DI'S DRIVER: Princess Diana's driver may have been even drunker than originally thought--his blood alcohol level reportedly four times above the French legal limit. Diana, her boyfriend Dodi Fayed and the driver died in the accident.
DRIVER ADD: Word Tuesday is that the driver, Henri Paul, taunted the pursuing paparazzi--in a deadly, high-speed game of "Catch me if you can." The speedometer on the crumpled Mercedes Benz was frozen at 122 mph, authorities say.
DIANA'S FUNERAL: More than 1 million people are expected to line the streets of London on Saturday for the Diana funeral procession to Westminster Abbey. Thousands, meanwhile, of British faithful have lined up outside St. James' Palace there to sign a condolence book. Di's casket lies inside at the Chapel Royal.
CLOONEY'S CAMPAIGN: "You should be ashamed." That was actor George Clooney to the National Enquirer and other supermarket tabloids in a press conference Tuesday spurred by Princess Diana's death. The ER star, who last year waged a personal war against the camcorder ways of TV's Hard Copy, pledged to campaign for libel law reform.
HOLD THE PRESSES: A German newspaper is defending its page one photo Monday of the gruesome Princess Di crash scene--saying the shot doesn't show the victims, and didn't come from the cameras of any of the under-suspicion paparazzi.
NO SALE: The Winn-Dixie supermarket chain says it won't sell any tabloids that depict the Di accident--if the photos reveal the victims.
DODI SUIT DROPPED: Model Kelly Fisher has dropped her $440,000 breach-of-contract lawsuit against Dodi Fayed. Fisher's the woman who claimed she was Fayed's fiancee until he took up with Diana last month. Her attorney says she's ditching the legal action "out of respect for the tragedy."
CRASH SCENE: An eyewitness from the Princess Diana crash scene says the world's most photographed woman was "unconscious...moaning and gesturing in every direction." The man, a French doctor, was the first person to treat Diana at the crash scene. He says he tried to aid her breathing. All the while, he says, about 10 to 15 photographers snapped away.
DIANA'S LAST WORDS: Princess Diana was content, in love and ready to retire public life, says a London journalist and longtime Di confidant who talked with the beloved royal just six hours before her death. The writer says Diana and boyfriend Dodi Fayed were "blissfully happy."
OTHER NEWS: A Los Angeles TV station is reporting that Oprah Winfrey will hang up the mike after the upcoming 1997-98 TV season. The item has sent stock falling for Oprah's syndicator, King World. The spokeswoman for the top-rated talker, meanwhile, says Winfrey hasn't decided her future on the show yet. She's got until September 15 to do so.
PRIVATE PARTS: Is that a not-so hidden penis in a newspaper ad for Men in Black, or are the guys (Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith) just happy to see us? Read, and see, all about it right here.
MARV'S MANUEVER: Lawyers for NBC sportscaster Marv Albert are crying foul again over the sexual assault case facing the "Yesssss!" man. Now, they say the Virginia grand jury that indicted Albert was biased because one of its members was a campaign manager for the prosecutor on the case. Albert's trial is scheduled to begin September 22.
SLATER UPDATE: Actor Christian Slater has been barred from seeing the girlfriend he allegedly punched at a party August 11, per a court commissioner's ruling Tuesday. Six misdemeanor charges were filed against the 28-year-old movie star last Friday. He's scheduled to be arraigned September 16.
BOX OFFICE REPORT: A record-breaking summer season wound down with Demi Moore's G.I. Jane atop the box office. The Moore military movie grossed an estimated $10.1 million over the holiday weekend.
JERRY'S MILLIONS: You can set your watch by it. Another year, another record take for the Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethon. This weekend, the funnyman's Muscular Dystrophy Association fund-raiser hauled in $50.5 million, topping 1996' $49.1 million.
TARTIKOFF TRIBUTE: Look for the upcoming primetime Emmy Awards to offer a special nod to Brandon Tartikoff, the programming executive credited with resurrecting NBC in the 1980s. Tartikoff died last week at age 48. The Emmys will be telecast September 14 on CBS, with host Bryant Gumbel.
SUPREME JUSTICE? Former Supremes singer Mary Wilson has lost a court bid to control the name of the 1960s Motown group. A Los Angeles judge tossed out Wilson's lawsuit against her old record label and several former Supremes members who perform today in groups such as Sounds of the Supremes.
BLIND FURY: Sight-challenged activists in the United Kingdom want a British film board to ban Disney's upcoming live-action film version of Mr. Magoo, about the myopic bungler from funny pages fame. The movie will make fun of the blind, its critics say, and give new life to the derogatory nickname, "The Magoos."
NEW SPICE: Buy the album, then the deodorant. A line of underarm fresheners inspired by bubblegum popsters, the Spice Girls, will bring "girl power confidence all day long," the manufacturer promises, according a published report. The deodorants will come in five scents--one for each Spice Girl.
MUSIC MINUS ONE: Subtract Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots and what do you get? How about Talk Show. The new band, which features all of STP minus frontman Weiland, debuts Tuesday. Dave Coutts handles the vocal duties.
I, SPY: Cop Land star Robert De Niro could turn secret agent for Ronin, a drama about CIA types. He's said to be in serious talks to star in the flick. For all the casting news, see The Dotted Line.