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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 6/20/2011

J.K. Rowling Is Doing Something New on the "Harry Potter" Front . . . But It's Not a New Book



J.K. ROWLING is doing something new and "Harry Potter"-related, but we don't know what it is.  We've heard that it's NOT a new book, though.

--All we know so far is that there's a website called PotterMore.com.  It's got a picture of two owls on it, plus the words "Coming soon" followed by Rowling's signature.

--If you click on the owls, it takes you to a YouTube site where there's a countdown to Rowling's announcement . . . whatever it's going to be.  According to the clock, the announcement will be made this Thursday.

--It also says, quote, "The owls are gathering . . . find out why soon."



Hugh Hefner Has Moved the Shannon Twins Back Into the Playboy Mansion



--HUGH HEFNER wasted no time replacing his runaway bride.  Hef has moved the 21-year-old SHANNON TWINS . . . KARISSA and KRISTINA . . . back into the Playboy Mansion.

--And they were actually back in BEFORE Saturday . . . the day Hugh was supposed to marry CRYSTAL HARRIS.

--Karissa and Kristina first moved into the Mansion back in 2008 . . . but they moved out about a year and a half ago, after Crystal became his #1 girl.

A Brief "Daytime Emmys" Rundown

The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards went down last night on CBS.

--"The Bold & the Beautiful" won the Best Drama Series award for the third-straight year.  Although that dominance is getting less and less impressive with each passing year, as soap operas continue to drop like flies.

--"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" won Best Entertainment Talk Show for the second year in a row, and REGIS PHILBIN and KELLY RIPA shared the Best Talk Show Host award with MEHMET OZ.  And that wasn't the only TIE.

--"Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune" tied for Best Game Show . . . beating "Cash Cab" which had won three straight years.  That was convenient, because hosts ALEX TREBEK and PAT SAJAK also received lifetime achievement awards.

--But "Cash Cab" host BEN BAILEY took home his second straight Emmy for Best Game Show Host.

--Oprah was also honored last night despite the fact that she wasn’t there.





Lance Bass Has Created a Singing Competition Show to Find America's Next Boy Band

--LANCE BASS is developing a show for VH1 where he pledges to find the next BOY BAND.  It's unclear if it'll have the same tired formula as all the other singing competition shows . . . with judges and weekly eliminations . . . but it sounds like it will.

--Lance says, quote, "It's a really great music show, starring [singers from] all your favorite boy bands . . . I got a member from BACKSTREET BOYSA.J. MCLEAN, a member from 'N SYNCJOEY FATONE . . .

--"A member from NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCKJOE MCINTYRE, and a member from NEW EDITIONBOBBY BROWN." Technically, he doesn't "have" Bobby yet, but Lance is optimistic.  He says, quote, "I think Bobby will do it.  I think he'd love it."



"Green Lantern" Came In #1 . . . But Fell Short of Financial Expectations

"Green Lantern" is the new #1 movie in the country after earning $52.7 million this weekend.  That's a strong opening but is still lower than any other superhero movie this year . . . which also saw a $55 million debut from "X-Men: First Class" and a $65 million opening weekend for "Thor".

--That's also less than what the studio was hoping for.  Especially since "Green Lantern" cost about $200 million to make.  Here are this week's Top 5 movies . . .

1.)  (NEW)  "Green Lantern", $52.7 million.

2.)  "Super 8", $21.3 million.  Up to $72.8 million in its 2nd week.

3.)  (NEW)  "Mr. Popper's Penguins", $18.2 million.

4.)  "X-Men: First Class", $11.5 million. Up to $120 million in its 3rd week.

5.)  "The Hangover Part 2", $9.6 million.  Up to $233 million in its 4th week.


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