Top Story: Is Jackson Leaving the Country?
Michael Jackson, whose confiscated passport had been returned to him so he could fulfill contractual obligations to promote his new CD Number Ones overseas, has been ordered by Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon to provide "documented confirmation" that his upcoming promotional trip to Britain is still happening, The Associated Press reports. London's Sun newspaper reported Sunday that Jackson, who is facing child molestation charges, had cancelled the planned Christmas tour, and if that's the case, the singer must once again surrender his passport to authorities, according to the District Attorney's office. But Jackson's spokesman, Stuart Backerman, told the AP Monday that he believed the trip was still on. Jackson was originally scheduled to travel to Britain on Dec. 20 and stay until Jan. 6. "I'm not aware of any cancellation," Backerman said. "He still is planning to go as far as I know."
Ozzy Released From Intensive Care
After fracturing his collarbone, eight ribs and a neck vertebra in an all-terrain vehicle accident Dec. 8, Ozzy Osbourne was finally moved out of intensive care Tuesday, AP reports. In a written statement, the Osbourne family said Ozzy had been moved from Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, west of London, to a private clinic. "The Osbourne family are very happy that Ozzy has been allowed out of the intensive care unit for Christmas and would like to thank everyone for their kind support, well wishes and prayers," the statement said.
Horn Gets To Go Home
After spending two months at the University of California, Los Angeles, hospital recovering from a tiger attack, animal trainer and entertainer Roy Horn has returned to his home in Las Vegas, Reuters reports. Horn, 59, part of the duo Siegfried and Roy, was nearly killed Oct. 3 when a male white tiger grabbed him by the neck and dragged him offstage at the Mirage resort in Las Vegas. Horn is able to write notes, his spokesman told Reuters, but no other details of the extent of his recovery were available.
Rings Tops African American Film Critics List
The African American Film Critics Association has picked The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King as the top movie for 2003, AP reports, followed by Lost in Translation and In America. Director F. Gary Gray, who helmed the hit film The Italian Job, will receive a special achievement award. The African American Film Critics Association, which consists of print, broadcast and online movie reviewers, aims to draw attention to works that appeal to black audiences, star black actors or are made by black filmmakers, AP reports.
Palm Springs Fetes Johansson
Golden Globe-nominated actress Scarlett Johansson, who received nods for her work in Lost in Translation and Girl With a Pearl Earring, will be honored at the 15th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, along with Oscar-winning writer Sidney Sheldon and Cold Mountain production designer Dante Ferretti, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The awards gala will be held Jan. 11.
Judge Grants Magazine Excerpt of Eminem Song
Manhattan federal Judge Gerald Lynch will allow the hip-hop magazine The Source to publish CDs containing limited excerpts of a previously unreleased track by rapper Eminem that includes lyrics such as "black girls are dumb," AP reports, but the magazine can only print 20 seconds of material from the recording, rather than the entire song. The Source said it uncovered the recording while investigating the forces corrupting hip-hop, including racism, and had planned extensive coverage of it in their February issue, AP reports. Eminem has called the recording "foolishness," something he made as a teen "out of anger, stupidity and frustration" after breaking up with a black girlfriend."
White Stripes Singer Charged With Assault
Jack White, frontman to the Grammy-nominated band The White Stripes, was charged with aggravated assault Monday stemming from an unprovoked attack on another singer, Jason Stollsteimer, at a Detroit, Mich., club Dec. 13, Reuters reports. Witnesses say White approached Stollsteimer, 25, who sings for a local Detroit band the Von Bondies, spat on him and punched him in the face, continuing to hit Stollesteimer as he fell to the floor. White, 28, could face up to a year in prison if convicted.
Role Call: Lion Roars to the Big Screen
With the huge success of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Harry Potter series, another classic fantasy epic, C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, is coming to the big screen, AP reports. New Zealander Andrew Adamson, best known for the Oscar-winning animated feature Shrek, will direct the film and shoot it entirely on location in New Zealand. The movie is expected to be the first of five films based on Lewis' seven Chronicles of Narnia books. Lion, the second and most popular of the novels, centers on the tale of four British children who, to escape the blitz during World War II, are packed off to the rambling country mansion of an old professor. There they discover a wardrobe that is a gateway to the magical land of Narnia, with its fauns, centaurs, dwarves and giants, as well as a witch and a lion named Aslan.
