March 18, 2003 03:52 PM

WITHDRAWN: “The Sopranos” star James Gandolfini has moved to dismiss the lawsuit he filed against HBO over salary demands for the show’s fifth season. Discussions between the two sides seemed to be improving, and HBO has indicated it is ready to dismiss its $100 million countersuit against Gandolfini, Reuters reports.

HOSPITALIZED: The Man in Black is hoping to get back in the pink. Country music legend Johnny Cash was hospitalized in Nashville last week, where he was being treated for pneumonia, a spokeswoman for Baptist Hospital said. The 71-year-old musician is in stable condition, AP reports.

HURT: Dire Straits guitar wizard Mark Knopfler was taken to a London hospital after he was injured when his motorcycle collided with a car. Knopfler, 53, was treated for a broken collarbone and broken ribs, Reuters reports. He has since been released from the hospital.

DISMISSED: Charges against Yancy Butler, star of the cancelled TNT series “Witchblade,” will be dropped if she can avoid trouble for the next year, a New York judge said Monday. Butler, 32, was arrested in January following an altercation at her uncle’s home. She completed an in-patient alcohol treatment program, the Associated Press reports.

NOMINATED: Actor Kenneth Branagh picked up two nominations for BAFTA awards Sunday, recognizing achievements in British television. Branagh, who last year appeared in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” was nominated for his performances in “Shackleton” and “Conspiracy,” Reuters reports.

SIGNED: Sheryl Crow, Hootie & the Blowfish, and the Goo Goo Dolls are some of the acts that have signed on for the inaugural Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert, to be held June 28 at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. Proceeds will go to the Dale Earnhardt Legacy Program. Earnhardt was killed Feb. 18, 2001, when he crashed during a race at Daytona.

DIED: Country Music Hall of Fame star “Jumpin'” Bill Carlisle, 94, died Monday at his Nashville home from complications from a stroke. Carlisle rose to fame for his comedy musical routines featuring the character “Hotshot Elmer.” … Joseph Coors, 85, the grandson of beer scion Adolph Coors, died Sunday of lymphatic cancer in his Southern California home.

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