Hands off, Charlie! Angel Drew Barrymore, 25, and MTV goofball Tom Green, 28, announced their engagement July 12. The couple, who hooked up earlier this year, haven’t set a date. It will be Green’s first trip down the aisle; Barrymore was wed briefly to L.A. bar owner Jeremy Thomas in 1994. And since a Drew-less Green took a coffeemaker as his date to the recent MTV Movie Awards, strike that off the registry…. Perhaps they were tired of rejection. Brooke Shields, 35, star of NBC’s axed Suddenly Susan, has said yes to a July 15 proposal from Chris Henchy, 36, a producer of NBC’s axed Battery Park. They began dating last year, months after her two-year marriage to ace Andre Agassi ended.
Phantom Menace star Liam Neeson, 48, suffered a broken pelvis from a July 11 motorcycle crash. Riding his Harley near his upstate New York home, the actor hit a deer. Neeson’s publicist says his prognosis is good; at press time, he was due to be released from the hospital in a few days.
Richard Roeper, 40, got two big thumbs up from Roger Ebert, 58, who tapped the Chicago Sun-Times columnist July 12 to replace the late Gene Siskel on his syndicated TV show. Roeper, a 14-year Sun-Times veteran, guested frequently over the last six months. The decades-old show will be rechristened Ebert & Roeper and the Movies on Labor Day weekend…. Another Law & Order casting switch? Don’t speak! This fall, twice-Oscared Woody Allen regular Dianne Wiest, 52, will play New York’s district attorney, replacing the long-running drama’s last original cast member, Steven Hill, 78. After 10 seasons as terse DA Adam Schiff, Hill is departing in a ”mutual agreement” with producers, says an L&O publicist.
Breaking ranks with her Screen Actors Guild peers, newly solo beauty Elizabeth Hurley, 35, shot a commercial for Estee Lauder July 11 in spite of a 12-week SAG strike against advertisers. Hurley’s rep says the actress-model was unaware of the strike. Maybe former beau Hugh Grant is getting all her union mailings.
After settling in Greenwich, Conn., last December, antigun talker Rosie O’Donnell, 38, is pulling up stakes and buying a home in New York’s Rockland County (not far from one she left last year). While in Greenwich, she caused a stir when the bodyguard who follows her son Parker, 5, to school reportedly applied for a concealed-weapons permit. Her rep couldn’t be reached for comment.
On July 12, retired folk musician and Muslim convert Yusuf Islam, 52, the former Cat Stevens, was refused entry into Jerusalem, where he had flown to shoot a segment for VH1’s Behind the Music about his music and new faith. A VH1 release blamed Islam’s booting on ”heightened security.” Israeli officials did not comment. Reports claimed Islam gave money in 1988 to the militant Palestinian group Hamas, but he said in a statement, ”I’ve never knowingly supported any terrorist groups — past, present, or future.”