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THEDAILYDISH...... A SPICY SERVING OF CELEBRITY NEWS

On with the show ...
Liza Minnelli didn't let a broken kneecap stop the show.

The 58-year-old diva, who injured herself tripping over a step at a hotel in Bologna, Italy, sang an a cappella version of "Liza With a Z" from her hospital room via satellite Tuesday as part of Luciano Pavarotti's annual benefit concert, which also featured Bono, Eric Clapton, Queen, Ricky Martin, Andrea Bocelli and Lionel Ritchie.

Minnelli tripped Sunday in the hallway of the Hotel Grand Baglioni as she walked from her suite to the elevator. She was scheduled for surgery Wednesday in Italy and is expected to wear a full-leg cast for four weeks. "I already have two fake hips," Minnelli told the New York Post. "Now my right knee will need a metal screw. Somebody up there is trying to get me by the part!"

Like glue ...
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are inseparable both on- and off-screen, having teamed up for J.Lo's sexy "Jenny From the Block" video as well as two upcoming films.

And now, Ben Affleck has signed a $1.6 million-plus contract as the new face of L'Oreal, five years after his famous fiancee did the same, reports Hello! magazine.

"Ben embodies a new generation of men who show their strength in their personality but are not afraid to care for their appearance," said a L'Oreal spokesperson.

Buscemi arrested ...
Steve Buscemi was arrested during a protest Sunday over the closure of a New York fire station, reports Ananova.com.

The "Reservoir Dogs" and "Fargo" star locked elbows with politicians in an attempt to keep the city from closing one of its oldest firehouses. Buscemi, 45, who worked as a firefighter from 1980 to 1984, said the called the closures "irresponsible" and "dangerous." The demonstrators did not stop the shuttering of Engine 204, to help shrink the city's $3.8 billion deficit. The firehouse opened in 1855.
Satirizing Ryder ...
High-school students in San Diego have created a musical based on Winona Ryder's shoplifting trial.

Point Loma High School's "Sticky Fingers: A Tale of Saks, Lies and Videotape" satirizes the trial last fall in which the Oscar-nominated actress was convicted of taking about $6,000 worth of items from Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills.

The musical follows a missile-factory employee and tango dancer who travels to Rodeo Drive, where she has a fateful meeting with her idol, Ryder, at Saks. Saks donated shopping bags for the set. Ryder was invited to see the show, which opens this week, but the school hasn't received a response. Her publicist, Mara Buxbaum, said she didn't know whether the 31-year-old actress ever saw the invitation.

'Lizzie' leaves Disney ...
Hilary Duff, teen star of the Disney Channel's "Lizzie McGuire" and the recent feature release of the same name, has ditched the Walt Disney Co., officially nixing the successful franchise, reports E!Online.

As junior-high student Lizzie McGuire, the 15-year-old actress was a character cash cow for Disney, which spun the hit TV series into books, games, clothing and music targeted at the piggy banks of preteens.

Apparently Disney and Duff couldn't agree on how much it would cost to keep the actress playing her kooky alter ego, and after talks went sour this month the two sides decided to call it quits over the weekend. "We very much wanted to continue the Lizzie franchise," said Disney Studio production chief Nina Jacobson. "But every deal has its tipping point."

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