Plus, Leo DiCaprio denies rumors, John Travolta plans a ''Battlefield'' sequel, Backstreet Boys give details on their new record, and more

By Lori Reese
Updated October 18, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT
Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Credit: Zeta-Jones:All Action/PK/Retna

BIG DAY At long last, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones have announced their wedding plans. The two will marry on Nov. 18 at New York’s swanky Plaza Hotel. ”It will be a sumptuous party. The invitations have already been sent to our friends,” Douglas told Germany’s Gala weekly. Douglas, 56, and Zeta-Jones, 31, recently gave birth to a son, Dylan. Days later the happy family was seen grinning on the cover of US Weekly. We wonder if they’ll put the nuptials on pay per view?

IT AIN’T SO Anyone who thought Leonardo DiCaprio and model Gisele Bundchen might be tying the knot should reconsider. The couple have been hanging out together in Italy lately while DiCaprio shoots Martin Scorsese‘s ”Gangs of New York.” Local papers are reporting that ”The Beach” boy has been to the embassy to seek advice about documents needed for a wedding. Yet, for some reason Leo’s rep is denying the story. ”They’re not engaged!” she told the New York Post. But apparently the Italian reporter’s best friend’s cousin’s uncle says they are.

CAN’T SOMEONE STOP HIM? So THIS is what Scientology does to you: John Travolta is planning a sequel to his critically flayed box office bomb ”Battlefield Earth.” Based on the eponymous book by Scientology’s founder L. Ron Hubbard, the second ”Battlefield” will once again star Travolta as a dread lock sporting nine foot alien — a role he apparently finds fitting. ”The bottom line is that I feel really good about [”Battlefield”]. Here I was taking big chances, breaking a new genre,” Travolta told a group of reporters at a press conference. If only L. Ron’s ”Dianetics” were distributed to the press, we might be able to clear our minds of all this negative energy.

SPIN As we breathlessly await the Nov. 21 release of the Backstreet Boys‘ forthcoming effort ”Black & Blue,” the band has thoughtfully provided details about the new album on their Jive Records website — while launching an Internet hype campaign to boot! Producer Max Martin, the pop Svengali behind their multiplatinum album ”Millennium,” has joined with the group once again, according to the site. Besides their latest single, ”Shape of My Heart,” fans can expect to hear 12 highly original R&B/ hip hop/ country influenced tunes including: ”The Call,” ”Get Another Boyfriend,” ”Shining Star,” ”I Promise You (With Everything I Am),” ”The Answer to Our Life,” ”Everyone,” ”More Than That,” ”Time,” ”Not For Me,” ”Yes I Will,” ”It’s True,” and ”How Did I Fall in Love With You.” Jive is also asking fans to enlist in a sort of grassroots buzz campaign on behalf of the boys. Those who pass the word about ”Black & Blue” along to friends via e-mail sent from the site will be sent exclusive B-Boy news and album updates. Think of it as tithing thing. Jive really needs more money.

MORE MATRIMONY NEWS Alas, yet another boy band member has tied the knot. 98 DegreesDrew Lachey, 24, married Lea Dellecave, also 24, in a private ceremony in Cincinnati last weekend. Lachey’s mom told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the newlyweds have known each since the fifth grade. Dellecave is a choreographer and onstage dancer with the group. And for the rest of us, life continues as a fragile tissue of miseries…. Meanwhile, it looks as though Pamela Anderson may have yet another wedding on the horizon. Her post-Tommy beau, supermodel Marcus Schenkenberg told Germany’s daily Bild that he hopes to marry her. ”Yes, marriage and children too, definitely. But I don’t want to rush anything. I am romantic,” he said. This is further proof of our theory that supermodels are so much better than rock stars.

SHOWS The tabs can put their rumors of a rift between Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown to rest for now. The couple is planning to perform together at Vegas’ Aladdin Theater on Nov. 10. We’re hoping the far out ticket prices — ranging from $100 to $300 — include a trippy light show and some complimentary special spinach dip.

SWAN SONG The Smashing Pumpkins will return home to play their final gig at Chicago’s Cabaret Metro on Dec. 2. According to club owner/ Chicago rock impresario Joe Shanahan, Billy Corgan has always referred to the Metro as his ”psychic home.” (The group first played the 1,100 capacity venue on Oct. 5, 1998.) Fortunately for those who aren’t cool enough to be one of Shanahan and Corgan’s best friends, the band is also planning a farewell concert at Chicago’s 20,000 seat United Center, Nov. 29. This is their postsellout collective unconscious home.

REEL DEAL Bruce Willis and partner Arnold Rifkin officially launched their Santa Monica production company Cheyenne Enterprises this week. They have no distribution projects on the roster as yet, but they have closed a three year first look deal with Twentieth Century Fox. ”Our goal in this partnership is to establish a creative environment which will allow us to use our relationships in the entertainment community, to seek out, develop, and produce film and television projects that reflect our tastes and sensibilities,” Rifkin told Daily Variety. Otherwise known as movies with a lot of creative close-ups of Willis’ pecs.

STUFF Here’s something you really want to know. Russell Crowe has posted photos of his recent shoulder surgery on his website. And what’s really exciting is visitors can send special e-cards of the surgery images to friends via the site. The injury — which set back production for his upcoming Jodie Foster flick ”Flora Plum” — was a ”primary post traumatic slap lession [sic] of the antero-superior portion of the labrum,” Crowe informs us. And we thought he just tore a muscle.

SPREE George Michael blew $2.1 million at an auction on a Steinway piano John Lennon purchased in 1970 for about 1,000 pounds. ”He decided to do this because the piano was a part of music history, and because he wanted it to remain in Britain,” a spokesperson told Reuters. Imagine all the disappointed curators at the Experience Music Project in Seattle.