September 22, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

On Sept. 5, flame-haired chanteuse Tori Amos, 37, and hubby, recording engineer Mark Hawley, 36, welcomed their first child, 7-pound 1-ounce Natashya Lorien Hawley.

Gladiator down! Actor Russell Crowe, 36, suffered a shoulder injury Sept. 5 while training in Austin for his role as a circus freak in the Jodie Foster-directed Flora Plum. Crowe reportedly plans to undergo surgery in his native Australia in late September, near the time when the film was due to start shooting. The filmmakers have not announced whether they will recast or wait for Crowe.

Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford, 32, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct Sept. 8 after scaling a metal structure on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards, which led to an off-camera scuffle. The band’s publicist had no comment, but Rage guitarist Tom Morello reportedly quipped to an L.A. radio station that Commerford was perhaps irked by Britney Spears’ cover of the Rolling Stones’ ”Satisfaction.”

Two months after being passed over as chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment, 17-year Fox vet Tom Sherak, 55, announced Sept. 12 he was leaving the studio to become a partner in ex-Disney exec Joe Roth‘s new indie Revolution Studios.

Best-selling memoirist, website maestro, and literary contrarian Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius), 30, was slapped with a lawsuit Aug. 18 by his former literary agency, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, Inc. The suit claims Eggers refused to pay a 15 percent commission on a prospective movie deal for Genius. Eggers’ lawyer says the claim has no merit … Oscar nominee Ed Harris, 49, who produced, directed, and stars in the upcoming biopic of the late artist Jackson Pollock, was sued Aug. 29 by Ruth Kligman, 70, author of a 1974 memoir about her brief romance with Pollock. She claims Harris and the screenwriters may have reproduced parts of her book and her own adapted screenplay without permission. Harris’ publicist had no comment … Exactly how many spoonfuls of sugar is Julie Andrews‘ voice worth? The 64-year-old actress isn’t telling: On Sept. 7 she settled, for an undisclosed sum, her malpractice suit against two doctors and New York’s Mt. Sinai Hospital for allegedly botching surgery to remove several noncancerous throat nodules … Alvin’s back, and this time he wants more than a hula hoop. On Sept. 11, Chipmunks owner Ross Bagdasarian filed a $100 million suit against Universal, claiming the studio reneged on its promise to promote the singing rodents after plans for a Robert Zemeckis-directed live-action feature fell through. The suit claims that since Universal acquired exclusive Chipmunks licensing rights in 1996, the brand’s annual licensing fees have fallen from $4 million to $70,000. Universal had no comment.

With additional reporting by Ethan Alter

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