BREAK OUT THE DIAPERS: Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones expecting their second child in the spring, their publicist has announced. The couple have a two-year-old son named Dylan.
BAD SPELL: Richard Harris, who plays 2,000-year-old Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies, undergoing chemotherapy to treat Hodgkin's disease. He is expected to recover in time to appear in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which starts filming in March.
COURTING: Winona Ryder failing to show in a Beverly Hills courtroom this morning due to an "unusual" circumstance. No further details were disclosed. We'll now have to wait until a hearing tomorrow to find out if the judge is going to honor a prosecutor request and drop a felony drug charge against her. The judge is also expected to announce a new trial date.
ONCE BITTEN: Angelina Jolie signing on to star in Bitten, a movie about a female werewolf who tries to lead a normal life as a journalist and fall in love but is drawn back to the pack though when a rogue band of werewolves arrives.
HOSPITALIZED: Frank Beard, the drummer for ZZ Top, undergoing an emergency appendectomy in Paris, forcing the Texas rock trio to play shows without its original lineup for the first time in its history. Until Beard recovers, he will be replaced on the drums on the group's European tour by roadie John Douglas.
NORTH BY NORTHWEST: The U.S. Postal Service today issuing a new commemorative 37-cent postage stamp featuring Hollywood film legend Cary Grant.
STAYING ON THE BEAT: ABC picking up an 11th season of producer Steven Bochco's Emmy-winning NYPD Blue for the 2003-04 season, making it one of the longest-running police dramas in TV history.
DUDE, TAKE A BREAK: Steven the Dell Dude, the slackerly computer pitchman parodied on Saturday Night Live, going on a vacation from the tube as Dell decides to try a new ad campaign.
PHONING HOME: Universal Home Video and Steven Spielberg announcing Tuesday that all editions of the DVD of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial will contain the original 1982 theatrical version as well as this year's 20th anniversary release that contained new scenes and CG modifications. The DVDs hit stores on October 22.SIT, UBU, SIT! Writer-producer David E. Kelley tweaking the closing credit for his company, David E. Kelley Productions, on his TV shows by using digital technology to take grandma off her rocker and put her in some new situations. The original credit shows his grandmother shouting, "You stinka!" and getting blown off her rocker.
ZOINKS! With a sequel to Warner Bros. Pictures' Scooby-Doo on the fast track, the studio aggressively moving forward on a third installment, hiring scribes to pen Scooby-Doo 3.
FREE PLACE TO CRASH: Keiko, the killer whale star of Free Willy, getting a new winter home as Norway's Fishery Directorate decided to move the orca to a remote fishing community in the country's Taknes Bay.
GOING UNDERCOVER: Sportscaster Ahmad Rashad signing on to host ABC's upcoming celebrity edition of The Mole, set to air later this season.
THE GOOD AND THE BAD: The WB network picking up full season orders of rookie sitcoms Do Over and Greetings from Tucson on Monday but axing crass buddy comedy Off Centre.
SIMPLE MIND: Hayden Christensen set to join Vince Vaughn and Don Cheadle in The Other Side of Simple, a thriller about two thieves who discover their simple-minded onetime partner is not as simple as they thought.
TURNED TO THE DARK SIDE: A former production assistant at Lucasfilm arrested and charged with 13 counts of felony theft after allegedly swiping $450,000 worth of Star Wars material, including storyboard images, the film score, hundreds of digital images and a DVD of Attack of the Clones, which he purportedly passed on to Ain't It Cool News.
TELLING IT LIKE IT IS: Veteran singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell telling Rolling Stone magazine that she's "ashamed" to be part of the music business and may stop recording. "I just think it's a cesspool," the folk-rock icon said. "I would never take another deal in the record business, which means I may not record again...But I'll be damned if I'll line their pockets."
RECOVERING: Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson in "good spirits" after undergoing an operation for a brain tumor last month, her singing partner, Per Gessle, told a Stockholm radio station. The group was due to launch its new single and start a European tour in October.
ROXETTE ADD: A songwriter suing Roxette on Tuesday, claiming Gessle stole a song that became the basis for the Swedish duo's 1993 hit, "Sleeping in My Car."
SIR PLACIDO! Opera singer Placido Domingo receiving an honorary knighthood at the British embassy in Washington on Monday for his contributions to music and his charity work in England and around the world.
EXCITE BIKE: Three of the nation's top retailers, including Toys "R" Us and Wal-Mart, announcing on Monday they will not carry BMX XXX, a new videogame billed as the first major release to feature full-action nudity and with prostitutes and pimps as major characters. The game hits stores November 19.