PLANNED: Michael Jackson is in talks with CBS to perform in a music special that would air on the network Nov. 26, a week after the release of his latest hits collection, “Number Ones,” on Epic Records, reports Reuters. (Neither CBS nor the record company would confirm the discussions.) A November 2001 Jackson special, celebrating his 30 years as a solo artist, was a major ratings success for CBS, drawing more than 25 million viewers. In February, several networks aired Jackson specials focusing on his private life. Those specials went through the ratings roof, as well.
CHARGED: Aidan Quinn, 44, one of the stars of HBO’s upcoming film “Empire Falls,” has been charged with drunken driving after being stopped in Maine early Saturday morning for allegedly driving his rental car erratically, reports the Associated Press. His blood alcohol level exceeded the state’s limit of 0.08 percent, police said. Quinn, who lives in Englewood, N.J., was released on bail and is due for arraignment Nov. 19 in Maine’s Waterville District Court.
QUOTED: “Instead of boycotting and trying to have the movie changed, why don’t they all just wait to see the film when it airs like the rest of us.” — Barbra Streisand, 62, on her Web site, citing right-wing criticism of her husband James Brolin‘s upcoming TV miniseries “The Reagans,” which CBS is reportedly going to shelve (or sell to Showtime)
SETTLED: Linda Tripp, whose secret tapes of conversations with Monica Lewinsky helped lead to President Clinton‘s impeachment trial, will get more than $595,000 from the Defense Department to settle a lawsuit over the release of confidential personal information about her to the New Yorker magazine, her lawyers tell AP. Based on information supplied by Pentagon officials in 1998, the magazine reported Tripp did not admit an arrest on her security application for her job at the Defense Department. She had been arrested for grand larceny when she was a teenager.
FINISHED: Zoe Koplowitz, 55, of Manhattan, finally crossed the finish line of Sunday’s ING New York City Marathon on Monday, 29 hours and 45 minutes after she started (and more than 27 hours after the first runner crossed the line). She was the last one in the race. “You just keep going until you get it done,” Koplowitz, a motivational speaker, tells the New York Post. “You do what it takes.” And, clearly, you just keep doing it.