By Stephen M. Silverman
April 16, 2004 01:00 AM

LITTLE WOMEN: Now that media moguls Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen no longer wish be referred to collectively as “The Olsen Twins,” the two 17-year-olds are looking for a more grown-up audience with their $40 million movie “New York Minute,” to be released May 7. After a test screening of the movie, some cuts were made because one mother reportedly complained, the Wall Street Journal reported, but “the film is still safe,” said Robert Thorne, the chief executive of the Olsens’s Dualstar production and marketing company. “There’s no nudity or vulgarity.”

PARIS PEACE: Paris Hilton and her ex-boyfriend (and costar in that infamous sex tape), Rick Salomon, have apparently reached a ceasefire. Salomon dropped his $10 million slander lawsuit against the hotel heiress and her parents. In court papers filed Tuesday, attorneys for Salomon requested that the claims against the Hiltons be dismissed. No reason was given.

REALITY SPEARS: Reps for Britney Spears, 22, are pitching a reality-TV series for early summer featuring backstage footage of her life on tour, says the Hollywood Reporter. The series, titled “OnTourage” (pun intended), would point a camera into the lives of Spears and her entourage of dancers as they participate in the upcoming European leg of her Onyx Hotel Tour, which is scheduled to kick off in London April 27.

NEWLYWEDS RATE: “Nick & Jessica,” ABC’s variety special starring Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson, was a ratings hit Easter Sunday with 11.4 million viewers, a healthy number for a holiday night. As a result, the “Newlyweds” stars will be back for Christmas, with ABC asking for a year-end holiday edition. The network also is now talking about making the show a quarterly event.

SPLIT DECISION: NBC’s “The Restaurant.” celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito and his fiancee, actress Yvonne Scio, have split up, a source close to the chef confirmed to PEOPLE, adding that despite the breakup DiSpirito isn’t down in the dumps. “He is doing great.” It’s not clear why they split or who initiated the breakup. “He is a huge, huge flirt,” the friend says of DiSpirito. “That is the way he relates to women. He hams it up.”