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"I've always believed that the best defense is a good offense, so I'm just trying to beat Mother Nature to the punch." — Today host Matt Lauer commenting on his new buzz cut, which he debuted on Monday's show. read more

IS KING KONG NEXT?

The Rock wants to follow up his title role in The Scorpion King by playing a real-life warrior-king — Hawaii's late Kamehameha the Great. The wrestling hunk says he's working on a deal to star in Sony's in-the-works feature about King Kamehameha, who ruled from 1795 to 1819. read more

TOLERANCE ATTACKED

Nickelodeon has logged some 100,000 e-mails and phone calls in protest of tonight's special about gay parenting. The campaign was reportedly organized by the Traditional Values Coalition. Nick News Special Edition: My Family is Different, hosted by Linda Ellerbee and featuring an appearance by Rosie O'Donnell, airs at 9 pm/ET. read more

LITTLE MULDER

Former X-Files UFO-chaser David Duchovny and actress-wife Téa Leoni celebrated the birth of their second child, a boy, on Saturday in Los Angeles. The new arrival, whose name has not been released, joins the couple's 3-year-old daughter, Madelaine West. read more

SHORT CUTS

Tiger Woods's U.S. Open victory on Sunday scored big for NBC, notching the best overnight ratings in the golf event's history... Oprah Winfrey is cutting back on her talk show schedule during the next two seasons, taping only 29 weeks of original shows — down from 37... The hit Broadway musical Urinetown has been temporarily shut down due to a leak at the Henry Miller Theatre. This is not a joke... Mariah Carey spent Father's Day with her gravely ill dad, Alfred Carey, who is being treated at a New York-area hospital. read more

LET THERE BE PEACE

The Dixie Chicks have resolved their year-long feud with Sony Music and will release their next album, Home, on Aug. 27. The country trio accused Sony of cheating them out of millions of dollars in royalties. "Our reconciliation with Sony Music couldn't have come at a better time," the Chicks said in a statement. read more

HOMEY DON'T PLAY THAT

Damon Wayans is blasting Fox's decision to move The Bernie Mac Show to Wednesdays at 8 pm next fall opposite his ABC comedy My Wife and Kids. "The networks should not be playing checkers with two shows about African American families that are working," Wayans tells the Los Angeles Times. "This is about the big picture. This is not about me and Bernie. This speaks to a responsibility that networks have, particularly when there's a lack of diversity on prime time. It's hard enough trying to put together one successful show with an African American family. Now there are two. It's divide and conquer. Then there will be none. This frustrates me as a black man with not too much to watch." read more

DURST SPEAKS OUT

Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst said that security problems led to the death of 15-year-old fan Jessica Michalik during a concert last year in Sydney. "It was so overwhelming that a young girl came to see her favorite band and left in a coma and died," Durst said at Monday's inquest, which he attended via video link from Los Angeles. "I'm very emotional right now talking about it. It's taken me a long time to talk about this." Michalik suffered a heart attack during a crowd crush. read more

BY GEORGE, HE'S GOT IT

ABC is now confirming that George Stephanopoulos — the ex-Clinton advisor turned journalist — will take over as host of political gabfest This Week in September. In this changing of the old guard, the 41-year-old TV talker replaces Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts, who began co-anchoring the show in 1996. Both, however, will remain at ABC News. read more

DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE

The wife of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin has reportedly accused her wrestling star-hubby of beating her after a weekend argument at their home in San Antonio. However, Debra Williams, also a pro wrestler, has not filed charges. read more

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