Top Story: Roy Horn May Be Out Within Weeks
Famed Las Vegas magician Roy Horn, half of Las Vegas' legendary Siegfried and Roy, may be released from the Los Angeles hospital by the end of the month. The 59-year-old animal trainer and performer, who was savagely mauled by a 600-pound, 7-year-old, male white tiger during an Oct. 3 performance at The Mirage Hotel, has been recovering at UCLA Medical Center where he was transferred after initially being treated at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas. The duo's publicist, Dave Kirvin, told CNN Monday that Horn is still undergoing treatment for his injuries, but his doctors are optimistic he will be well enough to continue recovering at home in Las Vegas within a couple of weeks. "He's getting better every day," Kirvin said.
Carmen Electra Weds Guitarist Dave Navarro
TV vixen Carmen Electra and Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro tied the knot on Nov. 22 in at the St. Regis Hotel in Los Angeles before 200 guests. People magazine's Dec. 8 issue reports the platinum-and-red invitations called for "hot and sexy" attire and guests were greeted by men dressed in black and wearing red masks similar to those seen in one of the couple's favorite films, Eyes Wide Shut. "What's really going to touch my heart," Electra said before the ceremony, "is when my dad takes a step back when walking down the aisle and my husband takes his place." The 31-year-old actress was married briefly to Dennis Rodman in 1998.
Zellweger's Weight Gain a Non-Issue
Renee Zellweger, who put on 20-some pounds for her role in Bridget Jones's Diary two years ago, tells Vogue magazine in its December issue that she doesn't see what the big deal is about doing the same for the sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. "The first time I did it, I learned a lot. I realized the influence of living in a society that focuses so much on physicality has affected me," Zellweger, 34, said. "When the film was coming out, the question I was asked the most was regarding my weight. And again it's happening. I was followed around Heathrow (airport) by a guy who wanted to take a picture of my backside. I don't understand the obsession."
RCA Drops Justin Guarini
There is a reason why American Idol season one number two Justin Guarini didn't join Clay Aiken, Christina Christian, Kelly Clarkson, Tamyra Gray, Kimberley Locke and Ruben Studdard on Fox's November 25th special An American Idol Christmas: he's been dumped by RCA. Launch.com reports Guarini was dropped from the record label after his self-titled debut album landed at No.20 on the Billboard 200 album chart, selling only 54,000 copies. A third season of American Idol is set to debut on Fox in January, starting with a special two-hour episode Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, followed by a special one-hour episode Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Peter Jackson's Rings Premieres in NZ
In Wellington, New Zealand, yesterday, some 100,000 euphoric fans welcomed native director Peter Jackson for the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King at the newly refurbished 852-seat art deco Embassy Theater, Reuters reports. Flanked by armored characters on black horses, Jackson led stars Liv Tyler, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen and Elijah Wood for three miles through the capital city. Filmed in New Zealand, The Return of the King opens worldwide Dec. 17 and in New Zealand Dec. 18 due to the time difference.
Missing Finalist in Berlin Film Fest
Director Ron Howard's Western thriller The Missing is among five films to compete in next year's Berlin Film Festival, which runs Feb. 5-15, The Associated Press reports. German director Romuald Karmakar's Nightsongs, Spanish director Manuel Gutierrez Aragon's Your Next Life, Croatian director Vinko Breoan's Witnesses and Danish director Annette K. Olesen's In Your Hands were also chosen. The films are the first of about 20 that will be chosen to compete in February for the festival's top prize, the Golden Bear.
Luke Perry in West End Production of Sally
Former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Luke Perry is set to star as Harry in London's West End stage show based on the 1989 hit film When Harry Met Sally.... According to the AP, the play is scheduled to open Feb. 20 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited run of 16 weeks. Sally has not yet been cast, but producer James Tod said Monday he expected an American actress to take the part. When Harry Met Sally... is the latest in a string of hit films to have spawned stage musicals and plays, including The Graduate. Billy Elliot is also being developed as a London stage musical to open late next year.
