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WATCH OUT FOR SPLINTERS

South Park scribes Trey Parker and Matt Stone are developing a big-screen comedy for Paramount that will feature an all-marionette cast, Variety reports. Described as a spoof of action films, Team America centers around a prototypical action hero who leads the charge to fight the world's evil forces. "We hate those actors who take themselves so seriously and think they are a productive and important part of society," Parker says. "The subtle joke here is that all actors are puppets." read more

WHITEWASHED GIRLS

Snoop Dogg says he has ended his association with Girls Gone Wild because the raunchy video series doesn't feature women of color. As a result, he tells The Associated Press that he's dreaming up his own version of Girls to "bring some flavor to the table." In related news, Robin Givens has joined the cast of Hollywood Wives: The New Generation, CBS's TV movie based on Jackie Collins's best-selling novel. read more

DINNER'S READY

Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac are attached to star in The Dinner Party, Columbia Pictures' remake of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. In this version, Mac's character has trouble coming to terms with his daughter's decision to marry a white guy (Kutcher). Shooting is expected to begin next spring. read more

JACK IS GONNA BE SO JEALOUS

Will & Grace star Debra Messing has landed her first lead role in a feature film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress has been cast opposite Dermot Mulroney in the romantic comedy Something Borrowed. She'll play a young woman who hires a male escort (Mulroney) to make her ex-fianc&#233 jealous. read more

HE'S SUCH A ROMANTIC

Eminem shocked 65,000 fans at a concert in England on Monday when he leaned over into the audience and handed a $450,000 diamond-encrusted necklace to one lucky girl. "I'm going to give this to the sexiest woman I see," he announced from the stage. According to eyewitnesses, the girl was blond, pretty and in her early 20s. Sounds like someone never got over his Brittany Murphy crush. read more

BEST BETS

50 Cent enjoyed an embarrassment of riches at last night's BET Awards. The rapper was named best new artist and best male hip-hop artist at the third annual ceremony. Other winners included R&B quartet B2K for best group, Queen Latifah for best actress and R. Kelly for best male R&B artist (tied with Jaheim). Michael Jackson, meanwhile, showed up to dangle a lifetime achievement award in front of James Brown. read more

JUST LIKE BOBA FETT!

Alias creator J.J. Abrams is developing a new drama for ABC that revolves around bounty hunters. Alias sidekick Greg Grunberg, who also starred in Abrams's late, great WB drama Felicity, has been tapped to play the male lead. read more

HE'LL BE BACK

Blamed for California's $38.2 billion budget deficit, Gov. Gray Davis faces a recall election — meaning he'd be ousted from office — and Arnold Schwarzenegger is said to be eyeing his job! "I'm staying out of it right now," the Terminator 3 star teased Good Morning America. "I'm thinking about the movie right now." Meanwhile, Alex &#038 Emma director Rob Reiner has also indicated interest in a future gubernatorial bid, but like California's other top Democrats, he's currently supporting Davis. read more

FATONE 'NGAGED!

Another 'N Syncer is off the market. Joey Fatone announced on CBS's The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn that he is engaged to longtime girlfriend Kelly. The couple — who have a 2-year-old daughter together — have been dating for 10 years. Fatone popped the question on June 18 at his home in Orlando, Fla. Rumor has it, bandmate Justin Timberlake is now feeling the pressure to finally make things official with galpal Cameron Diaz. Stay tuned... read more

ET PHONES COJOCARU

It looks like fashion diva Steven Cojocaru is parting company with his friends at Access Hollywood. Cojocaru, who has become AH's go-to red carpet guy at awards shows, has inked a development deal with Paramount Domestic TV that includes a possible series and a correspondent gig on rival newsmag Entertainment Tonight. Matt Lauer, however, can breathe easy. Cojocaru will continue with his weekly Today show appearances. read more

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