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GEE... WHAT A SURPRISE

They said it wouldn't last... more than a weekend at the box office — and they were right! The Jennifer Lopez-Ben Affleck caper Gigli had a disastrous debut, gobbling up a paltry $3.8 million during its first three days of release. The critically-savaged pic landed with a thud at No. 7, tying with Finding Nemo. American Wedding, the final chapter of the American Pie trilogy, opened at No. 1 with a decent $34.3 million, followed by Spy Kids 3-D (No. 2 with $20.1 million), Pirates of the Caribbean (No. 3 with $19.1 million), Seabiscuit (No. 4 wit read more

WHERE TO BEGIN...

The Queer Eye for the Straight Guy crew have lined up their next style challenged hetero: Jay Leno. The Fab Five (or Four if you exclude that random "culture" expert) will work their makeover magic on Leno, the Tonight Show band and the show's set on the Aug. 14 and 15 episodes of NBC's late-night show, USA Today reports. Meanwhile, NBC will air another half-hour edition of Queer Eye on Aug. 14 following Will & Grace. read more

SHORT CUTS

Fox will air the third edition of Temptation Island on Thursdays at 9 pm/ET, beginning Aug. 28... Talk about a bad hand. An FX spokesman confirms that Lucky, the Las Vegas-set comedy starring John Corbett, has been axed after just one season... Macy Gray will serve as guest co-host on this week's Jimmy Kimmel Live. read more

MONEY TROUBLE

Troubled cannibal Mike Tyson has bitten off more than he can chew financially. The former heavyweight champ, who was once estimated to be worth $300 million, filed for bankruptcy on Friday to bring "order to his financial affairs," his attorney says. Tyson is currently facing assault and disorderly conduct charges stemming from a scuffle in a Brooklyn hotel in June. He also has a $100 million lawsuit pending against boxing promoter Don King; Tyson claims King cheated him out of millions. read more

SERIAL THRILLER

CBS has greenlit a three-hour telefilm about Charles Manson titled Helter Skelter, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It's based on former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's book about the capture and trial of Manson. read more

MAKING SOME NOISE

The exec producer behind CSI wants to break into the reality scene. As reported in the current issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale now), Anthony Zuiker is developing a hip-hop version of American Idol titled Ruckus. "It incorporates DJ, MC rap, breakdancing and graffiti," he says. "I'm running around town pitching it right now." CBS officially passed on the project, but Eye network prez Les Moonves wants to keep Ruckus in the Viacom family. Says the exec: "I'm thinking about it for [sister network] UPN." read more

COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION

Kobe Bryant got what appeared to be a hero's welcome at Saturday's taping of the 2003 Teen Choice Awards, where the embattled basketball player was named favorite male athlete. Fox will broadcast the ceremony Wednesday, the same day Bryant is due in court for a preliminary hearing on charges that he sexually assaulted a 19-year-old hotel worker. read more

IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL TEE OFF

After a series of flops, Kevin Costner is heading back to familiar territory: the golf course. The Tin Cup actor is in talks to star opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in Taming Ben Taylor, a romantic comedy about a Long Island vineyard owner who considers selling his property to make way for a golf course. read more

BACK IN THE SLAMMER

Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was sentenced to 10 months in prison Thursday after a parole board determined that he smacked a Hollywood nightclub valet. Knight, who faced a maximum sentence of a year in prison, was credited for time spent behind bars; he's been jailed since June 27. read more

WB Boys Have Hoop Dreams


In the WB's fall drama One Tree Hill, Chad Michael Murray and James Lafferty are half brothers with an intense rivalry on the basketball court. Lafferty's Nathan is the rich, popular star of the high school b-ball team. Murray's Lucas is just the poor misfit star of his local playground. But when the cameras aren't rolling, do these dudes really have mad skills?

"I'm a football guy," says Murray, who's best known for his bad-boy roles on Gilmore Girls and Dawson's Creek. In many of his scenes, the 21-year-old actor admits, stand-ins do all the fancy moves. But weeks of coaching are making life easier on the stunt men. "I'm picking up my ball control... Every time I had some downtime, we would go out and play."

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