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THE ELLE WORD

MGM is developing an hourlong syndicated TV series based on the Legally Blonde film franchise. There's no word on who would replace Reese Witherspoon as lovable ditz Elle Woods, but here's a thought: Someone needs to kill this project now. read more

LORD STILL KING

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was named best film at the 2004 MTV Movie Awards, which were doled out Saturday in Los Angeles. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 picked up three popcorn buckets, including best female performance for Uma Thurman and best villain for Lucy Liu. The night's top honor — best kiss — went to Amy Smart, Carmen Electra and Owen Wilson for their three-way smooch in Starsky & Hutch. Electra, who accepted solo, celebrated her big win by planting wet ones on presenters Snoop Dogg and Paris Hilton — and I'm not talking about moist towelettes. See for yourself Thursday night when MTV airs the ceremony at 9 pm/ET. read more

HE'S GIGLI SICK

Ben Affleck was hospitalized in London this week with severe bronchitis, forcing him to miss the UK premiere of Jersey Girl. The 31-year-old actor is now recuperating at his Boston home. read more

HAS HE FOUND THE KILLERS YET?

Today's Katie Couric has nabbed what NBC is calling an "exclusive" interview with O.J. Simpson for tonight's Dateline NBC. That's odd, because I could have sworn Fox News Channel's Greta Van Susteren just scored her own O.J. sit-down, during which the Naked Gun star teased his straight-to-DVD prank show, Juiced. "It's a takeoff on something called Punk'd," he said. "It's me... 'juicing' people." And then denying it. read more

LORD STILL KING

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was named best film at the 2004 MTV Movie Awards, which were doled out Saturday in Los Angeles. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 picked up three popcorn buckets, including best female performance for Uma Thurman and best villain for Lucy Liu. The night's top honor — best kiss — went to Amy Smart, Carmen Electra and Owen Wilson for their three-way smooch in Starsky & Hutch. Electra, who accepted solo, celebrated her big win by planting wet ones on presenters Snoop Dogg and Paris Hilton — and I'm not talking about moist towelettes. See for yourself Thursday night when MTV airs the ceremony at 9 pm/ET. read more

THE CRITICS SPEAK!

The Television Critics Association (of which you-know-who is a member) announced the nominees for its annual tube awards Thursday and Fox's Arrested Development, Comedy Central's The Daily Show, NBC's The Apprentice, and HBO's The Sopranos and Angels in America will duke it out for Program of the Year. Arrested was also singled out in the Best New Series slot, along with HBO's Deadwood, CBS's Joan of Arcadia, Fox's The O.C. and the late, great Wonderfalls. I voted for HBO's Carnivale, which shows you how much pull I have in this club. The winners, meanwhile, will be announced July 17. read more

HAS HE FOUND THE KILLERS YET?

Today's Katie Couric has nabbed what NBC is calling an "exclusive" interview with O.J. Simpson for tonight's Dateline NBC. That's odd, because I could have sworn Fox News Channel's Greta Van Susteren just scored her own O.J. sit-down, during which the Naked Gun star teased his straight-to-DVD prank show, Juiced. "It's a takeoff on something called Punk'd," he said. "It's me... 'juicing' people." And then denying it. read more

STILL WILD ABOUT HARRY

Warning: The first sentence of this story contains an abnormally high pun quotient. Stop reading if you A) are under the age of 7, B) have a history of heart disease, or C) are pregnant. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban cast a spell on the weekend box office, conjuring up a magical $92.7 million and setting a new opening record for the wizardly franchise. (I warned ya.) The first two films — 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and 2002's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets — opened with $90.3 million and $88.4 million, respectively. Azkaban ranks as the second-best three-day debut on record, behind Spider-Man's $114.8 million haul. After two weeks at the top, Shrek 2 slipped to No. 2 with $37 million for a 19-day total of $313.6 million. The Day After Tomorrow, meanwhile, fell to No. 3 with $28.2 million for a $128.8 million total. The disaster pic is expected to surpass the $135 million mark by, um, the da read more

FUNGUS FLAP

Former NYPD Blue star Nicholas Turturro has settled a lawsuit against a man who sold him a home in Tarzana, Calif., that was allegedly infested with toxic mold. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but rumor has it Turturro walked away with six bottles of Tilex and a scrub brush. read more

STILL WILD ABOUT HARRY

Warning: The first sentence of this story contains an abnormally high pun quotient. Stop reading if you A) are under the age of 7, B) have a history of heart disease, or C) are pregnant. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban cast a spell on the weekend box office, conjuring up a magical $92.7 million and setting a new opening record for the wizardly franchise. (I warned ya.) The first two films — 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and 2002's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets — opened with $90.3 million and $88.4 million, respectively. Azkaban ranks as the second-best three-day debut on record, behind Spider-Man's $114.8 million haul. After two weeks at the top, Shrek 2 slipped to No. 2 with $37 million for a 19-day total of $313.6 million. The Day After Tomorrow, meanwhile, fell to No. 3 with $28.2 million for a $128.8 million total. The disaster pic is expected to surpass the $135 million mark by, um, the da read more

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