OOPS: Britney Spears filing a $20 million lawsuit against Us Weekly for allegedly fabricating a story about Spears and Kevin Federline making a sex tape. The singer is seeking $10 million in libel damages and $10 million for misappropriation of her name and image to promote sales, as well as unspecified punitive damages.
LOVE.ANGEL.MUSIC...BABY! Gwen Stefani expecting her first child with husband Gavin Rossdale in June, Us Weekly reported Tuesday, citing members of the couple's family.
BROKEDANCE: Lawyers for Michael Jackson negotiating with a major creditor in an attempt to postpone a foreclosure on $200 million in loans secured by his stake in the Beatles' song catalog, an attorney for Jackson said Monday. A default on the loans, due Tuesday, would allow Fortress Investment Group to seize Jackson's 50 percent interest in the catalogue.
OFF THE WALL: Meanwhile, Debbie Rowe filing papers accusing Jackson of abducting their two children together during a secret hearing on Monday, TMZ.com reported.
DRAMA QUEEN: Police describing Michelle Rodriguez as "very argumentative" at the time of her DUI arrest earlier this month. "Why don't you just put a gun to my head and shoot me? You've already taken my freedom! You might as well take my life too!" the actress was quoted as saying to an officer.
LAPPY FLAP: A judge in Aspen, Colorado, giving hairstylist Pascal Bensimon, who is accused of stealing Kevin Costner's laptop computer, permission to travel outside of the state for work. Bensimon is due back in court Feb. 6.
COWBOY KUDOS: Brokeback Mountain taking home Best Motion Picture Drama, Director, Editing and Song at the 10th Annual Satellite Awards. Philip Seymour Hoffman winning Best Actor, Drama for Capote, and Felicity Huffman winning Best Actress, Drama for Transamerica.
MONKEY BUSINESS: The San Diego Film Critics Society selecting King Kong as the year's best film Monday.
IDOL TIME: Season five of American Idol kicking off Jan. 17 and 18 on Fox. The network announcing that during the competition's three weeks of semifinals, the live results show will air on Thursday.
ON THE MOVE: Top 10 Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis kicking off a tour with his band, Pray for the Soul of Betty, Jan. 16 in San Diego.
HITTING THE ROAD: Pink Floyd singer/guitarist Dave Gilmour announcing he will play 10 shows in five U.S. cities beginning in New York on April 4. It's the first solo trek in 20 years for Gilmour, who will also play several dates in Europe.
TAKING THEIR TIME: Writers for The West Wing not expected to begin working on how to deal with the death of John Spencer until after the holidays, as the program and production schedule gives them time to deliberate.
ON HOLD: A Manhattan judge adjourning a court appearance by Boy George on narcotics charges until next year. The Culture Club singer, who was said to be in England, is due back in court Feb. 1.
ON THE MEND: Ashlee Simpson returning to the United States to be with her family after she was hospitalized in Tokyo last week following her collapse at an MTV Japan performance.
MAYBE IT'S CONTAGIOUS? Bo Bice, who had been scheduled to fill in for Simpson at Monday's Radio Music Awards, being rushed to the hospital in Las Vegas Sunday after falling ill due to complications from surgery he underwent in August. The Goo Goo Dolls taking his place at the RMAs.
HOMEWARD BOUND: Legendary Hawaiian singer Don Ho returning home to Honolulu after undergoing an experimental stem cell procedure on his ailing heart two weeks ago in Thailand. His health was said to be "improving dramatically."