PASSAGES: More Dixie Chicks On the Way

ANNOUNCED: Martie Maguire, 34, is the latest Dixie Chick to get pregnant, and she’s having twins, according to an announcement on the group’s Web site. Maguire, who plays the fiddle in the wildly successful country group, said she’s in her first trimester and unsure of the genders. “I can’t tell you what an emotional ride this road to getting pregnant has been. I know that compared to some couples’ struggles, ours has been relatively easy, but I will say that we have an all new appreciation for the miracle of life,” she said on the site.

GATHERED: Sting, Sarah McLachlan, Eric Clapton and Barbra Streisand are among the artists who have donated songs to a new compilation aimed at raising funds for Save the Children, reports the Associated Press. Included on the set, due Nov. 18, is the title track, “It’s Still Okay To Dream,” a new song performed by Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds that he co-wrote with the collection’s executive producer, songwriter Carole Bayer Sager. The album leads off with the Celine Dion-Andrea Bocelli duet, “Prayer.”

QUOTED: ” Usually I don’t get to hang out with people with shirts and ties very much. They don’t allow them in the pool room.” — “Elf” costar James Caan, 63, surrounded by members of Congress, ambassadors and other political VIPs at a Washington, D.C., party to honor women’s cancer researcher Dr. Robin Farias-Eisner

CAST: Democrat Al Sharpton, whose one-liners and pointed rhetoric have added laughs to the presidential campaign, will host “Saturday Night Live” on Dec. 6, reports AP. The show also will feature Pink as the musical guest. “He said he was actually — for the first time — nervous,” said Sharpton spokeswoman Rachel Noerdlinger. Other political figures who have appeared on the show include Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, Jesse Jackson and former Vice President Al Gore.

SELECTED: The women of “The View” are close to choosing a fifth co-host, Barbara Walters has announced. The finalists are former MTV “Real World” star Rachel Campos, former “Survivor” castaway Elisabeth Hasselbeck and former soap star Erin Hershey Presley. Each is now doing a one-week tryout. The winner will be revealed Nov. 24.

CHOSEN: On the same day that the world’s critics are clobbering “The Matrix Revolutions,” results also have been announced from a survey of the worst movies ever made, decided by viewers of BBC One’s Film 2003 in England. The “winners” are as follows:

1. “Titanic”

2. “AI: Artificial Intelligence”

3. “Pearl Harbor”

4. “Vanilla Sky”

5. “The Blair Witch Project”

6. “Batman and Robin”

7. “The Avengers”

8. “Battlefield Earth”

9. “Eyes Wide Shut”

10. “Highlander 2: The Quickening”

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