October 25, 2002 7:10am EST
MTV's hit reality series The Osbournes could return to the airwaves as early as next month. MTV president Brian Graden told The Associated Press "all systems are go" for the second season. The upcoming episodes are expected to feature Sharon Osbourne's battle against colon cancer as she undergoes chemotherapy treatments. The Osbournes, which chronicles the lives of heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne, his wife Sharon and their two teenage children, daughter Kelly and son Jack, became the biggest hit series in MTV's 21-year history. A spokeswoman for MTV, however, said there is still a possibility the show could still be postponed until January.
Screen Actors Guild president Melissa Gilbert said she will seek a higher profile on labor issues for the union's 98,000 members, Variety reports. "There's a terrible misconception that there are only 5 actors and they all make $20 million per picture," Gilbert said while meeting with officials at an AFL-CIO headquarters Tuesday. "That's a very, very small percentage of our membership. Most of us are journeymen laborers who can barely earn a living as actors; when the job is finished, we're fired."
An 87-year-old man found stabbed to death near Interstate 15, about 25 miles north of Las Vegas, has been identified as former child actor Jay R. Smith, the AP reports. Smith was in about three dozen of the Our Gang short comedies from 1925-29, better known as The Little Rascals to TV audiences. Police said a homeless man who had been staying in a shed next to Smith's house was being sought for questioning in the death. Smith died from multiple stab wounds.
Nicole Kidman will star in Paramount Pictures' remake of the 1975 thriller The Stepford Wives, Variety reports. The film revolves around a group of husbands who transform their wives into robots who cater to their every need. Director Frank Oz (The Score) will helm the project.
A judge has ruled that Jamie Johnson, a New York University film student and the heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune, may release a documentary film featuring other wealthy offspring. Born Rich includes interviews with fellow children born with a silver spoon, such Georgina Bloomberg, the daughter of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Luke Weil, whose father ran the online gaming site Autotote, had filed a lawsuit to block the film's distribution, alleging he was "tricked" into taking part in a project that "embarrassed" and "humiliated" him and his family.
Fox is close to signing on New York-based radio personality and recording artist Angie Martinez as a fourth judge in the second American Idol installment, according to Variety. Martinez will join judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.
Canadian profiler Kim Rossmo, who is helping investigators track down the Beltway sniper, will have his story turned into a TV movie, Variety reports. will recount Rossmo's rise from Vancouver beat police to criminologist with a new and unique system of tracking serial predators.
Boy band 'N Sync is revisiting the bad old days when they actually had to fly coach and sleep in cheap hotels in their video The Reel 'N Sync. The one-hour video, shot and edited by band member Joey Fatone, includes clips from hundreds of hours of low-fi footage in his personal video archive. Surprisingly, the video features no 'N Sync songs.
February 14, 2002 1:18pm EST
Jennifer Lopez returned to the top of the charts Wednesday with the debut of her third album J to Tha L-O! The Remixes. Featuring 11 remixed tracks from her two releases, Lopez's new album got a little push from her ex-boyfriend Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, who is credited with remixes for the formerly not-so-hot singles "Feeling So Good" and "Walking on Sunshine." The album also contains the new song "Alive," which will be featured in Lopez's upcoming movie Enough. As well as music and movies, Lopez also has plans to open a Cuban-themed nightclub in Pasadena, Calif. Her investment group, Mojo Restaurant LLC, plans to renovate a restaurant-bar that could be ready for business as early as April, the Associated Press reports.
Gwyneth Paltrow may have cut back on alcohol to suit her strict macrobiotic diet, but that hasn't stopped her from taking endorsement deals from liquor giant Martini & Rossi, at least according to msnbc.com's sources. While it is not uncommon for Hollywood celebs to appear in ads that won't be broadcast in America, Paltrow promoting a product she thinks is so unhealthy that she won't use it herself is hypocritical even by celebrities' standards, the source wails.
Meg Ryan is in negotiations to star in the erotic thriller In the Cut. According to Variety, the film tells the story of a New York writing teacher who lives to take chances by night. Nicole Kidman, who optioned the book out of her own pocket in 1996, will serve as the film's executive producer.
In his next film, Fighting Temptations, Cuba Gooding Jr. will star as a young hip-hop artist from L.A. who returns to his Southern hometown to discover he's in for a substantial inheritance. Gooding is also set to reprise his role in Snow Dogs 2, Variety reports.
