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Bailey's whiny kid sis Claudia (aka Lacey Chabert) has joined the cast of A&E's upcoming Christopher Reeve-helmed telepic, The Brooke Ellison Story, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She'll play the older sib of the title character, who became a quadriplegic at age 11. Regardless, look for Claude to make it all about her. read more

Emmy Dream Ballot: Drama

Lead Actor — Drama

Michael Chiklis (Mackie, The Shield): The former Commish and Daddio star continues his career transformation in this dark crime drama's best season yet. Like a Soprano with a badge, Vic Mackey is part cop, part crook — and thanks to Chiklis's crafty and muscular intensity, always scarily unpredictable.
Peter Gallagher (Sandy, The O.C.): Since Emmy loves to honor showy performances, Gallagher's subtle work as the wry patriarch of Fox's beachfront sudser is likely to go unnoticed. That's too bad: He anchors the whippersnappers' Sturm und Drang in heart and soul, making a show about plastic people feel breathtakingly real.
James Gandolfini (Tony, The Sopranos): By now, we've come to think of Gandolfini as a slugger. Throw him anything, and he'll hit it outta the park. So we weren't surprised that he was able to reveal even more new facets of his small-screen Don Corleone upon th read more


The one-two punch of Shrek 2 and The Day After Tomorrow gave Hollywood its best Memorial Day weekend ever. Over the four-day period ending Monday, Shrek 2 grossed $92.2 million, while Tomorrow collected $86 million. The green giant has taken in $257 million to date and is expected to surpass the original's total of $276 million by Wednesday. Rounding out the top five: Troy (No. 3 with $15 million), Raising Helen (No. 4 with $14 million) and Soul Plane (No. 5 with $7 million). read more


Former Party of Five star Scott Wolf — that's Bailey to you — married Real World: New Orleans alum Kelley Limp Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark., the bride's hometown. read more


Media giant Viacom announced today that Mel Karmazin is resigning as president and chief operating officer. Tom Freston and Leslie Moonves — who head up Viacom's MTV and CBS divisions, respectively — have been tapped to succeed him. read more


Exiting talk-show host Wayne Brady has nabbed his first big-screen starring role. According to Variety, the funnyman will star opposite Paul Walker in the action thriller Running Scared... Bravo has ordered six episodes of a new improv series starring Howie Mandel. read more


It's official: Miramax honchos Bob and Harvey Weinstein have picked up distribution rights to Michael Moore's much-hyped Dubya-dissin' doc, Fahrenheit 9/11, from parent company Disney. The duo plan to release the Cannes Film Festival winner on July 4. read more

Emmy Dream Ballot: Comedy

Lead Actor — Comedy

Jason Bateman (Michael, Arrested Development): A revelation. The former child actor has grown into a wonderfully appealing leading man. As the one sane member of a bitterly dysfunctional family, Bateman drips with irony, sarcasm and wit.
Zach Braff (J.D., Scrubs): Let's just get this out of the way now: Braff is a freakin' comic genius. Whew, we feel better now. That said, in a TV landscape overpopulated by cynics and sexpots, his gawky medicine man gently reminds us of the importance — and the appeal — of being earnest.
Bernie Mac (Bernie, The Bernie Mac Show): Listen up America: Big Mac's day has come. And gone. He's overdue to be shown the love by the Academy. So what's the holdup? Bill Cosby, he ain't. But that's one of the (many) reasons we adore about the affable grump.
Matthew Perry (Chandler, Friends): The other Matt may have gotten the s read more


In other Apprentice news, The Donald's adviser-cum-sex-kitten Carolyn Kepcher has inked a deal with Simon and Schuster to pen a business-advice book for young women, USA Today reports. In the book, which is due in stores this fall, Kepcher plans to share lessons such as "What Makes or Breaks Someone in an Interview or a Boardroom." read more


Published reports say Oscar winner Julia Roberts, 36, is pregnant with twins — one boy and one girl — due early next year. The new arrivals would be the first children for Roberts and her cinematographer-hubby, Daniel Moder. In other baby news, Chris Rock and wife Malaak celebrated the birth of daughter Zahra Savannah on May 22. This is the couple's second child. read more

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