Plus, Lil' Kim, Britney Spears, ''Dogma,'' Jenna Elfman, Ozzy Osbourne, and more

METHOD ACTING Jim Carrey went a bit overboard when playing Andy Kaufman in the upcoming biopic ”Man on the Moon,” and you may get to see the behind-the-scenes footage that proves it. Carrey got so immersed in playing Kaufman and the late comic’s alter ego, Tony Clifton, that he never got out of character even when off camera; Kaufman’s girlfriend, Lynn Margolis, shot some 200 hours of film of Carrey being a complete Kaufmanesque nuisance off the set. Now, according to Variety, Jersey Films, which produced the movie, is thinking about turning Margolis’ film into a documentary, with scenes of Carrey/Kaufman serenading Universal executives, frightening tourists on the studio tour, and playing practical jokes on producer Danny DeVito. Fun for the viewer, and undoubtedly teeth-grating memories for those who had to be around Carrey at the time.

IN THE CLEAR Trying to quiet conspiracy theories, rappers Lil’ Kim and Lil’ Cease have released statements declaring they had nothing to do with the bullets fired into Sean ”Puffy” Combs‘ Manhattan recording studio while they were working there early Friday morning. Combs was not present at the time, and police are not releasing any leads on the case, although the New York Post has reported the theories that Kim and Cease’s entourages were somehow involved, and that the intended target was rapper Shyne, who is signed to Combs’ label and who sounds eerily like Biggie Smalls.

AWARDS If you want to get away from the teen music boom, don’t bother running to Europe: They love synchronized dancing just as much over there, judging from the nominations for the MTV Europe Music Awards, in which Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys led the nomiations with four each. George Michael, Lauryn Hill, and TLC followed close behind with three. The awards will be held on Nov. 11 in Dublin, Ireland.

MAKING NOISE Protestors of Kevin Smith’s ”Dogma” have been cooped up inside for the last few months working on their letter-writing campaign, but they finally got a chance to get some fresh air when they headed to Lincoln Center last night to picket the film’s screening at the New York Film Festival. Hundreds of Catholic demonstrators turned out to decry the movie, which depicts a descendant of Jesus working at an abortion clinic, has Chris Rock as Rufus, the heretofore unknown 13th apostle, and hypothesizes that the Virgin Mary had other non-son-of-God children after Jesus. One flier handed out by a conservative group says the film ”mocks everything we hold sacred — God, the Church, the Mass and Mary’s virginity. It condones what we condemn — murder, obscenity, violence, profanity, drugs, drunkenness, and rebellion!” Smith maintains that though the film may be satiric and profanity-filled (and has enough sex and drug humor to make Cheech and Chong — let alone the Pope — blush), it actually has a strong profaith message, and nobody speaking out against it has actually bothered to see it.

CASTING Jenna Elfman will star in ”Visions and Lovers,” about an author whose unhealthy relationship with a model inspires a novel about obsession…. Lynn Redgrave has joined the cast of ”How to Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog,” with Kenneth Branagh as an increasingly agitated playwright whose career is taking a downturn…. Jerry O’Connell will play a bachelor who begins to date furiously when his girlfriend starts pressuring him to propose, in ”Buying the Cow.” Well go figure: turns out men ARE from Mars.

WANTS OUT You’d think Black Sabbath‘s third nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame would be the charm, but it won’t be if Ozzy Osbourne has his way. The singer has said that he wants the metal group’s name taken off the ballot because the honor would be meaningless since it’s not voted on by the fans. ”Save the ink. Forget about us,” he said in a statement. ”It’s voted on by the ‘supposed’ elite of the Industry and the Media, who’ve never bought an album or concert ticket in their lives, so their vote is totally irrelevant to me.” No word if the noted bat biter is still hoping for a PETA Hall of Fame award.

NETWORK SWITCH CNN is very carefully watching Lou Dobbs‘ new deal with NBC to host a syndicated radio show and write for a monthly financial newsletter. When Dobbs abruptly left ”Moneyline” four months ago to head up the astronomy website, he signed a three-year noncompete clause with his old network, forbidding him to work on any TV show on another network. NBC also plans to use Dobbs as an on-camera financial expert for its TV news shows, and plans to give him an anchor job when his deal with CNN ends, but the news network is making sure he doesn’t get in the spotlight a moment too soon.

LAWSUIT Lana Tisdell, one of the real-life inspirations for the upcoming movie ”Boys Don’t Cry,” is suing Fox Searchlight to either take her name out of the film or not distribute it, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The movie traces the true story of Teena Brandon, a teenage girl who pretended to be a boy in Nebraska in 1993, and was so convincing that Tisdell began dating the ”boy” Brandon Teena. Later, when some of Teena’s friends discovered her gender bending, they killed her. Fox says that Tisdell signed a contract allowing the use of her name, but Tisdell maintains that she only gave permission for an interview, and not the rights to her life story. The movie is set to open in New York and L.A. this Friday.

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