Arnold Schwarzenegger told reporters Wednesday that Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines will have a female Terminator. "The idea of the female terminator is great," he told reporters. "She will have control over machines and over anything mechanical, including myself. So you will sometimes see me as the villain and sometimes as a terminator that tried to save the world." Terminator 3 is slated for release in 2003.
As a promotion for his upcoming movie Mr. Deeds in which his character writes greeting cards as a hobby but keeps getting rejected by Hallmark, Adam Sandler has written and recorded nine Valentine's Day cards, available for free at greetings.yahoo.com. Sandler also plans to write and record messages for other holidays. The film, also starring Winona Ryder, is scheduled for release on June 28.
ABC will renew its hit police drama NYPD Blue for another season, Reuters reports. Although time changes and late season debuts have at times put the show's creator Steven Bochco and the network at odds, the decision to renew the show for a 10th season will make it one of the longest-running drama series in prime time TV.
Fox Broadcasting said it cannot immediately commit to ordering any additional episodes of the animated show Futurama. Because of the long lead time for animated projects, the show's executive producer Matt Groening needed a commitment this month for the 2003-04 season, Reuters reports. The network could still order episodes down the line, but that is unlikely.
Celebrities flocked to the runway shows to preview the fall 2002 collections during New York Fashion Week. AP reports that Derek Jeter, Rev. Al Sharpton, Kim Cattrall, Susan Sarandon, Angie Harmon and former New York Mayor David Dinkins have been spotted at the designer previews, which continue through Friday.
Accusations flew in Naomi Campbell's privacy trial on Wednesday, with Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan saying what the court had heard from the supermodel was two days of lying. The newspaper claims that Campbell was not entitled to the same privacy "as the normal man or woman in the street" and accused her of trying to put the best possible spin on the adverse publicity she was getting, Sky News reports.
Responding to recent comments in the news media indicating she was unhappy, Miss America Katie Harman said Wednesday that she loves her job and is 100 percent in support of the Miss America Organization, AP reports. Reports of trouble surfaced after her parents sent an eight-page letter to pageant officials, complaining that their daughter was upset over unexpected charges, lack of lucrative bookings and the rude treatment of her parents.
Will & Grace star Eric McCormack and his wife of five years, assistant director Janet Holden, are expecting their first child in July, People reports.
Johnny Depp and singer-actress Vanessa Paradis are awaiting their second child this summer. The couple has a 2-year-old daughter named Lily-Rose.
Today show weatherman Al Roker and his wife, 20/20 correspondent Deborah Roberts, are expecting their second child later this year. The couple has been married since 1994; they have a 3-year-old daughter named Leila.
October 12, 2001 8:19am EST
The story takes place in Zhejiang a province ruled by a greedy governor who spends his days guarding his precious jewels and cavorting with his harem. But not even his legion of soldiers and mercenary Shaolin monks can stop the Iron Monkey a masked vigilante who steals from the rich to give to the poor from infiltrating the palace to stealing the governor's booty. Tired of continued defeat at the Iron Monkey's hands the governor orders his chief constable Master Fox to find and unmask the avenger. What no one realizes is that the Iron Monkey is also the benevolent town medic Dr. Yang. Caught up in the melee are Wong Kei-ying a respected physician and martial artist from Guangdong and his 10-year-old son Wong Fei-hong. In the ultimate kung fu showdown the Iron Monkey comes to the aid of those falsely accused of his crimes.
Yu Rong-guang as Dr. Yang a.k.a. Iron Monkey gives a seamless performance transitioning gracefully from the warm and delicate doctor to the deadly martial artist. Donnie Yen as the elder Wong a victim of the government's "monkey sweep " is saddled with the difficult task of portraying a tough militant fighter and a sweet and loving father yet he does so convincingly. The extremely talented young female martial arts champion Tsang Sze-man plays his son Wong Fei-hong the martial artist and patriot character featured in the Once Upon a Time in China movies and Drunken Master. Jean Wang also puts on a great show of skills as Miss Orchid Dr. Yang's assistant. The martial arts skills of the stars combined with their warm and realistic portrayals of their characters add depth to the otherwise comedic and clumsy minions who appear alongside them.
