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Kilmer in debt ...

Val Kilmer owes nearly $500,000 in federal taxes, and a lien has been placed on the "Batman Forever" actor's property, including a New Mexico ranch he's trying to sell.

The Internal Revenue Service filed the lien last month in Santa Fe for an assessment balance of $498,165 for 2008 income taxes.

Kilmer has lived in New Mexico for two decades. He put his 5,300-acre Pecos River Ranch on the market for $33 million in 2009.

The ranch is now listed for sale at $18.5 million, down from $23 million in October.

Kilmer and his agent did not respond to telephone calls and e-mail on Thursday seeking comment.

Kilmer also starred in movies including "Top Gun."


Snake-bitten show ...

The long-delayed Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has suffered another blow with the departure of a lead actress, one of a number of performers injured in the costly production even before its official opening.

Natalie Mendoza, who recently had returned to the stunt-heavy show after suffering a concussion during its first preview performance last month, pulled out for good following several days of negotiations between lawyers for both sides. Producers Thursday evening broke the news to the cast before the 8 p.m. performance.

The actress cited her head injury as the reason she walked away.

"It has been a difficult decision to make, but I regret that I am unable to continue on 'Spider-Man' as I recover from my injury," Mendoza said in a statement.

The 30-year-old singer and actress, whose credits include the British TV drama "Hotel Babylon" and the horror film "The Descent," was hit in the head by a rope offstage Nov. 28. Although she struggled through another performance, she was eventually sidelined for two weeks and wrote on her Facebook page that she was on nausea tablets and painkillers.

Mendoza played Spider-Man's evil love interest Arachne -- a part written by director and co-book author Julie Taymor -- and is one of four actors to be injured in the $65 million musical that has been delayed four times this year alone.


Autopsy show on hold ...

The Discovery Channel says it has indefinitely postponed the broadcast of a show purporting to re-enact Michael Jackson's autopsy.

Discovery Networks International made the announcement in a statement Friday.

It cited the start of hearings next week in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Jackson's doctor and a request by executors of the dead superstar's estate as the reasons for the postponement.

The executors of Jackson's estate harshly criticized the company earlier this week for its plans to broadcast the show. They say Discovery has made the correct decision in choosing to cancel what they called an exploitative program.

The company's decision was first reported by celebrity website


Celebrity birthdays ...

Sunday: Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is 43. Actor Taye Diggs is 40. Actress Kate Bosworth is 28.

Monday: Singer Stephen Stills is 66. Bassist John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin is 65. Actor Mel Gibson is 55.

Tuesday: Actress Dyan Cannon is 74. Actress Julia Ormond is 46. Country singer Deana Carter is 45.

Wednesday: Actor Robert Duvall is 80. Actress Diane Keaton is 65. Singer Marilyn Manson is 42.

Thursday: Country singer Earl Scruggs is 87. Guitarist Malcolm Young of AC/DC is 58. Actor-comedian Rowan Atkinson is 56.

Friday: Singer Kenny Loggins is 63. Actor David Caruso is 55. Actor Nicolas Cage is 47.

Next Saturday: Guitarist Robby Krieger of The Doors is 65. Singer David Bowie is 64. Singer R. Kelly is 44.

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