Nothing ruins a good cliffhanger like - contract negotiations.

Last month's season finale of Grey's Anatomy ended with the simultaneous flatlining of Izzie and George, played by real-life buds Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight. Both had visions of the elevator of heaven (or something to that effect); neither's fate was clear.

Now, days after Knight was confirmed to be leaving the show after five seasons, the Hollywood Reporter is confirming that Heigl's option will be picked up for a sixth.

Rest in peace, George O'Malley. Izzie Stevens, scrub up!

Then again, who knows? Grey's could always bring Heigl back from the beyond, a la Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Denny Duquette. His character kicked the bucket in Season Two and still refuses to leave the halls of Seattle Grace.

'Twilight' heartthrob 'fine'

Robert Pattinson, the 23-year-old actor of Twilight mega-fame, was clipped by a cab in Manhattan on Thursday while trying to evade a horde of "hysterical" female fans, according to Page Six of the New York Post.

A spokeswoman for Summit Entertainment, the production company behind Twilight, assured America's tween-aged girls that "Rob Pattinson is fine." Moreover, in an attempt to exonerate the Kristen Stewart wannabes among us, she called reports of fan culpability "exaggerated."

Brady bunch to grow

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are expecting a baby, People is reporting.

After weeks of rumors surrounding Gisele's burgeoning bump, sources have confirmed that the supermodel is pregnant and "ecstatic." This will be the first parenting experience for Bundchen and the first not-insanely-awkward one for Brady. (In 2007, ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynihan announced she was pregnant with Brady's son - after he and Gisele had already gotten together.)

The couple's super-spawn is expected in early 2010.

Staying in character?

In a move ripped from the Blair Waldorf (er, Paris Hilton) playbook, Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester has reportedly starred in a sex tape with her boyfriend.

Sources tell PerezHilton.com that the video "shows Leighton in mostly innocuous though nude scenes - with several big exceptions . . . one involving her very talented feet."

Innocuous, indeed.

Wilma's traveling man

Moving from the profane to the profound, Jiri Zizka, of Philadelphia's Wilma Theater, has received a summer travel grant to work with Russian and European artists from American Theater Artists.

His first order of business will be to fly to Prague to meet with former Czech Republic president and esteemed playwright Vaclav Havel. Zizka plans to consult with Havel about the Wilma Theater's production of Havel's latest play next season.

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