Top Story: Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston Top Best Dressed List
Actresses Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry and Nicole Kidman were all recognized for their fashion flair in People magazine's best dressed of 2003 special issue, which hits newsstands Thursday. Singers, however, didn't fair so well. Taking top honors in the worst dressed categories went to Britney Spears, Lil' Kim and Mariah Carey. Almost Famous star Hudson was named "Free Spirit" tapping into her inner hippie, while Friends star Aniston was named "The Purist" for her no-frills style. Oscar-winner Berry was crowned "The Showstopper" for her ability to wow crowds with her figure-flaunting gowns, while fellow Oscar-winner Kidman was named "The Goddess" for her timeless elegance. Steven Cojocaru, People magazine's style editor, also awarded actresses Winona Ryder, Cynthia Nixon and singer Da Brat his "Sag" awards for their revealing tops.
Schwarzenegger Does Oprah, Stern
Actor-turned-Republican gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger has booked an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show with his Democrat wife, Maria Shriver, on Monday's season premiere of the syndicated daytime talk show. The show, which will air live from Winfrey's studio in Chicago, will mark Schwarzenegger and Shriver's first joint TV interview since he announced his campaign for California governor. According to Reuters, Schwarzenegger is also slated for a guest spot on Howard Stern's morning radio show.
Chong's Bongs Land Him in Jail
Tommy Chong, of the dope-smoking comedy duo Cheech & Chong, was sentenced Thursday to nine months in prison and fined $20,000 for distributing marijuana pipes over the Internet, Reuters reports. The 65-year-old Canadian-born entertainer asked U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab for a sentence of community service, saying that while he has a problem with marijuana, he had overcome dependency through constructive hobbies such as salsa dancing. But the judge ruled that jail time was appropriate for a felony charge of conspiring to distribute drug paraphernalia, to which Chong pleaded guilty last May.
Bail in Diaz Photo Case Set
Superior Court Judge Ann Jones ruled Wednesday that Los Angeles photographer John Rutter, who is accused of trying to extort $3.3 million from Cameron Diaz for topless pics taken about 10 years ago, must remain jailed in place of $250,000 bail, The Associated Press reports. Rutter, 41, faces felony counts of attempted extortion, attempted grand theft, perjury and forgery. Last month, he was denied release on his own recognizance and a court commissioner ordered him to stay away from the 31-year-old actress. He was arrested Aug. 12 after authorities raided his apartment and seized the photos.
Film's Golden Year: 1939
Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Wuthering Heights, the John Wayne Western Stagecoach and Of Mice and Men contributed to 1939 being voted the golden year of Hollywood, according to a poll of British filmgoers. The survey, compiled from votes of 2,000 moviegoers by Internet pollster YouGov, gave second place to 1974, the year of the mob drama The Godfather, Part II and The Great Gatsby, while third spot went to 1946, which provided The Big Sleep, It's a Wonderful Life and The Postman Always Rings Twice. None of the past 29 years made it in to the Top Five list.
Kelly Osbourne Signs With Sanctuary
Kelly Osbourne has signed a multi-album recording contract with Sanctuary Records Group. According to Billboard, the label plans to re-release her 2002 Epic debut Shut Up under the name Changes on Sept. 30. The album's title track will feature a duet with her father, Ozzy Osbourne, a reworking of the Black Sabbath song of the same name, which appeared on the group's 1972 album, Black Sabbath, Vol. 4. Kelly split from Sony's Epic label shortly after the release of Shut Up, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold 155,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Jewel Cancels Tour
Singer Jewel has canceled her North American tour due to the death of her bass player, the AP reports. Terome "T-Bone" Hannon died Sept. 4 after suffering a stroke. The 39-year-old Detroit native had played with Jewel for three years. The tour, to support her latest album, 0304, had been set to begin Sept. 19 in North Charleston, S.C. Atlantic Records said Jewel plans to perform alone at acoustic shows in the near future.
Role Call: Queen Latifah Plans Cookout
Queen Latifah has joined the cast of director Lance Rivera's The Cookout for Lions Gate Films. The film also stars Quran Pender, Ja Rule, Eve, Jonathan Silverman, Tim Meadows, Farrah Fawcett and Danny Glover. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cookout revolves around a basketball star who becomes the No. 1 NBA draft pick. To celebrate, he organi
This film is based on Elegy for Iris literary critic John Bayley's biography of his late wife the brilliant writer and philosopher Iris Murdoch. Iris is unconventional in the sense that it does not adhere to a structured plot or story line but instead focuses on their relationship by flashing back and forth between the present and 40 years ago when the two first met. In the sequences taking place in the past Kate Winslet plays a young confident Murdoch in her formative years a woman revered by men and openly bisexual. Hugh Bonneville plays the young and apprehensive Bayley hopelessly pursuing her. The present however reveals a drastic role reversal for the couple: We see Murdoch in her 70s as played by Judi Dench and witness her descent into Alzheimer's disease and the toll it takes on her husband played by Jim Broadbent. The once-subservient husband has been thrust into a caretaker position and painfully tries to cope with his beloved wife's illness and loss of sanity.
Dench deservedly received a best actress Oscar nomination for the fabulous job she does as the older Murdoch. She is convincing as a brilliant thinker and even more believable as her condition worsens--check out the heartbreaking scene when Bayley locks himself in the study to get away from her irrational behavior and she scratches the windowpane on the glass door like a cat while looking at her husband with utter helplessness. Dench conveys her character's vulnerability in a single glance. As an older Bayley Broadbent is as impressive as Dench especially as he struggles to be assertive yet avoid being too harsh. Bonneville as a young Bayley could almost be Broadbent's clone. At first glance he looks like the same actor made to look older through some sort of makeup or special effects wizardry. Bonneville skillfully hatches the young Bayley's traits and tics later perfected by Broadbent. Winslet also Oscar-nominated for Iris (in the supporting actress category) well plays Murdoch's early audacity and boldness.
Director Richard Eyre does a beautiful and seamless job flowing from the past to the present throughout the film. Although the film barely delves into Murdoch's work the importance of her writing is established with scenes from a BBC interview or a luncheon given in her honor. Eyre also does an exceptional job conveying Bayley's hopeless predicament: he fusses over Murdoch like an overprotective parent intermittently lashing out at her only to apologize sobbing afterward for having done so. It's sweet and pitiful especially since Bayley believes that the Iris he fell in love with is still in there somewhere. But while the film is visually exquisite and convincing the subject matter is not necessarily entertaining. We know Murdoch will eventually succumb to her illness but it's even more dreadful to have to watch every agonizing step. By the time Murdoch was reduced to playing in the dirt and watching Teletubbies I found myself wondering When is she going to die already?