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Beckhams play defense ...

An intruder with a can of gasoline was arrested after scaling a wall around the grounds of David and Victoria Beckham's home, a spokesman for Victoria Beckham said.

The Sun newspaper reported that the former Spice Girl was at home with the couple's young sons, Brooklyn and Romeo, at the time of Sunday's incident at the mansion, dubbed "Beckingham Palace."

David Beckham, the England and Real Madrid soccer star, was in Spain preparing for preseason training at the time.

A spokesman for Victoria Beckham, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the couple's private security guards apprehended the man before police officers and a helicopter arrived at the scene.

The Sun reported that the man appeared angry with Beckham and intended to burn down the house, but police would release no details.

'Fahrenheit 9/1 1' gamble...
Singer Linda Ronstadt not only got booed, but she also got the boot after lauding filmmaker Michael Moore and his new movie, "Fahrenheit 9/1 1" during a performance in the Aladdin hotel-casino in Las Vegas.

Before singing "Desperado" for an encore Saturday night, the 58-year-old entertainer called Moore a "great American patriot" and "someone who is spreading the truth." She also encouraged everybody to see the documentary about President Bush.

Ronstadt's comments drew loud boos, and some of the 4,500 people in attendance stormed out of the theater. People also tore down concert posters and tossed cocktails into the air.

Aladdin President Bill Timmins decided Ronstadt had to go -- for good. Timmins said he didn't allow Ronstadt back in her luxury suite and she was escorted off the property.

Ronstadt's antics "spoiled a wonderful evening for our guests and we had to do something about it," Timmins said.

Entertaining owners ...
Rapper Nelly has become a part-owner of the NBA's expansion Charlotte Bobcats.

"Of the many dreams that I have fulfilled in life, being an NBA owner is certainly one of the biggest achievements," Nelly said in a release issued by the Bobcats. "To be able to make this move with Bob Johnson and to be a part of the first-ever minority owned professional sports franchise in history is a great opportunity.

Speaking of NBA owners, the Maloof family, who began with a New Mexico beer distributorship and branched into the NBA and a Las Vegas casino, is getting into the reality TV act with two new shows. One will take viewers into the Maloofs' entrepreneurial arena, while the other is billed as the "ultimate party show," looking into exclusive parties, clubs and events.

"It's really true what they say," said Gavin Maloof, who along with brother Joe owns the Sacramento Kings. "There's no business like show business. We're having the time of our lives with this."

New mission ...
Tom Cruise better hope his latest mission is anything but impossible: Find a new director for "Mission: Impossible 3" ASAP.

Cruise, who's starring and co-producing the spy sequel, needs to find a new director fast, now that filmmaker Joe Carnahan has bailed on the project, citing the usual "creative differences," reports E!Online.

With production on the third installment in Paramount's blockbuster franchise scheduled to begin next month, the 42-year-old Cruise needs to start working the Rolodex.

Carnahan is the latest filmmaker to drop out. "Seven" director David Fincher had originally signed to do "M:I 3" but opted out for another project.