'N SYNC STAR 'N SPACE OR WHAT?
The Russian Space Agency got tired of waiting for boy-band star Lance Bass to cough up $20 million for his trip into space next month and threw him off the mission.
But the 23-year-old 'N Sync heartthrob still believes he will ride a Soyuz rocket with Russian cosmonauts to the International Space Station on Oct. 28.
The Russians say Bass missed several deadlines to come up with the $20 million, so they told him to pack up and leave the Star City space camp, where he went after a week of training at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Bass' people insist the singer remains committed to make the trip, and that talks toward a solution are ongoing.
SLURS WERE HURLED AT PITCHER KOUFAX
Baseball legend Sandy Koufax threw some of the best pitches in the history of the major leagues.
But the Los Angeles Dodgers ace was a Jew, so he had plenty of bigoted remarks hurled back at him, according to the current Sports Illustrated.
Koufax, who refused to pitch the opening game of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur, was disliked by some players because he was a Jew, teammate Don Newcombe told the magazine.
And Newcombe, one of the first blacks to pitch in the majors, said those players showed their "narrow-mindedness" when they would go to black teammates and make anti-Semitic remarks about Koufax.
LIZA, NEW HUBBY ADOPTING CHILD
Liza Minnelli and her new husband, David Gest, have full plates -- a marriage just six months old, a TV show in the making, and now a new child.
The newlyweds expect to complete the adoption process and have the 3-year-old girl in January. They've named her Serena.
She is the first child for Minnelli and producer Gest, who were wed before 1,500 of their closest friends in New York on March 16.
The adoption was first reported this week in the New York Post, which quoted Minnelli as saying the girl is a Christian from the United States who came from "somebody who couldn't provide for her."
The couple said they do not plan to feature the child in their new reality TV show on VH1, which is due to begin in November.
REESE TO GET $15 MILLION FOR 'LEGALLY BLONDE' SEQUEL
MGM reportedly will pay Reese Witherspoon $15 million to star in a sequel of "Legally Blonde," last year's film about a Beverly Hills sorority girl who went on to become a Harvard lawyer.
Variety reports Witherspoon, 26, also will serve as producer of "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde."
Even though the studio has yet to sign a director, MGM hopes to begin work by November and wants to release the film in July.
BUBBA NIXES TALK SHOW IDEA -- FOR NOW
The 56-year-old former president told King Tuesday night, "I think I'll leave that to you," referring to interviewing.
Clinton said the daily grind of a talk show would not leave room for his heavy travel schedule and commitment to public service work.
This year Clinton talked to NBC and CBS about hosting a talk show, but nothing materialized.
But, in the style of a politician, Clinton did not close the door on hosting such a show sometime in the future.
"You know, maybe sometime later in my life I'd like to do it," said the former president.