BUT WILL HE MAKE PARTNER? Dylan McDermott close to finalizing a new two-year deal that will keep him on ABC's The Practice through the 2003-04 television season, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

PASSINGS: Howard Stern sidekick Hank, the Angry, Drunken Dwarf died Tuesday. He was 39.

GENIE IN AN AWARDS SHOW: Grammy-winning popster Christina Aguilera and Emmy-winning actor Jimmy Smits cohosting the Second Annual Latin Grammy Awards telecast live from Los Angeles on September 11. Marc Antony and Destiny's Child are set to perform.

GREASE IS THE WORD: ABC reaching a deal with Paramount Network Television to produce an updated TV-movie version of the hit musical Grease. The project is expected to air sometime in 2002.

CATCHING UP WITH LIZ TAYLOR: Geena Davis, 45, tying the knot for the fourth time Saturday with 30-year-old surgeon Reza Jarrahy in a small private ceremony on Long Island. The couple are honeymooning at an undisclosed location.

SINKING FAST: Titanic star Kate Winslet separating from her director husband, Jim Threapleton, after less than three years of marriage. Her spokesman said the split was amicable and their daughter Mia will be "the first priority for both of them."

PEEP SHOW: The horror flick Jeepers Creepers flickered in for a record win at the usually slow Labor Day holiday box office. Its four-day gross was $15.8 million.

THEY DO: A little more than a year after her split with Ellen DeGeneres, Anne Heche has married cameraman Coley Laffoon.

HECHE ADD: Meanwhile, Heche telling Barbara Walters in an interview on this Wednesday's 20/20 that her father sexually abused her as a child, leading to years of mental illness. The actress said she also feared she'd die of AIDS, the disease that killed her father in 1983.

REMEMBERED: Pauline Kael, whose long and passionate reviews in the New Yorker won her a devoted following among filmmakers and fans and made her one of the most influential film critics in the world, died on Monday at her home in Massachusetts. She was 82.

READY FOR THE LINKS? Doctors saying Bob Hope is responding well to treatment for pneumonia but needs a few more days in the hospital before he can go home, possibly midweek. The 98-year-old comedian will need weeks to fully recover.

REACH OUT AND SUE SOMEBODY: MTV pinup Carson Daly filing a breach-of-contract suit against Motorola, claiming the cell phone company backed out of a $1 million deal to have Daly hawk its products.

NOT ANOTHER AWARDS SHOW: The American Film Institute, the nonprofit organization known for creating such lists as the 100 greatest movies of all time, announcing on Tuesday that it will hold its own awards program on January 5 on CBS. The show will be two weeks before the Golden Globes and more than two months before the Oscars.

CONCERT DOWNER: Hundreds of System of a Down fans going on a rampage after the group's free concert in Hollywood Monday night was canceled due to overcrowding. The fans trashed the stage and threw rocks and bottles at police, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. About 10,000 people were at the event.

HITTING THE BOARDS? Nicole Kidman considering reteaming with Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes for another play in London's West End. The actress made her London debut in Mendes' The Blue Room three years ago to critical acclaim and packed houses.

FISHERMAN JANE: Jane Fonda joining two dozen other fly-fishing enthusiasts to help clean up the Pecos River on Monday and protect the environment after the onslaught of summer campers.

KUDOS: Musiq Soulchild winning a field-best four awards, including Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist, and R. Kelly winning three awards at Billboard's first R&B/Hip-Hop Awards.

JERRY'S KIDS: Jerry Lewis's 36th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon raising a record $56.8 million to fight neuromuscular diseases--as usual that's $1 million more than the previous year.

CODA: Lawrence "Crash" Davis, the minor league baseball player whose life was the basis of Kevin Costner's character in the hit movie Bull Durham, died Friday of cancer. He was 82.

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