Actress Kim Delaney (NYPD Blue, ABC's Philly) was arrested just before 8 p.m. on Saturday in Malibu for suspicion of drunk driving after she refused to take a blood-alcohol test, Reuters reports.
Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Peter Charbonneau told Reuters that a passing motorist spotted the actress driving erratically and called the sheriff's department. The motorist then followed Delaney to her home and waited for the deputies to arrive. When Delaney came out of her house to speak with police, the motorist identified her as the driver.
After she was booked on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and issued a citation, Delaney spent approximately five hours in police custody. The 40-year-old actress was released at about 1 a.m. Sunday, and she has a March 27 court hearing to look forward to.
If you're anything like me--and if you are, you've just got to get more sleep--the most frightening news this week is the premiere of Jurassic Park III.
God help us. Don't we already know there are dinosaurs? And that they're ferocious and dangerous and stuff, oh my? What could possibly be innovative about III?
The Lost World was simply a re-hash of the original. But everyone knows that any movie Spielberg makes is destined to be a winner, and Lost World's huge grosses--roughly the GNP of South Africa--demanded that a third movie be made. Even if it only draws one-third the audience of Lost World it'll be a big winner.
Side note: investing in a Spielberg movie is like investing in an Internet stock, circa 1999. Pure gold, baby.
Here's a brief synopsis of the latest movie. Dinosaurs menace the humans, dinosaurs chase the humans, dinosaurs trample the humans, dinosaurs eat the humans, dinosaurs digest the humans, dinosaurs burp up the humans, dinosaurs get back in line for the buffet.
With any luck the dinosaurs will come to Los Angeles and eat Jerry Springer and/or Geraldo Rivera.
Jeff Goldblum doesn't return from the first two movies, but Sam Neill makes a sudden reappearance, having skipped the second installment. Neill told intrepid Hollywood.com reporter Ellen Kim he came back because "I wasn't entirely happy with what I'd done with the character in the first film."
What, Sam, you weren't happy your character didn't become Dinosaur Chow in the first movie? Are you really thinking this performance is going to get you nominated for an Academy Award?
Or maybe this is just Hollywood-speak for "I didn't bank enough cash for the first movie and we all know this puppy's gonna make some serious dough."
But Neill's is the only character that will be familiar to moviegoers.
Side note: As sequels get further removed from the original, fewer familiar characters remain. "Rocky 12" will star Al Gore, Al Sharpton and "Weird Al" Yankovic.
As for the plot, for some unexplained reason, Mr. Neill is lured into landing on Isla Sorna (Latin for "Danger--dinosaurs here!"), where he learns that the millionaire financiers who have paid for the tour have duped him. Only this time there are newer, more ferocious and more intelligent dinosaurs that have been genetically enhanced by evil corporate lab techs to provide the action.
The main intellectual thrust of this movie--and it has occurred to me that "intellectual" was not what Spielberg was going for in the first two movies given the violence and gore in those, so I'm not expecting too much from this one--is to scorn scientists who mess with DNA.
Lost World had more action and is scarier than Jurassic Park. And III has more than Lost World. It has to be this way.
If it weren't, nobody would come. People demand escalating action in movies, especially in sequels.
It is all we seem to care about. If they made Gone With The Wind now, Atlanta wouldn't just be burning, it would be a post-nuclear wasteland, and Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable its horribly disfigured victims.
If they filmed The Ten Commandments the Egyptians wouldn't have drowned in the Red Sea, they would be cut in half by machine-gun fire from Charlton Heston's M-16, which, coincidentally, Heston has been lobbying for since he became president of the NRA. And Kim Cattrall would hang on Heston's elbow--her robe would be in shreds.
Don't even get me started on Hello Dolly.
Sequels have made the whole action trend worse.
Apparently Hollywood honchos think if you have a successful movie, all you have to do is give it a stupid new name featuring a roman numeral, like Gladiator IV: The Lion Becomes King and people will pay to see it again. What do they take us for, morons?
