Stars get big kiss on 'Castle'

A stakeout leads to a smooch on ABC's crime drama "Castle," with Rick Castle and Kate Beckett finally sharing their first kiss.

Played by series stars Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic , the pair locked lips in a scene filmed outside a downtown warehouse late Thursday for a January episode.

As "Castle" fans know, the show's weekly whodunits share equal weight with the will-they-or-won't-they romance conundrum for the lead characters.

Castle is a best-selling mystery writer and single dad who is an eager consultant with the New York City Police Department. Beckett is the no-nonsense detective ordered to work with him.

Sooner or later, however, TV viewers demand results from such chemistry lessons.

The Castle-Beckett smooch comes during an episode about Beckett's long-frustrated effort to solve her mother's murder. There's more to the lingering embrace and kisses than passion, according to the script. The episode's January date has yet to be determined, ABC said.

Rapper appeals tossing of lawsuit

Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has appealed a judge's decision to toss out a lawsuit he filed against hip-hop star Kanye West over a 2005 shooting in Miami.

Knight's attorney, Mark Brumer, filed the appeal Friday in Miami federal court. The judge granted a summary judgment last month for West and his companies. The case was set to go to trial this month.

Knight was seeking more than $1 million in damages from West. Knight was shot in the leg at a 2005 Miami Beach party hosted by West, whom Knight blames for lax security. The shooter has never been identified, and the case is unsolved. The judge concluded there was no evidence that a shooting at the party was foreseeable.

West's attorney, Adam Josephs, has previously called the suit ill-conceived.

Leigh back on Broadway

Jennifer Jason Leigh will be joining Ben Stiller and Edie Falco in a revival of "The House of Blue Leaves" on Broadway this spring.

Producers announced Friday that Leigh, who made her Broadway debut in "Cabaret" and also appeared in "Proof," will play the mistress to Ben Stiller's character. Falco, the "Sopranos" star currently in "Nurse Jackie," will play Stiller's wife.

The production of John Guare's play will open at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre on April 25, with previews beginning April 4. David Cromer will direct.

Irons to drop into 'Law & Order'

Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons is dropping into "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" to guest star as a sex therapist.

A spokeswoman for the NBC crime drama said Friday that Irons' character runs a sex addiction clinic in the episode to be filmed later this month. It's set to air in early 2011.

Series executive producer Neal Baer said he's "elated" to work with an actor of Irons' caliber. The British actor received an Oscar for "Reversal of Fortune" (1990). He won an Emmy for the 2005 HBO miniseries "Elizabeth I."

'Godfather' house for sale

The eight-bedroom New York City mansion used in the 1972 mobster epic, "The Godfather," is for sale.

The owners of the Staten Island home are asking $2.9 million.

The movie was directed by Francis Ford Coppola . It starred Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Robert Duvall . Scenes were filmed inside and outside the 4-acre estate.

Owner James Norton says his mother kept many artifacts from the movie, including Brando's cue cards.

The house features two fireplaces, a basement pub, a four-car garage and an in-ground pool.

Another year older

Today's birthdays: Actress-singer Deanna Durbin , 89... game show host Wink Martindale , 77... actor-producer Max Baer Jr. , 73... actor Jeff Bridges , 61... actress Marisa Tomei , 46... rapper Jay-Z , 41... actress-model Tyra Banks , 37... country singer Lila McCann , 29... actress Lindsay Felton , 26... actor Orlando Brown , 23