ON THE MEND: Sharon Osbourne, wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne and costar of MTV's The Osbournes, released from a Los Angeles-area hospital after undergoing surgery for colon cancer. A family spokesperson said she's "in good spirits" and doctors expect a full recovery.

KEEP AWAY: Will and Jada Pinkett Smith seeking a restraining order against a former employee they claim has been stalking and threatening them and their children. The man had been the caretaker of the Smiths' Los Angeles home until he was fired last year.

REST IN PEACE: Private funeral services for Who bassist John Entwistle held today in his native England. Surviving band members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey attended the services in the town of Stow-on-the-Wold.

PRESIDENTIAL PAY RAISE: The New York Post reporting that Martin Sheen has renegotiated his West Wing deal, tripling his salary for the upcoming season to $300,000 per episode. The new contract also reportedly including guaranteed days off during the week and a recurring role for his daughter, Renée Estevez.

IN OTHER WEST WING NEWS... Bill Cosby, Fred "Mr." Rogers and tenor Placido Domingo among a dozen recipients Tuesday of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The entertainers were presented the awards by President Bush at a White House ceremony.

RISING EVERYWHERE: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band announcing they'll be playing 46 concerts in 46 cities, including seven dates in Europe, as part of their upcoming Rising tour. The North American leg kicks off in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on August 3 and wraps up December 13 in Albany, New York. The Rising album is due July 30.

ON THE SHELF: Domestic living diva Martha Stewart nixing a second appearance today on CBS' The Early Show because she refuses to answer questions regarding the investigation into insider-trading allegations.

THE BODY SLAMMED: Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura remains hospitalized while doctors try to determine whether a blood clot in his lung has dissolved. Ventura was admitted yesterday after complaining of chest pains and is being treated with blood thinners. A similar problem ended Ventura's pro-wrestling career.

HORSE LOVERS: Director Steven Spielberg and actress-wife Kate Capshaw donating $12 million to a community equestrian club in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood to prevent land used by horseback riders from being sold to developers.

EVENT PICTURE: Warner Bros. moving up the domestic release date for The Matrix Reloaded to Thursday, May 15, 2003, one day earlier than expected. The third installment, The Matrix Revolutions, is due out the following November.

SHUTTERED: Britain's acclaimed FilmFour studio--the producers of Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Crying Game and Trainspotting--shutting down due to financial woes. Recent efforts like Charlotte Gray failed to be profitable.

LEAP OF FAITH: The Sci Fi Channel ordering up a two-hour movie and pilot for a new version of NBC's classic sci-fi series, Quantum Leap, the network announced. The update may also star a female leaper.

BLACK OR WHITE? The Reverend Al Sharpton telling reporters Tuesday that Michael Jackson's charges of racism in the music industry should be taken seriously and called on record labels to address the problem. The King of Pop slammed Sony Music chief Tommy Mottola for being a racist on Saturday.

NO STRINGS ATTACHED: 'N Sync member Joey Fatone making his Broadway debut August 5 in Rent. He'll play Mark, the video artist who chronicles the lives of his friends in New York's East Village in the early 1990s. He is slated to stay with the musical through December 22.

BABY WANT MORE MONEY: The Giving Back Fund, a Boston-based charity, suing Britney Spears' former lawyer for $15 million, claiming he violated his duty as a member of the fund's board of directors by advising the singer and 'N syncer Justin Timberlake to cut ties with the group last year.

BOND GIRL: Madonna, who's already recorded the title track for Die Another Day, making a cameo appearance in the upcoming 20th Bond film, wielding a foil in the movie as a fencing instructor.

WEDDING BELLS! Elisabeth Filarski, former Survivor: The Australian Outback contestant and current host of the Style Network's The Look for Less tying the knot with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tim Hasselbeck on Saturday in Cranston, Rhode Island.

AILING: Blues legend Bo Diddley, 73, scrapping a performance this weekend at the Fleet Bluesfest in Albany, New York, due to chest pains. Diddley is set to undergo several medical tests to determine the problem.

STORK REPORT: Actress Dedee Pfeiffer (aka Michelle's sister) and husband Santiago Gomez celebrating the birth of their first child, a 7-pound, 11-ounce baby boy named Braxten Alexandre. The tyke was born June 23 in Los Angeles. The couple have been married for a year.

TUBE DREAMS: Los Angeles Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal pitching a one-hour drama to the networks about the friendship between two basketball players. Shaq would executive produce and make occasional guest shots.

SIDELINED: Scottish pop group Travis nixing four European concerts after drummer Neil Primrose was hospitalized with a fractured a vertebra after a swimming pool accident. He'll remain in the hospital for further tests.

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