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Michael J. Fox doesn't spend his nights praying for a cure to Parkinson's disease, which he has battled for 22 years.

"If I walked into a room with God or Buddha or Bill Gates or Sergey Brin or whoever could figure out a way to fix it for me, I don't think I'd do it," he tells Rolling Stone mag.

"My life is better than it was, because I have access to these truths and access to these moments where I give myself a break."

Fox, 53, says he became happier the more he began to accept his illness. "That's the source of all this wisdom that's attributed to me," he said.

He was worried about returning to series TV, says the Michael J. Fox Show star, but it's been liberating. "A show is easier to regulate than life," he says. "I'm shocked at how much easier this is than I thought it would be."


Amanda Bynes is doing well

She's been under inpatient psychiatric care since July 24, but former Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes "is making great strides toward recovery," her family's lawyer on Monday said. Tamar Arminak said Bynes, 27, has been transferred from the UCLA Medical Center to a private rehab where she'll be "receiving specialized treatment." Amanda's parents, Rick and Lynn Bynes, have conservatorship over her.


Jeff Beck: No reunion

Don't expect a Jeff Beck Group reunion tour. Ever.

Master guitarist Jeff Beck, 69, says he'll never resurrect the band because he can't stand former member Rod Stewart.

"He is all over the place. He has got a full life, half a dozen kids, wives and I don't want to be a toy thing that he messes with," Beck tells the New York Daily News. The duo have been trading salvos for 43 years.

Rod, 68, has even less love for Beck. "I never got a Christmas card; he is too tight to buy me half a pint of beer," he told the tabloid.


Gossip petits fours

The series finale of Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston's Breaking Bad Sunday on AMC drew a series record audience of 10.3 million, according to preliminary Nielsen estimates. . . . Baywatch master thespian Pamela Anderson, 46, will run the New York City Marathon on Nov. 3 to raise money for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization. . . . Vanilla Ice (Rob Van Winkle) tells TMZ he can teach Justin Bieber how to avoid becoming a joke and a has-been, à la Vanilla Ice. . . . There's a really surprising plot twist in Helen Fielding's third Bridget Jones book, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy. Apparently, it'll make you cry and scream in despair. We'll spare you the spoiler. . . . TMZ says Lindsay Lohan is so afeard her parents will derail her career comeback, she's banned them from appearing on her OWN talk show. . . . Cameron Diaz and Benicio Del Toro may (or may not) be dating, says London's Daily Mail.


'Real Housewife' star in AC

Real Housewives of New Jersey's Melissa Gorga will sign copies of her book, Love Italian Style: The Secrets of My Hot and Happy Marriage, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Golden Nugget in Atlantic City. She'll stick around to play blackjack. Info:


This column includes information from Inquirer wire services.