Cruise Pranksters Released on Bail, Rodney Dangerfield's Biopic, David Spade Signs Deal with Comedy Central

"Water"gate Continues for Tom Cruise Pranksters The four pranksters who were arrested after squiring water at Tom Cruise at the British premiere of War of the Worlds were released on bail on Monday. The four were filming a comedy sketch, and could be charged with assault on the Cruiser. He was doing his walkabout in London's Leicester Square on Sunday when a fake journalist with his film crew stuck a fake microphone squirting water in his face. Cruise called the fake journo a "jerk" three times in a row and said the prank was "disgusting." The stuntmen were filming for a new entertainment show for U.K. network Channel 4. Funnily enough, they pulled the same prank on Sharon Osbourne last month, and showing she can dish it out, she retaliated by hurling a bucket of water at the prankster. "The stunt was intended to be lighthearted rather than malicious, and we would apologize to Mr. Cruise for any offense caused," a spokesman for the network said. Tom should have been glad for the cool-down -- it was nearly 90 degrees in London on Sunday.

Rodney Dangerfield's Life Headed to Big Screen
Two of the producers of Ray are ready for an entirely different biopic -- one with a little less respect. According to Variety, Howard and Karen Baldwin are working on a film about comedian Rodney Dangerfield. The film will be based party on his memoir, It's Not Easy Bein' Me, which was published shortly before his death at age 82 last year. His widow, Joan, also sold the producers Dangerfield's life story. "Rodney took the indignities of everyday life and spun them into golden one-liners that endeared him to millions around the world," Variety quoted Joan Dangerfield as saying. "But while he was making everyone forget their troubles by laughing at his, Rodney's own life was a heavy-hearted one."

David Spade Gets Comedy Central Show
The former host of SNL's "Hollywood Minute," David Spade, is getting his own satire show. Comedy Central will air the weekly series "satirizing the world of entertainment," to be entitled The Showbiz Show with David Spade. Spade will host and executive produce the show, which kicks off in September. Another producer says the show will be like The Daily Show meets Talk Soup meets "Hollywood Minute." Other personalities will join show in poking fun at celebrities.

Blabber Bits
Jack Nicholson is adding more "Jack"-ness to his character in Martin Scorsese's forthcoming film The Departed. The Daily News reports that Nicholson has been tinkering with the script, including the sex scenes of his character, a Boston Irish gangster named Costello. His racy suggestions include using a prosthetic appendage and dusting the rear of one actress with cocaine. Marty seems open to suggestions. Desperate Housewives actor Cody Kasch, who plays troubled teen Zach, has been told that the marijuana possession charges he faced will be dropped in a year as long as he stays out of trouble. The family of the slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. is bringing a civil wrongful death suit today against the Los Angeles Police Department.


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