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DOCTOR'S ORDERS

Scott Foley may have found just the project to resuscitate his career: NBC's Scrubs. As reported in the July 5 issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale Monday), the former Felicity geek — whose sitcom A.U.S.A. arrived D.O.A. last winter — is set to reprise his first-season role as Elliot's (Sarah Chalke) neurotic beau in at least six episodes this fall. According to sources, producers were interested in bringing him on full time, but the soon-to-be-single actor had already committed to appear on Broadway in Richard Greenberg's The Violet Hour (opening Oct. 16). read more

ALEXANDER CHICKENS OUT

Jason Alexander has been dropped as spokesman for KFC. According to the New York Post, PETA made the Seinfeld alum aware of the fowl conditions under which the company raises and kills its chickens — and he reportedly was none too pleased. Alexander apparently pressured KFC to make changes, which strained relations with the higher-ups and led to his ouster. read more

HE'S SILLY

Rapper-turned-thesp Eminem can add a new title to his resume: comedian. The real Slim Shady poked fun at Michael Jackson on Tuesday by dangling a baby doll over a hotel balcony in Glasgow. In related news, Em has acknowledged that the $450,000 necklace he handed to a sexy concertgoer Monday in England was actually worth only $832. Somewhere, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog is thinking, "And he thinks my jokes are lame?" read more

WHEN BAD MOVIES GET BOOTLEGGED

A New Jersey man faces a year in prison for making a bootleg copy of The Hulk and posting it on the Internet before the movie was released. Kerry Gonzalez pleaded guilty Wednesday to to a single count of copyright infringement. read more

SHORT CUTS

Monica's After the Storm debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's album charts with sales of 186,000 copies... Miramax, which just acquired rights to bring Damn Yankees to the big screen, is giving another Broadway musical the movie-star treatment: Pippin. read more

MODEL BEHAVIOR

UPN has ordered a second season of America's Next Top Model, this summer's only watchable reality series. If you think you're the catwalk's meow, applications are available at UPN.com. read more

SECOND TIME AROUND

Kevin Costner, 48, and his girlfriend of four years, Christine Baumgartner, 29, are engaged. This will be Baumgartner's first marriage and Costner's second. His 16-year union to Cindy Silva ended in 1994. read more

THE NAME GAME

CBS is asking a federal judge to decide whether David E. Kelley is free to use Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire as the title for his upcoming drama series after a New Hampshire-based talent agency — which produced a film called Brotherhood — claimed copyright infringement. read more

SNOOP DOGGED

Los Angeles police are considering whether to file charges against Snoop Dogg for riding to Tuesday's BET Awards with armed bodyguards. As a convicted felon, the rapper-turned-Doggy Fizzle Televizzle host is prohibited from possessing firearms or hiring armed security. In related news, three members of Snoop's posse were arrested outside the awards show; two of the men were wanted for unidentified misdemeanor charges and the third on a parole violation. read more

IDOL UPDATE

Remember Corey Clark? He was the disgraced American Idol 2 contestant who failed to disclose to producers that he had been arrested for allegedly hitting his 15-year-old sister. Well, this story has a happy ending — sort of. Two misdemeanor assault charges have been dismissed against the Justin Guarini poser, but the 22-year-old pleaded guilty to "obstruction of legal process." He was sentenced to six months of unsupervised probation. read more

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