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EXPECT FIREWORKS

It's official: Miramax honchos Bob and Harvey Weinstein have picked up distribution rights to Michael Moore's much-hyped Dubya-dissin' doc, Fahrenheit 9/11, from parent company Disney. The duo plan to release the Cannes Film Festival winner on July 4. read more

PRETTY WOMAN PREGGERS?

Published reports say Oscar winner Julia Roberts, 36, is pregnant with twins — one boy and one girl — due early next year. The new arrivals would be the first children for Roberts and her cinematographer-hubby, Daniel Moder. In other baby news, Chris Rock and wife Malaak celebrated the birth of daughter Zahra Savannah on May 22. This is the couple's second child. read more

SPEAKING OF PO5...

Bailey's whiny kid sis Claudia (aka Lacey Chabert) has joined the cast of A&E's upcoming Christopher Reeve-helmed telepic, The Brooke Ellison Story, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She'll play the older sib of the title character, who became a quadriplegic at age 11. Regardless, look for Claude to make it all about her. read more

PARTY OF TWO

Former Party of Five star Scott Wolf — that's Bailey to you — married Real World: New Orleans alum Kelley Limp Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark., the bride's hometown. read more

SHORT CUTS

Exiting talk-show host Wayne Brady has nabbed his first big-screen starring role. According to Variety, the funnyman will star opposite Paul Walker in the action thriller Running Scared... Bravo has ordered six episodes of a new improv series starring Howie Mandel. read more

EXEC SHUFFLE

Media giant Viacom announced today that Mel Karmazin is resigning as president and chief operating officer. Tom Freston and Leslie Moonves — who head up Viacom's MTV and CBS divisions, respectively — have been tapped to succeed him. read more

LOTSA GREEN

The one-two punch of Shrek 2 and The Day After Tomorrow gave Hollywood its best Memorial Day weekend ever. Over the four-day period ending Monday, Shrek 2 grossed $92.2 million, while Tomorrow collected $86 million. The green giant has taken in $257 million to date and is expected to surpass the original's total of $276 million by Wednesday. Rounding out the top five: Troy (No. 3 with $15 million), Raising Helen (No. 4 with $14 million) and Soul Plane (No. 5 with $7 million). read more

WAS HE DUPED?

Donald Trump has once again dropped the F-bomb (as in fired, folks) on Apprentice ladies man Kwame Jackson. The Harvard grad — who was slated to judge tonight's Miss Universe pageant in Quito, Ecuador — was removed from the panel after he was caught mingling with some of the contestants at the official delegate hotel. (Trump owns the Miss Universe contest.) Jackson insists he "had no idea that [the hotel] was off-limits to judges." Um, wasn't Omarosa supposed to tell him? read more

THE WRITE STUFF

In other Apprentice news, The Donald's adviser-cum-sex-kitten Carolyn Kepcher has inked a deal with Simon and Schuster to pen a business-advice book for young women, USA Today reports. In the book, which is due in stores this fall, Kepcher plans to share lessons such as "What Makes or Breaks Someone in an Interview or a Boardroom." read more

IF WE PICKED THE NOMINEES...

Nomination ballots for the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards arrive in voters' mailboxes this week, and that can only mean one thing: It's time for TV Guide's fourth annual dream Emmy picks! Click here to find out who made the cut. Here's a hint: Fans of Arrested Development, Scrubs, The O.C. and Mariska Hargitay will be very pleased. read more

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