In an interview with Britain's Sun newspaper, singer Elton John said he still finds women attractive, although he says its unlikely he'll ever sleep with one again. The last time John, 54, had sex with a woman was with his ex-wife, Renate Blauel, 13 years ago. He is currently "very happy" in an eight-year relationship with 38-year-old film producer David Furnish.
Michael Moye, co-creator and executive producer Married...With Children filed a complaint file on Friday to Sony Pictures Entertainment for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud, Reuters reports. Moye also claims he was cheated out of at least $8 million in profits.
The owner of the British Entertainer chain, Gary Grant, is refusing to stock Harry Potter merchandise claiming it is anti the teachings of the Bible and fearing it will bring children to the occult, the British paper Daily Telegraph reports. "My concern is that children start off with something quite innocent which can get out of hand," Grant said.
Paramount Pictures has given Star Trek: Nemesis the green light to start production, says Reuters, and will hit theaters in late 2003. The film is expected to feature the crew from the Star Trek: Next Generation TV series and cast of the last three films in the franchise, including Patrick Stewart as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard.
Readers of the British Empire magazine have voted Star Wars and its sequel, The Empire Strikes Back as the top two films of all time in its poll. Among the other winners were Robert De Niro as top actor, Julia Roberts as top actress and Steven Spielberg as best director.
Music cable channel MTV has pledged support to a documentary-style series titled Sorority Life about the day-to-day life of a sorority on a U.S. college campus, Reuters reports. Creator Sergio Myers told Daily Variety that he wants to "get in there and look at how more than 100-year-old tradition has been somehow preserved."
The game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire will soon have a cartoon version as the game show's British creator teams up with a Los Angeles animation firm, calling it The Adventures of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: The Animated Series, says Reuters. The cartoon will be targeted at kids and families, launching game show winners on a journey to exotic locations.
Former Emmy-winning NYPD Blue star Jimmy Smits has inked a new seven-figure multi-deal with ABC to executive produce and star in a drama or comedy series project targeted for a fall 2002 release. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Smits had a series development deal with ABC following his departure from the cop drama in 1999, but nothing ever came of it. Smits next stars in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and is also set to reprise his role in the 2005 release of Star Wars: Episode III.
Michael Jackson's label, Sony Music, has recording his latest single "You Rock My World" using an anti-PC technology to stop Internet "file swapping," BBCNews.com reports. Jackson's long-awaited single will be released on Oct. 7. "Jackson is the world's biggest selling artist and this, I believe, should be a considerable help to sales," said a spokesman for retailer HMV.
A Buffalo, N.Y., grand jury indicted rapper and aspiring actor DMX on a charge of failing to appear at Cheektowaga Town Court to begin serving jail time for a traffic conviction last year, The Associated Press reports. DMX belatedly served 13 days at the Erie County Correctional Facility after he pleaded guilty to a charge of driving without a license. He will be arraigned within the two weeks.
Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi, now in a Brazilian jail and awaiting extradition to Mexico to face charges of sexual abuse, wants to be placed under house arrest. Her request comes after the Brazilian Supreme Court refused to suspend her extradition, Reuters reports. Trevi, who has been in jail for 18 months, is wanted in Mexico for allegedly helping others to entice young girls into becoming sex slaves for her manager, Sergio Andrade.
You know you've made it when people can walk all over you on Hollywood Boulevard. Sandra Bullock, Al Pacino, Regis Philbin, Rodney Dangerfield, Martin Landau, producer Dino De Laurentiis, Ozzy Osbourne and Queen will receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002, AP reports.
R.E.M. will turn the Simpsons into shiny, happy people when the rock band travels next week from Athens, Ga., to Los Angeles to lend their voices to an upcoming episode of the Fox animated series, Rolling Stone magazine reports. Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills join other such rockers as Paul McCartney, the Who, Aerosmith and Spinal Tap who have inexplicably found themselves waylaid in the Simpsons' hometown of Springfield.
Former Partridge Family idol David Cassidy is offering $50,000 for the return of a ring that he received from his father, actor Jack Cassidy, Launch.com reports. The ring bears the Cassidy family crest. Cassidy said he either lost the ring during his current tour--his first in more than 10 years--or that it was taken from a dressing room.
Live, from New York, it's … Monday afternoon. Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels is developing an daily afternoon talk show for NBC to run in the 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. time period, Reuters reports.
Ugly Betty wants to go Hollywood. The network behind the hit telenovela, known in its native Colombia as Betty La Fea, is shopping around for a buyer to turn the show into an American soap opera. The telenovela, which followed the joys and tribulations of a mousy office worker, ended its recent U.S. run on the Spanish-language network Telemundo.
After flopping with What's the Worst That Could Happen?, Martin Lawrence could use a hit. And 20th Century Fox thinks it has one in Lawrence's Black Knight. Fox has moved the time-hopping comedy--about a medieval theme park worker who somehow ends up in 14th-century England--from early 2002 to Nov. 21 of this year for the Thanksgiving holiday.