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FLASH IN THE PAN

Rapper K-Ci of K-Ci &#038 Jo Jo has plead no contest to four charges of lewd conduct, the Los Angeles Times reports. Though K-Ci (aka Cedric Hailey) previously denied allegations that he publicly exposed himself during an L.A. concert last December, he's apparently thought better of it. "It was in his best interest to put this matter behind him," said his attorney, Kenneth Markman. "He's regretful of what happened. He just got caught up in the moment." read more

MIXED REVIEW FOR PEARL HARBOR

The current issue of Newsweek features one of the first reviews of Pearl Harbor, the summer's most anticipated blockbuster. Critic David Ansen applauds the pic's dazzling special effects ("Pearl Harbor is the very model of a modern blockbuster... [it's] violent and thrilling"), but pans the love triangle at the heart of the $135 million epic ("...almost nothing about its human drama rings true"). In related news, plans for a special Pearl Harbor edition of ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire — featuring U.S. senators and stars from the film — have been scrapped. According to USA Today, it didn't meet Senate guidelines. read more

SETTLING DOWN

Halle Berry has reached an out-of-court settlement with the woman who was suing her in connection with a February 2000 auto accident. Hetal Raythatha claimed that Berry was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when their cars collided, allegations the X-Men star has denied. read more

SUMMER'S COMING

Aidan Quinn will star in the Miramax film Stolen Summer, based on the script that won the online screenwriting contest sponsored by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, Variety reports. Kevin Pollak and Brian Dennehy also will appear in the pic, which will be directed by the project's winning scribe, Pete Jones. read more

BIKE MESSENGER

Rosie O'Donnell fulfilled Colby Donaldson's lifelong dream on today's Survivor-themed Rosie O'Donnell Show when she presented the Outback runner-up with a brand new Harley-Davidson motorcycle. "I want you to think of me every time you ride it," O'Donnell cracked. read more

NO BETTE BOOK

Bette Midler has canned plans to write a scathing tell-all about her failed CBS sitcom Bette, the New York Daily News reports. Apparently, though she signed a $1 million book deal with Simon &#038 Schuster, the publisher's incestuous relationship with CBS — both are owned by Viacom — proved prohibitive to the diva's designs. read more

JILL CHILLS

Sick songbird Jill Scott has temporarily dropped out as Sting's opening act on his current 13-city U.S. tour, MTV News reports. Scott was hospitalized on Sunday with a lung infection resulting from a nasty cold. "With Jill, she's always so upbeat," said her publicist, Karen Taylor. "She knows everything is going to be OK." read more

Question: Could you tell me ...

Question: Could you tell me the name of the character that Angie Dickinson played in Police Woman? Thanks. — Terry

Televisionary: Ms. Dickinson played Sgt. Suzanne "Pepper" Anderson in the series, which ran on NBC from September 1974 through August 1978, Terry. Anderson was an undercover LAPD vice cop who worked with colleagues Joe Styles (Ed Bernard) and Pete Royster (Charles Dierkop) under the command of Lt. Bill Crowley (Earl Holliman). (For those of you who didn't get enough of my exhaustive answer on pilots in the April 24 column, the show first aired as an episode of Police Story before getting its own slot.)

The funny thing is that when Dickinson shot the Police Story read more

SMITH SEEING GREEN

A federal judge has issued a tentative ruling in favor of ex-Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith, saying he was inclined to award her $475 million from the estate of her late hubby. Smith, however, may want to hold off on that shopping spree: U.S. District Judge David Carter pointed out that he could change his mind before making a final ruling next week. read more

BIG NBC PROMOTION

NBC News prexy Andrew Lack has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of the network, it was announced today. Bob Wright, meanwhile, will become chairman and CEO while continuing to serve as vice chairman and executive officer of General Electric, parent company of NBC. — Michael Ausiello with Daniel R. Coleridge read more

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