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Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 31, 2008 at 7:52 p.m.

American Idol' talent search coming to Gainesville

The producers of Fox's popular reality competitions "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance" are coming to Gainesville.

Simon Fuller and crew are holding the open casting call in the hopes of finding undiscovered acting and modeling talent for future television projects.

Men and women ages 19 to 25 are being asked to e-mail and include the following information: a recent photo, name, age, contact information and city and state. Entries also can include a link to a video on YouTube or MySpace.

Once entries are pre-screened online, producers will set up auditions with selected talent. - Sun staff

Kathie Lee Gifford returning next week as an anchor of NBC's 'Today'

Kathie Lee Gifford will soon be back on TV's early shift.

The former co-star of the syndicated "Live'' talk show will join NBC's "Today'' next Monday. She will be teamed with Hoda Kotb, a current anchor of the program's seven-month-old fourth hour, which airs live at 10 a.m.

The announcement was made during Monday's broadcast, with Gifford seated alongside the program's established stars, including Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira, co-hosts of the first two hours. - AP

Oversized 'King Kong' poster tops Hollywood memorabilia auction

An oversized six-sheet poster for the 1933 film classic "King Kong'' fetched $345,000 to top all items at a two-day auction of Hollywood memorabilia.

The auction, put on March 27 and 28 by Profiles in History, raised $4.1 million from the sale of more than 1,100 pieces.

Other items included: $115,000 for a screen-used velociraptor from "The Lost World: Jurassic Park II;'' $103,500 for Michael Keaton's complete Batman costume from "Batman Returns;'' and $46,000 for the jacket and pants Bob Keeshan wore on the "Captain Kangaroo'' television series.

The prices included a 15-percent fee the auction house chargers buyers. - AP

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