Stephen King Recovering From Pneumonia
A spokesman for Stephen King said Monday that although the author remains hospitalized, his condition was improving in his recovery from a bout with pneumonia, AP reports. King, 56, was diagnosed with pneumonia before a Nov. 19 trip to New York City to receive the National Book Foundation's 2003 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He was hospitalized Nov. 23 and underwent surgery two days later to remove fluid and scar tissue from one of his lungs. But his condition worsened when he returned home to Bangor, Maine, and doctors at Eastern Maine Medical Center later diagnosed him with pleural effusion, an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the membrane surrounding the lung.
TV Director Earl Bellamy Dead at 86
Prolific TV director Earl
Top Story: Kilmer Says He Didn't Diss New Mexico
Actor Val Kilmer is claiming Rolling Stone magazine misquoted him on comments he made about New Mexico, where Kilmer now lives, The Associated Press reports. The magazine's Oct. 16 issue features an interview with the Wonderland star, where Kilmer is quoted as saying he lives in the "homicide capital of the Southwest" and 80 percent "of the people in my county are drunk." "I didn't say I live in the homicide capital of the Southwest," Kilmer told AP Tuesday. Kilmer, who owns a ranch outside Pecos, N.M., said the community has embraced him, and he was saddened by the comments attributed to him. "You can ask anyone who knows me; I've never said a racist or prejudiced thing in my life," Kilmer said. Rolling Stone spokeswoman Claudia Diromauldo told AP the magazine hadn't heard from Kilmer. "Our only comment is, Rolling Stone stands by the article," she said Wednesday.
Experts Says Tiger Had It In for Roy
Animal experts want to make this clear: The tiger who mauled Roy Horn last week during a Siegfried and Roy show meant to kill him. Several animal behaviorists dispute the statement put out by Horn's partner Siegfried Fischbacher Wednesday that the animal had been trying to help Horn after the illusionist slipped during the performance, Reuters reports. "The cat wasn't trying to protect him," Jonathan Kraft, head of the nonprofit group Keepers of the Wild, told Reuters. "That was a typical killing bite." Louis Dorfman, a Dallas animal behaviorist who works with the International Exotic Feline Sanctuary in Texas, told Reuters, "Stress led to the bite. It was an outlet for his irritation. Roy got lucky."
Courteney Cox Wants a Baby
Friends star Courteney Cox Arquette has admitted she and husband David Arquette are having trouble getting pregnant, AP reports. The actress told Barbara Walters in an interview for ABC's 20/20 that she has had "many miscarriages" but they are still trying with in vitro fertilization. Cox and Arquette, who married in 1999, say they'd consider adopting a child, but she added, "I do want his genes, and I would try probably a surrogate before that ... but then, absolutely, adoption." The interview airs tonight at 10 p.m.
Bonham Carter, Burton Have Son
Actress Helena Bonham Carter and director Tim Burton welcomed their first child Saturday, a boy whom they have not yet named, AP reports. The two met on the set of the remake Planet of the Apes and live in adjoining houses in north London. "I don't know if we'll marry," the magazine Radio Times quoted Bonham Carter as saying. "I find it romantic bearing his illegitimate child and living next door."
Chong Heads to Prison
Actor-comedian Tommy Chong reported to a federal prison near Bakersfield, Calif., Wednesday to serve out a nine-month sentence for conspiring to sell drug paraphernalia over the Internet, AP reports. Chong, 65, was sentenced Sept. 11 and said he got carried away with the fictional persona he portrayed in the Cheech & Chong comedies. His attorneys are seeking an appeal.
TV-Movie Planned for Schwarzenegger's Gov. Run
It's not too surprising A&E Network is developing See Arnold Run, a movie about Arnold Schwarzenegger's successful gubernatorial bid. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie should be ready in late summer 2004. With no cast set as yet, A&E's wish list of actors includes Dennis Quaid, Viggo Mortensen, Willem Dafoe and Billy Campbell.
Allen's Autobiography in the Works
Director Woody Allen has announced he will be writing his autobiography, sparking excitement recently among book publishers at the world's largest book fair in Frankfurt, Reuters reports. "There is huge interest," Caroline Michel from HarperCollins' HarperPress told Reuters. "If he were to write it, we think it would be the autobiography of the decade. It would be huge and funny and beautifully written," she said. HarperPress is believed to have bid one million dollars for the British and Commonwealth rights. Reuters was unable to confirm reports that Allen was not ready to start writing until the price was right.
