TEAMWORK: Angelina Jolie signing on to star as widow Mariane Pearl in the film A Mighty Heart, about slain Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl, which Brad Pitt is producing. In some ways, it's a good thing Pitt and Jennifer Aniston broke up--we just couldn't see the erstwhile Rachel Green tackling the role.
SAY WHAT?! "I'm not supposed to be this big huge pregnant superstar."
--Britney Spears, in an excerpt of a Harper's Bazaar interview obtained by USA Today. We couldn't agree more
REMEMBERED: Red Buttons, the legendary comedian and Oscar-winning actor, died Thursday of vascular disease, his publicist said. He was 87.
REFINANCING: House star Hugh Laurie negotiating a hefty paycheck of about $300,000 an episode when the Fox drama returns for its third season, per the Hollywood Reporter.
KEEPING HIS DISTANCE: Attorneys for Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen agreeing to an extension of the court order directing Sheen to stay away from his estranged wife. Apparently, Sheen is too busy celebrating his Emmy nomination, not to mention stepping out with his new girlfriend to worry about being restrained.
SEARCH IS ON, Y'ALL: Good news for all the country music fans out there (everyone else, feel free to ignore): Season five of USA's Nashville Star is set to premiere in January 2007.
GETTING PERSONAL: Epic Records and Jessica Simpson giving fans the option of personalizing Simpson's new song "A Public Affair," by inserting their own names into the lyrics upon downloading the tune. The gimmick launches at Yahoo! Music Tuesday. We're guessing Nick Lachey won't be taking advantage of this opportunity.
NO BUMP: Nicole Kidman's rep officially denying rumors that the Oscar-winning newlywed is with child. "Nicole is not pregnant," the rep said, adding, "This story began with the tabloids and truly is no one's business, but I am compelled to respond, just to try and put the rumors to rest." That should put BumpWatch: Kidman Edition on hold for the time being.
NEW GENERATION: The Who launching its first major world tour in over 20 years, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltry announced Thursday. The North American leg kicking off Sept. 12 in Philadelphia. Get ready to see The Who sell out.
LIVE FROM FAR, FAR AWAY: Saturday Night Live trio Cheri Oteri, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph joining the cast of Shrek 3 as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel, respectively.
ROCK ON: Chris Daughtry turned down the opportunity to front Fuel, but he's still been penning songs with the band's Carl Bell in recent weeks. The fourth runner-up has also been working with Ed Kowalczyk of Live and plans to collaborate with Chad Kroeger of Nickelback. Fourth place is starting to look a lot like first.
HOLDING PATTERN: After James Gandolfini was forced to undergo "unexpected knee surgery" recently, HBO pushing back the start date of the new Sopranos episodes from January to March. And so the endless wait gets even more endless.
LOGGING OFF: Prince shutting down his subscription-based Website NPGMusicClub.com, telling members he felt the site had "gone as far as it can go." The site shuttering comes after the artist won a Webby Award last month for his ongoing efforts to connect with his fans via the Internet. Apparently, after checking that one off the list, he was ready to move on.
SMOOTH CRIMINAL? Closing arguments in the trial of F. Marc Shaffel's lawsuit against Michael Jackson portraying the entertainer alternately as a calculating businessman with an aversion to paying his bills and as a mild-mannered artist who paid little attention to monetary matters. Schaffel has claimed he is owed $1,474,280 in various loans and payments. The case was expected to go to the jury on Thursday.
WANNA BE STARTING SOMETHING: Debbie Rowe hopping on the pay-up bandwagon and suing her ex-husband Michael Jackson, claiming he failed to pay her what he promised when the two divorced in 1999. Rowe is seeking $50,000 in living expenses and $195,000 in attorney fees so she can continue pursuing her child-custody case against Jackson.
GOING TO THE CHAPEL: Montel Williams getting engaged to his girlfriend, American Airlines flight attendant Tara Fowler on Wednesday, People reports. It will be the third marriage for the talk show host.
OFF THE HOOK: Prosecutors declining to file charges against a paparazzo arrested for allegedly hiding in the bushes near Maddox Jolie-Pitt's Malibu preschool in an effort to snap pictures of the four-year-old because there was not enough evidence to prove he was actually on the grounds. (Apparently, he didn't score any incriminating money shots.)
FALLEN IDOL: Former American Idol contestant Daniel James "DJ" Boyd indicted on child pornography charges after being accused of filming sexual encouters with two teenage girls. Boyd pleaded not guilty. (And no, we don't remember him either.)