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News In Brief

JUROR PARTIES AT JACKSON BASH? The family of Michael Jackson threw a party Friday at an Indian Casino to thank loyal friends and fans for their support during his 14-week child molestation trial. Among the 400 guests were Jackson’s brother Tito, Jackson’s personal magician, Majestic Magnificent, and even a juror from the trial. Michael, however, was nowhere in sight.

LEO ASSAULTED: Friends rushed Leonardo DiCaprio to the hospital after a woman threw a bottle at him during a Hollywood party given by Rick Salomon, the former lover of Paris Hilton. The Aviator star received about a dozen stitches to close the wound near his head.

WONDER-FUL LINEUP: Rapper T.I, Stevie Wonder, and Ciara have announced plans to appear at the BET Awards on June 28.

BOX-OFFICE BEGINS: Batman Begins taking in $15 million in ticket sales after its Wednesday debut, but industry watchers saying it's too soon to tell whether the film can turn around Hollywood's lackluster summer.

MORE MATERIAL: Madonna announcing that she will release a sixth children's book--a sequel to her first book, The English Roses--in September 2006.

POPE PROJECT: CBS giving producers the greenlight for a four-hour, fact-based miniseries based on the life of Pope John Paul II.

THE ANGELINA FACTOR: Brad Pitt and Billy Bob Thornton signing on for the film Peace Like a River about a family that gets into a deadly confrontation with some neighborhood thugs. Thornton will star and Pitt will produce.

UNFRIENDLY BEHAVIOR: Jennifer Aniston shooting down reports that she told Vanity Fair that Brad Pitt cheated on her and that she wanted to have his children.

BACK TO THE MOTHERLAND: Illusionist Roy Horn checking into a German rehabilitation facility for continued medical help. The Las Vegas star's on stage dust-up last year with his tiger Montecore has left him partially paralyzed.

DO-GOODERS: Jamie Foxx, Cher and Geena Davis among the celebs donating items for the Celebrity Rags 4 Charity Riches online auction running through June 26. To check out the auction, go to www.rags4riches.org.

MOURNED: Ronald Winans, a Grammy-winning member of The Winans and of gospel music's first family, has died of heart complications. He was 48.

TRULY LIVE 8: Bob Geldof announcing additional Live 8 concerts will be held on July 2 in Tokyo, Toronto and Johannesburg in addition to shows in Paris, London, Rome, Philadelphia and Berlin. An additional gig will also be held in Edinburgh on July 6, the same day the G8 meeting kicks off.
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