STEPPING DOWN: Embattled Vivendi Universal chairman Jean-Marie Messier agreeing to resign under pressure from board members after the company's stock collapsed to 13-year lows.

CLEANING HOUSE: Struggling MGM replacing Robert Levin, its worldwide marketing and distribution president, after the failure of the studio's big budget World War II drama Windtalkers at the box office. Veteran marketing executive Peter Adee has been named to the post.

TYING THE KNOT: Actor-comedian and Roseanne ex Tom Arnold exchanging vows with political consultant Shelby Roos in a ceremony Saturday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. It's Arnold's third marriage.

STORK TIME: Harry Connick Jr. and his wife, former Victoria's Secret model Jill Goodacre Connick, celebrated the birth of a baby girl named Charlotte, last Wednesday. The couple already have two daughters.

NOT TOO APPETIZING: Britney Spears' restaurant partner Bobby Ochs slapped with a $68,000 lawsuit from the landlord of his last venture, Peaches, which he ran with Marla Maples. The restaurant lasted only eight months.

ETERNAL FLAME: Daytime soap Guiding Light marked its 50th anniversary on television this weekend, having aired its 13,941st episode on CBS--and 16,401st episode overall.

MOURNED: Famed singer-actress Rosemary Clooney, known for such '50s hits as "Mambo Italiano" and her starring role opposite Bing Crosby in White Christmas, died Saturday night at her Beverly Hills home due to complications from lung cancer, her publicist said. She was 74.

DEEDS GOES TO TOWN: Adam Sandler's star turn as a suddenly-in-the-money small-town rube in Mr. Deeds earned an estimated $37.6 million over the weekend to land in first place.

OFF THE HOOK: A London taxi driver dropping charges against Woody Harrelson after accusing the actor of wrecking his cab and instigating a late-night chase.

DEAD ALIVE: A Walworth County, Wisconsin, board voting Friday to allow the surviving members of the Grateful Dead to stage their reunion concert August 3-4. Officials had initially turned down the promoters' request for a permit.

HOT WATER: Newsweek reporting Sunday that records provided by Merrill Lynch and reviewed last week by congressional investigators reveal no credible evidence that Martha Stewart placed a "stop-loss" order with her broker to sell her ImClone shares when they fell below $60. The home-living icon was accused of insider trading.

GOING TRIBAL? The deadline for applications for Survivor 6 is Wednesday. Visit for more information.

PLAY BALL! To promote interest in Big Brother 3, CBS announcing the formation of the Big Brother Fantasy League, where players can choose a four-person team of houseguests and score points &3224 la sports fantasy leagues. Registration begins July 8 while Big Brother 3 premieres July 10.

DON'T DO IT AGAIN: A poll in this week's TV Guide revealing that fans of Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears do not want them to reunite with respective former loves, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Justin Timberlake.

TAKEN OUT: The Italian-American Defense Association dropping its lawsuit against producers of HBO's The Sopranos. The suit, which accused them of offending Italian Americans by depicting them as mobsters, was filed under the "individual dignity" clause of the Illinois constitution and sought a declaration from a jury saying the show was offensive.

LAID UP: Meanwhile, Sopranos star James Gandolfini has recovered from a back injury that had kept him off the set for the past several days.

A MODEL CRIME: Burglars raiding Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson's $3 million London home on May 23, British police revealed on Monday. No word on what items were taken, but an investigation is underway.

THUMBS UP: The Federal Trade Commission praising Hollywood studios in its latest report for discontinuing its practice of marketing violent R-rated movies to kids. However, the FTC says studios continue to advertise such films on TV programs frequently viewed by teens.

TANGLED UP ON SCREEN: Ed Harris and Giovanni Ribisi the latest to join the cast of the Bob Dylan movie Masked & Anonymous, about a singer who has fallen from grace. The cast also includes Jeff Bridges, Penélope Cruz, Jessica Lange, Luke Wilson and Angela Bassett.

OSCAR ARRIVING EARLY? The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voting last week to explore moving the annual Oscar ceremonies from mid-March to late February starting in 2004. Academy officials are considering the ways to shorten the Oscar campaigning season.

LET'S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN: Fox celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with The Rocky Horror Birthday Show, a two-hour television update of the classic cult film that will also include a new tune from creator Richard O'Brien.

DANGEROUS GAME: Pacific Gas & Electric holding a press conference to warn kids about the danger of touching power lines after a scene in the new flick Like Mike shows Lil' Bow Wow retrieving a pair of shoes that have been thrown over a power line and gaining the ability to play like Michael Jordan after touching them.

LISTEN UP! Independent online music company becoming the first Internet song provider to cinch content deals with the five major record labels after signing Vivendi Universal to make its catalogue available to Listen's Rhapsody music service.

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