Don Johnson has one more reason to be thankful his career moved beyond "Miami Vice": As of Tuesday, he's got a new baby girl to take care of.
Johnson, 50, and wife Kelley, 30, welcomed Atherton Grace Johnson (7 pounds, 15 ounces) into the world shortly after 11 a.m. PST at a San Francisco hospital, according to the actor's publicist, Elliot Mintz. Mother and daughter were said to doing "extraordinary."
Don and Kelley Johnson married last year. The actor, late of CBS's "Nash Bridges," has been married twice to Melanie Griffith ("Crazy in Alabama"), with whom he has a 9-year-old daughter, Dakota. He also has a teen-age son from a previous relationship with actress Patti D'Arbanville ("New York Undercover").
Atherton, by the way, is named for Kelley's late father, Atherton Macondray Phleger. To make it easier on all concerned, the child will be known as Grace or Gracie.
MEMORABLE MADELINE: The sudden death of Madeline Kahn left her TV show, "Cosby," in a lurch. Now the cast of the CBS sitcom hopes to find closure by paying tribute to the Oscar-nominated comedienne in tonight's episode.
Kahn, who played co-star Phylicia Rashad's best friend and business partner on the series, had completed four episodes this season before asking for time off in September to deal with a medical problem. Kahn never returned to the set, dying Dec. 3 of ovarian cancer at age 57.
Tonight's Kahn-dedicated "Cosby" airs at 8 p.m. EST/PST. Look for cast members' remembrances and clips from her work on the sitcom.
MR. SPIELBERG'S OPUS: Director Steven Spielberg will draw his most captive audience on New Year's Eve in Washington, D.C., as he unveils a new 20-minute film about the century.
The five-part montage, titled "The Unfinished Journal" and featuring a score by frequent collaborator John Williams, is a "a musical and poetic celebration about why we are all here today, what are the shoulders that we stood on to achieve this moment in time, and in history, and to look back over the last 100 years and say 'thank you,' and then, to imagine the next 100 years," Spielberg said Tuesday on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
The short will be shown on giant screens at the Lincoln Memorial and throughout The Mall.
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL? Ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell (aka Ginger Spice) reportedly is securing new digs, and her selection shows she either possesses a twisted mind -- or a sense of humor.
Halliwell is rumored to be paying $6.5 million for the British mansion featured in the 1976 fright-fest "The Omen." (Look for it in the scene where demonic young Damien -- the kiddie Antichrist -- prompts his nurse to jump from a window.)
In real life, the 20-acre, 100-room estate near Woking, England, is more luxurious than scary. It sports a ballroom, library, minstrel gallery, pool and servants' quarters. Halliwell, a reported 27, will likely move in after she throws a huge millennial bash at her current Berkshire home.
Julie Walters shines as Bernie McPhelimy a working-class mother of four who is sick to death of living on the front lines. In curlers and a housecoat she chews out a gunman shooting from her welcome mat as if he were a naughty child. But it isn't until her best friend is shot dead while looking after one of Bernie's kids that she turns from Valium to activism. Daring to criticize the IRA as well as the British army Bernie becomes the town pariah though her gumption turns her into an unlikely celebrity. Ostracized and bullied by their friends her kids -- especially adolescent Ann who just wants to keep her new boyfriend -- resent her and suspect all this fame is going to her head.
In her best film role since "Educating Rita " Julie Walters shows she still has a surplus of piss and vinegar. Her Bernie also displays a sardonic (if exhausted) wit and an all-too-human ego as her fame spreads. While Ciaran Hinds is effective as the ulcer-addled apprehensive husband and Nuala O'Neill gives an appropriately mopey angst-ridden performance as Ann vibrant supporting performances by the townspeople really bring soul and humor to this film.
Quite different from his last film the glossy fluffy "Notting Hill " Rodger Michell's "Titanic Town" is a small indie with many fine miniature moments such as Bernie's preoccupation with the dust bunnies under the bed as British soldiers forcibly search her home. With a spate of IRA films preceding it Michell's is the only one to really show "The Troubles" through a mother's eyes.
Director John Woo has left Sony and signed a three-year movie and TV deal with MGM, according to Entertainment Weekly Online.
Woo didn't end up making any films with his resident studio, planning two other projects instead with MGM. The projects include "Wind Talkers," starring Nicolas Cage. For now, Woo's got another action flick on his plate: "Mission: Impossible 2," starring Tom Cruise, opens this summer.
SECRET AGENT MAN: John Dahl, who directed the noirish Matt Damon poker pic "Rounders," is in talks with Mandalay Pictures to direct "End Game," a spy flick starring Sean Connery, reports Daily Variety. Written by Adi Hassock and Stuart Kelban, Connery will play an old-fashioned CIA agent who goes on a special undercover assignment to expose illegal arms dealing. In the process, he discovers that he's been set up to take the fall in a conspiracy. Connery then teams up with a young counterpart to prove his innocence.
LET'S HOPE IT'S TEMPORARY: "Cruel Intentions" director Roger Kumble is in final talks to helm Columbia Pictures' romantic comedy "Screenplay Without a Title Yet." The story follows a club-hopping hipster who believes she's finally met her soulmate. The next morning at a wedding party, she is horrified to find that he's the groom. According to Variety, "Screenplay" was purchased for $1.5 million from "South Park" staff writer Nancy Pimental.
WHAT, NO FOUL-MOUTHED ANGELS?: As if he's just asking for "Dogma"-like religious controversy, "King of the Hill" creator Mike Judge will direct "Messiah Complex," a comedy about a pious college student who starts to believe he was cloned from the Shroud of Turin. No word on whether Beavis and Butthead will co-star.
SPELLING BEE: Catherine Zeta-Jones, who's been a busy bride-to-be lately, is in talks to star in "Traffic," a film that looks at the high-revenue industry of drug trafficking. According to EW Online, the film is based on the acclaimed British miniseries "Traffik," but American studios had to change the title. But we're still afraid moviegoers will think it's a film about the Los Angelesfreeways.
REAL TRAFFIC: Jamie Foxx, fresh from his success in "Any Given Sunday," will star in "National Security," a buddy-cop comedy. Foxx will play a man beaten by a white cop, who then teams up with the officer wrongly accused of the beating.
ADDITIONS: Liev Schreiber, a recent Golden Globe nominee for the cable film "RKO 281," will join the cast of "Pay it Forward," starring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment... Tim Guinee ("Blade") has been added to Dimension Films' "Impostor," whichstars Gary Sinise and Madeleine Stowe ... Lisa Thornhill ("Ally McBeal") has been tapped to co-star with Nicolas Cage in "Family Man," to be directed by Brett Ratner ("Rush Hour") ... Alexandra Paul ("Baywatch") will co-star with Ron Silver in the independent film "Exposure," to be film in NewZealand.