NEWS BRIEFS: Billy Bob to Be Dad Again

04/08/2004 AT 01:00 PM EDT

EXPECTED: "The Alamo" star Billy Bob Thornton, 48, announced Thursday that he and his girlfriend, Connie Angland, 39, are expecting a child "sometime in October," his publicist tells the Associated Press. Thornton, who has three children from two previous marriages (he's been wed five times), divorced actress Angelina Jolie in May 2003.

OUTSHINED: With wags calling it a sales malfunction, Janet Jackson's heavily hyped new album, "Damita Jo," sold approximately 381,000 copies in its first week to debut at No. 2 on the charts. (Her last album, 2001's "All for You," debuted at No. 1 with more than 605,000 copies sold, and the second-place "Jo" marks the first time her album has not debuted at No. 1 since 1989's "Rhythm Nation 1814," reports the Associated Press.) Jackson, 37, was denied this week's top spot by Usher, who sold 486,000 copies of "Confessions." He debuted at No. 1 last week with 1.1 million copies sold.


QUOTED: "Right now we're great friends, and whether it will go or not go, I couldn't tell you, to be frank. ... She will always be someone in my life." -- Lenny Kravitz, 39, on Nicole Kidman, to PEOPLE


WON: Soccer star David Beckham, 28, has won a special prize at the British Book Awards for his "My Side," the fastest-selling biography or autobiography of all time, reports the BBC. The book, published last September, has sold over one million copies, including 103,000 copies in its first week. "I am thrilled to get this award," said the Real Madrid player, who this week was making headlines over tabloid claims that he had a fling with his personal assistant, Rebecca Loos. Beckham and his wife, pop star Victoria Beckham, have denied the stories.

SALUTED: The Las Vegas City Council honored illusionist Roy Horn, 59, as its "Citizen of the Month" on Wednesday, while he remained at home recovering from a near-fatal onstage incident with a tiger last October, reports the Associated Press. Mayor Oscar Goodman presented the proclamation to "Siegfried & Roy" show manager Bernie Yuman, and said, "I wish he was with us today. But he'll be with us in the future."

DIED: Niki Sullivan, 66, who played rhythm guitar and sang backup for Buddy Holly on his early hits with The Crickets, died in his sleep at his home near Kansas City on Tuesday, Tricia Earl of the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas, tells Reuters. Sullivan toured with The Crickets through 1957 but left the band when it became apparent Holly did not need a second guitarist. He later got involved with less successful bands The Plainsmen and The Hollyhawks.

AWARDED: Veteran MGM stars Esther Williams, Betty Garrett, Margaret O'Brien and "Gone With the Wind" sister Ann Rutherford turned out Wednesday as media mogul Ted Turner was honored with his own star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame, reports Reuters. Turner, 65, who's also the man behind Turner Classic Movies, thanked the group, and declared, "I'm almost at a loss for words. I'm really excited about it. I love show business."

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