PASSAGES: Lauer's New Early Job

10/03/2003 at 10:48 AM EDT

BORN: "Today" show host Matt Lauer, 45, and his wife since 1998, the former Annette Roque, welcomed their second child Thursday, a daughter. Romy Lauer weighed 7 lbs., according to an NBC spokeswoman. The Lauers already have a son, Jack Matthew, born in 2001. While Lauer attends to the newborn at home, Lester Holt has been sitting beside Katie Couric on the air.

SUED: "Xena: Warrior Princess" star Lucy Lawless, 35, and "Hercules" star Kevin Sorbo, 45, filed separate breach-of-contract lawsuits this week, accusing Universal Studios of denying them money from the adjusted gross receipts of their syndicated shows, reports the Associated Press. A Universal spokesman said the company hadn't seen the lawsuits and doesn't comment on pending litigation. The same attorney represents both plaintiffs.


QUOTED: "In the case of Clint, we'd grown up knowing who was in charge." -- Sean Penn, 43, speaking at a press conference about Clint Eastwood, 73, his director on "Mystic River," which opens the New York Film Festival on Friday night


PREPARED: "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell, 43, who also produced CBS's so-so summer series "Cupid" (which may or may not return to the air), will produce for FOX a "Fame"-like show about a fictional West Coast music and drama academy, reports New York's Daily News. The final episode would be a talent contest between two students, with the public deciding the winner. Airdate is expected to be in 2004, after the third season of "Idol."

SLATED: "Fashion Rocks," a London charity event scheduled for Oct. 15 as a benefit for Prince Charles's charity to help young people, will feature Beyonce Knowles singing for Giorgio Armani, Bryan Ferry for Tom Ford, Bryan Adams for Calvin Klein and Jamiroquai for Burberry, reports Fashion Wire Daily. "It won't be a huge extravaganza, we'll just have about 21 people onstage," Knowles told the news service. Other designers who will present music acts at the event will include Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Chloe, Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace and YSL.

REVIVED: "A Beautiful Mind" producer Brian Grazer, 51, plans to produce a big-screen version of "Magnum, P.I.," the '80s TV show that made Tom Selleck a star, reports Friday's Wall Street Journal. Among the suggested casting possibilities (since Selleck, 58, is now deemed too old): George Clooney, Russell Crowe, Jim Carrey, Tom Hanks and Mike Myers. "Well," admitted Grazer, "not Mike Myers."

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