EXPECTING Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, 33, and husband Michael Douglas, 58, will welcome their second child in the spring. Their son, Dylan Michael, is 2. Douglas has a son, Cameron, 23, from his previous marriage.
AILING Harry Potter headmaster Richard Harris, 72, is suffering from Hodgkin’s disease, a form of lymphoma. At press time, the two-time Oscar nominee was being treated at a London hospital and due to be released soon. His manager said the illness won’t affect the shooting schedule for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, set for January…. On Oct. 8, stocky country star Trace Adkins (”Chrome”), 40, separated his rib and sternum and bruised his shoulder and pelvis when he was pinned under a tractor at his Rutherford County, Tenn., farm. He was hospitalized for two days and canceled two concerts, but is back on the road. Says his rep, ”It takes a lot to keep a big man down.”
COURTS On Oct. 9, a shaken and stirred Sean Connery, 72, sued Mandalay Pictures and producer Peter Guber (Batman Returns), 60, for $17.25 million, claiming they strung him along for nearly three years before nixing plans to shoot End Game, a spy thriller in which the ex-007 was to star. A spokesman for Guber and Mandalay called the suit ”frivolous.”… On Oct. 3, singer Naturi Naughton, 18, sued R&B act 3LW (”Playas Gon’ Play”), claiming she was booted from the girl group for not being ”ghetto enough.” Naughton says she was ridiculed as ”Ms. Two Parent Household” and pressured to resign. Remaining 3LW members called the allegations ”outrageous.”
DEPARTURES On Oct. 15, Mark Gill announced he was stepping down as president of Miramax/L.A. to head up the new indie production outfit Stratus. An exec producer of the upcoming Frida, Gill joined Miramax in 1994 as marketing chief and oversaw campaigns for Pulp Fiction and Shakespeare in Love. At press time, Miramax could not be reached for comment.
CONTROVERSIES On Oct. 15, Fox announced it would push back the scheduled Nov. 15 release of Joel Schumacher’s sniper drama Phone Booth ”in light of recent events” outside Washington, D.C. The Colin Farrell-Kiefer Sutherland thriller is being held indefinitely…. Not everybody loves Patricia Heaton, 44, who insinuated on Late Show With David Letterman Sept. 30 that Michelle Pfeiffer, 44, has had some cosmetic surgery. (Heaton, who champions her own nips and tucks, never named the White Oleander star, but referred to a current magazine cover girl who said Botox scared her; Pfeiffer noted such a fear in an October cover story in Harper’s Bazaar.) Pfeiffer’s spokeswoman says that the Oscar-nominated actress hasn’t had plastic surgery, and that the sitcom mom has apologized. Heaton’s reps didn’t return calls…. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said ”fuhgeddaboudit” to marching in Manhattan’s Columbus Day Parade when its organizers balked at his decision to bring along Sopranos stars Lorraine Bracco and Dominic Chianese because they believe HBO’s Mafia hit portrays Italian Americans negatively. Instead, Bloomberg took the actors to lunch at a Bronx Italian eatery.