EXIT Goodbye Regis, hello Cody. It’s the end of an era: Kathie Lee Gifford announced on the air this morning that she will not return for the talk duo’s 12th season next year. ”Live With Regis and Kathie Lee,” which has been on the air for 11 years, is currently the fourth highest-ranked syndicated talk show (behind Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Springer, and Rosie O’Donnell). Gifford, who recently branched out with a one night a week stint on the Broadway revue ”Putting It Together” and a guest-host spot on David Letterman’s ”Late Show,” merely said ”it was time” for her to move on. When Reege asked ”Are You Kidding,” she bounced back, ”No.” Their last show together will air this July. And, evidently, yes, that’s her final answer.
LAWSUITS Message to tabloids: Don’t mess with Celine Dion‘s fertility. The singer is suing the National Enquirer for $20 million for its headline ”Celine — I’m pregnant with twins!” which she alleges the publication knew was false, according to the Associated Press. (The Enquirer could not be reached for comment, according to AP.) Her lawyer says no one at the paper attempted to confirm the story with Dion, and it caused her ”significant emotional distress” because so many people believed it. ”I only wish it was true, and I hope and pray that some day it will be,” said Dion in a statement…. Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee are going to court, but in a tribute to their newly healed marriage, this time it’s not against each other. The couple is being sued by a woman who claims she was bitten by their pet Rottweiler in 1997. A hearing is scheduled for April 5.
IN THE WORKS When a talking mouse makes $136 million, you damn well bring that mouse back! Columbia is planning a ”Stuart Little” sequel, and Geena Davis has already committed to reprising her role as the mother. Now, as long as Jonathan Lipnicki can hold off becoming a sullen, awkward teenager for a year, the studio should be in business…. Sheryl Crow, Sting, Kid Rock, Carlos Santana, Macy Gray, and Moby will all appear in a huge concert film, accent on the ”huge”: It will be an IMAX concert film called ”All Access,” and should be out by next February.
MORE OF THE SAME The British producers of the original ”Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” are developing a spin-off of the hit game show, and ABC is reportedly hovering over it, waiting to snatch up the U.S. rights if it comes off, according to Variety. In the new version, all of the contestant’s questions would be in a single category he or she is an expert in. And to really give it a novel twist, the host will ask the contestant, ”Your final answer, it’s that?”
CASTING Heather Graham will star in a remake of the French film ”When the Cat’s Away,” the tale of a young woman who meets many wacky people in her town while searching for her missing kitty. Not exactly ”Raiders of the Lost Ark,” but trust us, it’s charming…. Bette Midler may join the comedy ”What Women Want,” playing the psychiatrist to Mel Gibson, who has discovered the power to read women’s minds. And what he sees in Midler’s mind is ”Why ‘Isn’t She Great’? Why?”… Vanessa L. Williams will star in Showtime’s new series based on the 1997 movie ”Soul Food.”
HONORED Thanks to his truckload of Grammys, Carlos Santana‘s hometown of Autlan de Navarro, Mexico, is naming a new plaza and a street after him, as well as erecting a statue in his honor. No word yet on whether the town is demolishing a Backstreet Boys Monument to make room for it.
BUCKLED UNDER The ”American Psycho” filmmakers have caved to the MPAA and cut a few seconds of sexual footage to get an R rating instead of the NC-17 the film originally earned. ”Psycho” will premiere on April 14.