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Downey's day in court

Robert Downey Jr. will plead no contest today to drug charges in a plea bargain that will allow him to continue live-in treatment rather than face jail time, his lawyer said.

Downey, an Emmy nominee for Ally McBeal, will appear in court in Indio, Calif., for his Nov. 25 arrest in Palm Springs that led to charges of cocaine use. He is expected to receive at least a year in the live-in treatment program and three years probation after pleading no contest to a felony count of cocaine possession and a misdemeanor count of being under the influence of the drug.

The Boys will be back

Don't listen to the rumors: the Backstreet Boys insist that they will resume their tour Aug. 7 in Vancouver after A.J. McLean completes a 30-day stint in rehab for anxiety, depression and alcohol abuse.

The group issued a statement over the weekend in response to speculation in a nationally syndicated gossip column that the tour had been scrapped and the group's crew advised to look for work elsewhere.

The group said in a statement that the time off will also allow Nick Carter to recover from a broken hand he suffered on July 7 in Boston.

More music notes

Ears still ringing from Saturday's heavy-metal festivities at Tropicana Field? Ozzfest: 2001 the Second Millennium, a 16-track live recording done on the current tour starring Ozzie Osbourne, Black Sabbath and Marilyn Manson, is due out Aug. 14.

Nineteen-year-old Alicia Keys, whose debut album and single have shot to the top of the Billboard charts, joins Maxwell for a 25-date, 14-city tour that starts Aug. 13 in New York. Florida stops: Sunrise Musical Theatre near Fort Lauderdale on Sept. 17 and the Hard Rock Live in Orlando on Sept. 18.

Cut, and print

Opening today in limited release: movie tickets, printed at home.

New York City's 13 Loews Cineplex theaters will let patrons not only buy tickets online, through http://www.Fandango.com, but also print them on their home printers, avoiding the box office lines. The tickets, which are printed with a bar code, can be scanned by the ticket taker at the theater. This is the first time this type of off-site ticketing has been tried in a major market, said Lawrence Ruisi, head of the theater chain.

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