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HE HAS MORE TO SAY

Michael Moore will strike back at critics of his Oscar-night acceptance speech on the upcoming DVD of Bowling for Columbine. The disc, due in stores on Aug. 19, will include an interview in which Moore addresses the controversy surrounding his anti-Bush tirade. Of course, said interview will be drowned out by lots of loud booing. read more

SHORT CUTS

The producers behind Jerry Springer: The Opera — currently the hottest ticket in London — are exploring a possible Broadway run, Playbill.com reports... Cher was forced to postpone a concert Thursday night at Milwaukee's Bradley Center due to a sinus and throat infection. read more

DIVINE INTERVENTION

Jim Carrey's God-like comedy Bruce Almighty, ahem, deified the odds over the four-day Memorial Day weekend by crushing the all-powerful Matrix Reloaded. Bruce debuted at No. 1 with a miraculous $86.4 million, the best non-sequel comedy opening in history and a personal best for Carrey. That pushed Matrix to No. 2 with $45.6 million — a steep 60 percent decline from its huge opening weekend haul. (Again, I blame that painfully drawn-out Zion dance sequence.) Rounding out the top five: Daddy Day Care (No. 3 with $18 million), X2: X-Men United (No. 4 with $13 million) and the new Michael Douglas-Albert Brooks comedy The In-Laws (No. 5 with $9.1 million). read more

THE PARTY'S OVER

Scott Bairstow, best known for playing Neve Campbell's abusive boyfriend on Party of Five, has been charged with second-degree rape for allegedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl. According to E! Online, the 33-year-old actor — who is married with two children — is due in court for arraignment on June 3. read more

DID CLAY KNOW?

If Clay Aiken seemed a little too pulled together Wednesday night after learning he had lost the American Idol crown to Ruben Studdard, it may be because he already knew the outcome! Idol judge Simon Cowell told Fox's Good Day Live Thursday that Aiken peeked over host Ryan Seacrest's shoulder and saw Studdard's name on the card "about five minutes before he was due to go out [on stage]." Aiken, however, insisted to Extra that he was "completely in the dark" about who won. Meanwhile, Nielsen estimates that an average 33.7 million viewers watched the two-hour climax, giving Fox its best Wednesday ratings in history. read more

MORE IDOL

Idol champ Ruben Studdard will reportedly spend the holiday weekend in the studio recording his debut album, which is due out in September. His first single, "Flying Without Wings," will be released next week. read more

WHAT TOOK SO LONG?

Four years after their split, rocker Rod Stewart and his model-wife Rachel Hunter are divorcing. "I've paid my dues to the institution of marriage and have no interest in clinging to the past," Stewart told Britain's Sun newspaper. "I have decided to get a divorce. When I get back to L.A., it will all be finalized." In retaliation, Hunter — who recently served as a judge on ABC's Are You Hot? — shined a laser pointer on his flabby bum. read more

STOP PAYMENT

Matrix Reloaded may be raking in millions at the box office, but the film's co-director, Larry Wachowski, can't spend a dime of it. According to TheSmokingGun.com, a Los Angeles judge has frozen the filmmaker's business assets in a bitter divorce fight between him and his estranged wife, Thea Bloom. Apparently, Bloom claims her hubby concealed "large payments" he had received for his Matrix work. read more

Idol Scales Tip in Favor of Ruben


After 24 million votes were cast, an hour and 50 minutes of our lives were whiled away, more than 75 commercials were broadcast, and a truly disturbing dream sequence involving Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and whipped cream damn near put us off sex, Ruben Studdard was finally declared a superstar in last night's second-season finale of American Idol. But despite the close race — runner-up Clay Aiken garnered only 130,000 fewer call-ins — the contest's climax lacked both the emotional resonance and the suspense of the previous year's sing-off between Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini.

The blame for the first shortcoming rests squarely on Studdard's broad shoulders. Visiting judge Gladys Knight hit the nail on the head when she dubbed him "the world's velvet teddy bear." She meant it as a compliment, of cou read more

Night of the Glamour Don'ts!


Trashy chic is an increasingly popular — and scary — trend in Hollywood nowadays. Amongst the younger set, unshaven stars hang out in dives, lookin' dingy in vintage T-shirts and trucker caps. Witness Glamour's annual "Glamour Don't" party, where the beauty mag's A-list guests — including Tara Reid and Owen Wilson — are urged to show up in mismatched, over-the-top getups. Sure, it's all in fun. But how to tell whose fashion faux pas are intentional, and who's just trendy?

Lance Bass, for one, looked fairly normal, with his spiky blonde highlights and yellow U.S. Army T-shirt. "My fashion don't is wearing a brown belt with black shoes," he told Party Boy, grinning. "I wanted to go further, but my publicist wouldn't let me."

Actually, m read more

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