CELEBRATED: Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child joined about 300 others for a star-studded baby shower for Solange Knowles, little sister of Beyonce, reports the Houston Chronicle. Knowles, 18, wed Daniel Smith, a college football player, in a ceremony in the Bahamas in February. “It was more than just melodies and vocal expression,” Marcus R. Harris, of entertainment conglomerate Music World-Sanctuary, told the paper. “It was about the celebration of this new life.”
DIAGNOSED: Christian Slater, 34, has had to postpone his UK stage debut in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, set to have taken place Friday, because he’s come down with chickenpox. “In order to safeguard the rest of the run we are having to take the doctor’s advice to let Christian recover for one more day,” said producer Nica Burns. “We so hoped we would be able to make the first performance but poor Christian’s chickenpox has simply been too virulent.” Burns said that Slater had caught the chickenpox from fellow cast member Felix Dexter, who had come down with it during rehearsals.
REVEALED: The Sopranos star Edie Falco, 41, quietly and successfully battled breast cancer earlier this year, her rep confirms to the New York Post, saying: “She’s fine. More than five months have gone by since her last treatment and she’s very healthy. Until she resumes filming The Sopranos, which will return to HBO in 2006, Falco will star in a Broadway revival of the drama ‘night, Mother.
CAST: Former Daily Show field reporter and Anchorman costar Steve Carell, 40, will play bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart in the big-screen adaptation of the ’60s sitcom Get Smart. Variety says Steve Koren, whose recent credits include Bruce Almighty and the Adam Sandler vehicle Click, will tailor the script for Carell. Don Adams (who also was the voice of Tennessee Tuxedo) played Smart on TV.
REPORTED: Martha Stewart’s legal problems played havoc with the bottom line of her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Revenues plummeted by a third from last year due to a drop-off in advertising at Martha Stewart Living magazine, the cancellation of the 12th season of her syndicated cable show and slower sales of “Living” merchandise due to the closure of some Kmart stores last year. To stem the red ink, the company intends to close its mail-order catalog business and fire two dozen employees, The New York Times reports. The company suffered a loss of $19.3 million from a profit of $931,000, while revenues fell to $44 million from $65.7 million last year.
RATED: A&E’s new reality show, Growing Up Gotti, averaged 3.2 million viewers in its Monday debut, according to preliminary Nielsen figures. That made it the most-watched original series on cable that night. Meanwhile, the gooey streaked and spiky haircuts sported by the Gotti boys – John, 17; Frank, 14; and Carmine, 18 – are all the rage, says the New York Post, which reports that Roman’s Barber Shop and wireless store in Westbury, Long Island, is doing a brisk new business thanks to lookalike wannabes.