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THE SHOW WILL GO ON

Actor's Equity and Broadway producers reached a tentative agreement on Monday regarding future performances on the Great White Way. The four-year production contract, which is expected to be finalized today, will improve salary and health-care benefits for performers on Broadway and on the road. read more

LET'S MAKE A DEAL

Lindsay Lohan is giving teen rival Hilary Duff a run for her Billboard spot. The 18-year-old Mean Girls star has signed a record deal with Tommy Mottola's Casablanca Records. Mottola, who helped shape the careers of such megastars as Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez and ex-wife Mariah Carey, will most likely create a top-40 vibe for the actress. The pop-princess-in-training's singing voice has been heard in her films Freaky Friday and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. Lohan's first album is expected to be released by the end of the year. read more

RECOVERED?

Courtney Love is on her way home. The troubled rock star, who spent her 40th birthday in a Manhattan hospital for an undisclosed gynecological condition, was reportedly discharged on Monday. Love now faces a warrant for her arrest in Los Angeles, after failing to appear for an arraignment on assault charges last Friday. read more

GEST KEEPS GABBING

Liza Minnelli's ex David Gest is busy inserting foot-in-mouth again. After telling tonight's Extra that he's kicked his addiction to painkillers, he attempts to defend his claim that Liza physically beat him during their marriage. "People say to me, 'Why didn't you walk out of the room?'" Gest says. "Well, if she would have jumped from a window with two bottles of vodka in her, they would have said, 'Ah, he killed her.' A real man doesn't leave somebody who he loves alone. You just take it." When asked about his friend Jacko's well-being as the child-molestation trial draws near, Gest predicts, "If he is convicted — which I hope he's not — he'll kill himself. How could someone like Michael Jackson survive in jail?" Such a ray of sunshine that guy is! read more

VIXEN'S RETURN

After lengthy legal wrangling, Sharon Stone says her erotic thriller Basic Instinct 2 is a go. "We are putting it together now," she told last night's Access Hollywood. "We don't have a production schedule yet." The 1992 original made a star of Stone, who vamped proudly as leg-crossin', ice-pick-wieldin' novelist Catherine Tramell. The 46-year-old vaguely denied that her list of diva demands delayed the sequel: "Well, funny enough, we are making the movie now, and nothing has changed, so there you are." Thanks for clearing that up, Shar. read more

TV EXES TO WED

WB cutie Chad Michael Murray announced on last night's Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn that he is engaged to his One Tree Hill costar, Sophia Bush. (Omigod, y'all! Lucas and Brooke are broken up on the show, but they're getting married in real life?! That is soooo cool.) Murray proposed to his fiancée in Australia while filming the upcoming movie House of Wax. read more

TASTY OFFER

Late Show host David Letterman's company, Worldwide Pants, will produce Strangers with Candy: The Movie. The film will be based on the old Comedy Central sitcom starring Amy Sedaris, one of Letterman's favorite female comedians. read more

TRADING SPACES

Entertainment Tonight has promoted weekend anchor Mark Steines to a Monday-Friday work schedule. He'll join Mary Hart as coanchor of the entertainment news show, effective immediately, announced Paramount Domestic Television. Outgoing ET host Bob Goen has signed a development deal with the studio. ESPN Sportscenter anchor Kevin Frazier will take over the vacated weekend slot beginning Sept. 18. read more

RECOVERED?

Courtney Love is on her way home. The troubled rock star, who spent her 40th birthday in a Manhattan hospital for an undisclosed gynecological condition, was reportedly discharged on Monday. Love now faces a warrant for her arrest in Los Angeles, after failing to appear for an arraignment on assault charges last Friday. read more

HILTON'S LEFT BARE

A Los Angeles judge has tossed out Paris Hilton's invasion of privacy lawsuit against Kahatani Ltd., the Florida-based Internet company that distributed her infamous videotaped sex romp with former boyfriend Rick Salomon. The $30 million demand was dismissed on Friday for reasons that were not specified in court documents. The socialite's sweaty romp can now be purchased as a video bearing the title One Night in Paris. On the bright side, thanks to Hilton's legal settlement with Salomon, she'll reportedly collect $400,000 — plus a percentage of the video's sales — which she plans to donate to "worthy charities." read more

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