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GOOD PROGNOSIS

MTV mom Sharon Osbourne underwent surgery Wednesday for a treatable form of cancer. An Osbourne family spokesperson declined to say what type of cancer Ozzy's wife is battling, but she's expected to make a full recovery. "She has the loving support of her husband and three children who are by her side at this time," the rep said in a statement. It's unclear what impact all of this will have on the upcoming second season of MTV's The Osbournes. read more

THERE'S SOMETHING IN THE WATER

Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon is expecting her second child with boyfriend Danny Mozes, columnist Liz Smith reports. However, unlike expectant co-star Sarah Jessica Parker's, Nixon's baby is due at the end of the year and therefore won't affect Sex's schedule. read more

MORBID CURIOSITY

The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas is denying requests from guests who want to stay in the room where The Who's John Entwistle died last week, the Los Angeles Times reports. "We would prefer that the room number never get publicly identified, out of respect for John Entwistle and the band," Hard Rock president Don Marrandino said. read more

RARENAKED LADY

Friends star Jennifer Aniston reached a settlement Tuesday in her lawsuit against two magazines that published pics of her sunbathing topless in her backyard. Aniston appeared in court alongside hubby Brad Pitt. Terms of the deal — reached after a three-hour closed-door hearing — were not disclosed, but Aniston's lawyer said "all sides are amicable about the terms of the settlement." Translation: Jen got rich! read more

JUST DESSERTS?

Martha Stewart doesn't think appearing on CBS's The Early Show is a good thing anymore. The embattled domestic diva — who was scheduled to appear on Wednesday's show to discuss ice box desserts — backed out after being told she would be grilled about her escalating stock scandal. Stewart is no doubt still smarting from last week's Early Show appearance, in which host Jane Clayson asked her questions about the insider trading controversy in the midst of a salad segment. "I want to focus on my salad," she said, "because that's why we're here." Those days are over, darling. read more

MOVE OVER BRITNEY...

Teen opera sensation Charlotte Church will make her acting debut in the big-screen musical comedy I'll Be There. She'll play the daughter of a former '80s pop star (Saving Grace's Craig Ferguson). read more

MORE TLC

The two surviving members of TLC are working on a new album — their first since the April death of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas are collaborating with Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds on the disc, which is scheduled for release in the fall. read more

HE NEEDS TO GO

MTV has given the go-ahead for six new reality shows, including FM Nation, which follows three groups of young adults in America as they drive around while listening to their radio. Each car is rigged with cameras to "catch all the action, humor, and drama as the three new groups cruise around with a different local radio station and DJ serving as background and narrator each week." read more

PRETTY MARRIED WOMAN

Julia Roberts celebrated Independence Day by giving up her own. The Oscar-winning actress married her cameraman boyfriend Daniel Moder early Thursday in a hush-hush ceremony at her 40-acre New Mexico estate. This is Roberts's second marriage; she was briefly wed to country crooner Lyle Lovett. read more

Coo Coo Ca-choo, Bebe Neuwirth!


Broadway star Bebe Neuwirth is best known as Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane from TV's Cheers and Frasier. Boy, would her psychiatrist alter ego have a field day with Tadpole (in theaters July 19). In the film, Neuwirth plays a fortysomething woman who beds her best friend's 15-year-old stepson — though the boy has more of a crush on his stepmom (Sigourney Weaver).

Sounding like the ever-proper Lilith, the actress adamantly insists she'd never indulge in such a liaison. "I didn't relate to the character in any way," Neuwirth says. "I don't think it's right for an adult to sleep with minors."

However titillating the triangle may b read more

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