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ESTELLA WHO?

It looks like Bob Guiney's bachelor days are behind him — this week, anyway. The serial smoocher popped the question to All My Children star Rebecca Budig last Thursday. Rumor has it the couple — who confirmed the news during SoapNet's live pre-Emmy red-carpet show Friday night — sealed their engagement with a seven-hour make-out session. read more

SUNDAY Alias You know, I think...

SUNDAY

Alias
You know, I think Marshall is the only main character in this show who didn't consider premeditated murder this year, and of course the poor guy gets shot in the first few minutes of the season finale. Just his rotten luck. Vaughn almost kills Lauren, but his love for Sydney sways him — unfortunately, and he sways into the path of a rather sharp knife wielded by Sydney's scheming aunt (Isabella Rossellini). With Vaughn in the hospital, Ms. Bristow takes off for Palermo after Lauren, and somehow he makes it there just few moments later even though his lung has just been punctured. (The "Are-You-Kiddin'-Me?" award is a toss-up between that medical miracle and those perfect disguises used by Lauren and Syd.) Nevertheless, seeing that blond witch get pummeled and then eventually shot was rather satisfying. And hey, who wouldn't want their last words to be the numbers on a box in a bank vault? As for the last scene, it seems t read more

GET YOUR GROOVE (BACK) ON

American Idol producer Simon Fuller is teaming up with Dick Clark to resurrect TV's seminal song-and-dance revue, American Bandstand. "Bringing back an American tradition like Bandstand has always been a dream of mine," says Clark. The new version is slated to debut in summer 2005. read more

STILL ROCKIN' THE VOTE

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is producing a political show for MTV that will give real folks the chance to grill President Bush and likely Democratic nominee John Kerry on the issues. Combs told the New York Post he hopes Project Change will encourage more young people to vote. read more

TWIN COLLISION

Wonder twin Mary-Kate Olsen — who's still bruising from that New York Minute wreck — was involved in a fender-bender on a Los Angeles freeway Thursday. According to Extra, Ashley's other half was rear-ended by a black Yukon driven by (yikes!) her bodyguard! Mary-Kate was not injured in the crash, but eyewitnesses say the soon-to-be-18-year-old was a little startled. A photo in today's New York Post — which shows her slightly bewildered and clutching a can of Diet Dr. Pepper — seems to back that up. read more

IT'S UPN'S TURN

UPN will move America's Next Top Model into Enterprise's 8 pm Wednesday timeslot in the fall, where it will lead into the new Taye Diggs drama Kevin Hill. Meanwhile, Variety reports that the sixth-place network may expand to six nights of original programming next year. For a glimpse at the new fall sked, click here. And don't forget to read Stephen Battaglio's Upfront commentary in The Biz. read more

DEATH BECOMES HER

Janet Leigh's shower scene in Psycho has been named the best movie death of all-time, according to a just-released critics' poll. read more

QUEER CASTING

Queer Eye's Carson Kressley is coming out as a thespian! Bravo's reigning fashionista has landed a small role in Hilary Duff's upcoming comedy The Perfect Man, Variety reports. Kressley will play Duff's confidant in the film, which revolves around lil' Lizzie's struggle to find her mom (Heather Locklear) the perfect guy. Speaking of gays and thespians, Kressley's sidekick Jai Rodriguez will reprise his role as Angel in the Broadway production of Rent from July 5-17. read more

STORK REPORT

We're betting Helen Hunt is mad about McKenna, the baby girl she gave birth to Thursday night in Los Angeles. This is the first child for the 40-year-old Oscar winner and her boyfriend, writer-producer Matthew Carnahan. read more

LOTSA GREEN

Shrek 2 grossed $11.8 million in its first day of release Wednesday, a record for an animated film. Insiders predict the much-hyped sequel could reach $80 million by Sunday. read more

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