Role Call: Thompson Takes On Potter Role, Ferrell Is Bewitched
Emma Thompson has signed on to play a small but pivotal role in the next Harry Potter installment, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Thompson will play Sybill Trelawney, the ethereal and eccentric professor of divination who is renowned at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for her somewhat questionable predictions…In more magical news, Will Ferrell has landed the role of Darrin in the feature film adaptation of the television classic Bewitched. He'll play the beleaguered mortal husband to the sensible witch Samantha, expected to be played by Nicole Kidman, the trade paper reports.
The romantic comedy How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days showed Shanghai Knights how to lose at the box office this weekend by taking in a winsome $24.1 million.* This makes it the third best February opener behind Hannibal and Scream 3.
Hannibal took in a head-spinning $58 million when it debuted in February of 2001, while Scream 3 wailed with a second all-time February best with $34.7 million in 2000.
How To Lose a Guy, which revolves around a writer for a fictitious magazine who agrees to write a firsthand account of all the things women do to drive men away sent the weekend favorite, Shanghai Knights, spinning, although the buddy comedy still managed to strong-arm a cavalier $19.7 million, beating predecessor Shanghai Noon's four-day $15.6 million opening take in May of 2000.
The third film to debut this weekend, the romantic comedy Deliver Us From Eva, opened sixth with a righteous $7 million.
Chicago's expansion propelled the musical into third place with $10.7 million in its seventh week of release, gaining two spots from last week's No. 5 position.
The CIA thriller The Recruit came in fourth place with $9.5 million, a significant drop from its No. 1 spot last week when it opened. The horror sequel Final Destination 2 also fell from grace in its second week of release, sliding from second to fifth place with a harmless $8.6 million.
Also losing gas in its second week, the motorcycle drama Biker Boyz barely passed the finish line with a wretched $4 million, ranking eighth. It debuted in the third spot last week.
The thriller Darkness Falls fell from sixth to ninth place in its third week with a not-so-scary $3.8 million, while The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers held on to tenth place in its eighth week of release with $3.7 million.
THE TOP TEN
Paramount Pictures' How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days opened with a winning ESTIMATED $24.1 million at 2,923 theaters. Its $8,245 per theater was the highest of any other film this week.
Directed by Donald Petrie, it stars Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey.
The PG-13 rated film focuses on a writer for a woman's magazine whose assignment is to write a first-hand account of all the things women do to drive away men. The man she uses as her guinea pig, however, has just made a bet with his boss that he can make any girl fall in love with him in ten days.
Buena Vista's PG-13 rated buddy actioner Shanghai Knights premiered in second place with an ESTIMATED $19.7 million take at 2,753 theaters ($7,181 per theater).
Directed by Tom Dey, it stars Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson.
The martial arts pic is a sequel to 2000's Shanghai Noon. This time Wild West cowboys Chon Wang and Roy O'Bannon head to London to avenge the death of Chon's father.
Miramax's PG-13 rated musical Chicago expanded to 1,218 theaters in its fifth week and danced into third place with an ESTIMATED $10.7 million (+52%) at 1,841 theaters ($5,824 per theater). Its cume is approximately $63.7 million.
Directed by Rob Marshall, it stars Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere.
*Box office estimates provided by Exhibitor Relations, Inc.
Buena Vista's PG-13 CIA thriller The Recruit, last week's box office topper, dropped to fourth place in its second week, with an ESTIMATED $9.5 million (-42%) at 2,376 theaters ($3,998 per theater). Its cume is approximately $30.1 million.
Directed by Roger Donaldson, it stars Al Pacino and Colin Farrell.
New Line's R rated thriller sequel Final Destination 2 fell three rungs to fifth place in its second week with an ESTIMATED $8.6 million (-46%) at 2,834 theaters ($3,052 per theater). Its cume is approximately $28.1 million.
Directed by David Richard Ellis, it stars Ali Larter, A.J. Cook and Michael Landes.
Focus Feature's romantic comedy Deliver Us From Eva opened to a respectable ESTIMATED $7 million at 1,139 theaters. Its $6,216 per theater average was the second highest of any film playing this week.
Directed by Gary C. Hardwick, it stars LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union.
The R rated pic revolves around three men who plot to free themselves of their mates' unattached and controlling older sister Eva by paying a cash-strapped ladies' man to romance her.
