Model Samantha Burke gave birth to baby Sophia on Tuesday (22Sep09) after a brief romance with the actor earlier this year (09) while he was filming Sherlock Holmes in New York.
The Brit star has remained silent about the arrival of his second daughter, and is set to appear on a string of U.S. shows to promote his upcoming stint in Hamlet on Broadway, which starts on 6 October (09).
Reports allege Law banned Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa from asking probing personal questions on the Live with Regis and Kelly morning programme on Friday (25Sep09).
But Law's spokesperson has hit out at the claims, insisting they are "ridiculous" and telling New York Post's gossip column PageSix: "No subjects are banned."
Law has reportedly asked for a DNA test to prove he is little Sophia's father.
Jessica Alba is lining up a stint on the Broadway stage next year--in a bid to beat an actors’ strike.
Alba is in talks to star in a production of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow, playing Karen--a role debuted on the New York stage in 1998 by Madonna.
The actress hopes the show will coincide with a planned actor's strike--so she doesn't have to be out of work.
Alba told morning TV show Live with Regis and Kelly, "I have been asked. It's perfect timing because of the strike.
"There might be an actors' strike in June. So if they don't resolve, I can do theater."
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Penthouse magazine said on Monday it has settled a lawsuit that stems from running pictures of a topless sunbather misidentified as tennis star Anna Kournikova in its June issue, Reuters reports. The suit was brought against Penthouse's parent company, financially troubled General Media Communications, by Judith Soltesz-Benetton--daughter-in-law of Italian fashion designer Luciano Benetton--who is the woman shown in the pictures. Kournikova has sued Penthouse separately in a California federal court, which may be the only court where the winless-on-the-WTA-singles-tour tennis player can prove victorious.
Britney's self-proclaimed "living nightmare" is over, now that the pop diva is back together with beau Justin Timberlake, PageSix.com reports. Ms. Spears and the 'N Sync crooner had been split for two whole months.
...and Anne Heche makes three. In July, Heche will become the third big-screen actress--following Mary-Louise Parker and Jennifer Jason Leigh--to, er, star in the Tony-winning play Proof. This will be Heche's Broadway debut, unless you count the time Heche's alter-ego Celestia was beamed down from her spaceship into the revival of Oklahoma.
In the Biz
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, who have yet to be seen in the upcoming Gigli, have already agreed to work together again, this time in Kevin Smith's Jersey Girl. No word yet as to which star will be featured as the titular character.
Though Spider just premiered at Cannes Tuesday, Canadian director David Cronenberg has moved on to his next project, Painkillers, which centers on the well-hidden subversive world of radical performance artists.
Survivor's ratings may have eased since the original installment, but that didn't stop the finale of Survivor: Marquesas Sunday from firmly planting CBS in the second spot--behind NBC--and spurred the Tiffany network to its highest rating among the most-coveted adult 18-to-49 demographic as May sweeps ended. ABC, which finished fourth in adults 18 to 49, did capture the highest ratings among the "Regis' mother" demographic--we think.
Despite a meager 1.0-ish Nielsen rating, The Other Half--think The View, only with more males but less testosterone--has been inked to second-season deals in nine of the top 10 media markets countrywide, including L.A. and New York, Variety reports.
From the Didn't We Get Rid of This After Leaving High School Department: The History Channel, a fave with in-crowd members Tony Soprano and Ozzy Osbourne, has announced five new primetime shows for the network's upcoming season, Variety reports.
The big winner at the 2002 American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards was Marc Anthony, who won for outstanding male performer on one of his three trips to the podium Saturday night. Anthony beat out diva Shakira and breakthrough group Ozomatli, who each walked away with two honors.
HOLLYWOOD, May 26, 2000 - Hail to the pursuit of personal glory, individual fortunate and those precariously illusive (they hope) "other opportunities." The latest to enter the arena: Andy Richter, funny man-sidekick extraordinaire on the early a.m. talker "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (12:35 a.m. EDT/PDT, NBC). Tonight, he departs the show after seven years.
Stand-up comic by trade, talk-show couchman by default, Richter made known his intentions to leave last August, citing his interests to act.
As of now, host Conan O'Brien has yet to express any intentions to fill the role left vacant by his erstwhile co-host. And as for Richter, his first post-"Late Night" gig will be in Robert Altman's upcoming flick "Dr. T & The Women," where he plays a friend to Richard Gere's character.