The fact that Iron Monkey was made in 1993 makes this film even more impressive than it already is. Originally released direct-to-video in the U.S. Miramax Films bought the theatrical rights in 2000 and re-released the newly restored subtitled print. While the subtitles help retain the sense of the original dialogue they also highlight its silliness. Characters for example announce their moves before doing them like "Shaolin Golden Palm!" or "Flying Sleeves!" The corny dialogue is at times reminiscent of old B-movies but the mind-blowing action sequences make up for that and the unoriginal story line. Why is the action so much better than the story? The director's skills lend a clue: -you might remember Iron Monkey director Yuen Wo Ping's action choreography from the recent hits Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and The Matrix.
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 7, 2000 -- At long last, an awards show that's dedicated solely to the people who are truly indispensable to Hollywood: makeup artists and hairstylists.
Yes, you heard right -- one entire awards ceremony, with all the necessary trimmings and accoutrements, has sprung up to give special notice to industry makeup artists and hairstylists ... and no one else. (Don't worry, plastic surgeons of America, you'll probably get your nods soon enough).
Nominations for the 1st Annual Hollywood Makeup Artists and Hair Stylist Guild Awards, honoring outstanding makeup and hair achievements in film and TV, were announced today. The nominees in the 17 categories were chosen by 1,100 active members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 706. Guild members will vote for the winners. Balloting begins Tuesday, with awards to be handed out March 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
If all this sounds terribly serious stuff -- it is, according to guild committee member Marvin Westmore, scion of George Westmore, who started the first makeup and hair department at the Selig studio in 1917, and for whom the Lifetime Achievement Award is named after.
"It's very difficult to get the makeup and hair artists recognized in a proper manner. In the makeup field, as in the hair field, there're a number of categories that are never considered," Westmore said today. "We've got a category on contemporary makeup and hair, historical makeup and hair ... and about 15 other categories that address other specialties. We feel that it's important to give all the industry hair and makeup artists their proper due and not just simply lump their achievements together."
Celeb presenters who will dignify the event include Christina Applegate, Annette Bening, Ellen Burstyn, Kim Delaney, Brendan Fraser, Ed Harris, Holly Hunter and Rob Lowe.
Here's the complete list of nominees:
Best Contemporary Makeup -- Feature
Debbie Zoller, James MacKinnon and Jill Cady for "Goodbye Lover" (Regency/Warner Bros.)
Ronnie Specter for "The Story of Us" (Castle Rock/Universal)
Allan Apone, Donald Mowat, Ron Snyder and Adam Brandy for "Three Kings" (Warner Bros.)
Toni G and Will Huff for "The General's Daughter" (Neufeld/Rehme Productions/Paramount)
Best Period Makeup -- Feature
Leonard Engleman for "Tea With Mussolini" (Universal/MGM)
Patty York, Cheryl Nick, Michele Burke and Steve Artmont for "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" (New Line)
Ronnie Specter for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Fox Searchlight)
Best Character Makeup -- Feature
Sheryl Leight Ptak for "Man on the Moon" (Jersey Films/Universal)
Cheri Minns for "Bicentennial Man" (Columbia/Touchstone)
Kevin Yagher, Peter Owen, Elizabeth Tag and Paul Gooch for "Sleepy Hollow" (Paramount)
Best Special Effects Makeup -- Feature
Michele Burke, Kenny Myers, Will Huff and Kevin Haney for Mike Myers as Austin Powers and Dr. Evil, and Vernon Troyer as Mini Me in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" (New Line)
Greg Cannom and Wesley Wofford for "Bicentennial Man" (Columbia/Touchstone) Stan Winston and Mike Smithson for Mike Myers as Fat Bastard in "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" (New Line)
Best Contemporary Hair Styling -- Feature
Enzo Angileri for "The Thomas Crown Affair" (MGM)
Cydney Cornell for "American Beauty" (DreamWorks)
Paul LeBlanc for "Anywhere But Here" (Fox 2000 Pictures) Frances Mathais for "Simpatico" (Emotion Pictures/Canal Plus/King's Gate/Fine Line)
