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Entertainment news for the week of August 2

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Madonna and Child: When the notoriously public Madonna experiences that most private of moments — her baby’s birth — in October, expect nothing short of total war between the tabloids and the Material Girl’s publicity machine. Says Warner Bros. senior VP of publicity Liz Rosenberg about security at the hospital, whose location is a secret: ”It’s going to be extremely tight, impenetrable.” However, National Enquirer senior editor Brian Williams declares his paper’s beachhead is as good as secured. ”It’ll be a huge tabloid story,” he says. ”Our storm troopers are in place and ready to go…. We have a network of sources that will give us all the details.” Rosenberg laughs off his plan to treat it as a ”three-helicopter birth.” ”They’d like to do that if Madonna were giving birth on the grass. But that’s not really the way it’s going to happen.”

The Buff Files: Baywatch Nights is about to become even more unreal than Pamela Lee’s breasts. The Baywatch spin-off, currently a run-of-the-mill detective series, is being retooled for next season as a sci-fi saga focusing on Mitch Buchannon’s (David Hasselhoff) close encounters with sea monsters, vampires, and other creatures of the night. Without this dip into the paranormal, Hasselhoff, one of the series’ executive producers, says he would have swum away. ”I was unhappy with the direction we were taking, and I was ready to walk,” says the actor, who is now steeling himself for the inevitable comparisons with a better-known supernatural series. ”When I first heard [the idea], I thought: ‘Oh, my God, everybody is going to compare us to The X-Files. I don’t want to jump on the bandwagon,’ ” says Hasselhoff. ”We’re going to get pretty well beat up, but I’ve been beat up before.”

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