Wanna go to Never Never Land?

Kooky star Michael Jackson will open up his carnival-style Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara, California to 500 guests for one day on September 13, 2003. The event will be strictly invitation-only but will include dinner, magicians, games and a tractor-trailer full of stuffed animal prizes plus the amusement park rides already on the property.

If you wanna try and score and invite Jackson’s publicist Stuart Backerman has stated that tickets for two people will cost almost $10,000 with $2,000 from each sale being divided among three charities. Those who will see a share of the ticket sales are the Make-A-Wish Foundation for sick children; Oneness, dedicated to erasing racism through art and music; and E Ai Como E Que Fica, a Rio de Janeiro group that provides food, clothing and medical care to impoverished children. The rest of the money will go to Jackson, apparently to pay for the cost of the party, Backerman said. Weird how just recently Jackson settled a major lawsuit against his previous financial advisors, in which the singer claimed he was in deep debt and near bankruptcy. Could this be a way for Wacko Jacko to raise some much need cashola?

Britney bares body, soul in Elle mag

Britney Spears tells British Elle magazine in its September issue that her breakup with groovy soulmeister Justin Timberlake has made her a better artist. She also says she hated seeing Timberlake talk about their relationship and that she’s actually quite shy. The 21-year-old pop tartlet says “I’ll always have feelings for Justin,” she says. “OK, not feelings for him, but he’ll always have a special place in my heart. “He was my first love after all. I think I got way too serious, way too young. It’s very healthy to not be in that relationship right now.” “Now I think, `Whoah, that would have been the biggest mistake of my life.’ Y’know?” Spears, who split with Timberlake in March 2002 after three years together, says it pained her to see him feature a look-alike of her in the video for his hit song Cry Me a River. “Freakin’ horrible. You know what I mean?” she says. “It was hard for me that he was so exploitative. Every interview that he did, he was just talking about us in such an open way and I just felt, ?Is nothing sacred anymore?’ It was weird. It was … disappointing.” Yeah, so exploitative! Guess that was before she decided to pash Madonnna at the MTV Awards the other night! Ewww!

Crowing about a boy!

The good news is that Russell ?Rusty? Crowe will finally have someone to pass on his smelly flannelette shirts to, teach guitar, take to the rugby league and drink beer with. The Oscar-winning actor couldn?t hold back the news when he performed with his band, Thirty Odd Foot Of Grunts, at a recent concert in Chicago, announcing that he and his sultry, songbird wife are expecting a boy! He warned the crowd that he had a secret to tell and just before the end of the show he revealed the news with three little words: “It’s a boy?. Hope Danielle was OK with Big Daddy Crowe telling the world while she was back at home in their $14 million dollar Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf apartment!