Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge) and Jim Carrey's (The Majestic) new untitled project has been pulled by Universal from its March shooting date, Variety reports. The comedy was to star Carrey as a widower who begins dating, only to be haunted by Kidman, who plays his dead wife. Variety cites Kidman's tight schedule as a reason for the delay; she's currently busy haunting Tom Cruise.
Regis Philbin is keeping his original day job. The beleaguered Who Wants To Be a Millionaire host has declined to headline the syndicated version, even though the prime time gig may disappear. And, yes, that's his final answer.
Forget Mork. Forget Patch Adams. The usually cheerful Robin Williams is developing his dark side, and will play mentally disturbed characters in each of his next three films. Actually, we'd like to forget most of the roles we've seen Williams in. Jumanji, anyone?
Movie fans lined Leicester Square in London to catch a glimpse of favorite son Ewan McGregor and other stars of Black Hawk Down at Britain's premiere of the Ridley Scott flick Thursday night. Meanwhile, down the street, fans of the three-piece suit fans lined the aisles at Harrods.
"Out, out damned spot." Monica Lewinsky--yes, that Monica Lewinsky--was at a press conference Wednesday to promote HBO's documentary Monica in Black and White, set to debut March 3. Lewinsky told reporters the biggest misconception people have of her is "that I sought this celebrity by seducing the president and going to the White House with an agenda." And here we thought she went to the White House to make a big change in our trade policy with China.
NBC has filled its drama production slate for the fall 2002 season, ordering six hour-long dramas--including Kingpin, a drug-syndicate Sopranos--and asking for scripts on three other possible series. In related news, ABC has informed CBS and FOX that it gets first dibs on any shows that NBC doesn't work into its lineup. (That's a joke, folks.)
We didn't think anything could make Emeril look good. But NBC's replacement, the Hank Azaria starrer Imagine, has been squashed after just two episodes, after pulling in the same dismal ratings the ill-conceived cooking show did. Bam! In related news, ABC has optioned both Emeril and Imagine. (That's a joke, too.)
Steven Bing, famous for producing Get Carter and for having dated actress Elizabeth Hurley without knocking her up (or so he says), is now suing England's Daily Mail newspaper for libel. The Daily Mail reported that Bing hired a private dick (oh, now we get it) to dig up dirt on the pregnant Hurley in an attempt to ruin her reputation. We've said it once, and we'll say it again: those goofy British.
The Price Is Right celebrated its 30th anniversary in style: with cops, cops and more cops. An estimated 5,000 people showed up for the gala taping in Las Vegas, though there were only an estimated 900 tickets for public consumption. Which means an estimated 4,100 people got mad. The police made no arrests, but did leave with some nice parting gifts.
It's now known that Lani O'Grady, Mary from Eight Is Enough, passed away last September from "multiple drug intoxication." The L.A. County Coroner said that the two drugs in her system, Vicodin and Prozac, were more than enough. The coroner did not say whether or not her 1994 appearance on Geraldo had anything to do with her demise.
From the world of sitar comes this shocking development: Ravi Shankar's daughter wants to make a name of her own. Anoushka Shankar, 20, understood that having a famous dad meant she "didn't have to work to get an audience," but she admits she's developing her own style. As for a name of her own, we suggest Uma Zeta-Jones.
Phil Collins and his wife have set up a charity for aspiring Swiss athletes and entertainers aged 4 to 16. Collins will be performing Saturday in Geneva to raise funds for said charity. There's been no official release on the "Face Value" of tickets or the dress code or, But Seriously even if it's not "A Hot Night in Paris" we bet "No Jackets" will be "Required." We're also waiting (for 17 years now!) for an explanation of the word "sussudio."
Co-creator of CD technology Philips has blasted the major record labels, which are now producing a "new" type of CD that will prevent buyers from ripping songs into the easily traded MP3 format popularized by Napster. Philips GM Gerry Wirtz stated, "We worry [the labels] don't know what they're doing." That makes an entire planetful of audiophiles who wonder the same thing.
Damnit, Regis Philbin. And we thought you were perfect. But word comes today from the trusty National Enquirer that the "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" guy had a long-term affair with a cheerleading instructor from his alma mater, Notre Dame.
The floozy, er, mistress, Maria Majerek, 39, reveals all in her diaries, which she gave (for a nice sum, no doubt) to the tab. The Enquirer dutifully published excerpts from Majerek's lover log in its new issue, with scintillating text such as "Regis had me strip naked and put my fur coat back on. We made love. It was pure, raw, raging sex."
The alleged trysts between the TV maven and the ra-ra chick occurred over a three-year period during the early 1990s, unknown either to Reege's wife Joy or Majerek's husband.
Well, now they know.
And for those of us who want to know, here's the Tabloid Top 10 for the week of Aug. 15-21:
1. "I Was Arrested for Snoring on a Bus" (Enquirer, p. 19) And from the looks of it, hefty Philip Banks of Covina, Calif., probably made so much noise that he deserved to be hauled off to the pokey. He'll be in court Aug. 28 on charges of disturbing the peace.
2. "World's Biggest Bunny" (Enquirer, p. 18) Aaaaaaagh! A giant rabbit! Run! Run!
3. "Shot in the Head and Left for Dead -- But He Lives!" (Enquirer, p. 38) Ick! A guy with a bullet hole in his neck!
4. "Lard-Tail Ladies Rejoice!" (Weekly World News, p. 31) They got these new "butt-bra" pants that make your posterior look like Jennifer Lopez's. Cool.
5. "Cooking in the Nude is Crazy New Fad in California" (Weekly World News, p. 25) Question: Are you really nude if you wear a sign that says "censored" over your naughty bits? We don't think so.
6. "If My Son Lisps, Does That Mean He's Gay?" (Weekly World News, p. 23) The lead item in this week's Dear Dotti column is from a guy named "Marty" from Alabama who says his son went away to college and then developed a "mincing and effeminate" lisp. Hey, isn't it funny how all these yahoos who write to Dotti always send in their (professionally photographed) head shots? Hmmm.
7. "5,000 Male Sex Organs Found in Africa's Penis Graveyard" (Weekly World News, p. 20) What's the price for a guided tour? Wait, don't answer that.
'N Sync 8. "'N Sync Star Warns: Boybands Risk Going Deaf From Girl Fans' Shrieking" (Globe, p. 9) Yeah, those boybands sure have it tough.
9. "Jan-Michael Vincent in Trouble Again" (Enquirer, p. 41) OK, so this story (Vincent's arrest for beating up a girlfriend) ain't all that interesting, but there's a cool photo of the actor's grizzly-ass face behind the jailer's cage.
10. "'Eight Is Enough' Star: Psych Ward Staffer Groped Me" (Star, p. 18) Sure, we feel bad about the fact that a psychiatric ward staffer allegedly tried to rape Lani O'Grady. But we can't stopping laughing at that glazed-eyed picture of her.
Hollywood.com's Tabloid Top 10 is a weekly rundown of the best, worst and weirdest from America's supermarket journalism.