Warner Bros.' PG rated comedy Kangaroo Jack placed seventh--down three spots from last week--in its fourth week of release with an ESTIMATED $5.8 million (-35%) at 2,848 theaters ($5,890 per theater). Its cume is approximately $52.8 million.
Directed by David McNally, it stars Jerry O'Connell, Anthony Anderson and Estella Warren.
DreamWorks' PG-13 rated drama Biker Boyz fell five notches to eighth place in its second week of release with an ESTIMATED $4 million (-60%) at 1,769 theaters (+3 theaters; $2,261 per theater). Its cume is approximately $15.5 million.
Directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood, it stars Laurence Fishburne, Derek Luke and Orlando Jones.
Sony Pictures' PG-13 rated horror Darkness Falls fell from sixth to ninth spot in its third week with an ESTIMATED $3.8 million (-46%) at 2,456 theaters (-409theaters, $1,547 per theater). Its cume is approximately $26.7 million.
Directed by Jonathan Liebesman, it stars Chaney Kley, Emma Caulfield and Lee Cormie.
Rounding out the Top Ten was New Line Cinema's PG-13 rated fantasy sequel The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, which dropped three slots in its eighth week with an ESTIMATED $3.3 million (-34%) at 1680 theaters (-495 theaters; $2,009 per theater). Its cume is approximately $320.7 million.
Directed by Peter Jackson, it stars Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom and Viggo Mortensen.
The top 12 films this weekend grossed an ESTIMATED $103 million, up 10.08 percent from last weekend when they totaled $93.6 million.
The top 12 were up a significant 21.94 percent from last year when they totaled $84.5 million.
Last year, Warner's R rated Collateral Damage dominated the box office in its opening week with $15 million at 2,824 theaters ($5,332 per theater); Universal's opening week of Big Fat Liar was second with $11.5 million at 2,531 theaters ($4,565 per theater); and MGM's Rollerball, also in its debut week, came in third with $9 million at 2,762 theaters ($3,263 per theater).
Shanghai Knights is really just a thinly veiled plot device to a) show more of Jackie Chan's amazing abilities; b) show the chemistry between Chan and Owen Wilson and c) show Chan in yet another fish-out-of-water situation. As a sequel with all the "right stuff" already in place Knights apparently doesn't need an intriguing story. Starting where Shanghai Noon left off Chon Wang (Chan) is living large in 1800s American Wild West. Yet when Chon learns his estranged father the Keeper of the Imperial Seal has been murdered in China's Forbidden City and the seal stolen he immediately vows revenge. To get to the killers who have escaped to London Chon reluctantly reteams with his old partner the incompetent Roy O'Bannon (Wilson). Once in England they run into Chon's sister Lin (Fann Wong) who has had the same vengeful idea as her brother (and has the same skills). Much to Chon's chagrin Roy is quickly smitten with the beautiful Lin who has uncovered a plot to kill Queen Victoria and the royal family but has trouble convincing the authorities since the instigator of the evil plan is Lord Rathbone (Aidan Gillen) seventh in line to the throne (hence why he wants them killed off). Not good. With the help of a kindly Scotland Yard Inspector and a 10-year-old street urchin Chon kicks Britain in the pants as he attempts to avenge his father's death--and keep the romance-minded Roy away from his sister.
The Chan/Wilson comic duo works well once again. Chan's easygoing unassuming style matches well with Wilson's smarminess. Wilson seems to have become one of those actors-for-hire saying yes to just about anything offered to him (why else would he have done I Spy?) ; still we know he has the goods when he turns in hysterical performances in quirk-fests such as The Royal Tenenbaums. There definitely is something special to his pairing with Chan who fits into Hollywood's mainstream like a glove. The only way to aptly describe his abilities is to compare him to Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly who could dance with anything from a woman to a hat rack and make it look so smooth. Granted Chan is getting a little long in the tooth (rumor has it he didn't perform all the stunts) but the combination of martial arts and Chinese acrobatics he displays is stupefying. Wong handles herself very well getting in a few swift mean kicks of her own. As well baddies Gillen and real-life martial arts master Donnie Yen who plays a Chinese rebel aligning himself with Rathbone snarl with the best of them. It is intriguing to see Yen and Chan go at it in their very different yet mesmerizing styles.
