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Siriano, Conrad to create gowns for Emmy night

Project Runway winner Christian Siriano and The Hills star Lauren Conrad are creating gowns for the Emmy Awards on Sept. 21.

Siriano's selection as designer for one of the so-called "trophy girls" who hand over Emmy statues to presenters was announced yesterday. The TV academy previously said that Conrad, who's started her own clothing line, will be dressing a trophy bearer.

Siriano will have Project Runway company, with the show's Heidi Klum serving as one of five reality show hosts who are to emcee the awards. The five - Tom Bergeron of Dancing with the Stars; Ryan Seacrest of American Idol; Howie Mandel of Deal or No Deal and Jeff Probst of Survivor - are nominated in a new category recognizing their work.

Beam him up

Stephen Colbert's DNA is going to be digitized and sent to the International Space Station, Comedy Central was expected to announce yesterday. Then next month, video game designer Richard Garriott will travel to the station and deposit Colbert's genes for an "Immortality Drive."

Garriott, one of the few private citizens to travel into space, is collecting material for a time capsule of human DNA.

The host of The Colbert Report will essentially be preserved so that aliens can clone him "in the unlikely event that Earth and humanity are destroyed," Garriott said in a statement.

Rowling wins suit

A judge in New York ruled yesterday in favor of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling in her copyright infringement lawsuit against a fan and Web site operator who was set to publish a Potter encyclopedia.

U.S. District Judge Robert P. Patterson said Rowling had proven that Steven Vander Ark's Harry Potter Lexicon would cause her irreparable harm as a writer. He permanently blocked publication of the reference guide and awarded Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. $6,750 in damages.

Moves at MSNBC

MSNBC is replacing Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as co-anchors of political night coverage with David Gregory, and will use the two newsmen as commentators. The change reflects tensions between the freewheeling, opinionated MSNBC and the impartial news gatherers at NBC News.

Gregory, the veteran Washington hand, will anchor MSNBC's coverage of the presidential and vice presidential debates and election night, network spokesman Jeremy Gaines said Sunday.

MSNBC executives, who had publicly defended their anchors' roles while privately monitoring them throughout the political season, made the change over the weekend after discussions with Olbermann. Despite the controversy around him, Olbermann has been a hero with left-leaning viewers and keyed MSNBC's growth among coveted young viewers.

'Rent' spent

They cheered, they cried and gave the show a standing ovation even before the first note was sung.

Broadway said goodbye Sunday to Rent, 12 years and 5,124 performances after it first became a rock musical with a message for theatergoers of all ages.

"Like we did when we opened, we dedicate this performance to Jonathan Larson," said actor Adam Kantor. Larson wrote the book, music and lyrics.

The show, inspired by Puccini's La Boheme, found a ready-made audience in young people. Its fanatical supporters were nicknamed Rentheads, and many of them saw the show after the musical instituted a same-day, front-row ticket price of $20.

Another tour of Rent starts in January for some 30 weeks with several members of the original cast.


Actor Cliff Robertson, 85.

Actor Hugh Grant, 48.

Actor Adam Sandler, 42.

Model Rachel Hunter, 39.

Actor Goran Visnjic, 36.

Jazz singer Michael Buble, 33.

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