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    FIRST LOOK: The News in Brief, February 3, 2004

    BLAKE UPDATE: During a court hearing Tuesday, Robert Blake's legal team blamed Marlon Brando's son, Christian, for the murder of Blake's wife. Blake's lawyer says that Christian Brando is currently wanted on a probation-violation charge in Washington state.

    MARTHA WATCH: The government's star witness in the Martha Stewart case took the stand Tuesday. Douglas Faneuil told jurors that he was ordered by Stewart's stockbroker to pass an inside tip to Stewart just before she dumped her shares in ImClone.

    LEAN ON ME: Meanwhile, Rosie O'Donnell making an appearance Monday at Stewart's trial in a show of support for the domestic diva.

    RUNS IN THE FAMILY: Drew Barrymore on Tuesday became the fifth member of her famous acting family to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, joining Etherl, John, John D. and Lionel Barrymore.

    HERE COMES THE BRIDE: The Website Filth2go.com reporting that Tori Spelling and fiancé Charlie Shanian have registered at Williams Sonoma for their upcoming nuptials. The 90210 alum allegedly wants mixing bowls, muffin and cake pans, and assorted zesters and whisks. No confirmation on the veracity of the registry yet from Spelling's camp.

    CONFLICT OF INTEREST: Maria Shriver quitting NBC News on Tuesday to concentrate on her duties as first lady of California. She took an extended leave from the network during her husband's gubernatorial run.

    THE FINAL STRAW: David Gest blaming his breakup on a National Enquirer article labeling Liza Minnelli an alcoholic. "She got the magazine on a Wednesday morning and on Thursday announced our marriage was over," Gest told NBC's Dateline. He denied having anything to do with the tabloid report.

    TAKING INVENTORY: A heavily edited list of items taken from Michael Jackson's home during a Nov. 18 raid has been released, among them computers, videotapes, business records, a note and a letter from his bedside and a calendar taken from a closet.

    TRIAL FILE: Phil Spector hiring defense attorney Leslie Abramson to handle his murder trial and ending his relationship with lawyer Robert Shapiro. Abramson became famous for her work on the murder trial of brothers Lyle and Erik Menendez. Shapiro was one of the lawyers on O.J. Simpson's "Dream Team."

    SUIT SETTLED: P. Diddy settling a $3 million suit brought about by his former chauffeur who drove the getaway vehicle in a nightclub shooting four years ago. Details were not released.

    FROG IN THROAT: Celine Dion canceling her weekend shows at Caesars Palace due to an upper respiratory infection, according to her rep. She's due to return to the stage on Wednesday.

    HERE SHE COMES: Oprah Winfrey will be a presenter at the 76th Academy Awards ceremony Feb. 29. It will be her fourth appearance as an Oscar presenter.

    IN ABSENTIA: Reps for Luther Vandross say he is too ill to attend Sunday's Grammy Awards where he's nominated for five awards, including Song of the Year for "Dance with My Father." The singer suffered a severe stroke last April and is still in a wheelchair.

    JUST IN CASE: CBS announcing it would broadcast the Grammy Awards this Sunday on a slight delay in case of any language slips or wardrobe malfunctions.

    ON THE GUEST LIST: Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake still on the guest list for Sunday's Grammy Awards a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences told E! "If we took everyone who is controversial off the show, no one would perform."

    JANET'S TAKE: Reps for Janet Jackson blaming the Super Bowl breast-baring on a "wardrobe malfunction" and apologizing to those who were offended by the stunt. "Justin was supposed to pull away the rubber bustier to reveal a red lace bra. The garment collapsed and her breast was accidentally revealed," Jackson's rep said.

    NO CHARGE: Despite numerous complaints, Houston police will not charge either Janet Jackson or Justin Timberlake for their roles in the Super Bowl breast debacle. The game took place at Houston's Reliant Stadium.

    SO LONG: Sex and the City shooting its final scenes Wednesday. HBO claims to have three different endings in the can so that the February 22 finale remains a surprise.

    CURTAIN TIME: Broadway musicals Gypsy and Never Gonna Dance will both close by the end of the month citing poor ticket sales due to unusually cold weather.

    ROCK ON: David Bowie adding 29 new dates to his North American tour. The current leg of his "A Reality Tour" in this country wraps Feb. 7. He'll return on March 29.

    BUSY GUY: NBC giving a thumbs up to Foster Hall, a sitcom pilot from Conan O'Brien about a brother and sister who reunite after years of being pushed around foster homes, per the Hollywood Reporter.

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