CHECKED IN: Tim Allen's in rehab for alcohol abuse. It's a court-ordered stint. Part of his punishment for a drunken-driving arrest last year.

WEDDING BELLS: Parents-to-be Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke are a wedded-couple-to-be, their publicist says. No date set.

NURSERY NEWS: Dan Aykroyd and wife Donna Dixon have welcomed Kid No. 3, a daughter. The couple now have a trio of girls.

FACE THE MUSIC: Charges will be filed against George Michael--busted for an alleged "lewd" act in a public bathroom.

GUILTY! In Los Angeles today, all three gang members now found guilty of the 1996 murder of Oscar winner Haing S. Ngor.

BOOM BOX: Rapper Ice-T, 40, cited today outside a suburban Los Angeles nightclub for allegedly playing car stereo too loud.

MAN IN JAIL: Columbia Pictures has sued Miramax Films, claiming posters for Michael Moore's The Big One were lifted from Men In Black ads.

GETTING MOD: Aaron Spelling sued by the heir of the creator of The Mod Squad. Accused of stealing the show's movie rights.

SHIP SHAPE: Same old story on the U.S. album pop charts--Titanic soundtrack No. 1; Celine Dion No. 2.

IT'S OFFICIAL: Snoop Doggy Dogg released from his contract at troubled Death Row Records. On his way to the No Limit label.

MUSIC CRITICS: Women's groups upset with Eric Clapton's new song, "Sick and Tired." The one where he sings about blowing his baby's brains out. Literally.

FIGHT ON: Gay activists vowing to pressure ABC to renew the endangered Ellen.

LET IT BLEED: Primetime violence up 14 percent since 1994; up 10 percent on basic cable for same period, a new study says.

TALKED OUT: The Gayle King Show axed. King's the best bud of talk queen Oprah Winfrey.

BENCHED: NBC midseason replacement, House Rules, to be replaced itself--a week earlier than planned.

NO PEACH: Jane Fonda says Georgia is like a "developing country"; the gov says the actress' take is "grossly inaccurate."

PETER'S GOLD: Oscar nominee Peter Fonda to star next in Keeping Time, a romantic drama, Daily Variety says. For casting news, see Dotted Line.

AFTER SEINFELD: Jason Alexander tells Variety he'd like to star in a stage musical version of Marty.

BROADWAY BABY: Whoopi Goldberg in talks to produce a stage verision of Thoroughly Modern Millie, the old Julie Andrews flick, Variety says.

BIG DEAL! The feds today approve the merger of mega-theater chains, Loews and Cineplex Odeon.

BIG DEAL? Hot Hollywood rumor has DreamWorks and mogul Barry Diller teaming to buy Universal, the New York Post says.

POCKET CHANGE: Media giant Time Warner posts a $62 million loss for the second quarter.

CHEERS! Seagram's head honcho says he has no plans to stop buying TV and radio time to push his company's hard liquor.

ATTENTION BEANTOWN: Saturday is Geena Davis Day in Boston. Plan accordingly.

PLAYING DOCTOR: Three Tenors' Jose Carreras awarded an honorary doctorate in chemistry at a Moscow university.

OBITUARY: Hillbilly crooner and onetime Grammy nominee Rose Maddox ("Pay Me Alimony") has died. She was 71.

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