MEET THE NEW BAND: The Who resuming its tour Monday night at the Hollywood Bowl, just four days after the death of bassist and band cofounder John Entwistle. "Tonight, we play for John Entwistle," said frontman Roger Daltrey. "He's the true spirit of rock 'n' roll, and he lives on in all the music we play."
STEPPING DOWN: Embattled Vivendi Universal chairman Jean-Marie Messier agreeing to resign under pressure from board members after the company's stock collapsed to 13-year lows.
CAREER KILLER: Former powerbroker Mike Ovitz accusing Hollywood's "gay mafia" of ruining his reputation in the Industry and causing the collapse of his failed Artists Management Group, according to an interview in the new issue of Vanity Fair.
AND BABY MAKES THREE: Benjamin Bratt officially confirming to Vanity Fair that, yes, his bride Talisa Soto is pregnant. The baby is due in about six months.
BABY & GREG: Former Dharma & Greg star Thomas Gibson and his wife welcoming a baby boy, Travis Carter Gibson, Monday in Los Angeles. This is the couple's second child.
ISN'T IT IRONIC: Alanis Morissette filing a cybersquatting lawsuit against alanis.net, claiming it sells various goods without her authorization, Reuters reports.
DOGGY STYLE: Pop singer George Michael releasing a new video for the song, "Shoot the Dog," a political satire which depicts British Prime Minister Tony Blair as a poodle to President George W. Bush.
HEATING UP: The summer movie season scoring its strongest start in history, with June box office grosses topping $800 million for the first time ($856 million, to be exact) and attendance jumping 9 percent compared to last year.
TALE OF THE TAPE: Chicago police saying they found no evidence of further wrongdoing by R&B singer R. Kelly after receiving more sex tapes from authorities in Florida. Sources tell E! Online the new footage did not appear to show anyone underage involved in sexual activity.
THEY NEED TO KNOW: Singer Marc Anthony and his wife, former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres, splitting up after just two years of marriage, his production company confirmed. The couple have a 16-month-old son together.
DOWN TO THE RIVER: Actor Laurence Fishburne in final talks to join the cast of Mystic River, a murder mystery directed by Clint Eastwood.
GONE IN 60 SECONDS: An airman at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois convicted of stealing a 1989 Porsche 911 that belonged to Nicolas Cage, the Associated Press reports. Missouri Water Patrol divers found the car in January, submerged in 12 feet of water at Lake of the Ozarks.
WISHLIST: Seattle rockers Pearl Jam setting a November release date for its as-yet-untitled new album. The disc, produced by Adam Kasper, will be followed by a B-sides album sometime next year.
FRIENDS AND ENEMIES: Despite their other business squabbles, Michael Jackson and Sony Music teaming up to buy the 55,000-song library of legendary country music publisher Acuff-Rose. The catalog includes works by Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers.
HE AIN'T CONAN: Former Airplane! director David Zucker in talks to direct Rob Schneider in Harv the Barbarian, about a barbarian who goes on a voyage of self-discovery, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
STARS AND STRIPES: Singer Ray Charles performing a live rendition of "America The Beautiful" in New York City July 4. Los Angeles-based Crossover Records is also campaigning to have every radio station in America play the song at the stroke of midnight.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I would rather [bleep] be on a coach flight with 'N Sync at the back of the plane in the last row in them seats that don't go back, just stuck there with the bathroom out of order...than get married again."--Eminem tells Rolling Stone. The divorced rapper also says he briefly dated Mariah Carey.
STAT OF THE DAY: According to a Screen Actors Guild survey, the number of total acting jobs in Hollywood dropped by more than 9 percent last year. Among the other notable findings: Women under 40 snagged 78 percent of all female roles even though 42 percent of American women are over 40.