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JUDGMENT DAY

Hail storms, tidal waves, tornadoes and killer frost couldn't slow down a silly green ogre as Shrek 2 fended off disaster pic The Day After Tomorrow to retain the top spot at the box office. During the first three days of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the animated sequel grossed $73.1 million to Tomorrow's $70 million. Shrek 2 has gobbled up $237.8 million since opening 12 days ago. Elsewhere, Kate Hudson's new comedy Raising Helen raised $11.2 million to debut at No. 4, while the urban knee-slapper Soul Plane crashed on take-off, opening at No. 5 with $5.7 million — relative peanuts. read more

HOW TO MAKE MORE CASH QUICKLY

It looks like Paramount Pictures is developing a sort-of-sequel to the Kate Hudson-Matthew McConaughey romantic comedy How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has optioned the rights to the book How to Tell He's Not the One in 10 Days, Michele Alexander and Jeannie Long's follow-up to Lose. read more

IDOL WORSHIP WANES

As reported Thursday, roughly 30 million viewers watched Fantasia Barrino bo-bo her way to victory on American Idol Wednesday night. That's down from the 38.1 million who watched last year's Ruben-Clay matchup. (The drop-off is being blamed on the idiot who gave Leah Labelle a microphone.) Meanwhile, Fox says of the 65 million votes cast, Fantasia received 1.3 million more than Diana. For more on Idol's ratings, read Stephen Battaglio's new column, The Biz. 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

SOUNDS AMAZING

For those who always wondered what a male version of Fox's Simple Life would look like, well, wonder no more. The Discovery Channel has tapped Kevin O'Connell and Drew Feinberg, the chrome-domed New Yawkers from the first season of CBS's Amazing Race, to venture cross-country for a three-part reality show airing in July. Kevin and Drew Unleashed finds the former frat brothers tackling wacky jobs such as alligator wrestling, teaching water aerobics and herding cattle. Can a sex scandal be far behind? If so, let's pray the tape never surfaces. read more

SERIOUSLY DUDE, IT'S OVER

Fox is pushing Seriously, Dude, I'm Gay back into the closet. The network says the two-hour reality special, which was to feature straight guys trying to pass themselves off as gay, was yanked off the schedule for "creative reasons." The folks at GLAAD blasted the program as "an exercise in systematic humiliation." They then rushed home to watch WB's Superstar USA. read more

IDOL WORSHIP WANES

As reported Thursday, roughly 30 million viewers watched Fantasia Barrino bo-bo her way to victory on American Idol Wednesday night. That's down from the 38.1 million who watched last year's Ruben-Clay matchup. (The drop-off is being blamed on the idiot who gave Leah Labelle a microphone.) Meanwhile, Fox says of the 65 million votes cast, Fantasia received 1.3 million more than Diana. For more on Idol's ratings, read Stephen Battaglio's new column, The Biz. read more

BOOBYGATE UPDATE

Are Janet Jackson's breasts worth $5000? Not according to a Salt Lake City judge, who on Thursday tossed out a lawsuit filed by a man who claims he was blindsided by the diva's Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction. Eric Stephenson, the father of three young children, says CBS parent company Viacom led him to believe that the halftime show would be a family-oriented celebration complete with balloons, pom-poms and eye-popping spectacles. Yet despite all those warnings, the dude just didn't see it coming. read more

IT'S OVER

Marc Anthony jetted to the Dominican Republic Thursday to file for divorce from his wife of four years, former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres. The singer's now free to continue not dating Jennifer Lopez. read more

WHAT'S UP DOC?

ER's Noah Wyle has signed on to play the title role in TNT's action-adventure telepic The Librarian. The story centers ono the discovery of a repository of ancient artifacts hidden beneath the New York Public Library. Wyle's character is tasked with keeping the treasures safe from evildoers. read more

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