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KISS: GOING, GOING, GONE!

KISS fans coughed up almost $876,000 at a two-day auction of rock-and-roll memorabilia sold by band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley in Los Angeles last weekend. The biggest-ticket item: a set of four original costumes from the group's 1996-97 Alive reunion world tour. The over-the-top duds went for a cool $189,500. read more

DR. LAURA SHEDS TEARS

Ultraconservative radio talk-show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger says efforts by gays and lesbians to squash her upcoming TV talk show have been "agonizing," according to Time. "I've cried more at times than I would like to admit," she says. Still, she insists, "Not being able to relate normally to a member of the opposite sex is some kind of error." Her syndicated TV show is scheduled to make its debut on Sept. 11. read more

CARREY'S STRONG B.O.

Rubber-faced funnyman Jim Carrey was tops at the weekend box office, grossing $24.1 million with the gross-out comedy Me, Myself & Irene. Last week's No. 1 pic, Shaft, dropped to the third position with $13.3 million. Other top pics included Chicken Run ($17.5 million), Gone in Sixty Seconds ($9.5 million) and Big Momma's House ($8.7 million). read more

ELVIS PHONES A FRIEND

Elvis Presley regularly called the White House to chat with President and fellow Southerner Jimmy Carter, according to former chief of staff Hamilton Jordan. "Trouble was, Elvis was usually pretty loaded when he called," he tells AP. "It got to the point that the president would just hand off the phone to me or whoever was around. Elvis never caught on." read more

SHANDLING TO HOST EMMYS

Garry Shandling has been tapped to host ABC's telecast of the 52nd annual Emmy Awards on Sept. 10. Shandling's no stranger to the Emmys, having won a 1998 writing trophy for his work on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show. read more

HALL PITIES JAGGER

Model Jerry Hall says she pities ex-hubby and aging Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger. "I feel sorry for Mick," she tells Britain's Sunday Times. "Promiscuity just leads to chaos and you have to clear it up. I wish he'd find happiness." She says Jagger was not committed to her and that she tolerated it for way too long. "It was my fault, too." — Rich Brown read more

HEWITT'S OUTTA TIME

The struggling Jennifer Love Hewitt drama Time of Your Life has been canceled by Fox just two weeks after the series returned from a long hiatus. Seven episodes remain unaired. read more

BUT WILL SHE KEEP HER LEGS CROSSED?

Actress Sharon Stone, who made a name for herself by seductively flashing the camera in 1992's Basic Instinct, has signed on to reprise her role as murder suspect Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct 2. Stone's deal is said to be worth an estimated $15 million, according to Variety. read more

THEY'LL BE THERE FOR YOU

Friends executive producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane have agreed to stay on with the hit NBC sitcom for another two years, according to Variety. But the triumverate is planning to break up after the series ends, with Bright reportedly already considering new solo projects. read more

BRITNEY DOWNPLAYS SEXY SIDE

Teen pop sensation Britney Spears tells The Toronto Sun that she still doesn't understand all the press attention about her sexuality: "I don't know — maybe they just want to have something to talk about. Like in my videos, I'll show my belly, but there's girls in thongs in [Sisqó's] 'The Thong Song.' I don't understand. I'm 18, I'm a girl, it's nice to feel sexy. You're lying if you say you don't. It's part of me. It's part of me being a girl and growing up. I feel comfortable doing it. It's not like I walk around in hot pants." read more

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