AALIYAH UPDATE: Autopsy results showing the pilot behind the controls of the ill-fated flight that claimed the life of Aaliyah had cocaine and alcohol in his system. The pilot, Aaliyah and seven others died in the August 2001 crash.
THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD: Paul McCartney will kick off the second leg of his U.S. tour on September 21 in Milwaukee. McCartney, whose tour is already the top-grossing so far this year, will play indoor arenas in such cities as Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Las Vegas and L.A. before winding things down October 29 in Phoenix.
GONNA FLY NOW: Sylvester Stallone named Action Star of the Millennium by the Video Software Dealers Association. The award was presented Tuesday in Las Vegas. George Carlin received the Freedom of Expression Award and Selma Blair was honored as Rising Star of the Year.
PROMISES, PROMISES: CBS President Les Moonves telling the Television Critics Association on Monday that the network is keeping its promise to David Letterman to heavily promote his Late Show and schedule stronger lead-ins like CSI: Miami to the program.
THE SECRET'S OUT: Despite the controversy last year over ABC's Victoria's Secret special, featuring models hitting the catwalk in skimpy lingerie, CBS execs calling its upcoming broadcast of the fashion show "fun." "This isn't your grandmother's CBS," Moonves said.
FOR REAL: VH1 confirming it's in talks to develop a weekly reality show that would follow Liza Minnelli and her new husband, producer David Gest, whom the 56-year-old singer-actress married in March.
'TOON TIME: Jim Carrey and Garry Shandling making their feature animation debuts in DreamWorks' upcoming animated project Over the Hedge, due out in 2005. Carrey will voice R.J., a mischievous raccoon and con artist, while Shandling will voice Verne, a sensitive turtle, as they deal with encroaching development.
HERE WE GO AGAIN: CBS premiering the fifth edition of Survivor on September 19 to get a one-week head start on NBC's Friends. The latest Survivor is set in Thailand.
CONCERT BLUES: A survey of the North American concert industry by trade publication Pollstar showing the average ticket price for the top 50 acts rose 11.3 percent to $50.81 from last year, while ticket sales dropped about 18 percent from 2000.
EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY: Topdog/Underdog, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Suzan-Lori Parks starring Jeffrey Wright and rapper Mos Def, closing its Broadway run on August 11.
CEASE AND DESIST: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences destroying hundreds of phony Oscars--confiscated from wholesalers that sell the statuettes to souvenir shops--as part of a copyright-infringement crackdown.
THE MORNING AFTER: Jane Fonda and the construction company she hired two years ago to design and build her Forked Lightning Ranch home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, suing each other Monday over the design of the ranch.
HOBBLED: The Strokes nixing the first three dates of their tour with Weezer this week after lead singer Julian Casablancas suffered a minor leg injury. He's been ordered to "keep off his leg for a week," said a band spokesperson.
LIKE A ROCK: A boat skippered by rocker Bob Seger snagging first place in its division in the 78th annual Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island Sailboat Race in Michigan Monday.
BACK IN THE SADDLE: Phil Donahue making his return to talk-show television Monday on MSNBC's Donahue. He explained he decided to come out of retirement after the September 11 terrorist attacks. "It's a time in the nation when we have so much on our minds," he said. "I think we need dissent now more than ever."
ALL GROWN UP: Ricki Lake kicking off a 10th season of her syndicated talk show September 16, focusing less on conflict-driven issues and more adult themes reflecting her role as a mother of two sons and other current interests.
BARE MARKET: Playboy magazine seeking former female employees of WorldCom and Arthur Andersen to pose nude in future spreads following the success of its "Women of Enron" issue.
TICKET TO WATCH: Miramax Films releasing a two-disc DVD of the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night on September 24 that will feature six hours of bonus features, including inderviews with the film's director, Richard Lester.
SPLITSVILLE: Actress Michelle Williams (née Michelle Johnson), best known for her role in 1984's Blame It On Rio, filing for divorce from husband Matt Williams, third baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks, after four years of marriage. She cites irreconcilable differences.
STANDING TALL: Actor Daryl "Chill" Mitchell, who was paralyzed from the waist down last November in a motorcycle accident, returning full-time to acting after landing a role on NBC's Ed. Mitchell, who stars in Disney's upcoming The Country Bears (which he wrapped before his accident), will play Eli, a new employee at Ed's bowling alley.