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NBC is rolling out the red carpet for this year's Emmy ceremony. The Peacock network is leading into the Sept. 22 ceremony with a pre-Emmy show hosted by Today's Katie Couric and Matt Lauer (7-8 pm/ET). After the kudocast (and following your local news), Access Hollywood talking heads Pat O'Brien and Nancy O'Dell will anchor Backstage Access. read more


Mickey Mouse's fee just went up. The price for an adult single-day ticket to any of Disney's four Florida theme parks was raised $2 on Sunday to $50 — and that's before taxes. Disney last hiked its prices in January 2001. read more


Citing irreconcilable differences, the wife of Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton has filed for divorce after 13 years of marriage. According to court papers, Anne Marie Martin Crichton has lived apart from her hubby since August 2001. read more


A Fox spokesman is downplaying rumors that American Idol co-host Brian Dunkleman won't be back for the show's upcoming second season. "You can't believe any rumors about AI2 yet," says the rep, "because no decisions have been made about anything." read more


In a shocking move, Sci Fi Channel has pulled the plug on its critically acclaimed drama Farscape. The show's fourth season — the second of which launches in January — will be its last. "There are no bigger fans of Farscape than we here at Sci Fi Channel," the network said in a press release. "It was one of Sci Fi's first original series and quickly became a critical and fan favorite. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts to reach a broader audience, Farscape has been unable to grow beyond its core fan-base. That, coupled with the extreme and growing cost of production, has led to the difficult decision to end the series at the conclusion of season four." Naturally, the show's loyal fans are already spearheading "Save Farscape" campaigns. read more


Comic legend Jerry Lewis had to drop out of a London charity performance Sunday night for health reasons. The 76-year-old is suffering from pulmonary fibrosis. In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Lewis said the pain had become so unbearable that he contemplated suicide. "In April it got so bad that it forced me to get a gun and seriously think about putting it in my mouth," he said. At his annual telethon last week, Lewis appeared bloated — a side effect of his steroid treatments. read more


Folk singer Gordon Lightfoot, best known for his hit "If You Could Read My Mind," was hospitalized Saturday in Ontario with an undisclosed ailment. The 63-year-old — who was scheduled to perform later that night — had been complaining of stomach pains. read more


Thursday's episode of UPN's WWE Smackdown will feature a gay wedding between tag-team he-men Billy and Chuck. According to Variety, Smackdown writers — who have gradually set the stage for the nuptials over the past few months by scripting long hugs between Billy and Chuck after a victory — will have the duo exchange vows right before they go at it against a pair of rivals. A show rep, however, reminds us that Billy and Chuck's alter egos — Monty Sopp and Chuck Palumbo — are strictly hetero in real life. Phew! read more


Hollywood insiders are predicting that sleeper smash My Big Fat Greek Wedding will hit another milestone this weekend: No. 1 at the box office. The romantic comedy — which was released five months ago — reached the No. 2 spot last weekend. read more

WB Cutie Recalls Childhood Demons

On the WB's new fall comedy Do Over (debuting Sept. 19 at 8:30 pm/ET), Penn Badgley plays a 14-year-old who gets a chance to relive his awkward adolescence. It's a trick the up-and-comer wishes he could pull off in real life.

The incident Badgley would like to, um, do over, took place on July 4, 2001, at a minor league baseball game in Washington state. "I was singing 'The Star-Spangled Banner' and I forgot the words in the middle of it," he recalls to TV Guide Online. "I was up to 'perilous night' and I forgot 'perilous.' I just blanked. I didn't know what to do, so I just stood there and [said] into the microphone, 'Um... ' I turned around and [the audience] was looking at me like, 'Oh my God.' And then finally, everyone was screaming, 'Perilous!' And I was like, 'Oh, thanks.'

"At the time I thought it was funny — I didn't eve read more

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