Mariska Hargitay has partially collapsed lung

NEW YORK - Mariska Hargitay has a partially collapsed lung, but will appear on all of this season's episodes of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,' Hargitay's spokesman said Tuesday.

Publicist Gary Mantoosh declined to comment further.

A statement issued by Wolf Films, the production company of 'Law & Order' creator Dick Wolf, said Hargitay's condition is improving.

'Mariska is feeling better,' Tuesday's statement said.

Lil Kim not happy with Biggie biopic

NEW YORK - Lil Kim was a big part of the Notorious B.I.G.'s life, but she's not happy about the way she's portrayed in the new biopic about the late rapper.

The Notorious B.I.G. was Lil Kim's mentor and was also romantically linked to the rapper. Their sometimes rocky relationship is depicted in the new movie 'Notorious,' but Lil Kim doesn't think it's very accurate.

In a statement, she said: 'The film studio and producers involved were more concerned about painting me as a 'character' to create a more interesting story line instead of a person with talent, self-respect and who was able to achieve her own career success through hard work.'

Mandel leaves hospital, plans return to work

TORONTO - A publicist for Howie Mandel said he's out of the hospital and plans to return to work today.

Mandel was in Toronto taping his new show 'Howie Do It!' when he was taken to the hospital for an irregular heartbeat Monday, said Lewis Kay, publicist for the 53-year-old comedian and game show host.

Mandel was conscious and breathing when police officers responded to a report of a man with a medical condition at a downtown hotel Monday evening. Family members went with him to St. Michael's Hospital, police said.

- From wire reports