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SNL Vets Gather to Honor Lorne Michaels

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SCHEDULED: Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Darrell Hammond, Tina Fey, Tim Meadows, Conan O’Brien, Molly Shannon and David Spade, along with regular Saturday Night Live guests Steve Martin, Christopher Walken, Candice Bergen and Paul Simon are due to gather at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Oct. 25 when the show’s creator, Lorne Michaels, receives the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Besides the 30-year-old SNL, Michaels, 59, is the executive producer of Late Night with Conan O’Brien and his films as producer include this past summer’s hit Mean Girls.

TREATED: Joseph Jackson, father of Michael and his siblings, was taken to Encino Hospital in Southern California last week and is being treated for bleeding ulcers, reports Reuters. “Everything is terrific, he’s doing great and the ulcers have been resolved,” says family attorney Debra Opri. “He’ll be around a lot longer to fight those good battles.” The Jackson family patriarch was notably absent from a hearing last week in Michael Jackson’s child molestation case that was attended by most members of the family.

RATED: NBC’s The Apprentice 2 may have attracted 15.9 million viewers last Thursday, but it was no match for the season premiere of CSI, which drew 30.6 million, according to Nielsen numbers. In addition, CBS’s Without a Trace attracted 21.5 million viewers, beating the viewership for NBC’s long-running hit ER, which drew 19.7 million. Also trounced by a CBS show: CBS’s Survivor outscored NBC’s Joey and Will & Grace.

INJURED: Shock rocker Marilyn Manson’s drummer, Ginger Fish, broke his wrist and suffered a slight concussion in a fall from the stage at an awards ceremony in Cologne, Germany, the Associated Press reports. Fish, whose real name is Kenny Wilson, was taken to a hospital in Cologne for treatment after the incident Friday night and was released Saturday. He reportedly fell off the stage as the band performed a cover version of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus.”

DIED: Billionaire Marvin Davis, 79, a former oilman who sold his 20th Century Fox studios to Rupert Murdoch in the 1980s, died Saturday at his Beverly Hills home. Davis died surrounded by his family after a long illness, his publicist said. The exact cause was not released. Earlier this year, Davis’s fortune was valued at $4.9 billion by Forbes magazine, where he placed 85th on the annual ranking of billionaires.