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8/5/2006 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Star Jones has disappeared from "The View" – and so has the listing on the New York penthouse apartment that she's been trying to sell for over a year and half.

Now, it looks like the recently unemployed Jones isn't going anywhere for a while – the pad's been taken off the market, according to her broker.



The three-bedroom triplex apartment, according to the New York Post's Braden Keil, was displayed in all its glory on the website of New York real estate firm the Corcoran Group – the gold bathroom that Star used, her shoe menagerie, and Star's apparent affection for a zebra-print motif. But the listing has vanished from the site, and a spokesperson for Corcoran says that the apartment is "temporarily off the market" for unspecified reasons.

Keil points out that the firm had to take the listing down from once before, when an Internet gossip site posted it and it attracted 14,000 hits –- in one hour.

Ferrell Doesn't Like Wet Bed

Funnyman Will Ferrell is apparently not amused by a good super soaking. According to Page Six, the "Talladega Nights" star was hanging out at New York megaclub Bed with his family when a water skirmish – replete with water guns and ice buckets – broke out. One source says that the revelers were "running around like inebriated kids at recess." In any case, Ferrell eventually got a bit of a drenching from a couple of scantily clad women, and that was that – he and his bodyguards hightailed out of the club.

Courtney Vance Sued By Former Agent, Manager

Actor Courtney Vance is being sued by his former agent and manager for unpaid commissions related to his work on "Law and Order: Criminal Intent." In the lawsuit, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Endeavor agency and Dolores Robinson Entertainment claim that Vance terminated his contracts with them after he was supposedly dropped from the NBC show. However, he ended up returning to the show, and the plaintiffs claim that he fired them to deprive them of their commissions, each of which should have been more than $125,000. They're asking the court to pay them their 10% commission from Vance's earnings from "Law & Order" in 2005-6 and unspecified compensatory damages.

Macauley's Not Home Alone Anymore

Macauley Culkin's next career move? A role in a group-sex film called "Sex and Breakfast," according to a report on Imdb.com. The movie is about a couple with problems in bed who seek advice from a therapist. Group sex, apparently, ensues. The actor, who shot to fame for his role as a kid left behind by his family in "Home Alone", signed on for the film because he "loved the script." Wonder what his girlfriend, "That '70s Show" star Mila Kunis, thinks about that.

Leno and Smith To Sit in Balcony For Ebert

Jay Leno's got a new gig-movie critic. He'll be filling in for Roger Ebert while the famous film critic recovers from cancer surgery. "The Tonight Show" host's appearance with Ebert's co-host Richard Roeper will air tonight and tomorrow. Next weekend, Roeper will be joined by "Clerks II" director Kevin Smith. If Smith's recent antics are any indication (he publicly eviscerated film critic Joel Siegel after Siegel walked out of a "Clerks II" screening), it should make for an entertaining show.

Goodie Bag: OutKast Album Finalized, Taylor Hicks Gets Big Bucks for Memoir

After months of wrangling, hip-hop duo OutKast has finalized the tracks for their forthcoming album, the soundtrack to the musical film "Idlewild." The album, which hits stories August 22 (three days before the movie opens), features guest appearances by Lil' Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Sleepy Brown and Macy Gray. The first single is called "Mighty O" ... "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks is out to prove he's more than just a pretty voice: his memoir, "Heart Full of Soul," will be published by Crown in the spring of 2007. The book will chart Hicks' rise from a bar singer in Alabama to Idol champ. He reportedly pocketed a $750,000 advance for the book, which Rolling Stone contributor David Wild will be ghostwriting.

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