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THE PROGNOSIS OF MAX BICKFORD

Richard Dreyfuss was released from a New York hospital Tuesday after being treated for a lung infection. Fluid was drained from his right lung and the infection reportedly has cleared. Also on the mend: Former TV judge Mills Lane — who suffered a stroke on March 31 — is expected to be released from a New York hospital on Friday. read more

SLEEP, INTERRUPTED

Actress and alleged shoplifter Winona Ryder has found a late-night phone buddy in fellow thesp Al Pacino. "He's an insomniac. We talk in the middle of the night," Ryder tells W magazine of her co-star in the upcoming drama Simone. "I don't sleep, he doesn't sleep. So it is very normal that we call each other at two in the morning. I just love him so much." Although the 30-year-old goes on to say that Pacino is "incredibly attractive" and "just irresistible," she insists they're just pals. And in case you haven't heard, W's cover shot shows Ryder wearing one of those "Free Winona" T-shirts — which are so five minutes ago. read more

ANGELINA'S ANGEL

Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton have moved a step closer to adopting a nine-month-old Cambodian boy they first met last November. The Immigration and Naturalization Service has given the couple the green light to adopt little Maddox. Just one more hurdle remains: They still must apply for a U.S. visa for him. read more

XENA'S PRINCE

Xena: Warrior Princess star Lucy Lawless, 34, gave birth Tuesday to son Judah Miro Tapert at her home in New Zealand. This is the second child for Lawless and producer-husband Robert G. Tapert. They also have a two-year-old son. Lawless has a 13-year-old daughter from a previous marriage. In other baby news, rocker Jon Bon Jovi and wife Dorothea welcomed a third child, son Jacob, into the world on Tuesday. read more

IN MOURNING

Celebrated Hollywood makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin — whose client list included Cindy Crawford, Britney Spears and Julia Roberts — died Tuesday of a metabolic disorder. He was 40. Aucoin recently underwent treatment for a pituitary brain tumor. read more

MORE SPIDEY NEWS

Sony Pictures Entertainment is so excited about Spider-Man's blockbuster $114 million opening weekend gross that it's extending the company's July 4 weekend — closing early on July 3 and giving staffers an extra vacation day on July 5, according to Variety. read more

SPY SHAME

CBS has cast William Hurt to play the lead in Master Spy: The Life of Robert Hanssen. The four-hour miniseries — which tells the true story of a top FBI agent who spied for Russia — will begin production in Moscow and Washington, D.C., in July. read more

BARBRA'S VERKLEMPT

What if liberal songstress Barbra Streisand became a Republican First Lady? You can imagine that while watching The West Wing's season finale on May 22 — when her hubby, James Brolin, is introduced as President Martin Sheen's GOP opponent in the next big election. While NBC won't confirm that he'll recur on the show next season, sources say it's highly likely. read more

RATINGS SHMATINGS

NBC easily won the ratings race last week, powered by its three-hour 75th anniversary special on Sunday as well as typically strong performances from Must-See staples ER and Friends. CBS came in second, but claimed the week's most-watched program: CSI (26 million viewers). read more

Meet Halle Berry's Fave Weatherman!


Admit it: You've been swept into The Weather Channel's whirlwind more than once. Perhaps you were mindlessly channel surfing, curious about the forecast — or maybe it's just that hunky meteorologist Paul Goodloe got your temperature rising!

While Goodloe — one of People's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2001 — makes light of his looks, he can't help fawning over someone else on the list: Halle Berry. Goodloe gleefully recalls meeting the Oscar winner at a convention a few years ago.

"I was sitting at a press conference," the 33-year-old says, "and she was talking about her next movie, X-Men. She talked about how she played a character called Storm, who can control the weather — and when she said it, she kind of pointed and referenced to me.

"It was a huge thrill," Goodloe gushes. read more

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