Here's a roundup of some of the other TV personalities who have left (or will be leaving) their respective shows this season, and what they have (or will be) doing.
Who: Julianna Margulies Departed: "ER," after six seasons as Nurse Hathaway. Why: She wants to return to New York, the Broadway stage, and to try her hands at indie films. What's next: Last that we heard, Margulies is in talks to star with Jason Robards in a Broadway play about a reclusive painter.
Who: Kathie Lee Gifford Departing: "Live! With Regis & Kathie Lee" after 11 splendid years this July. Why: She wants to devote more time to her kids and a Broadway career. What's next: Since her announcement February, Kathie Lee has been hitting the talk-show circuit to promote her life, her philosophy, and her new album. Last Monday, she was seen holding down the fort for Larry King while he was on paternity leave.
Who: Andrea Thompson Departed: "NYPD Blue," after four seasons as Detective Jill Kirkendall. Why: Leaving behind a life of make-believe drama to cover real drama as a TV news anchor. What's next: Thompson started her first news gig this week in Albuquerque, NM.
Who: Michael J. Fox Departed: "Spin City," after four seasons as New York deputy mayor Mike Flaherty. Why: Diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1998, Fox plans to spent his post-Hollywood time finding a cure for the degenerative disease. What's next: Among other things, Fox has established the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research (www.michaeljfox.org).
She's gone! Kathie Lee Gifford said goodbye today to her 12-year gig (15 years if you count the pre-syndication period) on "Live! With Regis & Kathie Lee" with a highlight reel, a cake and a song from Reeg.
The celebrity testimonials, which have poured in all week on the morning talkfest, continued but for this last episode they were all videotaped rather than in studio. Susan Lucci, Rosie O'Donnell and David Letterman with sidekick Paul Shaffer all said heartfelt sayonaras.
But Gifford was atypically tongue-tied at the climactic moment, when Philbin sang a personalized rendition of "Thanks for the Memories" (with lyrics like, "You've made a lot of money, you've come a long way since you were just a Hee Haw Honey, and met Mr. Football ...") and presented her with a big cake inscribed with the same sentiment.
Oh, and husband Frank Gifford was there, too, as were their kids, Cody and Erin. The ex-football great and caught-red-handed adulterer didn't get much camera attention, though; and, perhaps tellingly, when the final strains of goodbye music played, the kids stood by Kathie Lee's side, while Frank remained at arm's length.
Kathie Lee, who made her Broadway debut last year, plans to forge a singing and acting career. She got it under way Friday with an appearance on "The View."
The clock is ticking, and Kathie Lee Gifford's days are numbered. And, while she's still got the eyes and ears of TV America, she's sounding off about who should take her place after she departs "Live With Regis and Kathie Lee" on Friday.
And her choice for a successor is (drumroll, please): Joy Philbin.
In the new issue of Time magazine, Gifford says that Mrs. Regis "not only shares chemistry with Regis, but she has history with him. ... It's such a fine line between how much to kiss his rear end and how much to kick it. When I kick his rear end, people know I love him."
Meanwhile, the tearful goodbyes began on the show today and will likely continue through the week. Actress Marilu Henner told Gifford she is "... so excited that everyone is finally going to see what great acting chops you have."
After leaving the show, Gifford plans to do a Broadway show and also record a new music album. She told Time she wants to be more "fulfilled creatively," and that she is "talking to networks about sitcoms and dramas. ... I'm talking to movie producers."
Like many out-of-work TV actresses, Cybill Shepherd has publicly announced her interest in returning to the tube -- as Regis Philbin's future sidekick. The ex-"Cybill" star told the New York Post today that she'd be more than happy to replace Kathie Lee Gifford on the morning talker "Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee" when Gifford leaves the show at the end of the season to pursue a career on Broadway.
"I would consider it a great privilege," the 40-something actress told the tabloid. "I adore Regis. He's one of the funniest, warmest and best people that have ever been on television."
She added, "A talk show is something that I've always wanted to do."
DOWN WITH DREAMWORKS? A documentary that dishes dirt on DreamWorks SKG for its now-defunct plan to build a studio complex on the beach in Playa Vista, Calif., will be broadcast by 32 PBS affiliates, according to Showbizdata.com. "The Last Stand -- The Struggle for Ballona Wetlands" will air throughout the month of April on participating stations.
