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ANNOUNCED: Three-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant, 23, says his wife, Vanessa, 20, is expecting the couple's first child in February, the Associated Press reports. Speaking at a press conference, Bryant said of his impending fatherhood: "Beautiful, isn't it?" He also said that he and his wife, who were married in April 2001, are still thinking up names.
ENLARGED: As with "Charlie's Angels," TV's golden oldie "Dallas" is about to get the big-screen treatment, Variety reports. "We've got a new take on it. It's a much bigger canvas today and it belongs up on the big screen," series creator Dave Jacobs tells the trade paper. Michael Costigan, a former Sony Pictures executive who helped oversee the "Charlie's Angels" movie, will produce with Jacobs. No cast or start date has been announced.
ACCUSED: Toni Braxton is claiming that the new single by Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles borrows heavily from her new single, MTV reports. Both Braxton's "Me And My Boyfriend" and "Bonnie & Clyde" by Knowles and Jay-Z contain samples of Tupac Shakur's "Me And My Girlfriend." Speaking to New York radio station WBLF, Braxton, 34, said she sent an advance copy of her song to Def Jam president Kevin Lilles last month. "I'm not hating on Beyonce or anything, but I have kids to feed and this is taking money out of their college funds," Braxton said. "Jay-Z and Beyonce are messing with my money. They're trying to steal my mojo."
THREATENED: The recently announced split between "Renegade" actor Lorenzo Lamas, 44, and his fourth wife, former Playboy Playmate Shauna Sand, is not expected to be amicable, TV's "Extra" reports. Lamas has requested a restraining order be filed against his estranged wife, and Sand said in an on-air interview with the show that Lamas told her late last week that he didn't love her anymore and that he had filed for divorce. She also claims that her husband of six years (and the father of their three children) closed all of their bank accounts and canceled the couple's credit cards.
OFFERED: "Everybody Loves Raymond" star Patricia Heaton, 44, apologized to Michelle Pfeiffer, also 44, for implying that the latter has benefited from a plastic surgeon's hand. In an interview with David Letterman last week, Heaton said a major star currently on a fashion magazine cover (a picture-perfect Pfeiffer appears on Harper's Bazaar ) had had surgery. Said Heaton: "In an attempt at being humorous, I made statements regarding an actress and plastic surgery that were completely fabricated. I have since spoken with Michelle, and she has very graciously accepted my apology."