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IT'S HIS PREROGATIVE

Last April, we told you that Bobby Brown was shopping around a reality series about the singer's troubled life. Well, it looks like someone's about to bite. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bravo has expressed interest in the series, but both sides are haggling over what role Brown's wife, Whitney Houston, would play. Oh, I can help with that: She'll be the one everyone steps over to get to the toilet. read more

SHORT CUTS

Warner Home Video will release the Ultimate Matrix Collection, a 10-disc set that includes all three pics as well as more than 35 hours of bonus features, on Dec. 7... Charlie Gibson is signing off as coanchor of ABC's Primetime Thursday to focus on his GMA duties and other projects, the New York Post reports. read more

WICKED

Quentin Tarantino will make a cameo as himself in The Muppets' Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which will air on ABC later this season. As previously announced, pop star Ashanti will star as Dorothy and Queen Latifah will play Auntie Em. And what about a certain frog-obsessed swine? She'll play three wicked witches and Glinda, Good Witch of the North. Wow, Miss Piggy's got four roles! (I swear that was not a fat joke. I would never do that to you, Piggy.) read more

Big Brother 5 Natalie got the...

Big Brother 5
Natalie got the boot and now has to face Will, who's living in seclusion, as all of the jury members will, until the season finale. I don't feel too bad for either of them though after seeing their palatial beachfront pad. However, I am curious as to what's going to transpire when Natalie shows up at Will's door. He's already picked out sleeping quarters for her twin, Adria, that are "cold, dirty, dark and hard." Yikes. Meanwhile, how adorable was Marvin the mortician during his soap-opera walk-on? The gruff guy turned positively giddy upon meeting Y&R stars Melody Thomas Scott (or is she Melody Scott Thomas?), Christian LeBlanc, Michelle Stafford, Victoria Rowell and Kristoff St. John. His turn as a gym attendant was brief but hilarious as he injected his own personality into his two or three lines. And his winning streak continued as he beat Cowboy in a putt-off to win read more

STORK REPORT

Former Frasier star Kelsey Grammer and wife Camille are reportedly expecting a baby via surrogate mother later this month. The pair have a daughter, also born by a surrogate mother. read more

SET YOUR TIVOS

Still reeling from Boobygate, MTV is considering using a video delay at Sunday's Miami-based Video Music Awards for the first time in the show's 21-year history. That said, network president Van Toffler hints to the Associated Press that the opener could rival 2003's Madonna-Britney buss. "I would not be late to the show," he teases, "especially in light of what happened last year." Extremely unreliable sources tell me the stunt will involve Olympic champ Paul Hamm and Randy from Amish in the City. read more

FAREWELL

Vince Vaughn, Adam West, Marlee Matlin, Martin Mull and Will Ferrell are among the special guests stopping by for Craig Kilborn's final Late Late Show tonight on CBS. Guest hosts will fill in when the show returns from hiatus on Sept. 20. read more

MAKING THE CUT

CBS has ordered a 13-episode reality series hosted by fashion guru Tommy Hilfiger. Debuting at midseason, The Cut "will pit 16 style-savvy contestants against each other in a competition to find America's fashion trendsetter of tomorrow," the network announced today. The winner will get a chance to design his or her own collection under the Hilfiger label. read more

YOU'RE EXPELLED

It looks like Donald Trump may have found a way out of paying for former Apprentice star Troy McClain's college education. He'll just build a school himself! According to The Smoking Gun, The Donald has filed an application to trademark the phrase "Trump University," indicating that he's looking to provide "educational services in the nature of conducting online courses in the fields of business and real estate." Rumor has it Carolyn will provide home tutoring to students whose name starts with Bill and ends with Rancic. read more

THAT'S HOT

Paris Hilton's memoir, Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose, doesn't arrive in stores until Sept. 7, but excerpts from the book are leaking out. Among the highlights: "The rumor is that I got a credit card at age 9, which is ridiculous. It was more like 19," and "It was so embarrassing being flat-chested that I wore padded bras til I was 17. Now, I'm happy to be small. It looks better in clothes." But not in homemade sex videos. read more

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