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DOES HE HAVE A URL YET?

Internet babe Cindy Margolis gave birth to a baby boy, Nicholas Issac, in Los Angeles on Sunday. This is the first child for Margolis and husband Guy Starkman. read more

BUTLER DID IT

Production on the TNT drama series Witchblade resumed Monday after series star Yancy Butler returned to work following a stint in rehab. The show — which kicks off its second season on Sunday — had been on hiatus while Butler received treatment for an alcohol problem. read more

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"I have no understanding of that lifestyle. No understanding whatsoever. No, I ain't into that. Not at all, bro." — Rapper Busta Rhymes, claiming no knowledge of so-called "homie-sexuals" — slang for men who love men in the hip-hop world — in Stuff's July issue. read more

OOPS... THIS COULD GET UGLY

Two musicians are suing Britney Spears, claiming two songs on her Oops! ... I Did It Again album are based on one of their tunes. Philly-based songwriters Michael Cottrill and Lawrence Wnukowski say that "What U See (Is What U Get)" and "Can't Make You Love Me" are "virtually identical" to a song they submitted to Spears's representatives. read more

HAVE YOU HEARD?

All you need is love... and a big fancy castle. Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, 59, married fiancée Heather Mills, 34, today in a $3 million ceremony at Ireland's Castle Leslie. "Ten people at the wedding you have heard of and the rest will be family and friends," McCartney told reporters on Monday. Among the 10 celebs reportedly in attendance: Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Sir Elton John and Pink Floyd frontman David Gilmour. The menu was strictly vegetarian and the dress code, casual. There was lots of rock and roll music, too. read more

SHORT CUTS

MTV's inaugural Video Music Awards Latinoamerica will take place on Oct. 24 in Miami Beach... Warner Bros. has posted a teaser-trailer for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on its website... Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett will star in the upcoming sci-fi epic The Fountain, Variety reports... MSNBC will unveil its new, all-talk prime-time lineup featuring Phil Donahue, Chris Matthews, Jerry Nachman and Ashleigh Banfield on July 15, the fledgling network's sixth anniversary. read more

I TAUGHT I SAW GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE

Brendan Fraser has signed on to star opposite Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Taz and Tweety in the upcoming Warner Bros. flick Looney Tunes: Back in Action. The feature will blend animation and live action and is slated for release in November 2003. read more

NO MORE LIFELINES

ABC's onetime game show powerhouse Who Wants to Be a Millionaire will end its run as a regular network series on June 27 with a 90-minute edition. The Regis Philbin-hosted quizzer — which will launch in syndication this fall with The View's Meredith Viera in the hot seat — will return next season as a series of specials. read more

THE SUM OF ALL CRUSHES

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is denying talk that he caused ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez to split from her husband of eight months, Cris Judd. "Contrary to reports, Mr. Combs and Ms. Lopez are not together. However, he wishes her well during this difficult time," his rep said in a statement. And what about Ben Affleck, who recently went ga-ga over J.Lo in the Hollywood trades? Might he be the rumored third party behind the separation? According to the actor's camp, no — which could mean yes. read more

KUDOS FOR HUMANITY

A Beautiful Mind, I Am Sam and Iris were among the nominees for the 2002 Humanitas Prizes, which honor movie and TV writers who explore the complexities of the human experience. On the TV side, The West Wing, The Practice, Band of Brothers, State of Grace and Scrubs all received nods. What, no Three Sisters? read more

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