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Filmmaker Michael Moore's controversial anti-Dubya documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 walked off with top honors Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival. In last week's New York Times, White House flack Dan Barlett said the film, which links Bush to the bin Ladin clan, "is so outrageously false, it's not even worth comment." read more


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


Matt LeBlanc no longer has to worry about his new TV sis sportin' mafia ties. On last night's Sopranos, Drea de Matteo's long-suffering alter ego, Adriana, got tapped three times by the whack stick shortly after coming out as a friend of the Feds. For months, viewers have been buzzing that de Matteo's mob days were numbered — speculation that only intensified the moment she signed on to play Joey Tribbiani's hairdresser sib on this fall's Joey. But in a recent interview with TV Guide magazine, the actress dismissed the rumor, insisting that she was under contract with The Sopranos "for one more season... Why are they gonna kill her? She doesn't even know anything!" As Apprentice reject Tammy Lee would say, "We were duped!" read more


The Big Four networks are expected to stick with their regular schedules this evening instead of airing President Bush's prime-time speech on Iraq. For those who must hear what the Prez has to say, there's always MSNBC, Fox News and CNN. read more

SUNDAY Alias You know, I think...


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


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


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


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


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


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

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