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WILL SHE OR WON'T SHE?

Soap star-turned-Live spitfire Kelly Ripa seems to be denying a report in today's New York Post that she plans to quit All My Children when her contract expires in December. The Post said Ripa would make only sporadic appearances on the sudser. "All My Children has been and will continue to be a big part of my life," Ripa responded in a statement. "I hope to continue to appear as Hayley Santos for many years to come." read more

YEAH, BABY

Talk about a groovy opening weekend: Austin Powers in Goldmember debuted at No. 1 with a shagadelic $73.1 million — the best bow ever for a comedy. Mike Myers's third go-around in bell bottoms also ranked as the best July opening ever and beat the $54.9 million opening tally of 1999's Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Last week's No. 1, Road To Perdition, fell to second with a still-solid $11 million. Its three-week total stands at $65.6 million. Rounding out the top five: Stuart Little 2 (No. 3 with $10.7 million), Men In Black II (No. 4 with $8.7) and K-19: The Widowmaker (No. 5 with $7.3 million). Disney's theme park ride-turned-movie read more

FUTURE SUPERMODEL

Supermodel Claudia Schiffer and her husband of three months, British film producer Matthew Vaughn, are expecting their first child. "We can confirm she is pregnant and has got through the first trimester," the couple's spokeswoman tells Reuters. "Matt and Claudia are absolutely over the moon and think it is great news." read more

SHORT CUTS

Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore will reunite for PBS's upcoming production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Gin Game... Rosie O'Donnell is in talks to bring Boy George's campy London musical Taboo to Broadway, the New York Daily News reports. read more

BRIDGET JONES'S DIGS

Here's the real value of an Oscar nod: Renée Zellweger — who received her first Academy Award nomination this year for Bridget Jones's Diary — has traded in her $1.8 million Hollywood Hills pad for a $6.8 million Bel-Air mansion, the Los Angeles Times reports. And the 33-year-old onetime Olive Garden greeter got herself a bargain: The 6,400-square-foot, 1930s-era estate was originally listed for $8.9 million! Her new home boasts seven bedrooms, eight baths, a master suite and a guest house. read more

Jerry Maguire Star Grows Up


When we first met Jonathan Lipnicki in 1996's Jerry Maguire, he was a five year-old with spikey hair spouting cute rhetoric to Tom Cruise. Now age 11, he's fast-approaching that dangerous time when child stars go bad. So, when can we expect the pint-sized cutie to start knocking over liquor stores and stealing yachts?

"That's totally not me. I'm a goody-goody," the actor assures. "The worst thing I do is get [punished at school] for laughing. I like to laugh — that's not a crime."

Indeed, there's nothing wrong with having a sense of humor, especially when it comes to growing up in the limelight. Maybe that's what has kept Lipnicki — who this summer can be seen in the hit family flicks Like Mike and read more

PAGING DR. PHIL...

Is Britney Spears self-destructing before our very eyes? The pop diva ended her world tour on a sour note Sunday night when she reportedly cut short her final show in Mexico City. In the middle of singing her fifth song — oddly enough, "Stronger" — Spears apologized, saying, "I'm sorry Mexico. I love you. Bye," Mexico City's Milenio newspaper reports. Minutes later, fans allegedly began hurling Spears-related merchandise and chanting "fraud, fraud." All this comes just days after the 20-year-old was caught flipping the bird to a crowd gathered at an airport in Toluca, about 40 miles from Mexico City. She later insisted that the gesture was meant for the intrusive paparazzi — not her Mexican fans. "I'm human too," she later said. "I get mad like everyone else." read more

Chazz Palminteri: May I Have This Lap Dance?


In the unexpectedly insightful Showtime movie Women vs. Men (premiering Sunday at 8 pm/ET), bosom buddies Christine Lahti and Glenne Headley throw out their husbands, Joe Mantegna and Paul Reiser respectively, after catching them at a lap-dance club. But, director Chazz Palminteri suggests to TV Guide Online, that's no reason for the gals to get their knickers in a knot.

"My personal take on lap dancing is, if you were out with the boys and you did it once — or a few times — it's no big deal," says the married father of two, who is best known as a tough-guy actor (Bullets Over Broadway, The Usual Suspects). "If you make it a steady habit, though, and you're spending more time [with the strippers] than with your family and your wife, then it's a problem."

Despite Palminteri's liberal stance on simulated sex, the onetime Oz helmer won high marks from Women vs. Men's leading ladi read more

BACHELOR'S BACK

Now here's a show the whole family can't watch: ABC is producing a six-part behind-the-scenes special on its lowbrow reality series The Bachelor. Hosted by inaugural Bachelor Alex Michel, the miniseries — which will run for six consecutive nights from Aug. 11-16 on sister cable net ABC Family (huh?) — promises to answer all the questions about what really happened on the show. read more

FAMILY MATTERS

Ozzy Osbourne is taking a three-week break from Ozzfest to be with his wife, Sharon, as she begins chemotherapy treatment for colon cancer. He'll rejoin the tour in Denver on Aug. 22. "This has been one of the hardest decisions I've had to make, and I'm hoping that my fans will understand," Osbourne said. Meanwhile, an MTV rep tells Reuters that the second season of The Osbournes is still slated to debut in the fall, but "our primary concern is for Sharon's well-being, and we're going to take it one step at a time." read more

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