September 19, 2001 12:01pm EST
ABC News decided on Tuesday that airing footage of the World Trade Center plane attacks was now "inappropriate," according to ABC spokeswoman Su-Lin Cheng Nichols. "People will remember these images forever whether we put them on or not," she said. "It's no longer a public service to continue to air them.'' According to The Associated Press, ABC will only air the footage with the approval of the network's news chief.
Jay Leno's The Tonight Show resumed production on Tuesday night, with Leno opening the show standing beside a large video screen displaying the American flag. He welcomed Senator John McCain and Crosby, Stills and Nash, who performed "My Country 'Tis of Thee." Speaking of his hosting job, Leno remarked, "In a world where people fly airplanes into buildings for the sole purpose of killing innocent people, a job like this seems incredibly irrelevant." Leno's comments come one night after news anchor Dan Rather broke down on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Whitney Houston will re-release her rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," according to the AP. Record company Arista will produce the single, which should reach stores next week, and the proceeds will benefit the New York Firefighters Disaster Relief Fund and the New York Fraternal Order of Police.
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) is currently writing a song, "Americans United," to commemorate last week's terrorist attacks, AP reports. This is not a first for the senator; he has worked with other professional musicians previously, including singer Gladys Knight.
Two books honoring survivors of last Tuesday's terrorist attacks are on the fast track to publication, according to the AP: God Bless America and 9/11 8:48 AM: Documenting America's Greatest Tragedy are expected to hit shelves soon.
Singer Liam Gallagher of Oasis recently said he is "never going to America again" and he "ain't getting on a plane for a long time," Reuters reports. The group's press manager called the rocker's comments about flying, "a perfectly understandable human reaction."
Convicted antiques dealer David Michael Bryce will receive his sentence on Oct. 2 for burgularizing model/actress Jerry Hall's London home, Reuters reports. Bryce was convicted of stealing over $10,000 of Hall's personal property including a candlestick, a laptop computer and jewelry.
Singer Jennifer Lopez is scheduled to perform two concerts in San Juan, Puerto Rico this weekend, according to the Associated Press. Although a native of New York, Lopez looks forward to singing in the land of her cultural heritage. "For my music and my people," she said.
In an auction of rock star memorabilia Tuesday, 200 items went on sale, though not every item met its reserve, including Elvis Presley's medical records and the Spice Girls' sequin-covered stretch limousine. Other items, however, such as Jim Morrison's handwritten lyrics, a John Lennon hat and an Elvis drum kit, sold for thousands of dollars, Reuters reports.
Jack Valenti (one of Hollywood's top lobbyists) intends to broach the subject of digital piracy with Silicon Valley executives Thursday, Variety reports. Studios are concerned about digital TV being broadcast over the Internet, and a Senate bill has been drafted to give the government power to arbitrate between studios and technology firms if the two are unable to reconcile their differences.
The UK actors' union, Equity, which represents celebs like Ewan McGregor, Julie Walters, and Simon Callow, is considering a strike, according to BBC News. Currently, the actors receive a flat fee when their films are shown on TV or sold on DVD, but they get no additional payments for further screenings. Equity is asking its members not to work on UK feature films starting Dec. 1.
Hollywood.com staff writer Jason Alcorn contributed to this report
Michael Cuccione, the actor/singer who played Jason “Q.T.” McKnight on MTV’s boy band spoof "2gether," died Saturday at his home in Vancouver, B.C. Cuccione was 16.
Cuccione, aka “the cute one” of 2gether had battled Hodgkin’s disease since he was a child, according to MTV.com. Doctors said that he died of complications with his cancer treatment.
"His lungs just gave out," his uncle, also named Michael Cuccione, told MTV. "We weren't really expecting it."
Cuccione had been fighting respiratory problems for several months and did not appear in the last several episodes of the MTV series.
"He fought gallantly," Michael's mother, Gloria, told ABCNews.com. The teen had been in a car accident in December and was unable to fight off the effects of the crash. He contracted pneumonia, but his lungs were weakened from the chemotherapy he endured as a child to fight Hodgkin’s disease.
Madonna MADONNA AT THE GRAMMYS: There’s still no word yet when or if Madonna will launch a tour to promote her latest album "Music," but fans can get a glimpse of the performer on stage at the Grammy Awards telecast on Feb. 21.
The Material Mom’s Web site today is confirming that Madonna will perform at the award show. No word yet, however, which song she’ll sing.
STING AWARD STOLEN: Sting has been stung.
The former Police frontman was ripped off today while he was performing on stage. Thieves reportedly broke into the singer’s dressing room in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and ran off with a bag of his “personal effects” which included a human rights award given to him days before by the Chilean government, Reuters reports.
``Sting reported the theft of a bag containing personal effects from his dressing room while he was at a sound test,'' a police spokeswoman said, refusing to give further details.
Sting's song "They Dance Alone," about the mothers of those who disappeared under Gen. Augusto Pinochet's brutal dictatorship under which some 3,000 people were either killed or went permanently ''missing,'' became an emblem for the former strongman's victims and their families.
ANOTHER BRUSH WITH THE LAW: Oasis mate Liam Gallagher is being investigated by British police over allegations that he groped a female staff member of British Airways while she checked him on to a flight bound for Rio de Janeiro, Reuters reports.
