From the looks of these clips, Dan and Blair fans will be very happy with the April 19th installment of Gossip Girl, "Salon of the Dead." "Dair" fanatics have waited in the sidelines for years, moaning the romantic choices of this supposedly meant-to-be couple. Well, this time it's finally happening: The Upper East Side's hottest new duo is planning a salon bash to re-enter society.
Watch below for more details on the sure-to-be-decadent affair (though the title brings cause for concern), including a brand new clip, a teaser, and a chat with the producers on what to expect from the elegant affair.
According to Josh Safran and co., Dair's frantic party planning won't bring the only drama stirring on this season's 20th episode: Gossip Girl herself may come to blows with Lola, while Lily and Rufus deal with some serious marital woes. See the clips below:
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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.
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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.
In its first major move under new entertainment president Susan Lyne, ABC has picked up seven drama pilots and four comedy pilots. According to The Hollywood Reporter, nine of the 11 projects come for ABC's sibling studio Touchstone Television, but Lyne said she didn't even look at the name of the studio when reading the scripts. The Touchstone-heavy slate could be a welcomed addition for ABC, considering the success of recent Touchstone-produced shows like My Wife and Kids, According to Jim and Scrubs. The network's ratings hit the skids this season after Who Wants to Be a Millionaire's downfall and a decline of most of their established comedies.
Richard Linklater, who directed the original cult classic Slacker in 1991, believes the new film Slackers directed by Dewey Nicks, will damage the long-term value of his first movie. He told PageSix.com, "No one ever asked for my permission...because they know I would have said, 'Go to hell!'"
A study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism reports that while the media did a terrific job of covering the events of Sept. 11 in a factual way, TV news got worst once the bombing in Afghanistan was underway. "Analysis and opinion swelled--so much so that the level of factualness declined...journalists often seemed to luxuriate in sounding not like knowledgeable experts on TV stages, but like anybody else standing in a barroom," the reports states.
Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger will star in the comedy Down With Love helmed by Bring It On director Peyton Reed. The film is set in New York during the 1960s and pays homage to the Doris Day-Rock Hudson capers Pillow Talk and Love Come Back, Variety reports.
Wearing biker clothes, Ray-Bans and a longshoreman's hat, Bruce Willis fronted a band of bluesmen at B.B. King's Tuesday night. According to PageSix.com, Willis, 46, sang his heart out for 2 ½ hours and covered hits such as "Kokomo Blues" and "Who Do You Love."
NBC has ordered up a full season (22 hour-long episodes) of Fear Factor, Variety reports. The reality show, hosted by Joe Rogan, proved a surprise summer success and drew big ratings on Monday nights. The network is airing a special Playboy Playmates episode of Fear Factor opposite Fox's Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 3.
U2, Paul McCartney, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Marc Anthony are just some of the acts lined up for this year's Super Bowl. In fact, the lineup is so long it makes the football game look like a sideshow. The celebrity overflow is due in part to the events of Sept. 11 and the game's patriotic theme.
Michael Jackson, who in 1994 paid a multimillion-dollar settlement to resolve a child molestation case, thinks there should be a global holiday for children. The idea was one of the cornerstones of Jackson's Heal the Kids charity, which he launched in 2000, but it never gained momentum with U.S. lawmakers Reuters reports. The charity is now on hiatus.
U2 has backed down from its fight to save its Dublin recording studios from being demolished. While the Irish rockers had initially opposed the idea of the redevelopment of the Honover Quay site, the band said Thursday they would join in talks with the Dublin Docklands Development Authority, the AP reports.
Alan Jackson, Creed and Linkin Park held on to the top three spots in the album sales chart, Variety reports. According to SoundScan figures, country crooner Jackson's Drive sold 23,000 units for the week that ended Sunday.
Former pro wrestler and current Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is providing input for the script and songs of a Broadway musical about his life, Reuters reports. The musical will explore Ventura's upbringing and his relationship with his wife Terry. No one has been cast in the role of Ventura yet.
Eddie Murphy's wife Nicole gave birth Tuesday to the couple's fifth child. Bella Zahra, who weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, was born at an undisclosed Los Angeles hospital. Both mother and child are doing fine, the couple's publicist said in a statement.
Andy Garcia and his wife Marivi Lorido Garcia welcomed their fourth child, a boy, at a Los Angeles area hospital on Monday. Andres Antonio Garcia joins three sisters and weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces at birth.
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.