RECOVERY TAKES TIME: Mariah Carey postponing her September 12 interview with Barbara Walters on ABC's 20/20, her publicist, Cindi Berger, tells E! Online. Berger would not comment on Carey's exact condition or where she is currently recovering, but said simply that "she needs more time to rest." The pop songbird has been on the mend since she was hospitalized in July for a mental breakdown.

MEANWHILE IN BABS-LAND: Newlywed (and newly straight) actress Anne Heche telling Walters on tonight's 20/20 that she is three months pregnant. Heche and cameraman Coley Laffoon tied the knot on Saturday.

MORE ANNE: Heche also claimed her father sexually abused her as a child, leading to years of mental illness. The actress said she also feared she'd die of AIDS, the disease that killed her father in 1983. Regarding her previous relationship with Ellen DeGeneres, Heche said it was "the best sex I ever had."

THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE: Joaquin Phoenix set to costar with Mel Gibson in Disney's Signs, yet another spooky supernatural flick from Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan. The Hollywood trades say Phoenix will replace Mark Ruffalo, who bailed on the fall production because he's recovering from a minor ear operation.

CONTRACTED ILLNESS? Malcolm in the Middle mom Jane Kaczmarek has been sidelined since early last week for migraine headaches, but execs at Fox and Regency Television believe it might just be a tactic to jumpstart her contract renegotiations, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The cast members recently received raises, but Regency has reportedly dragged its feet on full contract talks until Malcolm is sold into syndication.

SOME BODYGUARD: A federal grand jury indicting the bodyguard and personal trainer of country chanteuse LeAnn Rimes on an extortion charge. Robert Lavetta allegedly threatened to sell personal information and photos to tabloids if she didn't pay him.

FREE DIDDY: A Miami judge dismissing illegal motor-scootering charges against Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. The judge ruled that moped driving is subject to less stringent laws than those for motorcycles.

HOPE UPDATE: Bob Hope expected to stick around a Burbank hospital for a couple more days after being admitted last week with pneumonia. The 98-year-old comedian ran a slight fever over the weekend, and his doctor said the extended stay was a precautionary measure.

REST IN PEACE: The Reverend Gesner Jean, father of hip-hopster Wyclef Jean, died Monday after getting pinned between his garage door and one of his son's cars, according to police. The 60-year-old Newark, New Jersey, minister reportedly suffered severe chest injuries and died at a local hospital.

NO PUSSYFOOTING: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals lashing out at Britney Spears for her purported plans to use four live cheetahs in her performance Thursday night at the MTV Video Music Awards, the New York Post reports. Britney's camp is remaining mum about details for her performance (it'll be the new song "I'm A Slave 4 U").

SPEAKING: Family members of Aaliyah making their first public statements about the death of the singer Thursday at MTV's Video Music Awards. Brother Rashad Haughton will speak following a tribute to his 22-year-old sister, who died August 25 in a plane crash.

MORE AALIYAH: Meanwhile, the late singer's Aaliyah climbing to number one in the pop album charts, beating debuts from Mary J. Blige and Slipknot.

BACK IN SYNCH: After previously bowing out due to scheduling conflicts, 'N Sync back on the roster for Friday's Michael Jackson self-tribute. Meanwhile, Latin popster Ricky Martin is backing out, citing production reasons.

BACK IN ORBIT: DreamWorks acquiring the rights to remake Forbidden Planet, the pioneering 1956 science-fiction film loosely based on Shakespeare's The Tempest, Daily Variety reports.

FINAL BOW: After running off-Broadway for more than 50 years, The Fantasticks will give its last performance January 6. The musical is the world's longest-running, with 17,000 performances given at the Sullivan Street Theater in New York's Greenwich Village.

YOU CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN: The boyhood home of Tonight Show host Jay Leno demolished to make room for a five-bedroom, $2.6 million home. Leno, who was nine when he moved into the Andover, Massachusetts, home, recently said he wouldn't have sold it if he had known a developer planned to raze it.

PLUTO PUFFS, ANYONE? Disney announcing Wednesday it has signed a multi-year deal with cereal giant Kellogg's, which will score exclusive rights to make breakfast foods based on Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse and Buzz Lightyear.

"GRAND" FINALE: Grand Royal Records, the indie music label founded in 1992 by the Beastie Boys, shutting down due to "mounting debts, decreasing assets, and exceedingly harsh industry conditions," Allstar news reports.

RUB IT IN, WHY DONTCHA: Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey, both 39, making Fortune magazine's list of the richest 40 Americans under 40. Cruise is number 19 with $251 million, and Carrey is number 34 with more than $180 million.

NO BOB VILA: Opening statements beginning Tuesday in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed against Cher by the former construction manager of her $25 million Malibu mansion. Salvador Sampino claims he was fired after being asked to take part in questionable practices, but lawyers for the ageless pop diva told a jury that Sampino is "emotionally ill."

ONE FOR THE MONEY, TWO FOR THE SHOW...: Elvis Presley becoming the first-ever inductee into three music halls of fame. Presley, already a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Country Hall of Fame, will be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame November 27 in Nashville.