SPEARS SHOCKER: After years of proclaiming her virginity, Britney Spears, 21, confessed to W magazine that she had sex with former boyfriend Justin Timberlake, now 22. “I’ve only slept with one person my whole life,” she said. “It was two years into my relationship with Justin, and I thought he was the one. … But I was wrong! I didn’t think he was gonna go on Barbara Walters and sell me out.” As for her rumored fling with Irish actor Colin Farrell: “Yes, I kissed him. … He’s the cutest, hottest thing in the world — wooh! … But it was nothing serious.” Meantime, she says, “Seriously, I haven’t had a boy in a really long time, and I’m really craving … just a kiss, man. Just a kiss would be nice.”
WINONA WORKS: Winona Ryder, 31, is getting back to the business of film work, signing on to play opposite Sean Connery in “Embers,” said the Hollywood Reporter. The film, due to begin shooting Oct. 8 in Prague, marks the first major role for the “Girl, Interrupted” actress since her trial last fall, when she was convicted of grand theft for shoplifting nearly $6,000 in merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue. The Reporter noted that she is also scheduled to play the title role in “The Widow Claire” for director Robert Altman.
DAWSON WEDS: “Dawson’s Creek” heartthrob James Van Der Beek, 26, married actress Heather McComb, also 26, over the July 4th weekend in an outdoor ceremony in Malibu, reported the Associated Press. Saturday’s decidedly “Dawson’s” affair — Van Der Beek played the hopelessly romantic Dawson Leery for six years — included the leading man’s costars Michelle Williams, Meredith Monroe, Busy Philipps, Hal Ozsan and Mary-Margaret Humes.
OSBOURNE OPEN: Jack Osbourne said he got more out of his two months of treatment at a rehab facility than he expected. “I went in there with the mentality of ‘I’ll do my time. I’m just going to get out of here and I’ll be fine. … But I did a lot of soul-searching,” Osbourne, 17, told MTV News. During the process, he says, he learned “all this stuff you don’t really know about your character, like who you really are. … I have a tendency to really stuff things — like, I don’t really express certain feelings.”
SPIKE TV: “Do the Right Thing” director Spike Lee and communications giant Viacom Inc. settled their legal fight over the company’s plans to rename its TNN cable network “Spike TV,” Reuters reported. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Lee, 46, had reportedly taken action because of fears that the new network — which aims to appeal to men as the Lifetime network is geared to women — would be erroneously associated with him.