Theron injured on set

Los Angeles -- Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron was injured while shooting her new Paramount film, "Aeon Flux," in Germany, but her representatives aren't saying how badly she was hurt.

Theron suffered the unspecified injury while doing her own stunts in a wire-hanging action sequence, the movie's publicist, Jeanmarie Carrasco, said Tuesday. Filming in Berlin has been halted for several weeks to allow Theron to recover.

"No cuts, no broken bones," Carrasco said. "I think it was something less tangible than that. ... Something vague and nagging."

"Aeon Flux" is set centuries in the future at a time when a plague has wiped out most of the population. Theron plays the title character, a sleek, sexy commando who is part of a rebellion against the remaining government.

Smits returning to ABC

Los Angeles -- Jimmy Smits will return to ABC to star in his own series and produce other shows after his term as a congressman on NBC's "The West Wing" is over, ABC said.

Smits starred in the ABC police drama "NYPD Blue" from 1994 to 1998.

Through his El Sendero Productions, Smits will serve as executive producer of shows for ABC or other outlets owned by The Walt Disney Co.

NBC announced last week that Smits will play a three-term congressman from Houston with "presidential aspirations" on "The West Wing," which returns for its sixth season on Oct 20.

An issue of vanity

Clad in a spiffy couture gown, Reese Witherspoon looks pretty pleased with herself on the cover of September's Vanity Fair magazine. But it took the threat of a lawsuit from the "Legally Blonde" star and her minions to get that cover onto newsstands, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Word is that Witherspoon had long been scheduled for the September front, thanks to her star turn in the new movie version of Vanity Fair, the 19th-century comic novel by William Makepeace Thackeray. Then editor Graydon Carter saw photographer Bruce Weber's shots of U.S. Olympic hopefuls and decided he wanted swimmer Michael Phelps on the cover.

"But Reese's people got involved and started sending letters and threatening legal action, so Vanity Fair went back to Reese," a publishing source said.

'Monk' won't have his Sharona

The hit USA Network series "Monk" is losing Bitty Schram, the Golden Globe-nominated sidekick to series star Tony Shalhoub, reports

Schram will not return as Sharona, nurse and assistant to Shalhoub's obsessive-compulsive detective, when the show resumes the second half of its third season in January.

USA and Schram's management firm both released statements saying the split was amicable. Neither camp addressed rumblings in recent weeks that some members of the supporting cast, including Schram, Ted Levine and Jason Gray-Stanford, attempted to renegotiate the terms of their contracts.


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