The Insider

UPDATED 04/03/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/03/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT

MICHAEL JACKSON MAY BE BACK ON CENTER STAGE

I hear Michael Jackson is planning to launch a solo concert tour of the U.S. in November. His rep cautions, however, that "nothing is etched in stone yet," especially since there's still no release date on Jackson's next album, Michael Jackson: HIStory....

Meanwhile, a source close to the Jackson clan says that brother Jermaine Jackson intends to stage a second Jackson Family Honors TV special, at the Lost City resort in Sun City, South Africa, this July. This, despite the fact that Gary Smith, producer of last year's Jackson Honors show for NBC, has a pending law-suit against the Jacksons in which he claims the family still owes his company $1.6 million for out-of-pocket costs....

Nancy Kerrigan is engaged to be married, but from Valentine's Day until now, only her dressmaker knew for sure. Kerrigan's fiance, of course, is her agent, Jerry Solomon, with whom she has been involved since last July. Los Angeles-based costume designer Jef Billings, who has done skating outfits for Kerrigan, says she broke the news to him soon after accepting Solomon's Feb. 14 proposal. Billings says Kerrigan asked him to design what he called "a traditional gown for the fairytale wedding she wants to have in the fall." As Kerrigan herself might say, "Neat!"...

The reported romance between Oscar nominee Uma Thurman, 24, and Timothy Hutton, 34, apparently began the moment they both showed up in Minneapolis last month to costar in the. movie Beautiful Girls. A source says the two have been "inseparable" ever since....

Then there's former teen porn star Traci Lords, now 26, who finds herself on the descending side of the romance curve with a marriage that's rapidly going south. A source says that Lords, who recently played Nikki on Melrose Place, and her husband of five years, prop master Brook Yeaton, 26, are separated now and will soon divorce....

Despite repeated denials from Monaco's pink palace, I'm hearing that Prince Rainier will abdicate his throne on May 31, his 72nd birthday, in favor of 37-year-old son Albert. The story has extra buzz this year because of Rainier's double bypass surgery last November....

Ted Dan-son is said to be receiving a Brobdingnagian $2 million to play the title role in Gulliver's Travels, a 4-hour NBC miniseries based on Jonathan Swift's classic 18th-century satire....

Bullets Over Broadway, the Woody Allen film, may have a second life as Bullets on Broadway. The film's producer, Jean Doumanian, says she and Allen are talking about finding a composer to do Bullets as a Broadway musical....

Finally, grunge widow Courtney Love has contacted horror novelist Poppy Z. Brite {Drawing Blood) about possibly writing a biography of Love. Do you think Stephen King is jealous?

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