Topher tapped for Spidey3

NEW YORK (AP) – Topher Grace, who starred in “That ’70s Show,” has joined the cast of “Spider-Man 3.”

Although his character wasn’t revealed, director Sam Raimi said Grace “will be perfect for the complexities of the role we are developing.”

“Topher Grace is an extraordinarily talented actor,” Raimi said in a statement Thursday. “I couldn’t be more excited about the direction we are taking the continuing adventures of Peter Parker.”

The 26-year-old actor will join franchise stars Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco. “Sideways” star Thomas Haden Church also has been announced as a cast member in the film, which is set for release in May 2007.

Shooting on “Spider-Man 3” is expected to begin next year.

Grace’s credits include “In Good Company” and “Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!”

Sting’s wife had $500 to win

NEW YORK (AP) – Wouldn’t you bet on a horse named after your son?

When Giacomo, the 50-1 long shot named after Sting’s 9-year-old son, won the Kentucky Derby May 7, the singer didn’t have any money down – but his wife did.

Trudie Styler, who is married to Sting and has four children with him, turned $500 into $25,000 by betting on the horse. Giacomo is owned by Jerry Moss, the co-founder of A&M Records, which signed Sting’s old band, the Police, in 1978.

“On the day of the race, we were backstage in New Hampshire and my wife called and said, “You’d better watch the television because our son is racing,”‘ Sting told Rolling Stone magazine in its latest issue. “Then she said, “I’m gonna put some money on it.”‘

As for the winnings, Sting says it might already be gone.

“It’s my wife’s money,” he says. “And she’s probably spent it already.”

Giacomo was to race Saturday at the Preakness, the second leg of racing’s Triple Crown. He sits with significantly better odds at 6-1.

Caan calls off his divorce

Weep not, James Caan fans: According to People mag, The “Las Vegas” star (rent his post-“Godfather” masterpiece, 1974’s “The Gambler”) has called off his divorce from fourth wife Linda Stokes, whom he wed in ’95. Caan, who has two sons with Linda, James Jr., 9, and Jacob, 6, had cited irreconcilable differences for the split – contretemps the couple apparently have resolved. No details given.

– Knight Ridder Newspapers

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