AALIYAH UPDATE: Authorities in the U.S. and the Bahamas investigating what caused the plane crash that killed R&B star Aaliyah and eight others Saturday. Police said the plane apparently experienced engine trouble as it took off and might have been overloaded, but it's not yet known what caused it to go down.

PIE HIGH: American Pie 2 was the taste of choice at the nation's box office for a third straight week. The raunchy teen romp, only the third film this year to pull off three straight weeks at number one, munched up a $12.5 million, pushing its overall gross to $109.3 million.

HEADED FOR COURT: American Pie star Tara Reid saying she'll testify that she was partying with Manhattan publicist Lizzy Grubman on the night she allegedly plowed her Mercedes SUV into clubgoers. But Reid's lawyer said his client didn't see Grubman drinking or doing illegal drugs in the hours before the incident.

REMEMBERED: Hollywood actress Jane Greer, who was married to bandleader Rudy Vallee and costarred with Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas in 1947's noir classic Out of the Past, died Friday of cancer. She was 76.

TAKING THE STAND: A federal judge ruling Monday that former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith and her ex-son-in-law, E. Pierce Marshall, must go to trial so the judge can decided whether to uphold the $474 million judgment Smith won against Marshall. The two are due in court in December.

BRING IN THE BENJAMINS: All 26 canine roles in the newest Benji movie will be cast from animal shelters, says director Joe Camp, who adds the lead role will probably go to a dog he found in Chicago.

MATRIX APPETIZER: With Matrix Reloaded not opening until May 2003, Warner Bros. hoping to keep up interest in the franchise by debuting a 2 1/2-hour documentary on the movie and its sequels this fall and hiring directors to produce anime episodes of the stories.

BACK TO THE BOARDS: John Leguizamo returning to Broadway in October with his new one-man show, Sexaholix. It's about a sexed-up "history of Latinos for Dummies," says the actor.

BURIED TREASURE: This summer's videogame-based movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider headed to video November 13 and will include a 25-minute featurette and other bonus material.

GOLDEN SLUMBERS: Beatles fans will soon be able to book themselves into Liverpool's 120-room Hard Day's Night Hotel, scheduled to open in 2003. Each room also contains a mural relating to the Fab Four.

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