lives in the "homicide capital of the United States," but the actor, who owns a ranch in Pecos, New Mexico, denies making the comments. "I love my state and Pecos where I live," he said in the advertisement.

Schwarzenegger Movie Memorabilia Goes on Sale

Michaek Kronick, a collector of costumes, props and oddities from Arnold Schwarzenegger's films, has decided to put his collection on the auction block, AP reports. The auction, to be held Nov. 15 and conducted by Heritage Galleries of Dallas, will include a pair of black boots from Terminator, a pair of boxers from True Lies and fake weapons and parachutes from Eraser.

Siegfried & Roy Tiger Released

The tiger that mauled magician Roy Horn of the Siegfried and Roy duo will be released from quarantine Tuesday and will continue to live at an animal habitat at the Mirage hotel-casino, officials told AP. Horn, 59, remained in critical condition Monday but was improving after two surgeries, massive blood loss and a stroke he suffered after the attack.

Fox Banks on Idol for Sweep Ratings

Fox is trudging out their American Idol stars for a Christmas special in hopes to generate ratings during the pivotal November sweeps Oct. 30-Nov. 26, according to The Hollywood Reporter. American Idol: Christmas Songs will air Nov. 25, two days before Thanksgiving, and will feature past Idol winners Kelly Clarkson and Ruben Studdard, along with runners-up Justin Guarini and Clay Aiken and other former contestants, singing carols and holiday favorites.

Role Call: Martin's in the Pink, Ruffalo Handles Collateral, Caught in Charlotte's Web

Steve Martin is in negotiations to play Inspector Jacques Clouseau in MGM's remake of the classic comedy The Pink Panther, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The original 1964 Pink Panther starred the late Peter Sellers as the bumbling French detective on the trail of a slippery jewel thief. Sellers kept the franchise going in four subsequent sequels…Mark Ruffalo is also in talks to replace Val Kilmer in the DreamWorks project Collateral. Directed by Michael Mann, the film stars Tom Cruise as a contract killer who forces a taxi driver (Jamie Foxx) to chauffeur him around on a series of hits. Ruffalo would play a detective on the heels of Cruise's character, the trade paper reports…Meanwhile, the beloved children's classic Charlotte's Web, about a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a kindly spider named Charlotte, is being developed as a live-action/computer-animated feature for Paramount Pictures. No talent as been attached as yet.

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