January 07, 2002 11:09am EST
Jerry Seinfeld appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington on Saturday and hinted at the possibility of a Seinfeld reunion during a question-and-answer session at the end of the show, The Washington Post reports. "It's a definite possibility," he said. Seinfeld added that a reunion could even be called likely once the careers of all four stars are down the drain. Former Seinfeld co-stars Jason Alexander and Michael Richards have each bombed in their respective sitcoms, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus has a new show in the works for NBC. "Two down and two to go," the comedian said.
Lynne Spears, Britney's mom, tells all about Christmas at the Spears house on her daughter's official Web site. According to Lynne, Britney visited Justin at his home in Memphis, but came home Christmas Eve, and stayed through the holidays. She also mentions that Britney and her brother Bryan threw a New Year's Eve party in Greenwich Village, which she refers to as "the Village section of New York."
Only 11 of the 19 winners showed up to collect their honors at the first American Film Institute Awards in Beverly Hills on Saturday, The Associated Press reports. Director Robert Altman and actors Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, Jennifer Connelly, Judy Davis and James Gandolfini were no-shows. The only actor present was Sissy Spacek, who won best actress for In the Bedroom.
Tom Hanks has been named chairman of the newly formed award screening committee for the Academy of Motion Pictures & Sciences that will decide the three finalists for the animated feature category, People reports. Hanks' duties will include arranging screenings and serving as a go-between between the short film and feature animation branches of the organization.
French designer Yves Saint Laurent, 65, announced Monday at his salon in Paris that he was retiring, Reuters reports. Though his departure will not mean the end of the label, it may signal the end of his tailoring activities for the ready-to-wear collection. In 1999 Italy's Gucci Group acquired the label and proceeded to do a full revamp. Though Saint Laurent remained in charge of the haute couture collections, fashion insiders said he took an immediate dislike to designer Tom Ford and his team of commercially minded executives and felt increasingly isolated from the industry.
Moby is fine, thanks, at least according to a message left on his Web site. The dance and techno musician was apparently bitten by an alley cat in New York City's Chinatown and was forced to visit the emergency room at Beth-Israel Hospital. "I appreciate and practice homeopathy and traditional medicines, but when you've got feline dumpster bacteria running around your bloodstream you suddenly become very fond of good old Western medicine and its arsenal of antibiotics," he said.
Prince Edward has once again infuriated his older brother Prince Charles by asking him to partake in a television documentary about his love life, Reuters reports. Edward, who runs Britain's Ardent television company, is reportedly making a program about his brother's failed marriage to Princess Diana and his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.
Rentals of home videos and DVDs are up 2.1 percent from 2000 and topped $8.42 billion in 2001. More rental outlets and the rapidly growing popularity of new DVDs have helped push revenues from the home video market over the 2001 film box office total of $8.35 billion, Reuters reports.
Leni Riefenstahl, the German filmmaker who was blacklisted in 1954 because of her work for the Third Reich, plans to release a new movie this year, Reuters reports. Underwater Impressions will be a compilation of footage from more than 2,000 scuba dives she made in the Indian Ocean between 1974 and 2000 and will premiere on her 100th birthday in August. Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will, a powerful documentary of the 1934 Nazi party rally in Nuremberg, was criticized for helping establish Adolf Hitler's image as an all-powerful leader.
Slash, once the jammin' guitarist of rock band Guns N'Roses, was banned by lead singer Axl Rose from the revamped G N'R's concert on Sunday at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel. Acting on Rose's orders, security guards turned Slash away at the door when he tried to get into the sold-out show. Rose told ABC news.com that he would walk off the stage if he saw any of the former band members in the audience. It was only the second time in eight years Rose and his new band has performed for an American audience.
Hassan Tantai, an actor in the new Afghanistan film Kandahar, has turned out to be American David Belfield, a wanted assassin and terrorist. Maryland's Montgomery County State's Attorney Douglas Gansler confirmed to the Associated Press that Tantai and Belfield are indeed the same man who killed an Iranian dissident in Washington, D.C., in 1980 and then fled to Iran. The film's director, Mohsen Makhmabalaf, has denied any knowledge of the actor's past history.
Director/actor Ed Burns and his fiancee, supermodel Christy Turlington, closed on two adjacent triplex penthouses in Manhattan for $8 million, The Post reports.
French designer Yves Saint Laurent has scheduled a press conference with Paris fashion editors for Monday, fueling speculation of his impending retirement. The 65-year-old fashion designer, rumored ill, recently handed over his ready-to-wear operation to Gucci designer Tom Ford and has only been working on two exclusive haute couture collections per year.
Due to her feminist principles, plus-size model Emme turned down Hugh Hefner's invitation to pose for Playboy magazine--although she takes it as a compliment. In an interview with People magazine, the 38-year-old admitted, "I was pretty slack-jawed," about the invite and added, "I want to frame this letter and put it in my office."
Veteran Hollywood director and animator David Swift, best known for directing the film How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and the original The Parent Trap and for creating the 1950s TV show Mr. Peepers, died of a heart attack Dec. 31 at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 82. He is survived by his wife, Micheline, two daughters and two grandchildren.