Best Period Hair Styling - Feature
Peter Tothpal, Janet McDonald and Angie Cameron for "The 13th Warrior" (Touchstone)
Candy Walken, Jeri Baker-Sadler, Jennifer O'Halloran and Toni-Ann Walker for "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" (New Line)
Vivian McAteer for "Tea With Mussolini" (Universal/MGM)
Best Contemporary Makeup - Television (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series - Sitcom, Drama or Daytime)
Patty Bunch Leisure and Cynthia Bachman for "Big Brother Is Coming," "Will & Grace" (NBC)
Cynthia Bachman and Patty Bunch Leisure for "I Never Promised You An Olive Garden," "Will & Grace" (NBC)
James MacKinnon and Stephanie Fowler for "Thank You Providence," "Providence" (NBC)
Best Period Makeup - Television (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series - Sitcom, Drama or Daytime)
Cheri Montesanto-Medcalf, Kevin Westmore and LaVerne Basham for "Triangle," "The X-Files" (Fox)
Marie DelPrete fpr "Between a Rock Star and Hard Place," "Rude Awakenings" (Showtime/Mandalay TV/Columbia/TriStar TV)
Lisa Layman, David Syner and Joseph Regina for "Pilot," "Freaks & Geeks" (NBC)
James MacKinnon and Stephanie Fowler for "He's Come Undone," "Providence" (NBC)
Best Character Makeup - Television
Jennifer Aspinall, Felicia Linsky and Ed French for Episode #505, "Mad TV" (Fox)
Jennifer Aspinall, Felicia Linsky and Ed French for Episode #507, "Mad TV" (Fox)
Cheri Montesanto-Medcatf and Kevin Westmore for "Two Fathers/One Son," "The X-Files" (Fox)
Best Special Effects Makeup - Television (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series - Sitcom, Drama or Daytime)
Michael Westmore, Scott Wheeler, James Rohland and Ellis Burman for "Dark Frontiers," "Star Trek Voyager" (UPN/Paramount)
Todd A. McIntosh, Robin Beauxchesne, Douglas Noe and Brigette Myre-Ellis for "Living Conditions," "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" (Fox/WB)
Bill Corso and Douglas Noe for "Just Duet," "L.A. Doctors" (CBS)
Best Period Makeup - Television (For a Mini-Series or Movie of the Week)
June Brickman and Tammy Ashmore for "The 60's" (NBC/Trimark)
Sue Cabel, Matthew Mungle and Joe Hailey for "And The Beat Goes On: The Sonny and Cher Story" (ABC) Marvin Westmore,
June Westmore and John Jackson for "Lansky" (HBO)
Best Character Makeup --Television (For a Mini-Series or Movie of the Week)
June Brickman and Tammy Ashmore for "The 60's" (NBC/Trimark)
Douglas Noe for "A Lesson Before Dying" (HBO)
Best Contemporary Hair Styling - Television (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series - Sitcom, Drama or Daytime)
Ken Nelson and Suzanne Kontonickas for "The Devil's Music," "Charmed" (Spelling Television/WB)
Tim Burke for "Homo For The Holidays," "Will & Grace" (NBC)
Darrell Fielder, Jonathan Hanousak and Joy Zapata for "The Final Frontier," "Mad About You" (NBC/Columbia TriStar TV)
Best Period Hair Styling - Television (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series - Sitcom, Drama or Daytime)
Stacy K. Black and Shana Fruman for "He's Come Undone," "Providence" (NBC)
Lana Heying for Episode #592 "Lataya, Letisha and Lanesha," "All That" (Nickelodeon)
Garbillera Pollina for "Prom Night," "That 70's Show" (Fox/Carsey-Werner)
Best Character Hair Styling - Television (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series - Sitcom, Drama or Daytime)
Dugg Krikpatrick and Judith Teidemann for "Episode #511, "Mad TV" (Fox)
Josee Normand, Charlotte Parker and Gloria Montemeyor for "Bride of Chaotica," "Star Trek Voyager" (Paramount/UPN)
Judith Teidemann, Dugg Krikpatrick and Chris Curry for "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," "Mad TV" (Fox)
Best Innovative Hair Styling - Television (For a Single Episode of a Regular Series - Sitcom, Drama or Daytime) Dugg Krikpatrick for "Episode #505," "Mad TV" (Fox)
Josee Normand, Charlotte Parker and Gloria Montemeyor for "Dragon's Teeth," "Star Trek Voyager" (Paramount/UPN)
Stacy K. Black and Shana Fruman for "He's Come Undone," "Providence" (NBC)
Best Period Hair Styling - Television (For a Mini-Series or Movie o the Week)
Vickey Phillips, Gerald Coke-Riley, Patricia Gunlock and Michael White for "Purgatory" (TNT)
Matthew Kasten, Natascha Ladek and Mishell Chandler for "Annie" (Walt Disney Television/ABC)
Marlene Williams and Tim Jones for "And The Beat Goes On: The Sonny & Cher Story" (ABC/Larry Thompson)
George Westmore Lifetime Achievement Award