The Birth of The Pink Panther: According to a scoop recently posted over at Movie Hole, Steve Martin is to play 'Inspector Clouseau' in the upcoming film, The Birth Of The Pink Panther...

It was the swankiest party of the year, as MGM vice chairman Chris McGurk greeted select media and industry types at his Beverly Hills mansion, and our own Paul Fischer was there. Stars adorned the palatial grounds, from Diane Lane, Eva Mendes and Queen Latifah, to stars of TV's Dead Like Me. While the food was divine, McGurk left the best to last, with his long-awaited announcement, that just an hour prior to the party beginning, none other than Steve Martin has signed on the dotted line as the all-new Inspector Clouseau, in MGM's upcoming The Birth of the Pink Panther. The news was greeted with rapturous applause, prior to the evening's musical entertainment. McGurk joked that we can finally forget talking about Windtalkers and concentrate on an MGM future that includes Barbershop 2, Beauty Shop, more Bond and more Cody Banks.

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Brian B.