De Niro given lifetime award

Robert De Niro will receive the 2001 Bravo Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's IFP Gotham Awards The 57-year-old actor will receive the honor at a ceremony on Oct. 1, said Michelle Byrd, executive director of the Independent Feature Project.

"Mr. De Niro is being honored for his remarkably prolific career, as actor, producer and director. Films like 'Taxi Driver,' 'Mean Streets,' 'The Godfather: Part II' and 'Raging Bull' are part of the fabric of American film," Byrd said in a statement. "And his creation of the Tribeca Film Center shows his continued dedication to the filmmaking industry."

Past recipients of the IFP Gotham Award for Lifetime Achievement include Robert Altman, Meryl Streep, Sidney Lumet, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Al Pacino, Robert Shaye, Sam Cohn, Martin Scorsese, Arthur B. Krim and Irwin Young.

Britney chatroom revamped

Pop goddess Britney Spears' official Web site is getting a face-lift to comply with a law that forbids kids under 14 to divulge personal information without parental permission. As of Monday, the chatroom at was "temporarily closed for needed maintenance" (read: overhaul) to meet a new federal law protecting children's online privacy.

Elizabeth Lascoutx, president of the Better Business Bureau, said it discovered in February that the super-popular Web site did not meet the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, which went into effect in April 2000. Sing along, everyone, the Web is not that innocent!

R&B; singer sidelined

The lung infection that landed Philly's soul celeb Jill Scott in Temple University Hospital didn't keep her down for long.

Karen Taylor, a spokeswoman for the R&B; singer, said Scott, 28, was suffering from a 102-degree fever when she was admitted to a Philadelphia hospital Sunday morning. Scott, who was recently named one of People magazine's 50 most beautiful people, was forced to miss the first two dates of the Sting tour in Washington, D.C. She performs the opening act.

Physicians who released her from the hospital Monday said the singer would soon be well enough to finish the three-week tour.

Trebek stiffs upper lip

We'll take close shaves for $100. And the answer is: What did "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek do to his face? Yep, starting in September trivia fans will see their favorite game-show guy without his mustache. Trebek, 59, told the New York Post that his decision to liberate his upper lip was spontaneous. He simply grabbed a razor during a recent lunch break between tapings and, zip, zip, zip, it was gone.


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