Originally created 08/06/02

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TV TONIGHT

Movie spoofs reality show

True fans of The Real World will probably want to tune in to The Real World - The Lost Season at 9 p.m. on MTV. This made-for-MTV movie is a spoof of the reality series in which an obsessed fan kidnaps the show's cast.

The Real World has become a summer staple for MTV and is currently airing episodes of its 11th season, which is based in Chicago.

WEB WINNER

Dresses that don't impress

Robin Durr never thought a hideous hot pink bridesmaid dress would win her any prizes. She was wrong.

Ms. Durr, of St. Louis, Mo., wore a frock, which boasts a texture that feels like plastic seat covers, to win the Worst Bridesmaid's Dress Contest.

The contest, sponsored by Dekuyper Pucker Schnapps, the maker of cocktail mixers, was part of a massive bachelorette party held in New York. Runner-up dresses included a full-length, turquoise and white flower-print culottes outfit worn by Kathy McCormack of Wausau, Wis.; a metallic purple minidress with spaghetti straps and matching wrap secured with a rhinestone clip worn by Laura Wiese of Plano, Texas; and a gold lame dress with an ivory tulle overlay with gold polka dots worn by Lori Roman of Cape Girardeau, Mo.

To view the dresses, log on to www.dekuyperusa.com, and click on Worst Bridesmaid Dress Contest under the DeKuyper Info heading.

BIRTHDAYS

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Actor-director Peter Bonerz is 64. Actress Catherine Hicks (7th Heaven) is 51. Singer Randy DeBarge of DeBarge is 44. Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) is 32. Singer Geri Halliwell is 30. Actress Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster) is 26.

YOUR BIRTHDAY TODAY: Learn to keep track of details this year, and take care of your obligations. You're forceful, dynamic and confident, but that won't be enough. Also, be sensitive to others' needs, and be strict about keeping your word. Love and wealth will be your rewards.