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ABC SHELVES ANIMATED CLERKS

ABC has canceled Kevin Smith's animated series Clerks after just two episodes, according to Variety; repeats of Spin City will replace the show in its time slot. A Miramax TV honcho says, diplomatically, that the show "wasn't right for ABC." Can't wait to see what Smith says about this latest development.... read more

CLEA DUVALL GOES TO MARS

Sassy actress Clea DuVall might be moving to Mars. According to Variety, she is in talks to star opposite Courtney Love and Ice Cube in the upcoming flick John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars. Production is slated to begin in August in New Mexico. read more

BUZZ LIGHTYEAR'S EARLY YEARS!

Ever wonder about Buzz Lightyear's early years? Disney and Pixar are releasing a straight-to-video prequel to the Toy Story flicks Aug. 8, titled Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins. The flick is a traditional cartoon rather than a computer-generated production like its two predecessors. read more

SURVIVOR BEATS REGIS

Sorry, Regis! The second episode of CBS's Survivor handily beat ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in the Nielsen ratings Wednesday night. Variety reports that Survivor beat Millionaire by 63 percent among adults 18 to 49, giving CBS its best rating in that key demographic group in more than seven years. read more

O.J. LASHES OUT

O.J. Simpson and his slain wife's sister traded bitter accusations on live TV yesterday — with Denise Brown calling the disgraced gridiron great a murderer and a "pig." The stunning, impromptu back-and-forth took place when Simpson telephoned Fox News Live while Brown and polygraph expert Edward Gelb were being interviewed about claims that O.J. flunked a lie-detector test following the 1994 murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson. Simpson denied once again that he'd ever taken a test and repeated an offer to take a polygraph for money. "You couldn't pass it to begin with. What makes you think you can pass it now?" Brown said. "You murdered Nicole, and you know you did it." — New York Post read more

SINEAD O'CONNOR COMES OUT OF THE CLOSET

Heaven help us! Wacky pop has-been Sinead O'Connor says she is a lesbian. "I haven't been very open about that," she tells Curve magazine, "and throughout most of my life I've gone out with blokes because I haven't necessarily been terribly comfortable about being a lesbian. But I actually am a lesbian."

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VAN DER BEEK'S SUMMER VACATION

Now we know what James Van Der Beek is doing on his summer vacation: He's starring in writer/director Todd Solondz's untitled film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the flick also stars Selma Blair and Heather Matarazzo, and Van Der Beek plays a cold, sophisticated big man on campus. read more

'N SYNC'S PRIVATE PARTY

Boy vey! Superhot boy group 'N Sync broke from their sellout American tour to sing at a private bat mitzvah party. Rachel Colburn couldn't believe her eyes when her favorite group pranced out at her bat mitzvah and did a rousing 40-minute show. The 12-year-old guest of honor squealed in delight as the hunky pop stars sang their biggest hits, including "Bye Bye Bye" and "Tearin' Up My Heart." The group signed autographs and planted kisses on the cheeks of gushing girl fans before making a fast getaway from the Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, MD, last Sunday. Rachel's dad, AOL honcho David Colburn, used his connections to hire the hotshot hitmakers — while trying to keep his big coup a Pentagon-like secret. — New York Post read more

BOB HOPE'S SPEEDY RECOVERY

Ya gotta have Hope — Bob Hope, that is! Reuters reports that the legendary 97-year-old funnyman, recovering from gastrointestinal bleeding, was released from the hospital Wednesday after proclaiming, "I'm up, I'm dressed, I might as well go home." Hope's doctors agree that he has sufficiently recovered, and they released him on the condition that he continue physical therapy and not make any more bad jokes. read more

BURGLERS TARGET MADONNA

If it's Thursday there must be Madonna news from Britain. The latest: The Material Mom's London pad was burgled while she was attending the premiere of The Next Best Thing, Reuters reports. None of Madonna's possessions were stolen, but thieves did manage to sneak off with a bag belonging to her gardner. read more

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