NEWS BRIEFS: Tori Spills into Kitchen

02/03/2004 at 01:00 PM EST

REGISTERED: Tori Spelling, 30, and actor Charlie Shanian, due to be married on July 4, are registered at the cooking store Williams Sonoma, reports the New York Post, adding that it had no idea the once-virginal Donna Martin of "Beverly Hills, 90210" was so domestic. Among the items sought by the couple in their registry (despite the fact that Spelling's dad, kazillionaire TV producer Aaron Spelling, could probably afford to buy the entire store chain): mixing bowls and muffin and cake pans.

EXPECTING: Helen Hunt, 40, and her boyfriend, producer Matthew Carnahan, are about to be parents, a rep for the "As Good As It Gets" Oscar winner and former "Mad About You" star confirms. Spokesman Stephen Huvane says the baby is due in the summer. Hunt has reportedly been dating Carnahan (whose credits include being a consulting producer on TV's "The Fugitive") since 2001, following the collapse of her 17-month marriage to "Friends" and "The Simpsons" regular Hank Azaria, now 39.


QUOTED: "I wonder how many women would want to wallow around in maggot farms at night, because that's really all Grissom could give them." -- "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" star William Petersen, 50, on the sex appeal of his TV character, to the Philadelphia Inquirer


RULED: The judge in actor Robert Blake's murder trial on Monday banned TV cameras from her courtroom during witness testimony, reports Reuters. Superior Court Judge Darlene Schempp did rule, however, that cameras could be present for opening and closing statements by attorneys. (She also said jury selection will begin Feb. 17.) After the jurist's ruling, Blake, 70, reportedly emerged from the courthouse eating a hot dog, then borrowed a guitar from a street musician and performed a quick rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" for reporters.

RELEASED: Singer Barry Manilow, 57, has returned to his Palm Springs, Calif., home after a 24-hour hospital stay prompted by stress-related chest pains and an irregular heartbeat, spokesman Jerry Sharell said Monday. Manilow underwent a series of tests and procedures and was discharged from the hospital late Sunday once doctors had determined that his heart rate had returned to normal.

ILL: Celine Dion, 35, ended her Las Vegas show early on Friday and canceled weekend performances after suffering an upper respiratory infection, her publicist said Monday. Kim Jakwerth said Dion will return to the stage Wednesday to perform her show, "A New Day," at Caesars Palace hotel-casino.

ADDED: Colin Farrell, 27, will serve as a presenter for the 76th Academy Awards on Feb. 29, the Academy has announced. Tom Hanks has previously been announced as a presenter.

CAST: "Seinfeld" alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 42, will appear in multiple episodes of FOX's critically acclaimed sitcom "Arrested Development" as Maggie Lizer, a blind attorney who winds up having a one-night stand with lead character Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman), reports Variety, noting that her appearances will pit her against her old boss Larry David. David, who helped create "Seinfeld," stars in "Curb Your Enthusiasm" on HBO, which runs in the same timeslot as "Arrested Development."

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