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Briefs and news of note from the entertainment world.

By Times staff, wires
Published May 20, 2006

Chappelle plans two shows

Dave Chappelle brings his act to Florida next month for shows June 20 in Jacksonville and June 21 at the TD Waterhouse Centre in Orlando. Tickets are $54 and $64 for the Jacksonville show and $45 and $59.50 for Orlando, not including service charges, and go on sale for both shows at 10 a.m. Monday through Ticketmaster at outlets, at www.ticketmaster.com and by phone at (727) 898-2100 and (813) 287-8844.

O'Brien gets Emmy role

Conan O'Brien is back as host of the Emmys.

The comedian and late-night talk show host has been chosen to lead this year's ceremony Aug. 27. O'Brien hosted the Emmys in 2002 and did "a tremendous job,'' Dick Askin, chairman of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, said Friday. "We're thrilled that he's returning.''

Britney's juggling act

Britney Spears stumbled outside a Manhattan hotel, nearly dropping her 8-month-old son and fueling scrutiny of her parenting skills.

In photos splashed across the front page and inside the New York Post on Friday, Spears is shown leaving the Ritz-Carlton hotel with Sean Preston in one hand and a glass in the other.

As her bodyguards walked Spears to her car, she stumbled - her long pants apparently getting tangled in her open-toed shoes - and bent low as Sean Preston's head flung backward, knocking off his orange hat.

Spears was able to keep her balance and hold on to her son, with help from a bodyguard, who reacted quickly.

The baby bobble was the latest public incident involving the safety of Spears' child.

Also this week, she was photographed driving with Sean Preston in a car seat facing forward rather than backward, which some safety regulations say is best.

Spears, who recently announced that she's pregnant with her second child, was visited by a sheriff's deputy at her home in Malibu, Calif., last month after Sean Preston slipped from his nanny's arms as she was lifting him from a high chair and something in the chair snapped.

In February, authorities visited Spears' home after photos showed the singer in a car with her son in her lap instead of strapped to a car seat. She first blamed pursuits by the paparazzi, but later said it was a mistake.

No filibuster on fashion

Shopping for a special occasion - day or evening - and don't mind getting a secondhand piece that comes with an interesting backstory? Or just curious about the fashion choices of women in the political elite?

There are 115 suits, dresses, cocktail ensembles, evening gowns and other outfits on sale on eBay that were donated by the Spouses of the Senate organization. Proceeds from the sale, which closes Friday, will help Gulf Coast schools damaged by Hurricane Katrina rebuild their libraries and restock the shelves.

The money raised will be sent out through first lady Laura Bush's foundation.

Dress donors include female senators, former first ladies, wives and children of senators, and others, including singer Gladys Knight, actor-comedian Rita Rudner and Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.

- Times staff, wires