Courteney Cox Arquette: Danny Feld/NBC
Gary Susman
October 22, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

OH, BROTHER-IN-LAW Courteney Cox has given many interviews lately about her fruitless (so far) attempts to carry a child to term, but she may have a little Friend on the way at last. So reports Us Weekly magazine, which says that actor Alexis Arquette revealed that his sister-in-law is expecting, spilling the beans Monday during a taping of Sharon Osbourne’s talk show that won’t air until Nov. 7. Given how public Cox has been about her miscarriages, hormone treatments, and ongoing attempts at in vitro fertilization, it seemed unlikely that the announcement wouldn’t come from Cox and David Arquette themselves. In fact, Cindy Guagenti, the couple’s publicist, told USA Today on Tuesday, ”We’re not commenting. When they’re pregnant and ready to announce it, they will.”

HARBORING PEARLS The story of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl continues to captivate. News continues to surface from the CIA’s investigation into his kidnapping and murder in Pakistan last year at the hands of terrorists who released a videotape of his assassination. His widow, Mariane, just published ”A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl,” a memoir in which she recounts her ultimately futile search for him after his disappearance, while she was pregnant with their child. Now, Variety reports, Warner Bros. has paid Mariane Pearl a six-figure sum for the movie rights to her book, giving it to Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt’s company, Plan B, to produce. A Plan B spokesperson said in a statement that ”there are no plans at this point for Jennifer or Brad to act” in the film. Which is probably good, since we don’t know if Aniston can do a French accent.

GIVE THEM A HAND David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry were two of the big draws last weekend at an all-star poker tournament at the Palms in Las Vegas. The stars were playing for charity — and for a few minutes of exposure on ”Celebrity Poker Showdown,” a six-part series being shot for Bravo. The brainchild of ”West Wing” actor Joshua Malina, the tournament included several fellow performers from Bravo parent network NBC, including ”West Wing”-ers Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford, John Spencer, and former regular Emily Procter; ”Friends” contingent Schwimmer, Perry, and frequent guest star Paul Rudd (Phoebe’s squeeze Mike); and other stars, including Ben Affleck, Hank Azaria, Jack Black, Don Cheadle, Coolio, Shannon Elizabeth, Carrie Fisher, Sarah Silverman, and Nicole Sullivan. Who won? The stars are remaining poker-faced about the results until the series airs later this winter.

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