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The Click Five and Dill part ways

The Click Five and the Boston-based group's lead singer Eric Dill have parted ways, according to the band's four remaining members who posted an announcement on their MySpace page the other day. "We know he will be missed by many and we wish him the best success in his other endeavors," read the posting signed by Joe Guese, Joey Zehr, Ben Romans, and Ethan Mentzer . "All that said, things are getting very exciting for the Click Five! Get ready because the first single off our sophomore record will be hitting the airwaves within the next month, and we'll be revealing the new singer as soon as we get some hot topless shots of him for you!" The band, which has played numerous Boston venues and events including Hot Stove, Cool Music, hasn't announced any tour information yet. (CAROL BEGGY)

Rob Morrow's big adventure

The Aspen Ski Patrol had to lead actors Rob Morrow (inset), Chad Lowe, and Fisher Stevens to safety after they and other skiers got lost in snow and fog and ended up out of bounds. "We're all good skiers," said Morrow, star of CBS's "Numb3rs." However, he admitted Saturday, they didn't know the mountain. "We were going every which way." They ended up with another group of lost skiers, who had used a cell phone to call for help. All were in an area closed to skiing. Ski Patrol members led the group to the bottom of the mountain, a three-hour trip through heavy snow, streams, and dense forest. "It ended up being great because it was a good adventure," Morrow said. (AP)

Spartans of '300' slay box office foes

Heads rolled at the weekend box office in North America as the blood-soaked ancient epic "300" slaughtered its foes in spectacular fashion. The grim warrior tale sold an estimated $70 million worth of tickets during its first three days of release, setting a new record for a March release, the film's distributor Warner Bros. Pictures told Reuters yesterday. Heading into the weekend, the most bullish oracles had forecast an opening in the $50 million range. The special-effects extravaganza, with a largely unknown cast, cost in the mid-$60 million range to produce. The last few chart-toppers, incumbent champ "Wild Hogs," "Ghost Rider," and "Norbit" were slammed by the critics. "Wild Hogs," starring John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy, and Tim Allen as unlikely road warriors, slipped to No. 2 with $28 million. The next three movies were separated by less than $100,000, and rankings could change when final data are released today. The childhood saga "Bridge to Terabithia" rose one to No. 3 with $6.9 million, followed by the Nicolas Cage action movie "Ghost Rider," and Paramount Pictures' serial-killer thriller "Zodiac" with about $6.8 million each. (REUTERS)

Filming with Rhymes is a bust in NYC

Security concerns raised by the New York Police Department forced a movie production company to start its first day of shooting Saturday without rapper Busta Rhymes, who angered police last year with his refusal to cooperate in a murder investigation. Rhymes is a cast member in "Order of Redemption," a film that began shooting on 48th Street off Madison Avenue without the rapper on the set. Julianne Cho, associate commissioner with the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting, confirmed the shooting had started -- and that Rhymes was absent. "The production agreed that Busta Rhymes would not be participating in the scenes shot here after the Police Department raised public safety concerns," Cho said in a statement. The Police Department declined to detail its concerns about Rhymes, referring calls to the mayor's office. (AP)

O'Donnell keeps her 'View,' for now

Barbara Walters isn't getting rid of "The View" cohost Rosie O'Donnell (above left with Walters) -- at least not until 2008, when O'Donnell can get her own spot on ABC. "Rosie is going to her own show -- but it's too late to do a show for September 2007," an insider told the New York Post. "ABC is very keen on keeping O'Donnell at the network." Since O'Donnell joined the 10-year-old show they've added some 75,000 viewers a week. The New York tabloid says that O'Donnell would stay if the show's executive producer , Bill Geddie , was gone. However, Abbie Schiller, a rep for "The View" and ABC, said, "There is not one detail of this that is accurate." (NEW YORK POST)

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