December 19, 2003 01:25 PM

EXPANDED: “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” will be released in both large-format IMAX and conventional theaters when the third film in the series opens next summer, reports the Associated Press. The movie, directed by Alfonso Cuaron and based on the book by J.K. Rowling, is scheduled for release in the U.S. on June 4. It once again stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.

BOOKED: Janet Jackson, 37, will perform on one of the world’s biggest stages, the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show, which will be produced by MTV, says AP. The National Football League championship is set to air Feb. 1 live on CBS from Houston’s Reliant Stadium. Jackson is working on her still-untitled follow-up to her 2001 album, “All For You,” set for release sometime in 2004.

SOLD: 50 Cent‘s debut album “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” and Outkast‘s “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” tied for first place as the most-shipped albums of 2003, with 6 million copies of both discs shipped to retailers, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Variety also reports that “Fallen” by Evanescence was both the most-shipped rock album and the best-selling debut album of the year, having shipped more than 3 million copies in the U.S. “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” should win the top slot in sales as well when SoundScan releases its year-end tally in about two weeks. To date, the disc has sold 6.4 million copies.

CAST: After a long search, Kirsten Nelson (the WB’s “The O’Keefes”) has been hired as the female lead opposite former “Seinfeld” co-star Jason Alexander in CBS’s untitled family comedy pilot, says the Hollywood Reporter. The project, based on the real life of Washington Post sportswriter Tony Kornheiser, centers on a newspaper columnist, TV sports anchor and family man. Nelson will play his wife. Will Rothhaar (“Hearts in Atlantis”) has been cast as the couple’s son.

CONSIDERED: President Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolowitz, Arnold Schwarzenegger and even Saddam Husein are in the running to be named Time magazine’s Person of the Year, the individual who most affected 2003, the publication’s managing editor, Jim Kelly, said on Friday’s “Today” show. (Traditionally, anyone fingered as a possibility never ends up the final choice.) Kelly did say the choice definitely would not be Kobe Bryant or Michael Jackson, however. Time’s Person of the Year will be announced Sunday. The issue will hit stands and subscribers’ mailboxes Monday.

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