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LEWIS UPDATE

According to reports, a dizzy spell is what caused comedian Jerry Lewis to drop out of a London charity performance Sunday night. The 76-year-old — who is suffering from pulmonary fibrosis — is planning to return to the U.S. read more

JIM'S A LUCKY GUY

That risqué FHM spread has paid off for JAG babe Catherine Bell. The actress has been cast opposite Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston and Morgan Freeman in the big-screen comedy Bruce Almighty. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bell will play one of Carrey's co-workers. read more

FINAL RECORDING

Brainwashed, the album former Beatle George Harrison was recording before his death last year — will be released in November. The CD — which features 11 new songs — is Harrison's first release of new material since 1987's Cloud Nine. read more

DETOUR

It's official: 'N Sync singer Lance Bass has been grounded. The Russian Space Agency informed NASA via fax on Monday that the 23-year-old won't be flying to the international space station next month. Producers promoting Bass's space journey failed to come up with the $20 million fare. read more

DID FREDDY SCARE HIM AWAY?

Actor Jason Ritter — who currently appears in the nation's No. 1 film Swimfan — has replaced Brad Renfro as the lead in Freddy vs. Jason. Creative differences reportedly led to Renfro's exit. read more

MAKE ROOM ON THE MANTEL

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has selected Oprah Winfrey as the first recipient of its new Bob Hope Humanitarian Award. Tom Hanks will present Winfrey with the honor at the 54th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony Sept. 22. read more

DEFINITELY NOT A GOOD THING

A congressional committee today urged the Justice Department to begin a criminal investigation into whether Martha Stewart lied about receiving insider information before selling her ImClone stock. The domestic diva has denied that she did anything wrong. read more

BIGGER NOT ALWAYS BETTER

George Lucas announced Monday that he plans to remaster Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones to be shown in IMAX theaters beginning Nov. 1. "You couldn't find a movie better suited for the IMAX format," said 20th Century Fox exec Bruce Snyder. Ron Howard's Apollo 13 is the first film to be digitally remastered for IMAX screens. Apollo 13 — The IMAX Experience premieres Friday in Los Angeles. read more

LIGHTFOOT UPDATE

Folk singer Gordon Lightfoot, who was hospitalized Saturday in Ontario, underwent stomach surgery for an unspecified ailment Sunday. The 63-year-old "If You Could Read My Mind" crooner remains in intensive care, but is said to be doing better. read more

HE REALLY IS SUPERMAN

Things are looking up for Christopher Reeve. Seven years after a horseback-riding accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, the 49-year-old actor has regained some movement and sensation in his hands and feet. "To be able to feel just the lightest touch is really a gift," Reeve tells People. Also, the Superman star can breathe on his own for 90 minutes at a time. An upcoming ABC special, Christopher Reeve: Courageous Steps, reportedly will document Reeve's progress. read more

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