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NEWSMAKERS: George Lucas Hits the Wall

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

The force was with "Star Wars" creator George Lucas today on the racetrack. The writer/director/Jar Jar-pusher was shaken but unhurt after smacking his car into a wall during warm-ups for the Long Beach Grand Prix's Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race.

Lucas, badly injured as a teen-ager in an auto crash, fared much better this time. After being escorted off the track, the 55-year-old filmmaker declined medical treatment, reports Hollywood.com's Gerry Katzman from Long Beach. He even stopped to sign a (what else?) Yoda doll for a fan and joked that he planned to win the April 15 race by deploying an "Episode II"-appropriate bumper sticker: "If you want the part, pull over."

John Travolta, Kelly Preston POPULATING THIS 'BATTLEFIELD' EARTH: John Travolta, 46, and actress/wife Kelly Preston, 37, welcomed the birth of daughter, Ella Bleu, on Monday. The girl is the couple's second child.

LOVE MOVES IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS: Nicolas Cage, 36, has withdrawn his divorce papers and reunited with wife Patricia Arquette, 31, the actor's rep confirms to Hollywood.com. Nicolas Cage filed for the split Feb. 24. In the court papers, the "Con Air" thespian said that the couple had been living apart since January 1996 -- or nine months after their April 1995 wedding.

GROOM, BRIDEGROOM? 007 star Pierce Brosnan, 46, will wed the unwed mother of his infant son, one Keely Shaye-Smith, next month in a ceremony at an Irish castle, the Daily News of Los Angeles says.

FUN WITH DIVAS: It's the kind of Supremes reunion only Diana Ross could envision. The supreme Supreme today announced plans for a summer tour that will see Ross front a pair of "fake" Supremes -- aka hired hands who will sub for "real" Supremes Cindy Birdsong and Mary Wilson, who couldn't come to terms with Miss Ross. Actually, the "fake" Supremes aren't all that fake -- they're two singers who toured with the group after Ross pulled her (first) diva act and exited in the 1970s. Anyway, the tour is set to launch June 14 in Philadelphia.

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