updated 03/11/2004 AT 1:00 AM ET
•originally published 03/11/2004 AT 10:00 AM ET
DELAYED: Former Army POW Jessica Lynch, 20, has “postponed indefinitely” her wedding to her fiance, Sgt. Ruben Contreras, PEOPLE reports in its latest issue, on newsstands Friday. The Iraqi War heroine is still wearing her wedding ring, and family members say she’s still engaged – but did not give a reason for the postponement.
CUT: In light of the Janet Jackson Super Bowl flash, UPN reportedly ordered Tyra Banks, executive producer and host of “America’s Next Top Model,” to delete portions of next week’s highly promoted “orgy” episode that was to have featured a (non-graphic) group grope involving four young men and four young women – one of whom is shown in a promo calling her boyfriend in tears because she’d cheated on him. UPN officials and Banks declined to comment.
QUOTED: “This year has gone by so fast, compared with the nine months in which she was gone. It’s been a wonderful happy year with her back. … We’re just happy to see her so normal.” – Lois Smart, with husband Ed, on the “Today” show Thursday, which is the one-year anniversary of the return of their kidnapped teen daughter, Elizabeth
BORN: “Elf” star Will Ferrell, 36, and wife Viveca Paulin, who have been married since 2000, welcomed their own elf in Los Angeles early on Sunday, son Magnus Paulin Ferrell. A spokesman for Ferrell said the baby, the couple’s first, weighed 8 lbs. 12 oz.
SHUNNED: George Michael, 40, is abandoning the music business to release his songs online for free instead, telling the BBC Radio 1 that he does not need the cash and does not enjoy fame. Fans will be given the option to make donations online in exchange for downloading the tracks, and the proceeds will be given to charity. The British rocker also said that his latest album, “Patience,” will be his last.
REQUESTED: Walt Disney’s sole surviving child, Diane Disney Miller, 70, has broken her long silence on how her father’s kingdom is now being run, telling the Los Angeles Times that embattled Disney top manager Michael Eisner should end his 20-year reign. “It’s time to step down and let someone else come in for the future,” said Miller (who is said to have a $50 million stake in the company.) “New leadership is necessary. I think Michael Eisner did some great things for the company but there also are some not so great things.”
SET: “The Apprentice” boss Donald Trump, 57, will host NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” on April 3, the network has announced. No musical guest has been signed as yet, say reports.
AXED: After eight seasons, David E. Kelley’s Emmy-winning legal ABC drama “The Practice” will bow out on May 16, with the final episodes set up to spin off a new series, which has been given a 22-episode order by the network for the fall, says the Hollywood Reporter. James Spader and Rhona Mitra reportedly have been approached for the spinoff.
CONSIDERED: Feuding couple Liza Minnelli (who turns 58 on Friday) and David Gest were in negotiations to take their bitter divorce case to reality TV in a “People’s Court”-like setup with a TV judge and jury deciding on the dissolution of their 14-month marriage – but the deal fell through, according to reports. Gest’s attorney Raoul Felder tells New York’s Daily News that his client was against such a show, despite the prospective “big money” involved.
OFFERED: Ina, a tiny boutique in Lower Manhattan, is holding a 12-hour “Sex and the City” marathon sale on Thursday, starting at 10 a.m., reports the New York Post. Among the items available for purchase (first come, first served, obviously): the nightgown and cardigan sweater worn by Sarah Jessica Parker on the bed with Big in the final episode, a ’50s tulle evening dress Parker wore in the same episode, and a $3,500 Chanel dress (the highest price in the sale). Belts can be had for $20 each, but act fast.