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GAY GAMES

Are TV viewers ready for a gay version of The Bachelor? Bravo is betting they are. This July, the cable network will debut Boy Meets Boy, a gay-themed dating series in which one single guy will look for love from a pool of 15 potential mates. Naturally, there's a catch: Some of the suitors are straight men who were paid by the program to pretend to be gay. As research, they watched lots of Frasier. read more

SHORT CUTS

TNT will air reruns of NBC's Boomtown this summer... DreamWorks is developing a sequel to the hit comedy Old School. Will Ferrell, Luke Wilson and Vince Vaughn are all expected to return. read more

CATWOMAN

American Idol also-ran Julia DeMato has made the transition from household name to D-list celeb in record time. The 24-year-old diva-in-training has been appointed a celebrity judge on Meow TV, a reality show in which human contestants come up with creative ways to entertain cats. (That sound you hear is Kimberly Caldwell purring with delight.) The first episode airs Friday at 7:30 pm/ET on Oxygen, although DeMato's stint doesn't begin until the second installment. read more

LIZA BOUNCES BACK

Liza Minnelli still plans to perform at a charity concert this evening in Italy, despite breaking her kneecap in a weekend fall. The 58-year-old entertainer tripped while leaving her hotel in Bologna on Sunday. David Gest reportedly heard his wife scream and sashayed, er, I mean ran to her rescue. Tonight's show — organized by Luciano Pavarotti — will raise money for Iraqi refugees. read more

WHERE'S CORDY?

Fans of Angel leading lady Charisma Carpenter will want to check out today's Insider, in which exec producer Joss Whedon comes clean about the fate of her comatose alter ego. Here's a hint: The news pretty much bites. read more

CANNES YOU BELIEVE IT?

Here's a shocker: A film no one has ever heard of won top honors at the Cannes Film Festival over the weekend. Gus Van Sant's Elephant, a drama about U.S. students coping with gun violence in their schools, was awarded the coveted Golden Palm prize for best picture. read more

CLEANING HOUSE

The pink slips are flying at another David E. Kelley drama. The überproducer — who last week fired seven Practice staffers — has released four actors from Fox's Boston Public. Among the new kids not returning next season: Joey McIntyre, Jon Abrahams, Cara DeLizia and China Shavers. read more

DIVINE INTERVENTION

Jim Carrey's God-like comedy Bruce Almighty, ahem, deified the odds over the four-day Memorial Day weekend by crushing the all-powerful Matrix Reloaded. Bruce debuted at No. 1 with a miraculous $86.4 million, the best non-sequel comedy opening in history and a personal best for Carrey. That pushed Matrix to No. 2 with $45.6 million — a steep 60 percent decline from its huge opening weekend haul. (Again, I blame that painfully drawn-out Zion dance sequence.) Rounding out the top five: Daddy Day Care (No. 3 with $18 million), X2: X-Men United (No. 4 with $13 million) and the new Michael Douglas-Albert Brooks read more

OHMYGAWD!?

Mickey Mouse is so totally over Lizzie McGuire. The Walt Disney Co. and Lizzie McGuire star Hilary Duff have parted ways after talks over the direction of Duff's career broke down. The actress reportedly wanted to move beyond the tween icon. (Cue the inevitable Stuff cover.) The split rules out a sequel to the recently-released Lizzie McGuire Movie, and a rep for the Disney Channel says there are no plans to produce new episodes of the TV show. read more

SPEAKING OF IDOL...

For those folks wondering when we'll be posting Q&A's with American Idol champ Ruben Studdard and runners-up Clay Aiken and Kimberley Locke, well, I'm working on bringing them to you ASAP. But don't hold your breath for that revealing Josh Gracin interview. According to Fox, the angry marine has returned to military duty and is unavailable to meet the press. How conveeeenient. read more

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