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A book, now a movie – Amber Frey is hot, indeed

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Amber Frey‘s book has only been out for five days, but CBS already has bought the rights for a TV movie. “Witness: For the Prosecution of Scott Peterson” chronicles her relationship with Peterson, who was convicted in November of murdering his wife, Laci, and her fetus.

“Having the rights to her life story, as well as her book, provides an opportunity to tell new dimensions of the story and give viewers a personal look into one of the most notorious crimes of the past decade,” said Bela Bajaria, a CBS senior vice president.

Massage therapist Frey has been making the TV talk show rounds to promote the book, which was No. 2 Friday on the best-seller lists of both amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.

“I don’t know what the future will bring for her,” says Frey attorney Gloria Allred. “For now, she still wants to be a massage therapist.”

Oh, it was a nerve breakdown

Remember that report earlier this week that “Alias” star Jennifer Garner was sidelined with a viral infection? Turns out she’s actually suffering from nerve damage she suffered while shooting a stunt for the show.

The latest word was that Garner plans to attend today’s glitzy Las Vegas premiere for her new superhero movie, “Elektra,” which opens nationwide next Friday. But she has canceled a scheduled guest-hosting appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”

Better stick to those back streets

Teen pop singer Aaron Carter escaped serious injury after his luxury SUV erupted into flames in a bizarre accident.

The younger brother of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter was driving his Cadillac Escalade on a Florida freeway when a mattress came loose from the cargo bed of a delivery truck in front of him. He drove over the mattress, which got stuck under the rig and caught fire, probably from the heat of the exhaust system.

Carter and a friend fled from the vehicle, then watched it explode in flames.

Simon says: Let’s help out

Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne plan to produce an all-star version of Eric Clapton‘s “Tears in Heaven” to raise money for tsunami relief.

Elton John, Rod Stewart, Gwen Stefani and Sharon’s husband, Ozzy Osbourne, have reportedly agreed to perform on the single.

“American Idol” judge Cowell and Sharon Osbourne are fellow judges and sparring partners on the British reality talent show “X Factor.”

It’s just a hunka stupid Styrofoam

Wade Jones, the North Carolina man who sold three tablespoons of water he had frozen from a foam cup he says Elvis Presley used during a 1977 concert, now has auctioned off a one-time appearance by the cup itself.

The winning bidder, Nutballz, a company that makes cookies free of wheat or refined sugar, plans to use the cup as a drawing card for a fund-raiser to benefit research on gluten intolerance.

“After 27 years, the ‘Elvis Cup’ will finally go on tour once again!” Jones said on eBay.

The birthday bunch

Actor-comedian Larry Storch (“F Troop”) is 82. Comedian Soupy Sales is 79. “Sunday Morning” host Charles Osgood is 72. Singer Shirley Bassey is 68. Game show host Bob Eubanks (“The Newlywed Game”) is 67. Singer David Bowie is 58. Actress Michelle Forbes (“Homicide,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) is 38. Singer R. Kelly is 38. Reggae singer Sean Paul is 32. Actress Gaby Hoffman (“Field of Dreams”) is 23.

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