Spelling's split from her husband of 14 months, writer-actor Charlie Shanian, may not be pretty. In divorce papers filed Oct. 12, Shanian seeks spousal support—and states their date of separation was Sept. 19. Spelling has said publicly that they broke up a month earlier, before she began a relationship with actor Dean McDermott on the Canadian set of their TV movie Mind Over Murder. "That's all news to Charlie," says his lawyer Stacy Phillips. "He believed they were happily married until Sept. 19." The day Shanian filed, Spelling and McDermott dined with pals at Hollywood's Bella. A source tells Insider, "They seemed really happy."
FOX ON THE FLY
Michael J. Fox has been a man-about-town in New York City lately, watching the Rangers Oct. 6, catching U2 Oct. 10 at Madison Square Garden with wife Tracy Pollan and son Sam, 16, and celebrating pal Donny Deutsch's new book at the Chambers Hotel Oct. 11. Now Fox, who left Spin City in 2000 to help find a cure for Parkinson's disease, is on TV too. On Oct. 18 he wrapped the first of a three-episode guest turn on Boston Legal
. "He's definitely having fun," says his rep. The actor is also planning his annual Parkinson's fund-raiser at the Waldorf-Astoria Nov. 19, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, where Fox will strap on his Stratocaster alongside musical guest John Mellencamp.
PAM GOES POP
Back in high school, a boyfriend told Pamela Anderson
she was "tone deaf"—and she believed him. So imagine her surprise in July when Bryan Adams asked her to record a duet. "I thought he was punking me," she tells Insider. Days later she ran into Ashton Kutcher
and begged him not to pull a fast one. But Kutcher was clueless—and Adams wasn't joking. In August they recorded "When You're Gone" in L.A., and Pam played it for ex Tommy Lee and Courtney Love. Both were floored. "Courtney said, '[Wow], you can sing!' " says Anderson. She and Adams shot a video for the single Oct. 13 (Adams's CD Anthology
dropped Oct. 18), but she admits, "I still feel like this is a big joke."
DiSCALA PARTIES ON
Jamie-Lynn DiScala—who unofficially split from husband A.J. last month—ditched her wedding ring and hit South Beach with six pals last weekend, turning a Cointreau party hosting gig into one long girls' night out. The itinerary? Friday (Oct. 14): dinner at Nobu, Privé's VIP room until 4 a.m., then the Big Pink diner. Saturday: dress shopping, dancing at Amika, then Mansion. As for A.J., he nursed beers with pal Nick Lachey
in Vegas (see page 66). Says a Jamie-Lynn source: "For someone going through what she is, she was in really good spirits."