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In the Headlines, July 6: Superman, Dennis Quaid, and more.

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Jul 07, 2004 | 1:44pm EDT

Superman may get new director

Rumors began circulating last week that Charlie's Angels director McG, tapped to helm the newest Superman installment, may be replaced by Pearl Harbor director Michael Bay. Although McG has been on board to direct the Warner Bros. project since last summer, according to the Hollywood Reporter, there have been problems between the studio and the director over the location of the shoot, which has started the rumor mill that Bay is in line to replace McG. A Superman logo appeared on http://www.michaelbay.com, which bills itself as action director Michael Bay's "official" Web site, last week as well. Spokespeople for Bay and his William Morris Agency reps say, however, that a fan operates the site and Bay had no involvement in posting the logo, and that Bay has not been approached about the film. A Warner Bros. spokesperson said the studio was still very much in business with McG and rumors about Bay's involvement were "absolutely not true."

Dennis Quaid gets hitched

Fireworks went off over the 4th for actor Dennis Quaid and girlfriend Kimberly Buffington, who were married Sunday in Montana, the Associated Press reports. According to the actor's spokeswoman Cara Tripicchio, Jack Henry Quaid, Quaid's 12-year-old son with former wife Meg Ryan, stood as the best man. The actor was also previously married to actress P.J. Soles. It's Buffington's first marriage.

And guess who else got married?

Actress Tori Spelling, best known for her stint on Beverly Hills 90210, married actor/writer Charlie Shanian Saturday in Los Angeles, AP reports. The couple met in 2002 during the Los Angeles stage production of the romantic comedy, Maybe, Baby It's You, co-written by Shanian, 35. Appropriately, the two actors appeared in 11 vignettes about couples in search of love. It's the first marriage for both.

Rocker Crosby slapped with gun charge

Rocker David Crosby was fined $5,000 Friday after pleading guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon following his Mar. 6 arrest in New York when a gun, knife and marijuana were found in his luggage, Reuters reports. Crosby was taken into custody after a maid found a loaded .45-caliber handgun, a knife and a small amount of marijuana left in his room after he checked out of the hotel. In exchange for his plea in which one count of unlawful possession of marijuana was dismissed, Crosby, 62, was given a conditional discharge as long as he pays the fine and does not get arrested again, Reuters reports.

Fallen football star gets star tribute

During the upcoming 12th annual ESPY Awards, Tom Cruise is set to introduce a special tribute to Pat Tillman, the former member of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals who gave up the sport to join the army and was subsequently killed in Afghanistan, Reuters reports. The ESPY Awards, which honor top achievements in sports, will air on ESPN July 18.

Set point for John McEnroe

Cable TV is taking a chance on former bad boy of tennis John McEnroe, whose new talk show, McEnroe, debuts Wednesday on CNBC. AP reports the show's eclectic mix of topical guests, music, art, sports and a lot of comedy is reminiscent of Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. "I'm not at the point in my life where I want to be really serious," McEnroe, 45, told AP. "At this point, I want to have more fun."

Hasselhoff to make Chicago appearance

Actor David Hasselhoff is set to appear in the London production of the hit musical Chicago July 16, AP reports. The 51-year-old will play scheming lawyer Billy Flynn in the show, which has run in the West End for seven years. "This is not about making money--this is about following my heart, challenging myself and having fun," Hasselhoff told AP. The former Baywatch star last made headlines June 5, when he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Los Angeles after getting treatment for alcoholism at the Betty Ford Center in 2002.

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