Can there be a worse idea than Jurassic Park III? Hmmm. How about this:
"The list they never thought would come out. It did. Schindler's List II: The Other List"
I fear we will always have sequels. And I cringe at what is coming: ReallyReallyGoodFellas. GoodFellas III: GreatFellas. Gladiator II: The Roman Empire Strikes Back. Gladiator III: This Time It's Personal. Another Perfect Storm. Pearl Harbor IV: China Attacks!. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Early Years.
Looks like life may be imitating art for the star of The Wedding Planner.
The New York Post and Britain's The Sun reported on Sunday that actress-singer Jennifer Lopez's may be engaged to her dancer boyfriend, Cris Judd.
But it gets better. Lopez is also rumored to be three months pregnant with Judd's baby, according to several sources. Reports have done everything from describing the proposal to detailing the ring, but no one, and we mean no one, has confirmed these rumors with Lopez's "people."
But Lopez's publicist, Alan Nierob, told us today that he could not comment on the star's private life. However, he could confirm that Lopez was not filming "any sequel to Anaconda." (Some reports had said she dropped out of an Anaconda 2 project because of the pregnancy).
"She has nothing to do with it at all," Nierob said. He did confirm that Lopez is currently filming Columbia Pictures' Enough, directed by Michael Apted, and said that she has several other projects coming up.
This isn't the first time J.Lo pregnancy/marriage rumors have swirled. In January, an E! Online user asked columnist Ted Casablanca about a possible Lopez/Combs wedding, and mentioned the pregnancy possibility as well.
Obviously, that didn't happen.
Puffy wraps up a supermodel
If you're feeling bad for Puffy, don't.
The music-mogul rapper has reportedly been dating supermodel Naomi Campbell. The pair met at the Cannes Film Festival, and Campbell recently visited Combs in New York.
The New York Post has spied the cozy couple in many Manhattan night spots, but at the first sign of a photographer, they apparently immediately separated. While both deny any romance, they admit to a friendship and appear to be very friendly.
Combs has made headlines with his recent trial for gun possession, a name change from "Puff Daddy" to "P. Diddy" and finally back to Sean Combs. An ex, Kim Porter, is suing for child support. Campbell has dated a variety of European playboys, but has spent most of the past month with Combs.
Heather and Heath split up--oh yeah, and Tara and Carson are, too
Their names may make them seem like a match made in Heaven, but May to September lovebirds Heath Ledger and Heather Graham have called it quits.
The Washington Post reported today that Graham's publicist confirmed last week's big rumor about the split up between the knight and his fair go-go dancing gal.
Oh yeah, if anyone cares, Tara Reid and Carson Daly have done the splitsville thing, too. At least, their once-impending nuptials have been, well, postponed.
Hollywood.com Staffer Leigh Johnson contributed to this story.
If you happened to catch MTV's "Total Request Live" this week, you may have noticed a special little twinkle in host Carson Daly's eye. That's because the veejay/teen heartthrob is engaged to actress Tara Reid ("American Pie," "Dr. T and the Women"), his girlfriend of eight months. The proposal happened Sunday in New York City, where the pair share an apartment.
It's a definite high for Daly's well-publicized love life, which bottomed out last September when Jennifer Love Hewitt, his girlfriend of more than a year, told Howard Stern on the radio that they had split - before telling Daly. Ouch.
His wounds healed this February when he met Reid, who was making an appearance in Cancun, Mexico for MTV's Spring Break special. Despite his vows to never date another actress, the two fell quickly in love over margaritas.
"I went there not looking for anything," Daly told People magazine in August. "Tara went home to L.A. for the Academy Awards, returned to New York City the next day and hasn't left since."
Said Reid in this month's Movieline, "I think [marriage] will happen. He's my soulmate, I swear to God."
No wedding date has been set, but Daly will continue his engagement on "Total Request Live," while Reid will next appear in "Josie and the Pussycats" alongside Rachael Leigh Cook.
Carson Daly is 27; Tara Reid, 24.
