PUBLISHING Grammy-winning songstress Celine Dion has announced she is working on a ”very intimate” autobiography. The French-Canadian diva – who said last fall that she plans to take a sabbatical from the music industry after her year-end concert in Montreal – will collaborate with Quebec biographer Georges-Herbert Germain on her personal story, which will be called, just like her upcoming album, ”All the Way.” Sounds more like all the way to the bank. Expect the book to go on sale in September 2000.
HOSPITALIZED Brandy, the 20-year-old Grammy-winning singer and sitcom star, was hospitalized for dehydration Thursday in L.A. Her hit show, ”Moesha,” has been put on hiatus indefinitely so the star can fully recuperate. ”Moesha,” on TV since 1996, was set to shoot its 100th episode in December.
CASTING Robert De Niro has left director pal Martin Scorsese’s ”Gangs of New York,” citing personal reasons. Sources close to De Niro say the actor doesn’t want to leave the U.S. for a movie shoot, according to the Hollywood Reporter. (”Gangs,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was scheduled to start production in Rome this April.) De Niro has already found a replacement gig, finalizing a $15 million deal to star in Mandalay Pictures ”The Score.” Set to begin filming in San Francisco this March, ”The Score” follows De Niro playing a retired thief who is blackmailed into doing one last heist with a much younger criminal…. Jeff Daniels will star in ”Chasing Sleep,” a low-budget thriller filming in Daniels’ hometown, Chelsea, Mich. The versatile actor (”Terms of Endearment,” ”Dumb and Dumber”) plays a college professor investigating the mystery of his wife’s disappearance.
TUBE WATCH Thanks to the Regis Philbin game show ”Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” ABC beat NBC’s ”Frasier” in the ratings last Thursday. For the first time in 16 years, ABC was able to grab more viewers in the 9:00 to 9:30 p.m. period than NBC. The last time ABC outsmarted NBC in this time slot was when ”Too Close for Comfort” beat ”Gimme a Break” on Feb. 24, 1983. Let’s see if it takes another 16 years to repeat the historic feat.
TOGETHER AGAIN After a highly publicized six-week separation, talk-meister Geraldo Rivera and his wife of 12 years, C.C. Dyer, are back together. Rivera, 56, and Dyer, 43, announced their separation in September but didn’t announce their reunion, because ”we don’t want to live our lives as a soap opera,” according to TV Guide.
OBIT Donald Mills, the last of the legendary Mills Brothers, died from complications of pneumonia Saturday in Los Angeles. The youngest of the four-brother band, the singer was 84. The Mills Brothers were one of the first African-American musical acts to cross racial lines with their own radio show. Their first recording in 1928, ”Tiger Rag,” became the first platinum record by a vocal group. The Brothers went on to sell more than 50 million records, and just last year, the Recording Academy gave Don a Grammy Award for Life Achievement.