Originally created 11/23/05

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NEW YORK - Lionel Richie says the stress of his daughter's expanding career is most likely the reason for her shrinking dress size.

"I know what's happening with her right now, she's a nervous wreck," Richie says of Nicole, who was heavier when she co-starred with Paris Hilton on "The Simple Life."

"She's like her father, you can either blow up or you can shrink away," the R&B crooner told "Access Hollywood" in an interview that aired Monday night. "And right now, she's just feeling a little bit of the pressures of her new business. So in this case... she will be all right."

"Dad is on the case," he said.

The 24-year-old Richie has said she was always really thin, but went through a heavier stage during the first season of "The Simple Life."

In October, Fox announced that feuding ex-friends Richie and Hilton would not return for a fourth season. The network said its midseason schedule didn't have a time slot for the reality series.

Richie is engaged to Adam Goldstein, a professional club disc jockey who goes by DJ AM.

Her new novel, "The Truth About Diamonds," is described by ReganBooks as a "no-holds-barred look at Hollywood's new elite, behind the velvet ropes, inside star-studded premieres and parties."

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NEW YORK - James Woods is going to check into NBC's "ER."

He will guest star as Dr. Nate Lennox, a patient who is suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. His character is a former professor of Dr. Abby Lockhart, played by Maura Tierney.

The episode featuring Woods will air Feb. 2, the network said.

Woods, 58, was nominated for a best-actor Oscar for 1986's "Salvador" and a best supporting actor Oscar for 1996's "Ghosts of Mississippi."

His screen credits also include roles in "John Carpenter's Vampires," "Nixon" and "Casino."

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