HOSPITALIZED: Michael Jackson, 44, suddenly became ill on Wednesday and was hospitalized in Indianapolis, where he was to be deposed in court in a copyright-infringement lawsuit. The deposition didn’t take place, Jackson’s attorney, Brian Oxman, told the Indianapolis Star. A publicist for Jackson said the musician had left the hospital and planned to fly out of the city on Wednesday night. It remains unclear how long the deposition will be delayed, and the hospital released no information.
ANNOUNCED: “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest, 28, will have his own daily, live syndicated TV show, due to debut in January, FOX announced Wednesday, the same day as the second-season finale of “Idol.” The program is described as a one-hour hybrid of a newsmagazine and a variety show, and trade reports say it will air in so-called “fringe” timeslots between 4 and 7 p.m. Seacrest, speaking to Katie Couric on “Today” Thursday morning, said his new show should be “kinda interesting.”
QUOTED: “It’s an Irish name. It felt right” — Brooke Shields, 37, to PEOPLE, on Rowan Francis, the name she and her husband, TV writer-producer Chris Henchy, 39, picked for their new baby, born May 15.
TRUNCATED: Elizabeth Taylor, 72, reportedly cut short a scheduled appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, where she was helping to promote the new DVD release of her 1956 classic “Giant,” costarring the late Rock Hudson and James Dean. French news service AFP said that at the Thursday reception, La Liz looked tired, had to be helped walking the short distance from her limo to the event, and then didn’t stay long.
PARDONED: “Godfather of Soul” James Brown, 70, was granted a pardon by the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, reports the Associated Press. The musician, who served a two-and-a-half-year prison term after a 1988 arrest on drug and assault charges (and was convicted of a drug-related offense in 1998), appeared before the parole board and sang “God Bless America” after its decision, said his publicist, Dan Forman.