BOY MEETS REALITY: ABC has announced the cancellation of the family oriented sitcom "Boy Meets World." The farewell episode of the show, which is part of the network's ballyhooed "TGIF" lineup, will air May 5.
The cast of "Freaks and Geeks" SAVE THE FREAKS: "Freaks and Geeks" fans are hoping to find a new network for the show, which was axed by NBC. Salon.com reports today that the "Freaks" freaks, calling themselves Operation Haverchuck, hope to interest other networks by placing a 40-inch ad in Daily Variety that's worth close to $4,000. Operation Haverchuck also asks fans to bombard the media and networks with e-mails, letters, and such.
WEB TV: Tech-zine indieWIRE reported today that makers of TiVo, the digital gadget that enables couch potatoes to rewind and fast-forward through TV programs, are expected to announce today that they've joined forces with the online film Web site IFILM. The deal will allow IFILM's shorts to be downloaded and watched by any TiVo customer.
After years of pseudo threats to quit the syndicated morning talker "Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee," Kathie Lee Gifford is finally doing it -- and in a confessional manner that's truly apropos to the talk-show format.
Kathie Lee Gifford No, none of that impersonal press conference or press release stuff for Kathie Lee. Gifford took the news straight to her beloved fans, announcing on today's "Live!" that she'll depart the show in July when her current contract ends.
Clad in a bright red, tight clinging dress that helped lighten the solemnity of the occasion, Gifford told co-host Regis Philbin that "it's time."
And when Reeg asked if she was kidding, Gifford said no.
End of question.
Given the gravity of Gifford's decision, one would expect a little melodrama or sentimentality in the form of exaggerated emotions. One would be wrong. Not a single tear was shed during the whole Gifford farewell spiel. And the best that Reeg could come up with was a little peck on his longtime partner-in-crime Kathie Lee's cheek.
Still, goose-bump-inducing platitudes were exchanged. For those who missed the show, a couple of transcribed classics follow:
-- Gifford to Philbin: "I have loved my years with you. You've been the greatest professional partner a person could ever, ever have."
-- Philbin to Gifford: " It's been a lot of fun. We'll miss you tremendously. It's going to be a very tough pair of shoes to fill."
The New York Daily News first broke the news of Gifford's latest round of wishy-washiness. In an interview last week, Gifford, 46, told the New York tab that personal reasons, including the pursuit of other showbiz opportunities (she's doing Broadway part-time these days) and wanting to spend more time with her children, had rekindled her desire to leave the talk show.
Kathie Lee first went live with Regis in 1985 on local New York television. In 1988, "Live!" went into national syndication. The show is currently ranked No. 4 in the syndicated talk-show market, trailing only formidable yakking behemoths Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Springer and Rosie O'Donnell.
Coincidentally, Gifford's defection comes right at a time when contract talks are being hammered out between "Live" co-host Philbin and Buena Vista Television, a Disney production wing. No reaction yet from the people at Disney on Gifford's bowing out. Also no word on what will become of a Kathie Lee-less "Regis & Kathie Lee."
Gifford's publicist couldn't be reached for comment. Same goes for her "Millionaire" partner Philbin.
ILLINOIS IS HELL: Seems that "Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire" groom Rick Rockwell isn't the only person with a checkered past.
USA Today reports that Darva Conger, Rockwell's erstwhile bride currently fighting for annulment, is under attack for erroneously saying that she is a Persian Gulf War vet.
According to the paper, her military records state that Conger was actually nowhere close to the battlegrounds of Iraq and/or Kuwait in 1991. Instead, she was stationed at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois from 1990-95, those same records show.
An oversight, on behalf of Conger, that many people consider to be an outright lie.
When asked about the discrepancy on TV's "Inside Edition," Conger refused to back down from her bio, asserting: "Anyone on active duty at the time of that war is considered a Gulf War veteran."
RANDOM BITS: According to Daily Variety columnist Army Archerd, the aforementioned Regis Philbin has finally wrapped new contract talks with ABC for "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." And Reeg tells Archerd it's not at the rumored $100,000-per-show price tag. No word on if it's more. ....
Watchdog gay-activist organization Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation took out a full-page ad in today's Hollywood Reporter, upping its battle with Paramount Television over the planned TV talk show with radio moralist Dr. Laura Schlessinger. The ad, which features a compendium of anti-gay remarks made by the titular doctor during her radio show, aims to enlist viewers' collective voice in telling Paramount to reconsider airing the show.