The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring has already been deemed imperfect by eagle-eyed Rings devotees. According to PageSix.com, over three dozen mistakes have been spotted by fans, including a car traveling in the background, an apple with a supermarket price tag on it and a supposedly "dead" extra who pops his head up to take a look at Frodo Baggins.
Hogwarts Express, the steam train that whisks Harry Potter away in the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, will not be used as a tourist attraction for now, Reuters reports. The London railway station currently storing the vehicle says producer Warner Bros. has threatened to sue if the station uses the Harry Potter name.
Anna Nicole Smith, who's infamous for her marriage to late husband millionaire J. Howard Marshall II, may be going back to court, The Associated Press reports. Marshall's son is appealing a previous judgment that awarded Smith more than $400 million of the elder Marshall's estate. The younger Marshall has already spent two days testifying in court and on Wednesday, Smith's attorneys will begin questioning him.
Sopranos star Edie Falco will have to delay her Broadway debut in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, a musical about two lovers, Variety says. Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts between the HBO gangster drama and the musical will delay the show's opening. Originally set to premiere in August, Frankie will now open in May.
Actress Marisa Tomei is claiming that her cat is psychic. The actress said she was asleep when her cat "was telling me to get up and turn on the TV." Apparently, she got up just in time to hear her Golden Globe nomination for her role in "In the Bedroom," PageSix.com reports.
Peter Tork of the '60s pop band "The Monkees" told the National Enquirer that fellow singers Mickey Dolenz and Davy Jones' excess consumption of alcohol turned them into madmen, and that is why they fired Tork with only two shows left in their 35th anniversary tour. Tork claims he's a recovering alcoholic who agreed to go on tour only if he didn't have to "put up with drinking and difficult behavior."
Turkey's National Art Gallery was forced to take down four paintings thought to be the art of the late Pablo Picasso, according to the BBC. It is unclear where the impostor canvases originated.
Stewart Adamson, former lead singer of '80s pop band Big Country, was given a simple funeral Saturday, the BBC reports. About 50 friends and family attended the service at Dunfermline Crematorium in Scotland.
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.
Spoof metal band Spinal Tap and its main players, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, will take the stage at Montreal's 19th Just for Laughs Festival. Joining them as headliners will be Will & Grace's Megan Mullally, Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Jeff Foxworthy, organizers of the event said Tuesday. Other performers slated to appear are Darrell Hammond (Saturday Night Live), Joy Behar (The View), Marla Sokoloff (The Practice) and Scott Thompson (The Kids in the Hall). The festival, running July 12 through July 22, will showcase 49 stand-up shows, as well as theater, film and dance.
Even seasoned superheroes need a leader.
And it looks as if Bryan Singer is once again the man for the job. The director, whose last flick "X-Men" made a killing over the summer, might return to the helm for the second installment of the mutant-superheroes franchise, The Hollywood Reporter says.
The film's ensemble cast, which includes Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, James Marsden, Famke Janssen and Anna Paquin, have all signed on to do the sequel, which, as of now, still has yet to be scripted.
According to the report, Singer's commitment will likely depend on whether he can squeeze the project into his busy schedule. The helmer has already been tapped to do "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" with Mike Myers as his next project.
MOUSEHUNT: Is Stuart Little honing in on the territory of the other famous talking mouse? Daily Variety says that Rob Minkoff, who helmed the surprisingly lucrative "Stuart Little" last year, will get paid in the mid seven figures to direct the film's sequel, imaginatively titled "Stuart Little II."
A WILDE AFFAIR: You're in luck if witty repartee is your thing. Variety reports that Brits Rupert Everett and Judi Dench have agreed to star in the film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic "The Importance of Being Earnest." Everett will play Algernon, one of the two male leads, and Dench will play the supporting character Lady Bracknell.
HARRY THE HIT MAN: Harry Connick Jr. is getting ready to sing a different tune. The musician and sometimes actor is in talks to star opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in the dark comedy "Life Without Dick." Connick will play a hit man who's hired by a woman (Parker) to kill her boyfriend (Johnny Knoxville). The casting news comes a day after MTV's "Jackass," Knoxville, hopped on board the project.
'LONE STAR' RISING: "Dawson's Creek" dude Joshua Jackson will star in the comedy "Lone Star State of Mind," the Reporter says. While we don't know much about the plotline, we do know that Jackson is going to travel between Texas and North Carolina to accommodate filming for both the film and his WB series.
