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U.S. — NO CANNES DO?

Only three U.S. films will compete for the top prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, down from five last year. Among the American entries: Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love, starring Adam Sandler, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Emily Watson; Alexander Payne's About Schimdt, starring Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis and Kathy Bates; and Michael Moore's documentary Bowling for Columbine. The read more

RAPE DRAMA DEVELOPMENT

Yun Kyeong Sung Kwon — the woman who accused Celine Dion's husband, Rene Angelil, of rape and slapped him with a civil suit last month — has been arrested for check forgery. Angelil's lawyers are suggesting the criminal charge calls Kwon's credibility into question. read more

THIS GUY IS BUSY

Law & Order mastermind Dick Wolf is developing a prime-time update of the classic cop drama Dragnet, Variety reports. Wolf will write the pilot and serve as executive producer of the proposed series, which could debut as early as 2003. No network is attached, but they're all reportedly interested. read more

HOW WILL HE GET BY?

First Ted Koppel and now this! Variety reports that ABC newsman Peter Jennings — who makes $10 million a year — could be facing a salary reduction as a result of World News Tonight's declining ratings. Jennings isn't alone: ABC News correspondents reportedly have already been asked to accept 25 percent pay cuts. read more

AND THEY'RE OFF!

May sweeps kicks off tonight with one heck of a showdown: ABC is scheduling the two-hour season finale of its reality smash The Bachelor (8-10 pm/ET) against NBC's Must-See comedies and CBS's one-two punch of Survivor: Marquesas and CSI. Fox, meanwhile, is airing The Empire Strikes Back — the best Star Wars film ever. read more

MUPPETS ON CAPITOL HILL?

Elmo, the furry red monster from Sesame Street, testified yesterday in front of the Education Appropriations Subcommittee in Washington, D.C. The popular Muppet spoke out in favor of music education in schools. read more

MORE KUDOS FOR RINGS

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring topped the list of nominees for the 11th annual MTV Movie Awards with six nods. In addition to Rings, other contenders for best movie are Black Hawk Down, The Fast and the Furious, Legally Blonde and Shrek. The unconventional awardsfest is set to air on MTV on June 6 at 9 pm/ET. Viewers can vote for best kiss, best fight and the other categories by phone or via the Internet. read more

Val Kilmer's Made Mistakes


A lot has been said about Val Kilmer, whose reputation for clashes with crew and cast members — on such films as Batman Forever, The Island of Dr. Moreau and Red Planet — is among Hollywood's most colorful. And while the actor is quick to offer his own viewpoint on the oft-told tales, he also will admit that he's made some mistakes in his career.

"I'm old enough to be able to see patterns in my own behavior and [I can tell if I've] done something awful," Kilmer shares with TV Guide Online. "It's embarrassing, but I pretty regularly turned down work with really fine directors, of which there just aren't that many.

"I would never do that again," he asserts. "If Ang Lee ( read more

SHORT CUTS

Dark Horse Comic character Hellboy is being brought to the big screen by Blade 2 director Guillermo del Toro, reports Variety. Ron Perlman is being eyed for the title role... TLC garnered its highest ratings ever last Saturday when 4.2 million viewers tuned in to watch a celeb edition of Trading Spaces with the Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines. read more

Survivor's Gay Villain Speaks!


When it comes to playing the game of Survivor, it pays to be gay — at least according to recently outed, er, ousted Marquesas contestant John Carroll. The 36-year-old Nebraska native — whose ruthless tactics reminded us of another egomaniacal non-hetero, original Survivor champ Richard Hatch — believes it's no small coincidence that some of the show's most memorable (and successful) participants have been men who love men.

"To be honest, my intention was not to lie, but I was in the closet for 21 years," he tells TV Guide Online. "When you are gay, you learn to have facades. So, I think manipulation is inherently a defense mechanism for many gay people."

Well, unlike Hatch, Carroll's Jekyll and Hyde routine did not sit well with the majority of his tribemates — leading to his ejection at the end of last Thursday's episod read more

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