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WILL SHE WEAR WHITE?

Beverly Hills, 90210 grads Shannen Doherty, Gabrielle Carteris and Luke Perry won't be at former costar Tori Spelling's wedding to actor-writer Charlie Shanian, which is rumored to be taking place this weekend in Malibu, Calif. Why? According to USA Today, they weren't invited. "I love Tori, but we don't hang out," says Carteris. "I haven't seen her, but I hear [Charlie's] a nice guy." So, who will be there? Tiffani Thiessen, Jennie Garth, Jason Priestley and read more

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Time Warner has started a bidding war with Sony over MGM, offering approximately $5 billion to acquire the famed Hollywood movie studio... Bill Clinton's record-breaking memoir, My Life, has officially sold 1 million copies... The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that Fred Durst is blameless for a paramedic's mosh-pit injuries at a 2000 Limp Bizkit concert. read more

On July 4th, 1776, the Continental...

On July 4th, 1776, the Continental Congress signed into being the Declaration of Independence, a pivotal document in human history that insisted all men (who figured women didn't worry their pretty little heads about ideals, while slaves were "property") were entitled to basic inalienable rights, namely life, liberty and the pursuit of big, booming fireworks displays on TV.

A Capitol Fourth
The next time I don't send money to public television, it won't be because I'm simply indifferent, lazy or broke. It will be because Clay Aiken warbled "The Star Spangled Banner" like a Bon Jovi power ballad as patriotic preteen girls squealed themselves red, white and blue. He was followed by Bee Gee Robin Gibb, who celebrated America's history by singing "Jive Talking" as each bumpin' and grindin' middle-aged person in the crowd found a camera to mug at. For sheer feigned enthusiasm, however, none could top host Barry Bostwick, who looked read more

MAN OF THE HOUR

According to unofficial estimates, Spider-Man 2 grossed roughly $150 million from Wednesday-Sunday, obliterating the previous five-day record set by Shrek 2, which brought in $129 million in May. The acclaimed sequel, however, looks unlikely to break the original Spider-Man's record $114.8 million opening two years ago. From Friday-Sunday, Spider-Man 2 collected around $90 million. read more

AILING

Star Trek vet James Doohan (aka Scotty) is reportedly battling Alzheimer's disease. Doohan's wife, Wende, broke the news in Britain's Daily Record newspaper. "It is hard for him to do interviews because the more he starts searching for the words, the more frustrated he gets," she said. "With Jimmy, it's mostly the loss of words. He still recognizes everybody. And there are times when he is sharp as a tack." The 84-year-old actor — who also suffers from Parkinson's disease and diabetes — is slated to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame later this month. read more

END OF AN ERA

Legendary Method actor Marlon Brando died Thursday of undisclosed causes at an L.A. hospital. He was 80 years old. The two-time Oscar winner was best known for his stunning performances in A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront and The Godfather. Brando's last film role was in 2001's The Score. Offscreen, the Omaha, Nebraska, native was known as a "difficult" personality, to put it mildly. Back in 1973, for example, he infamously refused his Godfather Oscar in protest of Hollywood's treatment of Native Americans. True fans can't help but think of Brando's role as a motorcycle punk in The Wild One. When asked what he's rebelling against, Brando replied: "Whattaya got?" Here's to you, Marlon. read more

Buffy Star's Mean Feet


After the cancellation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Michelle Trachtenberg thought she was done with the small screen. Hoped she was, even. "I'm definitely happy not to be in TV anymore," the ambitious Eurotrip starlet admits to TV Guide Online. Yet when she was invited to parody pop's tarts on Six Feet Under, she eagerly resurrected her tube career. Who can blame 'er? "Celeste is a combination of all the rumors you've ever heard about Britney, Christina and J. Lo all rolled into one," she says of the vixen she debuted in last weekend's episode. "She's just a bitchy little diva!"

Although Trachtenberg's four-episode guest gig has just begun (and continues this Sunday at 9 pm/ET on HBO), she's already back at work on her next feature, Ice Princess, in which she plays a bookworm with secret aspirations to be the next Nancy Kerrigan. "[My character] uses physics to teach people in her community how to skat read more

DOGS' BEST FRIEND

Since Angel was canceled, David Boreanaz's career has gone to the dogs — literally. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has recruited the actor to appear in a new public-service campaign urging pet owners not to chain their four-legged family members in the backyard. The ads will break in September after sunset. read more

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Time Warner has started a bidding war with Sony over MGM, offering approximately $5 billion to acquire the famed Hollywood movie studio... Bill Clinton's record-breaking memoir, My Life, has officially sold 1 million copies... The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that Fred Durst is blameless for a paramedic's mosh-pit injuries at a 2000 Limp Bizkit concert. read more

Carson Daly Sees Fireworks


That Carson Daly's one busy guy. Not only does the former TRL host have his own late-night TV chatfest (Last Call with Carson Daly) and a nationally syndicated radio show (Carson Daly Most Requested), he's also co-founded an independent record label, 456 Entertainment. This Sunday, he adds another highlight to his résumé as host of Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (9 pm/ET on NBC).

So, how does a hip dude like Daly get attached to such family-friendly fare? By invitation, of course! "This whole thing started a year ago, when they asked me if I wanted to host [the 2003 telecast]. I said absolutely, really because I wanted a good seat for the fireworks," he explains. "To me, the Fourth of July, it's like must-see TV. It's just a great thing to have on; it just seems like a no-brainer."

But the pyrotechnics aren't the only reason to get fired up over the Spectacular. "Aretha Fr read more

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