Today's News: Our Take


WHAT MARITAL STRAIN?

Soccer stud David Beckham and his Spice Girl wife, Victoria, are expecting their third child in March. The couple's marriage hit a rough patch last April when former personal assistant Rebecca Loos claimed she had a 10-day affair with Beckham. And by "rough patch" I mean they went and made a baby. read more

SAD NEWS

The music world is mourning '80s pop star Laura Branigan, who died Thursday of a brain aneurysm at her home in East Quogue, N.Y. She was 47. The four-time Grammy nominee, best known for her 1982 smash "Gloria," reportedly had been complaining of headaches in recent weeks. read more

BUSTED

Actress Rosario Dawson (Men in Black II) was among 500 activists arrested over the weekend at an anti-Bush rally in New York City, the setting of this week's Republican National Convention. She was booked on a number of charges, including resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, blocking traffic and endangering the welfare of moviegoers by making Josie and the Pussycats. read more

COMING-OUT PARTY

Appearing on TV for the first time in months, Mary-Kate Olsen served as a presenter at Sunday's Miami-based VMAs and thanked everyone for being so "supportive [during] the last couple of months." It was unclear, however, if she was referring to her eating disorder or New York Minute. read more

SHORT CUTS

A&E is producing a two-hour movie based on Sen. John McCain's autobiography, Faith of My Fathers.... ABC is developing a series for Disney Channel phenom Raven Symone. read more

IT'S OFFICIAL

NBC confirmed Friday what we've all known for weeks: That Jimmy Smits is joining the cast of NBC's The West Wing as Martin Sheen's possible Oval Office successor. The actor, meanwhile, has already lined up his next job. Variety reports that Smits has inked a deal with ABC to star in his own series after his West Wing duties are fulfilled. read more

WHAT A DRAG

TBS has announced an Oct. 12 debut for He's a Lady, a reality show in which 11 macho men compete to see who's the most ladylike. Contestants, who will be tested in such areas as wedding planning, supermodeling and bridesmaid etiquette, will be eliminated weekly by celeb judges Morgan Fairchild, Debbie Matenopoulos and Best Damn Sports Show Period's John Salley. One lucky dude will walk off with $250,000 following a beauty-pageant finale that promises to be only slightly less terrifying than last May's Swan climax. read more

WORTH THE WAIT

Jet Li's long-gestating martial-arts flick Hero topped the weekend box office with a better-than-expected $17.8 million. Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, meanwhile, slithered into second place with a decent $13.2 million. Two other newcomers didn't fare as well: Suspect Zero lived up to its title with $3.4 million while Baby Geniuses 2 made an infantile $3.3 million. read more

STORK REPORT

Kelsey Grammer and wife Camille welcomed a baby boy, Jude Gordon Grammer, via surrogate mother on Saturday. The couple have a daughter, also born by a surrogate. read more

COUNTRY KUDOS

Alan Jackson nabbed a field-best seven nominations for the 38th annual CMA Awards, including entertainer of the year and best male vocalist. Album of the year nominees include Toby Keith for Shock'n Y'all, Brooks and Dunn for Red Dirt Road, Kenny Chesney for When the Sun Goes Down, Gretchen Wilson for Here for the Party and Brad Paisley for Mud on the Tires. Big deal. Hose 'em down and quit your whining. read more

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