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X-FILES STAR X-RAYED

X-Files star Gillian Anderson, 34, fell down a flight of stairs at her home in London's Notting Hill on Monday. But no worries, X-Philes. "She is not seriously injured," the actress's official website says. "She has no fractures or sprains. [Britain's Daily Mirror tabloid reports] that she is expected to be in the hospital for at least a week. False. Gillian was released after a checkup at the hospital and is back home, safe and sound. Gillian is fine!" read more

CRUZ MOURNED

The Tuesday funeral mass of legendary salsa singer Celia Cruz drew thousands of mourners outside St. Patrick's Cathedral on New York's Fifth Avenue. Celebrities like Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Jon Secada and Reuben Blades showed up to remember Cruz, who succumbed to cancer last week at 77. The Cuban-born crooner was buried in the Bronx's Woodlawn Cemetery, resting place of music icons like Duke Ellington and Miles Davis. read more

PROUD PAPA

No wonder Chris O'Donnell hasn't had a major movie role since 2000's Vertical Limit — he's been too busy breeding. The actor's wife, Caroline, gave birth to their third child, Charles McHugh O'Donnell, on July 11. read more

How Normal Is Angelina Jolie?


Tomb Raider's Lara Croft has had a makeover. What's different about her in TR's sequel, The Cradle of Life (opening Friday)? Well, as Angelina Jolie points out, she gets a more human backstory and emotional connection to her co-stars. Of course, even if teenage boys miss the subtext there, it's unlikely her physical evolution will go unnoticed...

"I wanted her to be closer to my body," Jolie explains of the more modestly bosomed Ms. Croft. "She's a little less video vixen and a little more athletic, more of a real woman. I find that to be sexier. She's proportionate."

Jolie still has all of the digital heroine's toys, though. A self-proclaimed adrenaline addict, she loves Lara's adventurous accessories. "I'm trying to get my hands on her bike," she sighs, "and I liked her [sidesaddle]."

What's happening in Jolie's equally intriguing personal li read more

DELAYED

Sony has pushed back the release of its Ben Affleck-Jennifer Lopez romance Gigli (pronounced "Big-Flop") by two days. The film, which was slated to bow on July 30, will now open Aug. 1. The studio should just cut to the chase and tell us when this thing will be out on video. read more

CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS

CBS has released a study that is sure to ruffle the feathers of a certain Peacock network. In a report issued Monday at the Television Critics Assoc. press tour in Hollywood, Calif., CBS surveyed more than 1,000 top media buyers and planners and concluded that viewers aged 25-54 — not NBC's coveted 18-49 target demo — is the audience of choice for most advertisers. read more

ANOTHER NO. 1 RANKING FOR OPRAH

Oprah Winfrey has topped VH1's list of the 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons. Superman came in at No. 2, followed by Elvis Presley. The music network began counting down the list on Monday, which means they should get to Oprah sometime in November. read more

BUSTED

Coldplay singer Chris Martin is in a bit of hot water after allegedly losing his temper and smashing a photographer's car window on an Australian beach over the weekend. Gwyneth Paltrow's beau was arrested Sunday and charged with malicious damage. He's due in court on Oct. 8. read more

THE X-FACTOR

The truth about President Bartlet's MIA daughter is right here: She looks like former X-Files star Annabeth Gish. The West Wing has tapped Gish for the recurring role of Bartlet's never-before-seen eldest daughter, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actress will make her debut in this season's first two episodes, which were written by exec producer (and successor to Aaron Sorkin's throne) John Wells. Sources say Gish is one of several new faces Wells plans to introduce on West Wing this season. read more

REVEREND MONEYBAGS

7th Heaven star Stephen Collins has inked an eight-figure deal to continue playing the show's patriarch for another two seasons, through May 2005, Variety reports. read more

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