WILD WILD MESS: Will Smith's new summer blockbuster now has bad reviews to go along with months-old bad buzz. Roger Ebert calls the film, opening today, "a comedy dead zone."

FERRIS BUELLER REDUX: The creator of Fox's Family Guy being haunted by his old headmaster in the form of an advertiser boycott.

THE ANTI-FLASH: Warner Bros. hiring yet another screenwriter to have a go at that planned new Superman flick, Daily Variety says.

LIMP RISES: The rockers of Limp Bizkit take over the top spot on the pop album charts with Significant Other, dethroning the Backstreet Boys.

YOU GO, BOYS! No. 1 or no, the Boys' Millennium declared the best-selling album of the first half of 1999 by record-industry stat keepers.

UPDATE: Michael Jackson's mega-charity concerts in South Korea and Germany raised an estimated $3.3 million last weekend.

NURSERY NEWS: Indie-minded filmmaker Kevin Smith, 28, and wife Jennifer, also 28, new parents to baby girl Harley Quinn, born last Saturday.

CODA: Flamboyant producer Allan Carr, who brought Grease to the big screen and oversaw the disastrous 1989 Oscars telecast, died Tuesday of cancer. He was 62.

VERY SPECIAL INTERRUPTION: Apple Computer's Super Bowl XVIII "1984" spot, introducing the Mac, named the greatest TV commercial of all time by a TV Guide panel.

ADS ADD: Look for a rundown of the other contenders in a special on cable's TV Land tonight at 8 (EST).

BLUE CRUE: In Los Angeles, a judge refuses to revive Vince Neil's lawsuit against an ex-lawyer for allegedly mishandling the rocker's bankruptcy.

FALL OF SAIGON: The London version of hit musical Miss Saigon to close October 30, 10 years after it opened.

STUPID AUDIENCE TRICKS: One man seriously injured, seven others hurt during a knife-wielding brawl at an R. Kelly concert Tuesday in Miami.

DISBAND: Foo Fighters guitarist Franz Stahl departing the alterna-band in an "amicable but necessary split," the group says.

STALLED: In Los Angeles, the judge in Garry Shandling's $100 million lawsuit against his ex-manager pushes back the start of the civil trial to clear another case.

SHE'S BACK! Eydie Gorme not retiring, gossip Liz Smith now says. The singer, troubled with an ear infection of late, to be back on the road with hubby Steve Lawrence in September.

RATINGS RACE: NBC takes the prime-time week ended Sunday, thanks to the lowly NBA Finals series, which lowly or no, took the top three spots among most-watched shows.

REPLACING LOU DOBBS: Stuart Varney and Willow Bay tapped as new coanchors of CNN's Wall Street wrap, Moneyline.

SO LONG: Sir John Woolf, who helped produce Brit-born hits The African Queen and Oliver!, died Monday at age 86.

FAREWELL: Brian O'Hara, of the 1960s British group the Fourmost, managed by the Beatles' Brian Epstein, found dead in Liverpool. He was 58.

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