Melissa Etheridge Recovering From Cancer
RECOVERING: Doctors say the prognosis for Melissa Etheridge is excellent after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Etheridge underwent a lumpectomy over the weekend after she discovered a lump in her breast as a result of self-examination. She and her doctor are deciding the next course of treatment. "I’m taking all of this one day at a time and spending time with the ones I love," Etheridge tells PEOPLE. "I want to thank everyone for their concern and outpouring of affection."
DEBATED: President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry met for their third and final 90-minute debate Wednesday night in Tempe, Ariz., addressing such topics as health care, taxes and even the women in their lives – who were praised on both sides for being "strong." While the incumbent hammered home the point that Kerry is "out of the mainstream," Kerry reiterated that Bush "is the first president in 72 years to preside over an economy in America that lost jobs." When moderator Bob Schieffer asked both men whether they thought homosexuality was a choice, Bush said he didn't know, while Kerry, citing Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter, Mary, said it is not a choice. After the debate, Mary's mother, Lynne Cheney, called Kerry's reference to her daughter "a cheap and tawdry political trick," reports The Washington Post.
CAST: Lindsay Lohan, 18, will guest-star opposite her real-life sweetheart, Wilmer Valderrama, on FOX's That '70s Show on Nov. 10. In the episode, titled "Mother's Little Helper," Lohan plays Danielle, a new client at the beauty salon where Fez (Valderrama) works as a shampoo boy and consoles Danielle about her problems with boys. Trouble ensues, however, when Fez and Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) start vying for her attention.
HONORED: Sandra Bullock, 40, a Virginia native, will be honored Oct. 30 at the 17th annual Virginia Film Festival, where she will unveil a preview clip from Miss Congeniality 2 and participate in an acting workshop with drama students at the University of Virginia, say festival organizers. The fest, which will run from Oct. 28-31, will also pay homage to the late "King of the Nudies" filmmaker Russ Meyer (Beyond the Valley of the Dolls), who died last month in Los Angeles.
DENIED: A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday refused to reduce the $1 million bail for Dawnette Knight, 33, accused of one count of stalking and 24 counts of making criminal threats against actress Catherine Zeta-Jones. Superior Court Judge David Mintz cited Knight's "threatening conduct" and the severity of her charges in declining a defense request to lower her bail or release her, reports the Associated Press. The jurist also set a Nov. 15 trial date.
PREPARED: Legally Blonde director Robert Luketic is in negotiations to shoot the big-screen version of the hit 1978-91 primetime soap Dallas, about a wealthy Texas oil family, says the Hollywood Reporter. The script is being written by Robert Harling, whose credits include 1989's Steel Magnolias. No casting has been announced.
BOXED: Beatles fans are rejoicing over the news that on Nov. 16 Capitol Records will finally release the Fab Four's first four American albums in one box set. The Capitol Albums Volume 1 includes Meet The Beatles, The Beatles's Second Album, Something New and Beatles '65, all originally released in 1964 and making their CD debuts. (The songs are all available on other CDs, including reissues of the original U.K. releases, which have fewer tracks.) The $70 set is timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the group's arrival in the U.S.
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