August 30, 2004 08:00 AM

EXPECTED: Victoria Beckham, 30, announced Sunday that she and her husband, international soccer star David Beckham, 29, are expecting their third child, due next March. “This is fantastic news. We are both absolutely delighted. We are planning to have the baby in Spain,” said a statement from Britain’s top celebrity couple. The Beckhams, whose reputedly rocky marriage made headlines earlier this year amid claims that he’d had an affair with his former personal assistant and a model, already have two children: Brooklyn, 5, and Romeo, nearly 2. Beckham publicly dismissed the gossip as “ludicrous” and said he was happily married to a “wonderful wife.”

FINED: Bruce Willis, 49, will pay a $21,000 fine for violating federal wetlands protection laws after clearing a half-acre island in a pond at his central Idaho home. Willis stopped the work as soon as federal officials notified him and began restoration of the island to its former state, the Associated Press reports. “He wanted to be able to use it and that’s why he did what he did,” said attorney Ned Williamson, who represented Willis. “He was cleaning up this island. He simply did not know it was in wetland jurisdiction.”

RECOVERED: Patrick Stewart, 64, is recovering at home after undergoing an angioplasty procedure earlier this week to widen an artery, reports AP. The Star Trek: The Next Generation star, whose condition was discovered during a routine physical exam Monday, was forced to miss a planned personal appearance on Saturday in Toronto, where he was set to visit a Canadian sci-fi festival.

BAFFLED: Foghat, known for such ’70s hits as “Slow Ride,” “Drivin’ Wheel” and “Stone Blue,” were surprised to read in U.S. News & World Report that they would be joining guitar-slinging conservatives Bobby Womack and Randy Travis in a pro-Bush tour determined to out-rock the Kerry-supporters tour of Bruce Springsteen, R.EM., Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Pearl Jam and others. Drummer and band spokesperson Roger Earl said in a statement: “We have no idea how this happened. It’s not like anyone called us. Foghat are not supporters of George Bush. We don’t endorse either candidate and we keep our personal beliefs to ourselves.” Thinking it over, he added: “We do endorse Bonnie Raitt and Bruce Springsteen for President and Jackson Browne and Eddie Vedder for Vice President.”

EARNED: The Jet Li martial-arts epic Hero took the top spot at the box-office over the weekend. As summer winds down, ticket receipts should end up slightly ahead of summer 2003’s revenue record of $3.9 billion (except that admission prices are higher, so fewer tickets were actually sold). This weekend’s Top 10, according to studio estimates, were as follows:

1. Hero, $17.8 million
2. Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, $13.2 million
3. Without a Paddle, $8.7 million
4. Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, $8.1 million
5. Exorcist: The Beginning, $6.7 million
6. Collateral, $6.3 million
7. Open Water, $5 million
8. Alien vs. Predator, $4.8 million
9. The Bourne Supremacy, $4.6 million
10. Suspect Zero, $3.4 million

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