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Alias
You know, I think Marshall is the only main character in this show who didn't consider premeditated murder this year, and of course the poor guy gets shot in the first few minutes of the season finale. Just his rotten luck. Vaughn almost kills Lauren, but his love for Sydney sways him — unfortunately, and he sways into the path of a rather sharp knife wielded by Sydney's scheming aunt (Isabella Rossellini). With Vaughn in the hospital, Ms. Bristow takes off for Palermo after Lauren, and somehow he makes it there just few moments later even though his lung has just been punctured. (The "Are-You-Kiddin'-Me?" award is a toss-up between that medical miracle and those perfect disguises used by Lauren and Syd.) Nevertheless, seeing that blond witch get pummeled and then eventually shot was rather satisfying. And hey, who wouldn't want their last words to be the numbers on a box in a bank vault? As for the last scene, it seems t read more

TWIN COLLISION

Wonder twin Mary-Kate Olsen — who's still bruising from that New York Minute wreck — was involved in a fender-bender on a Los Angeles freeway Thursday. According to Extra, Ashley's other half was rear-ended by a black Yukon driven by (yikes!) her bodyguard! Mary-Kate was not injured in the crash, but eyewitnesses say the soon-to-be-18-year-old was a little startled. A photo in today's New York Post — which shows her slightly bewildered and clutching a can of Diet Dr. Pepper — seems to back that up. read more

IT'S UPN'S TURN

UPN will move America's Next Top Model into Enterprise's 8 pm Wednesday timeslot in the fall, where it will lead into the new Taye Diggs drama Kevin Hill. Meanwhile, Variety reports that the sixth-place network may expand to six nights of original programming next year. For a glimpse at the new fall sked, click here. And don't forget to read Stephen Battaglio's Upfront commentary in The Biz. read more

DEATH BECOMES HER

Janet Leigh's shower scene in Psycho has been named the best movie death of all-time, according to a just-released critics' poll. read more

MICKEY IN THE HOT SEAT

The British creator of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? slapped the Walt Disney Co. with a lawsuit Thursday, accusing the Mouse House of cutting him out of profits from the U.S. version of the show. Paul Smith claims Disney manipulated costs to keep the series "at prices well below the fair market value." read more

YEP, SHE'S A WINNER

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

QUEER CASTING

Queer Eye's Carson Kressley is coming out as a thespian! Bravo's reigning fashionista has landed a small role in Hilary Duff's upcoming comedy The Perfect Man, Variety reports. Kressley will play Duff's confidant in the film, which revolves around lil' Lizzie's struggle to find her mom (Heather Locklear) the perfect guy. Speaking of gays and thespians, Kressley's sidekick Jai Rodriguez will reprise his role as Angel in the Broadway production of Rent from July 5-17. read more

STORK REPORT

We're betting Helen Hunt is mad about McKenna, the baby girl she gave birth to Thursday night in Los Angeles. This is the first child for the 40-year-old Oscar winner and her boyfriend, writer-producer Matthew Carnahan. read more

APPRENTICE ALUMNI NEWS

A seemingly delusional Miami Beach woman has filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to copyright the word "Omarosa" for use on clothing items, according to The Smoking Gun. This comes just days after Oma's seemingly delusional manager bragged to the New York Post that an unnamed (and seemingly delusional) fashion company wanted to market corporate attire under the Omarosa brand name. In other Apprentice news, Amy Henry (of "Nick and Amy" fame) will reportedly share her business savvy with young women in a new book, What It Takes: Speak Up, Step Up, Move Up, to be published this fall. read more

LOTSA GREEN

Shrek 2 grossed $11.8 million in its first day of release Wednesday, a record for an animated film. Insiders predict the much-hyped sequel could reach $80 million by Sunday. read more

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