HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash) – Russell Crowe has something to crow about: He’s the man gamblers think is most likely to become the next James Bond. Bookies are placing 3 to 1 odds the Gladiator hunk will be cast as the next superspy when Pierce Brosnan retires from the role.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Even steak restaurants don’t trust O.J. Simpson with a knife. The New York Post is reporting the infamous football player was forced to cut his sirloin with a butter knife after management at a West Palm Beach steakhouse refused to give him a sharp knife.

DETROIT – Eminem’s mom will have to settle for peanuts in her $11 million defamation lawsuit against her foul-mouthed son. A Michigan judge has just denied Debbie Mathers’ request to reconsider her case, which was settled for a paltry $25,000. Mrs. Mathers claims her son defamed her in his songs and media interviews.

ATLANTA – Supermodel Niki Taylor has been released from the hospital after a two-month recovery from her near-fatal car accident. The blonde beauty’s manager says she’s headed for a rehab center in Atlanta, where she’ll stay for several weeks.

LONDON – Billy Bob Thornton’s tattoo makes a cameo appearance in Tomb Raider – almost. According to movie-mistakes.com, in one scene where Angelina Jolie jumps into water, her “Billy Bob” tattoo is peeking through the make-up.

MIAMI – Rapper Juvenile may pop a cork over this: He’s being sued for $5 million by a man he hit on the head with a champagne bottle during a brawl. The suit stems from a March incident outside a Miami comedy club, when police arrested the rap artist for “aggravated battery with a bottle.”

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – The price of life in Malaysia is about $1,136. That’s the fine 58-year-old hunter Thong Swee Hing has been ordered to pay for shooting an old friend. Mr. Hing claims he mistook his pal for a wild boar.

CLECKHEATON, Yorkshire – A 150-year-old Victorian church in England is finding new life as the world’s largest Indian restaurant. The Providence Place United Reformed Church in Yorkshire has been saved from ruin by an entrepreneur who has spent more than $2 million to transform it into a 750- seat Indian restaurant.

NEW YORK – Baseball great Joe Morgan is taking a swing at acting. The ESPN broadcaster will play an entertainment reporter in an upcoming movie, Elvis Is Alive.