Britney, Wills meeting nixed
Britney Spears says she was once within hours of having a proper date with Prince William before it was abruptly called off. "I was asked to meet him but it didn't work out," the popster said. "I would love to have met him but it leaked out and it was canceled. It was probably a blessing because, had we met, I would have never been left alone." Spears hopes Wills will be at one of her British concerts in October.
Affleck beats the house
Movie star Ben Affleck was a big winner in Sin City. Sources say he recently walked away from a blackjack table at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Casino with up to $140,000. Not only that but he gave it all away in tips to waitresses, dealers, desk staff, et al. "Some people were getting $5,000," said a source.
Spice Girl settles bio battle
Spice Girl Victoria Adams and husband David Beckham dropped their court action Wednesday to block publication of Andrew Morton's "Posh and Becks" after reaching a settlement with its publisher, who clipped 200 to 300 words from the book. The couple sought to slice 2,500 words from the 60,000-word work. Much of it is based on revelations by their ex-bodyguard, Mark Niblett, whom they bounced in May and accused of violating a confidentiality agreement.
Food fight wounds actress
A food fight at the Oscars of heavy metal music left actress Britt Ekland hospitalized with a broken wrist and ankle. Ekland slipped on a piece of melon left over from a raucous celebration as she went on stage to make a presentation Tuesday night.
Despite being in severe pain, Ekland, 57, let a bouncer carry her to the stage and presented an award to singer Marilyn Manson.
"He was very, very kind to her and he did talk to her and look after her afterwards," Ekland's agent, Suzanne Martin, said of Manson. "He had a nice sensitive side."
Ekland was once married to comedian Peter Sellers and dated rock star Rod Stewart.
It's gotta be the shoes
Sharon Stone and her red stiletto heels set off a chain-reaction boat collision in the canals of Venice.
Stone took off her shoes on arrival for the Venice Film Festival Tuesday to board a water taxi, setting off a chase by paparazzi.
The boat carrying the "Basic Instinct" star's bodyguards accelerated, setting off waves that smacked one of the photographers' boats into a pole and another water taxi. A photographer needed stitches to close a head wound.
Stone, 42, was headed to a party for Clint Eastwood and his "Space Cowboys" co-stars Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner and Donald Sutherland.
Sounds a Little like them
Rich Little is doing his own hail to the chief.
The impersonator will tackle eight presidents in a two-act theatrical journey through 40 years of Oval Office history.
"The Presidents," opening Sept. 23 in Nyack, N.Y., was written by Ron Nessen, press secretary to President Ford, and Loren Paul Caplin.
"Gerald Ford was kind of tough. He's kind of bland and not very distinctive," said Little, 61. "I would say Gerald and George Bush are the hardest. Clinton is great. He's got that continual frog in his throat."
But President Reagan will always be his favorite: "I just love the man."
Taking it off for a cause
Britney Spears, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Cuba Gooding Jr. and several other stars are undressing for charity.
They're donating their blue jeans for an Internet auction to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Southern California Chapter, reports the Associated Press.
The auction also includes jeans shed by Drew Barrymore, Jodie Foster, Will Smith, Freddie Prinze Jr., John Travolta, Kobe Bryant, Warren Beatty and Rosie O'Donnell. Yahoo! teamed up with the society for the Undress for MS -- Celebrity Jean Auction, which began Monday and continues through Sept. 10.
For more information, check out auctions.yahoo.com.