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SEEING GREEN

Here's something that's going to make Dr. Bruce Banner very angry: The Hulk debuted atop the box office over the weekend with $62.6 million — yet some are calling the film a big fat green disappointment. How could that be? Consider the evidence: Industry analysts expected Ang Lee's much hyped pic to take in closer to $85 million; moviegoers polled by Cinemascore gave the film a less-than-flattering B-minus; and a puny Lou Ferrigno cameo elicited the biggest cheers from audiences. On the bright side, The Hulk fared much better than two other new releases. The Kate Hudson-Luke Wilson romance Alex & Emma opened at No. 7 wit read more

ABOUT FACE

Fox is having second thoughts about Cedric the Entertainer Presents. The network confirms that it has stopped production on the sketch comedy — just one month after renewing it for a second season. Yet, and here's the confusing part, the show is still returning in the fall. According to the Los Angeles Times, viewers will see original episodes produced last season. The unaired installments will run through December, at which point the show will be put to rest. read more

SEX SHOCKER

Sex and the City's sublime sixth season premiere last night featured a surprise cameo by Carrie's (Sarah Jessica Parker) ex-love Aidan (John Corbett), who showed up just long enough to drop one helluva bombshell: He's married with child! Elsewhere, Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) realized that she was in love with Steve, Charlotte (Kristin Davis) considered converting to Judaism for her man and Samantha (Kim Cattrall) made 76 shameful double entendres — all of which I laughed at. read more

WHO'S THAT GIRL?

Producer Dick Wolf has tapped a relative newcomer to replace Stephanie March on Law & Order: SVU. Actress Diane Neal, whose credits include Ed, Hack, and ironically enough, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, has been cast as the show's new ADA. read more

IDOL SHOWDOWN

American Idol champ Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken are going head-to-head again — this time on the album charts. RCA plans to release both of their upcoming as-yet-untitled albums on the same day, Aug. 19, Billboard.com reports. If single sales are any indication, Aiken will likely come out on top; his "Bridge Over Troubled Water" trumped Studdard's "Flying Without Wings" 393,000 copies to 287,000 copies. read more

ROAD RULES

Tom Selleck apparently is holding a grudge against NBC for not picking up his comedy pilot Touch 'Em All McCall. The Magnum, P.I. star has sealed a deal with rival net CBS to headline the TV movie 12 Mile Road. He'll play a divorced farmer whose life is thrown into turmoil by the unexpected arrival of his emotionally-troubled daughter (played by The Practice's Anna Gunn). read more

SNOW JOB

Ted Danson apparently isn't holding a grudge against CBS for banishing Becker to midseason. The actor and his real-life wife Mary Steenburgen have signed on to star in the CBS telepic Surviving Love, a drama about a married couple whose icy relationship thaws out during a freak snowstorm. read more

CAT GOT HER TONGUE?

Demi Moore artfully dodged questions about boy toy Ashton Kutcher on the Today show this morning. Despite Matt Lauer's best efforts to get the scoop on the May-August romance, the 40-year-old Charlie's Angels babe gave the poor guy nothing — and his frustration showed. In case you missed it, here are some excerpts from their not-so-revealing chat. Lauer: How did you meet? Moore: Oh, out and about. Lauer: What do your kids think of him? Moore: You'll have to ask them. Lauer: What's he like? Moore: You'll have to ask him. Lauer: How's the sex? Moore: Freakin' unbelievable!!! Well, he didn't actually ask that last one but you know he wanted to. read more

DID HE SING?

Big screen funnyman Adam Sandler, 36, wed girlfriend Jackie Titone, 28, on Sunday in an outdoor ceremony in Malibu, Calif. Sandler's pet bulldog Meatball was among the luminaries in attendance. read more

IT'S MAGIC!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix made sales records vanish into thin air over the weekend. J.K. Rowling's fifth book in the Harry Potter series sold an unprecedented five million copies on Saturday alone. That surpasses the previous benchmark set by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which sold three million copies in its entire first weekend three years ago. And there's more good news for the slumping publishing industry: Penguin has gone back to the presses twice for John Steinbeck's East of Eden, with which Oprah Winfrey chose to relaunch her Book Club last week. read more

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