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October 27, 2001

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Pamela denies pregnancy rumors

The gossip columnists are buzzing that Pamela Anderson and her boyfriend, raunchy rap-rocker Kid Rock, are going to have a baby. However, a rep for the former Baywatch star says that Anderson, who already has two boys courtesy of ex-husband Tommy Lee, is not expecting.

A rep for Kid Rock, who has an 8-year-old son by ex-girlfriend Kelley Russell, says, "We have no information about this."

The couple has also recently denied rumors that they are engaged.

In the December issue of Spin magazine, Kid Rock says he and Pammy are doing just fine with the kids the couple already has.

"Pam and I have a lot of fun with our kids. We go tubing on this river in northern Michigan just floating down the river, drinking some Cristal and Budweiser."

Hanks lands lifetime AFI award

Tom Hanks is joining such past Hollywood legends as James Stewart and Jack Lemmon as a recipient of the American Film Institute's life achievement award.

Hanks will be honored with the 30th annual award in a tribute June 12 at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, the new home of the Oscar ceremony. USA Network will air the tribute June 23.

"Tom Hanks is American film's Everyman for a new generation," said Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI board of trustees.

Like Stewart and Lemmon, Hanks has played a string of lovable characters in such films as "Splash," "Sleepless in Seattle," "Big" and "You've Got Mail." A double Oscar winner for "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump," Hanks has been nominated three other times, most recently for last year's "Cast Away."

Branagh signs on for Potter role

Kenneth Branagh will swap Shakespeare for Harry Potter when he takes the role of flamboyant witchcraft professor Gilderoy Lockhart in the second next Potter film.

The 40-year-old actor-director will play the publicity-hungry teacher at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in "Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets," which is to begin filming in December. He will join the existing teaching staff, whose first adventures with their magical students are depicted in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," which opens Nov. 16 in the United States.

Fox puts face behind fund-raiser

Michael J. Fox helped the University of California, San Francisco kick off an ambitious drive to raise $1.4 billion for its medical research institute with a benefit appearance.

The actor suffers from the degenerative brain disorder Parkinson's disease, for which UCSF's scientists are searching for a cure.

"It has been a tremendous blessing to me in many ways," Fox said of his diagnosis. "It has opened my eyes to the staggering work researchers are doing."

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