PASSAGES: Bass Trip Officially Lanced

updated 09/10/2002 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/10/2002 01:00PM

GROUNDED: The Russian Space Agency officially notified NASA on Monday that Lance Bass, 23, won't fly to the International Space Station next month, the Associated Press reports. TV producers failed to raise the estimated $20 million fare on behalf of the 'N Sync singer, and Monday's letter to NASA formalized his dismissal. "The letter speaks for itself," said NASA spokeswoman Debra Rahn.

NAMED: The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has selected Oprah Winfrey, 48, as its first recipient of the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award, which is to be presented by Tom Hanks on Sept. 22 during the 54th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Variety reports. Conan O'Brien will host the ceremony from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

WELCOMED: New ABC "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos, 41, and his wife, Alexandra Wentworth, had a baby girl, Elliott Anastasia, born Monday, The New York Times reports. New York's Daily News goes on to say that the new arrival's unusual first name was the maiden name of the Wentworth's great-grandmother and that the delivery took place in Washington's Sibley Memorial Hospital. The parents were married in December 2001.

SOUGHT: Supermodel Tyra Banks, 28, who established a summer camp in California two years ago to help girls develop self-esteem, plans to open a similar camp in Florida. "The facility is very important," Banks tells the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "I want to take it national as soon as possible. But I want quality control. I want it to be like McDonald's or Coca-Cola. It's the same everywhere."

LURED: "Kissing Jessica Stein" director Charles Herman-Wurmfeld is in final negotiations to direct "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde," for which Reese Witherspoon, 26, is getting paid $15 million, reports Variety. The original "Blonde" marked the feature directing debut of Australian Robert Luketic, but he passed on doing the sequel to pursue several other projects.

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