Doing a sequel to Shanghai Noon was a very smart move. Why not pair up these two likable heroes again throw them in a different adventure and watch the sparks fly? It's the kind of repeat performance that doesn't require much attention to detail and director David Dobkin (Clay Pigeons) shouldn't feel the need to top Knights' predecessor. Each action sequence is spectacular and the interim goofiness sustains the time when Chan can do his stuff again. Still it would be nice to have at least some semblance of glue to hold the movie together. It's all over the place trying to pack in as much fighting as possible together with funny awkward moments with Chon and Roy as well as playing with the history of London in the 1800s. For example the kindly Scotland Yard detective who helps them is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle before he starts writing his Sherlock Holmes series (Roy comes up with the pseudonym) and the street urchin so impressed with Chon's moves is a young Charlie Chaplin. Ah very clever. At least Lin gets to kick Jack the Ripper's butt. Oh who are we kidding? The film's fun and it's going to make big bucks. Who cares about a story?
The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson is calling claims that the film is in head-to-head competition with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone crazy. Reuters reports that while newspapers have cast the two movies as rivals for box office receipts, Jackson has declared himself a huge Harry Potter fan and hopes the film will do well. The Lord of the Rings premieres in London on Dec. 10.
Harry Potter was named the most famous character in English literature in a poll conducted by marketing research group NOP World. The survey asked 1,000 people of all ages to name the first fictional character that came into their heads. According to PageSix.com, Harry beat out Winnie the Pooh, Sherlock Homes and Oliver Twist.
Screenwriter Gregory Grant's copyright case claiming Steven Spielberg stole his idea for DreamWorks' 1998 Small Soldiers is headed for trial early next year, Variety reports. Defense attorney Bert Fields claims DreamWorks has a license from Grant's ex-wife and co-author, which defeats an infringement claim under copyright law, but Grant says Spielberg sought out his ex-wife after he sued and bought her off for $20,000.
Author Richard Martin Stern died on Oct. 31 at his Santa Fe home, The Associated Press reports. Stern, 86, wrote The Tower, which was the basis for the 1974 film Towering Inferno.
British film director Roy Boulting died on Monday, Reuters reports. Boulting, 87, made some of Britain's best known films from the 1940s to the 1970s, including Brighton Rock and I'm All Right, Jack.
British playwright Anthony "Sleuth" Shaffer has died of a heart attack at his London home at age 75, Reuters reports. His thriller Sleuth ran 2,000 performances in London and on Broadway before being turned into a hit film starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine.
Chris Carter is in talks with 20th Century Fox to develop a second X-Files feature film. According to Variety, no cast deals have been set but original series stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have indicated interest in returning for the sequel.
Angelina Jolie and actor-director husband Billy Bob Thornton arrived in Cambodia on Wednesday for a weeklong visit, Reuters reports. They will join United Nations projects with returned refugees on the Thai-Cambodia border. Jolie is the goodwill ambassador for the UN's refugee agency.
Little-known actress Renee Aubry is challenging Friday's Screen Actors Guild election results, Reuters reports. Aubry claims said the results should be voided because 25,000 ballots mailed out to New York-area members lacked the signature line and instructions that were included on the ballots sent to West Coast members. Melissa Gilbert defeated Valerie Harper for president.
Paul McCartney said he cried every day for the first six months he went out with Heather Mills because he was still grieving for his wife Linda who died of breast cancer in 1998. McCartney and Mills are getting married next year, Reuters reports.
The Concorde is once again flying celebs and other jet-setters from London to New York, according to Reuters. On Wednesday, the airliner returned to service for the first time since its crash in Paris last year. Sting and broadcaster David Frost were among those who checked in at London's Heathrow airport for the 200-minute trip across the Atlantic.
Country crooner Garth Brooks will give a welcome-home concert for the crew of the Navy aircraft carrier USS Enterprise on Nov. 21, AP reports. The concert will take place on the flight deck of the Enterprise, which is scheduled to return to Norfolk, Virg., on Saturday. It will be the second of three "Garth Brooks: Coast to Coast Live" concert specials broadcast by CBS.
Production on Hank Azaria's upcoming NBC sitcom has been shut down since last week, Variety reports. Five episodes of The Hank Azaria Show had already been produced when executive producer Seth Kurland exited the project because of creative differences.