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Boobygate star Janet Jackson will perform without a net (read: live!) on tonight's fourth annual BET Awards. That's right, the six or eight-second delay typical for most live shows will not be instituted — despite Jackson's now-legendary wardrobe malfunction at the Super Bowl last February. "We have every confidence in our production and every confidence in our talent," a BET rep tells the New York Post. "We've always done this show live, and we see no reason to change it at this point." Translation: Send the kids to bed early, light some candles and get those TiVos fired up! read more

HERE COMES THE BRIDE

Johnny Depp has signed on to provide the lead voice in Corpse Bride, Tim Burton's latest stop-motion animated film, Variety reports. The story focuses on a European villager who travels to the underworld for a quickie wedding to a mysterious corpse bride (Helena Bonham Carter). Depp and Burton are also collaborating on a remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. read more

HER POT OF GOLD?

American Idol runner-up Diana DeGarmo's first single, "Dreams," arrives in stores today as part of a three-song CD single that also includes her version of "I Believe" and a cover of "Don't Cry Out Loud." read more

BABY HOAX

Yesterday, TV Guide Online — as well as The Associated Press, USA Today and the Washington Post — reported that actress Helena Bonham Carter and director Tim Burton welcomed their first child over the weekend. Turns out it was all just a hoax. The couple's son, Billy Ray, was actually born last October. On the bright side, no one really cares about this anyway. read more

MIRA WEDS

Oscar winner Mira Sorvino, 36, married her 22-year-old beau, actor Christopher Backus, on June 11 in a private ceremony at the Santa Barbara courthouse. It's the first marriage for both. read more

NICE LIFE

Sales of former President Clinton's autobiography My Life are nearing the 1 million mark, according to publisher Knopf. The book sold a record 400,000 copies in its first day of release last Tuesday. read more

MOVE OVER OPRAH...

Donald Trump has announced plans to launch a glossy, bimonthly vanity magazine in September titled Trump World. The mag will take readers inside Trump's empire, covering a variety of topics including real estate, travel, entertainment, food, wine and, if sales flag, sexy Apprentice centerfolds! read more

HE'S THE MAN

With Spider-Man 2 set to invade 4100 theaters tomorrow, Hollywood is buzzing about the Webbed Wonder's box-office prospects. Can it beat the original's record-breaking $114.8 million opening? Will it surpass the first flick's overall domestic haul of $403 million? If early rave reviews are any indication — including this one from yours truly: It's damn near perfect — the answers to those questions will most likely be "You bet" and "Uh-huh." read more

MOORE OR LESS

Michael Moore's anti-Dubya doc Fahrenheit 9/11 grossed $23.9 million over the weekend, about $2 million more than first reported. In related news, Disney chief Michael Eisner — who refused to release 9/11 on the grounds that it was too political (D'oh!) — was spotted leaving a screening of the pic Sunday in Los Angeles. Sources say he was smiling and, well, creepy. read more

HE-WHO-MUST-NOT-BE-NAMED

Wizards and muggles alike, take note! Author J.K. Rowling has conjured up a title for her sixth Harry Potter novel: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. She's also spilled some tantalizing plot clues on her official Web site. "The Half Blood Prince is neither Harry nor Voldemort," Rowling wrote, "and that's all I'm saying on that subject until the book's published." She added that "certain crucial pieces of information in Book 6 were originally planned for [the second book] The Chamber of Secrets." However, she noted, both the second and sixth books "hold some very important clues to the ultimate end of the series." What a tease. read more

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