Actress and model Catya Sassoon, daughter of hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, died in her sleep after attending a New Year's party at a friend's house in Los Angeles. She was 33. Her manager, Hilly Elkins, said she suffered from high blood pressure. Sassoon also had admitted to having severe drug and alcohol problems in her younger years.
Three men were arrested in conjunction with the robbery of actress Kim Novak's rural home Dec. 26, where more than $20,000 worth of firearms and tools were stolen. The men broke into the home through a paneled door. The stolen property was recovered.
Ronrico Madison has been indicted on mail and wire fraud charges for impersonating R&B singers Ginuwine and DeVante of the group Jodeci. Madison attempted to get models' phone numbers and have the victims' pay his personal bills under the guise of the singers.
Who made off with Sharon Stone's stones?
A 48-year-old ex-housekeeper of the "Basic Instinct" star was due to be arraigned in a Los Angeles court today on charges she purloined more than $300,000 in jewelry and other items from the actress' West L.A. home, authorities said.
Socorro Del Carmen Membrano faces one count of grand theft. She was arrested Tuesday following a police investigation, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.
Membrano worked for Stone for three years, prosecutors said. It was not known what was allegedly stolen -- or when.
Stone's camp declined comment.
SEEING RED? The Halle Berry hit-and-run saga unfolds, as Los Angeles deputies now believe the actress ran a red light before striking a 1996 Pontiac Sunfire Feb. 23 and fleeing the scene in West Hollywood.
On the heels of this update comes news that Berry was involved in a similar incident three years ago in which no charges were filed. Berry and the other driver "worked out a settlement on their own," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Rob Kenessey said of the prior incident.
Berry's case has been turned over to prosecutors, who are reviewing 911 tapes. Investigators reportedly have recommended the filing of criminal charges.
CRABBY APPLE: Singer Fiona Apple gave New York fans quite a show Tuesday when she stormed off the stage 40 minutes into her concert.
According to MTV, the 22-year-old, who recently contributed music to boyfriend Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia," was plagued by sound-equipment problems and couldn't hear herself sing. After complaining and apologizing for the poor quality, she began to cry. The cry snowballed into a meltdown, and the singer reportedly yelled, "All you critics out there better not [expletive] tear me apart or I'll [expletive] kill you."
Finally, Apple announced that the band was leaving for five minutes so the monitors could be fixed. But after 20 minutes, a representative appeared and said Apple would not finish the show and asked fans to save their ticket stubs, saying another -- and better -- New York show would be scheduled.
Apple, whose latest album title, "When the Pawn ..." is longer than a Barbra Streisand acceptance speech, appeared on David Letterman's CBS show the night after the incident. We're happy to say the sound was working fine, and she made it through without incident.
MUSIC BEAT: Surprise, surprise -- Santana's multiple-Grammy-winning "Supernatural" stayed at the top of the Billboard charts this week, hitting the nine-times-platinum mark. It's followed by Dr. Dre's "Dr. Dre 2001." Christina Aguilera's self-titled album also received a Grammy boost to No. 3; Kid Rock's "Devil Without a Cause" and Eiffel 65's "Europop" rounded out the Top Five.
The Top Five singles in the country are as follows: 1. "Amazed," Lonestar; 2. "Maria Maria," Santana featuring The Product G&B; "Breathe," Faith Hill; "I Knew I Loved You," Savage Garden; 5. "Get it on Tonite," Montell Jordan.
OBITS: The Oscar-nominated composer for such films as "From Here to Eternity" died Sunday in a San Diego hospital of cardiovascular disease. George Duning was 92. Duning picked up five career Academy Award nominations. He never won. ...
... David Levy, a former network executive who helped birth the TV version of "The Addams Family," died Jan. 25 in Los Angeles following a lengthy illness, it has been learned. He was 87. During his run as an NBC programming exec, Levy was also instrumental in bringing "Dr. Kildare" and "Bonanza" to the Peacock network ...
... Begona Palacios, actress and widow of director Sam Peckinpah, died Wednesday of a liver disorder. She was 58. Palacios was best known in Mexico for action movies such as "The Saint Against the Strangler" in 1963. Peckinpah died in 1984 ...
QUICK TAKES: Is it over for The Cure? It might be. The alt-rock band's 13th studio album, "Bloodflowers," deals with finality, and lead singer Robert Smith -- a k a the Well-Lipsticked One -- says the song "Maybe Someday" is a specific farewell. "I just feel that it would be good to stop while we're still good," Smith told Reuters ...
... Pee Wee King, the singer, bandleader and songwriter who co-wrote "Tennessee Waltz," is in guarded condition after suffering a heart attack, a spokeswoman for Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky., told Reuters. King is 86 ...
... Cameron Diaz, who went frumpy in "Being John Malkovich," will return to glam (hopefully) as a presenter for the 72nd Academy Awards, to be held March 26 at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium ...
... "Go" director Doug Liman has lost his dog, Jackson, and is offering a combined reward of $1,000 and a part in his next film to whoever finds the Australian shepherd, last seen Feb. 18 in Washington. Liman tells the New York Post: "I keep hearing from actors who are out there looking."
--With additional reporting by Joal Ryan.