Plus: Bachelor face-off, McCready innocent plea, and more

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated August 24, 2004 09:05 AM
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PREVIEWED: Britney Spears’s fiance, Kevin Federline, will appear in the pop princess’s new video for her cover of Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative,” a Jive Records rep confirms. The track is one of two news songs on Spears’s album of greatest hits, to go on sale Nov. 16. The video, set to premiere next month, will depict Spears’s wedding day and show her putting on a gown to walk down the aisle with Federline, according to Access Hollywood. Creators of the video, meanwhile, say that, besides wearing a wedding dress, Britney will be seen in her undies – after first cutting off the straps of her wet dress with a kitchen knife after she drives her car into a pool.

CHANGED: The sixth season of ABC’s The Bachelor, which premieres Sept. 22, will kick off by giving 25 contestants the chance to pick the show’s bachelor/heartbreaker from among two prospects: Jay Overbye, 40, a New Jersey real-estate broker, and Byron Velvick, also 40, a bass-fishing champ. The chosen fellow then gets to eliminate 10 women and move into the Ladies’ Villa. In the second episode, Brandy will perform, and two Bachelorettes from previous seasons get to join the pool of wannabe brides.

PLEADED: Country singer Mindy McCready (“Guys Do It All the Time”), 28, pleaded not guilty Monday to drug charges in Tennessee, reports the Associated Press. She made the plea through her attorneys and was not present in court. McCready, who is currently free on bond, was arrested earlier this month and charged with prescription drug fraud after authorities said she used a fake prescription to obtain the pain medicine OxyContin.

CAST: Former M*A*S*H star and five-time Emmy winner Alan Alda, 68, will join the cast of NBC’s White House drama The West Wing next season, playing a Republican from California with presidential aspirations, says the Hollywood Reporter. Also joining the series is Marley Shelton (Uptown Girls), who will play a former feature reporter mentored by Danny Concannon (Timothy Busfield) who becomes White House deputy press secretary.

CEMENTED: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, 60, became the first artist to leave his hand prints in a Piccadilly sidewalk, London’s equivalent of the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame. “It’s a real privilege and a great honor to be the first person to be immortalized this way,” he said. Led Zeppelin – which included singer Robert Plant, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980 – was one of the top rock bands in history and produced nine chart-topping albums from 1969 to 1979.