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The British creator of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? slapped the Walt Disney Co. with a lawsuit Thursday, accusing the Mouse House of cutting him out of profits from the U.S. version of the show. Paul Smith claims Disney manipulated costs to keep the series "at prices well below the fair market value." read more


A seemingly delusional Miami Beach woman has filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to copyright the word "Omarosa" for use on clothing items, according to The Smoking Gun. This comes just days after Oma's seemingly delusional manager bragged to the New York Post that an unnamed (and seemingly delusional) fashion company wanted to market corporate attire under the Omarosa brand name. In other Apprentice news, Amy Henry (of "Nick and Amy" fame) will reportedly share her business savvy with young women in a new book, What It Takes: Speak Up, Step Up, Move Up, to be published this fall. read more


Shrek 2 grossed $11.8 million in its first day of release Wednesday, a record for an animated film. Insiders predict the much-hyped sequel could reach $80 million by Sunday. read more


UPN will move America's Next Top Model into Enterprise's 8 pm Wednesday timeslot in the fall, where it will lead into the new Taye Diggs drama Kevin Hill. Meanwhile, Variety reports that the sixth-place network may expand to six nights of original programming next year. For a glimpse at the new fall sked, click here. And don't forget to read Stephen Battaglio's Upfront commentary in The Biz. read more


Queer Eye's Carson Kressley is coming out as a thespian! Bravo's reigning fashionista has landed a small role in Hilary Duff's upcoming comedy The Perfect Man, Variety reports. Kressley will play Duff's confidant in the film, which revolves around lil' Lizzie's struggle to find her mom (Heather Locklear) the perfect guy. Speaking of gays and thespians, Kressley's sidekick Jai Rodriguez will reprise his role as Angel in the Broadway production of Rent from July 5-17. read more


Janet Leigh's shower scene in Psycho has been named the best movie death of all-time, according to a just-released critics' poll. read more

Friends: The One with Danny DeVito...

Friends: The One with Danny DeVito as Phoebe's Stripper and Series Finale Encore Just two weeks after the anticlamactic end of "the greatest comedy ever," NBC pathetically pads its schedule with not one but two supersized episodes. I never thought I'd say it, but to quote Jon Stewart, whose Daily Show later tonight was a rerun of the one that aired two weeks ago: "I've never even watched that show and I'm sick of it."

The Adventures of Seinfeld & Superman Speaking of NBC's post-Friends desperation, what's the deal with this highly touted Web flick starring former Peacock Net golden boy Jerry Seinfeld and a cartoon Superman voiced by Patrick Warburton (the actor who played Elaine's boyfriend Puddy on Seinfeld and has also portrayed another animated superhero, The Tick)? I guess diehard comic-book fans might get a kick out of discovering that the Man of Steel can't eat diner tuna fish ("Too much mayo — it read more

Angel Creator's Finale Post-Mortem

There are many ways to describe last night's series finale of Angel. Heart-wrenching (Wes kicked the bucket! And died in Illyria/Fred's arms!), action-packed (that Angel vs. Hamilton throwdown), hilarious (Spike reading his terrible love poem — which all die-hard fans know we first heard in the fifth season of Buffy — to a rapt audience of tough guys) and thrilling (the final charge before the closing credits) all fit the bill. But whatever you do, don't call it a cliffhanger, even if Angel and his surviving crew were still fighting as the episode ended.

"The word 'cliffhanger' is really a misnomer here," series co-creator Joss Whedon stresses to TV Guide Online. "This was not the final grace note after a symphony, the way the Buffy finale was. We are definitely still in the thick of it [at the end]. But the point of the show is that you're never done; no matter who goes down, the fight goes on.

"Did I end it this way read more

Eli Wallach's Ugly Memories

It's the film Quentin Tarantino wishes he had directed. Stylish, flamboyant and groundbreaking, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) is what '60s cinema was all about. This week, the cult flick rides in with a new DVD — including a fistful of extras that'd make the Man with No Name crack a smile. Actor Eli Wallach, who co-starred as the comically cruel Tuco in the film, reminisces with TV Guide Online about star Clint Eastwood, director Sergio Leone and the hazards of uncooked potatoes.

TV Guide Online: What did you think the first time you heard about The Good, the Bad and the Ugly?
Eli Wallach:
When my agent told me that they wanted me to do a spaghetti Western, it sounded crazy, like a Hawaiian pizza. It makes no sense! [Laughs] Clint Eastwood had done two of them already, but I'd never seen Clint in a movie. I met with Sergio Leone; he said he wanted me to see the credits of one of his movies, and then I would read more

Meet Spider-Man 2's Dr. Octopus

Alfred Molina's career is all over the showbiz map. He's currently Tony-nominated for his portrayal of Tevye, the meddling father in Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof. He plays himself in the indie film Coffee and Cigarettes (now in theaters). Plus, as most comic-book geeks already know, he'll raise hell as Doctor Octopus in the much-hyped Spider-Man 2. And boy, did he beat out some heavyweight Hollywood competition for that big-paycheck part!

"[Director] Sam Raimi saw a whole bunch of us character actors," Molina reveals. "It was me, Ed Harris, Chris Cooper and Christopher Walken. We were all actors on a list because we all had movies that made a bit of a splash. Chris had a SAG nomination and an Oscar nomination. Ed Harris had an Oscar nomination. I had gotten a SAG nomination and a BAFTA nomination for Frida."

Preview details about the sequel have been slim, which only heightens fans' c read more

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