"Veronica's Closet" star Wallace Langham has proposed a cash settlement with the man who accused him of assault and anti-gay slurs, according to The Associated Press.
The man, whose identity was not released, says the 34-year-old actor beat him and kicked him when he looked at tattoos on the arms and midriff of Langham's girlfriend at a supermarket. He also says Langham made anti-gay slurs. The man was treated for bruises and an injured jaw.
Langham, whose character on the NBC sitcom is widely thought to be gay, contends that he was provoked by the man and denies making such slurs. His lawyer said Tuesday that an unspecified amount of money was put in escrow for the settlement, which is contingent upon prosecutors dropping hate crime and battery charges.
DISNEY'S BLIND EYE: If you watch the trailer for the upcoming animated "The Tigger Movie," you'll notice that the characters prance around to the catchy "doot-doot-doot"s of "Semi-Charmed Life," the 1997 hit by rock group Third Eye Blind. Good thing it doesn't last long, because the song's raunchy lyrics -- "doing crystal meth will lift you up until you break" and "She comes round and she goes down on me" -- are decidedly not G-rated.
A Disney spokeswoman said she was unaware of any sexual content in the song. The sexual content-related controversy surrounding Disney films (rumors of phallic images in "The Little Mermaid" movie poster, dust spelling the word "sex" in "The Lion King") is nothing new, but we're wondering if Disney marketers are twisted -- or just plain naove.
SHUTTERBUGS: Those men you see snapping pictures in front of movie theaters aren't tourists -- they're directors.
And it's not for a film but for their scrapbooks. Director Mike Leigh, whose "Topsy-Turvy" was named best film by the New York Film Critics Circle and National Society of Film Critics, was out and about recently taking photos of people standing in line at New York's Paris Theater to see his movie. Pedro Almod-var, whose film "All About My Mother" has swept nearly all the critics' awards -- and the Globe --- for best foreign film, also confessed that he walked up and down the streets of New York taking pictures of not only the ticket holders but also every theater marquee that bore his film's name.
"I feel like a part of this town when I pass by the theaters," said the Madrid-born director. "I feel not only proud, but that I belong to this town."
MUSIC BEAT: Santana's "Supernatural" stayed at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart for a third consecutive week in the wake of its American Music Award for best pop-rock album and its 10 Grammy Award nominations. The album, Santana's most successful by far, has sold 6 million copies. The rest of the top five albums this week, in order, were: "All the Way: A Decade of Song," Celine Dion; "Dr. Dre - 2001," Dr. Dre; "Christina Aguilera," Christina Aguilera; and "... And then there was X," DMX ...
... The Top Five singles for this week were: "I Knew I Loved You," Savage Garden; "What a Girl Wants," Christina Aguilera; "Smooth," Santana featuring Rob Thomas; "Back at One," Brian McKnight; and "Get it on Tonite," Montell Jordan.
QUICK TAKES: President Clinton will give his own thumbs up or thumbs down with film critic Roger Ebert when he guest stars on the syndicated show "Roger Ebert & The Movies" on Feb. 5 and 6. The commander-in-chief will discuss his favorite pictures, which include "Casablanca," "Three Kings" and "The Hurricane" ...
... The 6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award nominations will be announced at 8 a.m. Tuesday in Los Angeles by Lolita Davidovich ("Play it to the Bone") and Blair Underwood (TV's "City of Angels"). The ceremony, the only one in which actors honor actors, takes place March 12 ...
... Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby will host the Essence Awards 2000 on April 14 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The awards honor entertainers, public figures and activists whose work contributes to the advancement and awareness of social causes.
... Matt Damon revealed in USA Today recently that his most difficult childhood moment was believing in the tooth fairy -- at age 10. "I still thought the tooth fairy was real," Damon told the newspaper. "I'd gone to school and mentioned the tooth fairy brought me $1. The kids started laughing. Then I said, 'No, I didn't mean the tooth fairy. I meant I, I got $1." We're assuming he already knows the Santa Claus-not-being-real thing.