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American Idol's Paula Abdul and Apprentice runner-up Kwame Jackson will be among the judges at the 2004 Miss Universe pageant, airing June 1 on NBC... Correction: The name of Helen Hunt's new daughter is Makena'lei, not McKenna, as we reported on Friday. The name comes from a town in Maui and reinforces the age-old stereotype that celebs are nuts. 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


VH1 is developing a four-hour miniseries that will chronicle the adolescent years of Brat Packers Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe and Demi Moore, Variety reports. The project is based on the book Brat Pack Confidential. read more


The pink slips are flying at 24's Counter Terrorism Unit. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reiko Aylesworth (Michelle), James Badge Dale (Chase) and Carlos Bernard (Tony) will not be returning as series regulars next fall. Additionally, Jack Bauer's demon spawn, Kim (played by Elisha Cuthbert), is expected to make only guest appearances. The jury is still out on Mary Lynn Rajskub, who as CTU grump Chloe, gave birth to the breakout character of the 2003-04 TV season. read more


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


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


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


Ellen DeGeneres's freshman gabfest picked up best talk show honors at Friday's 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. But in a rather stunning turn of events, the funny lady lost the best host prize to Wayne Brady — whose self-titled show was recently axed after two seasons. Elsewhere, The Young and the Restless was named best soap, while General Hospital icon Anthony Geary (Luke) and Y&R spitfire Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) took the top acting awards. And money matters continued to haunt Martha Stewart: The embattled diva lost the best service show host trophy to financial wizard Suze Orman. 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


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

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