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Posh Spice an 'Ugly' choice

After weeks of speculation, ABC has confirmed that Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice and wife of international soccer star David Beckham, will appear on the hit comedy "Ugly Betty" in the fall. The Spice Girl and style icon will play herself as a bridesmaid of Wilhelmina Slater (Vanessa Williams). Beckham also is preparing for a Spice Girls reunion tour set to launch in December. The second season of "Ugly" premieres at 8 p.m. Sept. 27 on ABC.

AMPAS sues to block sale of Oscars

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is suing to recover Oscar statuettes originally awarded silent-era actors Mary Pickford and Charles "Buddy" Rogers, claiming it has the right to repurchase Oscars from the estates of deceased actors for $10 per statuette. In its Los Angeles Superior Court suit against the estate of Beverly Lorraine Rogers and three co-executors, AMPAS seeks an injunction barring the sale of the Oscars to other parties and an order granting it the ability to purchase them.

Sundance's 'Next Garde' has personality

Sundance Channel on Thursday announced plans to produce a new shortform series titled "Grey Goose Presents the Next Garde," which will comprise 12 first-person profiles of emerging talent including writers, musicians and designers. The personalities featured will be novelist Nicole Krauss, artist Vik Muniz, architectural design team AvroKO, museum director Thelma Golden, musician Duncan Sheik, storyteller-poet Rives, graphic designer Jakob Trollback, clothing designer Doo-Ri Chung, Metropolitan Opera manager Peter Gelb, production designer Lauri Faggioni, philanthropist Jacqueline Novogratz and entrepreneur Jared Kushner. The one-minute vignettes will run beginning Saturday.

Not well: WWE suspends 10 wrestlers

Sports entertainment powerhouse World Wrestling Entertainment on Thursday suspended 10 wrestlers who it said violated the WWE's wellness policy. The company didn't identify the names of the suspended talent or the nature of the violations. But WWE said the suspensions were based on information received from the Albany County, N.Y., district attorney's office, which is investigating illegal steroid sales in the wake of the recent tragedy surrounding former WWE star Chris Benoit. Police say Benoit killed his wife and son before hanging himself. Investigators found a steroid and other drugs in his system. Starting Nov. 1, WWE said it will make public the names of suspended wrestlers.

Rap battle fought in cyberspace first

The clean versions of 50 Cent and Kayne West's upcoming albums were leaked online Thursday, 12 days before both discs' scheduled release date. West had previewed the album to tastemakers Tuesday night in New York. The head-to-head battle between 50 Cent's "Curtis" (Aftermath/Interscope) and West's "Graduation" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam), both of which come out Sept. 11, has drawn attention for the past few weeks as 50 Cent has vowed to retire if West's disc outsells his the first week.