Michael Jackson: Really Living
Day 3 of juror deliberations in the Michael Jackson trial ended yesterday with no verdict, reports The Post's William Booth.
Reporters did learn from Jackson spokeswoman Raymone Bain that the singer is spending his time at his Neverland ranch, watching movies, talking on the phone, playing with his children and drinking carrot juice. "There's been so many rumors," Bain told reporters, and then said no, Jackson is not near death.
Nor has Jackson's mother had a stroke. Nor did the entertainer take up activist Dick Gregory's suggestion that he employ a "blood conversion machine" to increase his circulation. As for Jackson's spirits, Bain said, "as you can imagine he's very nervous," but he is confident the jury will find him not guilty.
Mac Pleads Guilty
Former child actor Macaulay Culkin has found himself in court almost as much as out these days.
The "Home Alone" star yesterday pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana and medication without a prescription. He was also one of the many celebrity witnesses at the Michael Jackson trial, testifying that he spent time with Jackson as a boy and was never molested.
Culkin, 24, was arrested Sept. 17 in Oklahoma City after police stopped a car in which he was a passenger and found a half-ounce of marijuana, as well as the prescription medication Xanax.
According to Assistant District Attorney Greg Mashburn, Culkin passed a drug and alcohol assessment before his court date. "This was a rare circumstance for Mr. Culkin," said Mashburn. "He was not an abuser."
Culkin was slapped with a one-year deferred sentence on each charge and a $540 fine.
Three Tennis Balls, Anyone?
Only in Las Vegas. Tennis star Andre Agassi expects to make quite the racket with his new tennis-themed slot machines, which hit the MGM Grand on Tuesday.
The 35-year-old Sin City native told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the slots are a great match for him: "Seeing myself on a slot machine seemed like a perfect fit for a boy from Las Vegas." Not to mention one who still lives there with his wife, former tennis star Steffi Graf, and their two children.
A portion of the proceeds from his slots will go toward the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, which benefits kids.
* Tom Cruise has reached a deal with Paramount Pictures to begin filming "Mission: Impossible 3" next month in Italy. Cruise will star with Ving Rhames, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Michelle Monaghan and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
* Madonna just released "Lotsa de Casha," her fifth and final installment in a series of children's books. The story is described as "a whimsical updating of the age-old truth that money can't buy happiness."
* Actor Rick Schroder is selling his western Colorado ranch, partially because a legal altercation with a neighbor left "a bad taste in my mouth." He's asking $29 million for the 15,500-acre property, and "if I don't get my price, I won't sell," he told the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. Meanwhile, the 18-room Johnny and June Carter Cash homestead, on a lake near Nashville, is also for sale. At $2.9 million.
-- Compiled by Korin Miller
from staff and wire reports