The singer, known for his “wild boy” antics, allegedly asked the staffer about her sex life and then grabbed her bottom. The staff member reported the incident to the police. A spokesman for the band had no comment on the official police report.
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'Tis Valentine's Day, for loved ones to unite and lovelorn to show spite. In observance of this occasion, we find Tinseltown's love/no-love meter has been cranked up a notch.
Former bad-boy Christian Slater got married over the weekend to former television producer Ryan Haddon at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. The ceremony Saturday night was attended by 150 guests, according to his publicist, and officiated by author Neale Donald Walsch. The vows were taken from Walsch's book ``Conversations with God, Book 3.''
Slater, 30, was once as notorious for his bad behavior as he was for his wicked eyebrows. After squiring actresses (and co-stars) Winona Ryder, Samantha Mathis and Patricia Arquette as well as Christina Applegate and supermodel Christy Turlington, he was sued for palimony by longtime girlfriend Nina Huang after their 1995 split. He was later arrested for allegedly beating then-galpal Michelle Jonas and a police officer during a drug and alcohol-fueled brawl and spent three months in jail.
But that's all in the past; Slater's a family man now. He and Haddon, 28, have a 10-month-old son, Jaden Christopher, who will accompany his parents on their Hawaiian honeymoon.
ALL IN THE FAMILY: David Bowie and wife Iman have announced that they're expecting their first child in August.
Says the once-androgynous rocker, "It's been a long and patient wait for our baby, but both Iman and I wanted the circumstances to be absolutely right, and didn't want to find ourselves working flat out during the first couple years of the baby's life," Bowie, 53, said in a statement.
He and 44-year-old Iman, the Somali-born supermodel, were married in 1992. They have one child each from previous marriages.
Meanwhile, Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher suffered a crib-death scare over the weekend when 18-day-old daughter Anais suddenly turned blue and stopped breathing for about 30 seconds, reports London's Mirror. The musician phoned paramedics and passed instructions to his mother-in-law, who lay the baby on her back to clear the airways. The hospital gave Noel and the baby's mother, Meg Mathews, a breathing monitor in case the problem recurs.
COUPLINGS AND UNCOUPLINGS: London is also the setting for an engagement between Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay and Brit TV star Denise Van Outen, according to the Sun tabloid. The paper reports that Kay (real name Jason Kay) proposed with a $15,990 engagement ring after popping the question over dinner at his home.
Across the ocean, all was not well on the Dominican Republic front, where singer-actress Diana Ross and husband Arne Naess formally divorced Friday. The nation, which is the place for quickie divorces as long as one of the spouses is present, granted the split to the couple, who were married in 1986 and separated in April. The former Supreme, 55, and Naess, 61, have two children; Ross also has three daughters from previous relationships.
But in New York, a happy marriage took place for, well, Sigourney Weaver's dog. The actress' pooch exchanged collars with a "studly" Italian greyhound, which she calls "the Mel Gibson of Italian greyhounds," in a pre-mating marriage ceremony (or "muttrimony") at an Upper East Side pet boutique, according to the New York Post. No word on the prenup agreement.
QUICK TAKES: Film critic Rex Reed was arrested Saturday after he was allegedly caught shoplifting three CDs from a Tower Records store. The New York Observer columnist, 61, was seen removing albums by Mel Torme, Peggy Lee and Carmen McRae and putting them in his jacket pocket. Security officials stopped him, and he was charged with larceny and criminal possession of stolen property ...
... Miramax Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein emerged last week at a party for the New York Post's Page Six after months of rumors about the illness that kept him away from Sundance and the Golden Globes. The company spokesman maintains that Weinstein, 47, suffered a bacterial infection and is now back in the swing of things -- minus 40 pounds and wearing a nicotine patch to keep him away from those cigarettes.
... Leonardo DiCaprio is supporting Al Gore for president, according to an interview in the new Time magazine. The star of "The Beach" says he's on the verge of joining his campaign and almost took the stage during the New Hampshire primary to cheer on the White House hopeful. "I was going to just stand onstage and look hardcore," Leo tells Time. But likely he knew that would elicit fainting spells from the campaigner's daughters.
YOUNG AND RESTLESS: We'd like to take this time and promote some starlets who, despite their fame, looks and Internet downloads, are in the mood for love this Valentine's Day.
Perennially chirpy Jennifer Love Hewitt says, "I'm afraid that I'll never get married because I'm a hopeless romantic." She's currently seeing a musician she won't name, but as the 20-year-old recently revealed at a magazine luncheon in New York, "I'm going to end up alone when I'm 95, sitting home surrounded by 19 cats."
And teen pop queen Britney Spears, who has exchanged e-mails with Prince William, has confided her Valentine's Day wish to TV Guide Online: "My dream is to make a movie and to have a love scene with Ben Affleck. He is so real and so warm."
But if Ben's not available, she'd still like to date someone in show business. "Of course, if I met somebody at McDonald's and I fell in love with him, I'd have to go with my heart. But it would help being in the same industry, because you know what that person is going through, scheduling-wise," Spears, 18, says.
So basically, if you're a celebrity or a McDonald's cashier, you have a shot.