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston can relax; they are now surpassed in the couples rumor mill by the betrothed Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. So we're here to quash some buzzings and entertain you with others.
The latest rumor is that Zeta-Jones wants to take Douglas' name after they wed, according to the New York Daily News. Does this make her Catherine Douglas or Catherine Zeta-Douglas? We're not sure. But while we find out, we can tell you that she's not converting to Judaism, according to Douglas.
"I have had no formal religious training myself, and there has never been any debate with Catherine about it. Religion has not entered into the equation. Our child will be raised the same way I was," Douglas, 55, told London's Mirror.
He also admits that he misplaced her engagement ring before he proposed New Year's Eve. When Douglas couldn't find the sparkler in his luggage, he was "sure someone had stolen it," but Zeta-Jones, 30, remembered seeing him fumbling with a box at their hotel room in Wales over Christmas. Douglas called the hotel and asked housekeeping if they'd found a box, and lo and behold, it was there. It was shipped to Aspen, Colo., where he proposed at his resort. Kudos to the FedEx people for going above and beyond the call of duty.
A SHAGADELIC LAUGH: "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me's" Mike Myers and "American Beauty's" Annette Bening took funniest film actor and actress honors at the American Comedy Awards on Sunday night at Los Angeles' Shrine Exposition Center. The awards will be telecast March 23 on Fox.
Funniest motion picture went to "Analyze This," a mob comedy starring Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal, topping more offbeat nominees such as "American Beauty" and "Being John Malkovich."
Steve Martin was honored with a career achievement award. Said Myers, "I like Steve Martin because he's silly and smart, smart and silly."
MAKING PEACE: Before "Red Planet" opens Nov. 10 -- pushed back from June 16 -- Tom Sizemore would like to clear the air concerning reported rifts he had with co-star Val Kilmer.
"Val and I are friends," the 36-year-old actor told USA Today. "A lot of people say nasty things about him. ... We did 'Heat,' and he was sweet to me. We're together (in 'Red Planet') from Page 6 to the end, every day, for 16 hours. And we've had a really good time. "
Earlier reports said the two considered taking out restraining orders on the set. Kilmer says, "The idea that Tom and I have taken out restraining orders ... is completely untrue. I have known Tom for many years and have the utmost respect for him as a person and actor."
MAKING PEACE, PART II: Madonna, after giving some 65 interviews promoting her upcoming film "The Next Best Thing," finished her interview with Rosie O'Donnell and decided she had more good-doing to do. So the Material Girl popped on over to "Saturday Night Live" studios, where fellow diva Jennifer Lopez was rehearsing her musical number for this week's show. The two reportedly greeted each other warmly and laughed off rumors that Madonna snubbed Lopez at Donatella Versace's New Year's Eve bash over Lopez's criticism of her acting abilities in a Movieline.
OBITS: French director Claude Autant-Lara, known for his right-wing political stances and jabs at bourgeois society, died Saturday at age 98. Autant-Lara directed more than 30 films, many of them classics of 1940s and 1950s French cinema ...
John Vincent Imbragulio, a music executive who produced the rock 'n' roll single "Sea Cruise" among others, died Friday at age 74. Imbragulio owned Ace Records, Ace Music Publishers and Avanti Records ...
Todd Karns, who played James Stewart's younger brother in died Saturday of cancer at age 79. Karns' character, Harry Bailey, made the memorable toast in the film's final scene, saying "To my big brother, George. The richest man in town!" ...
Doris Kenner-Jackson, member of the Shirelles, died Friday of breast cancer. She was 58. The Shirelles, which also included Shirley Alston Reeves, Beverly Lee and the late Addie "Micki" Harris, had many hits in the early 1960s, including "Soldier Boy" and "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow."
QUICK TAKES: Add Clint Eastwood to the roster of presenters at this year's Academy Awards on March 26 in Los Angeles. Eastwood picked up Best Picture and Best Director awards for 1992's "Unforgiven." ...
... Phylicia Rashad (CBS' "Cosby") has made plans to renovate the Brainerd Institute, a historic black school where her mother, Vivian Ayers Allen, graduated ...
Paul Newman ran into a little car trouble at the 24 Hours of Daytona race Saturday. His Porsche blew an engine and was retired only eight hours into the race. Luckily, the 75-year-old Newman was not in the car when it blew; likely he was off hand-gliding or preparing for the running of the bulls.