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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

MICKEY IN THE HOT SEAT

The British creator of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? slapped the Walt Disney Co. with a lawsuit Thursday, accusing the Mouse House of cutting him out of profits from the U.S. version of the show. Paul Smith claims Disney manipulated costs to keep the series "at prices well below the fair market value." read more

APPRENTICE ALUMNI NEWS

A seemingly delusional Miami Beach woman has filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to copyright the word "Omarosa" for use on clothing items, according to The Smoking Gun. This comes just days after Oma's seemingly delusional manager bragged to the New York Post that an unnamed (and seemingly delusional) fashion company wanted to market corporate attire under the Omarosa brand name. In other Apprentice news, Amy Henry (of "Nick and Amy" fame) will reportedly share her business savvy with young women in a new book, What It Takes: Speak Up, Step Up, Move Up, to be published this fall. 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

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

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

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

Friends: The One with Danny DeVito...

Friends: The One with Danny DeVito as Phoebe's Stripper and Series Finale Encore Just two weeks after the anticlamactic end of "the greatest comedy ever," NBC pathetically pads its schedule with not one but two supersized episodes. I never thought I'd say it, but to quote Jon Stewart, whose Daily Show later tonight was a rerun of the one that aired two weeks ago: "I've never even watched that show and I'm sick of it."

The Adventures of Seinfeld & Superman Speaking of NBC's post-Friends desperation, what's the deal with this highly touted Web flick starring former Peacock Net golden boy Jerry Seinfeld and a cartoon Superman voiced by Patrick Warburton (the actor who played Elaine's boyfriend Puddy on Seinfeld and has also portrayed another animated superhero, The Tick)? I guess diehard comic-book fans might get a kick out of discovering that the Man of Steel can't eat diner tuna fish ("Too much mayo — it read more

Meet Spider-Man 2's Dr. Octopus


Alfred Molina's career is all over the showbiz map. He's currently Tony-nominated for his portrayal of Tevye, the meddling father in Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof. He plays himself in the indie film Coffee and Cigarettes (now in theaters). Plus, as most comic-book geeks already know, he'll raise hell as Doctor Octopus in the much-hyped Spider-Man 2. And boy, did he beat out some heavyweight Hollywood competition for that big-paycheck part!

"[Director] Sam Raimi saw a whole bunch of us character actors," Molina reveals. "It was me, Ed Harris, Chris Cooper and Christopher Walken. We were all actors on a list because we all had movies that made a bit of a splash. Chris had a SAG nomination and an Oscar nomination. Ed Harris had an Oscar nomination. I had gotten a SAG nomination and a BAFTA nomination for Frida."

Preview details about the sequel have been slim, which only heightens fans' c read more

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