This Emmy-winning TV producer-director ("Hill Street Blues") has also had considerable experience helming TV commercials and series ("St. Elsewhere", "Miami Vice") and subsequently feature films. Ansp...
Touched by an Angel star Roma Downey is engaged to The Apprentice and Survivor creator Mark Burnett.
The proposal took place in Mexico over the Thanksgiving weekend.
Their representative Jim Dowd tells People magazine, "The couple has never been happier. They're sharing their joy and excitement with their children and their families."
Downey, 46, was been married twice before. She eloped with actor Leland Orser in Rome in 1987.
Her 1996 wedding to Rudy director David Anspaugh was officiated by her friend and Touched by an Angel costar Della Reese. They have a daughter together, Reilly Marie, 10.
Burnett, 46, divorced wife Diane in 2003. They have two sons, James, 13, and Cameron, 9.
The couple have been dating since 2004 and plan to wed sometime next year.
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Top Story: Simpson Says Money Helped
O.J. Simpson claims without the money to pay his "dream team" of lawyers, he would probably have been found guilty of murder. Nine years after his trial, the former football player vowed to Playboy magazine in a recent interview that he was innocent of the charges of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman but admits being able to afford such worthy representation helped him in his case. "I didn't commit the crime. That is why I got off," he told Playboy. "I feel in my heart that I got off because I was innocent. But I don't know if I could have proven my innocence if I didn't have the money. And that's a shame. Yes, it is a shame that in this country it costs so much to get good representation."
Reloaded Scores Big Worldwide
The Matrix Reloaded has reached $730 million at the worldwide box office. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the second installment in the Matrix series, with a combination gross of $450 million overseas and $280 domestically, is now ranked 12th on the all-time worldwide box office chart. The trade paper also reports Reloaded is the first film in history to gross more than $100 million in a single weekend internationally and is the biggest grossing R-rated movie on both the domestic and international charts. The film's 1999 predecessor, The Matrix, did $456 million worldwide. The final installment, The Matrix Revolutions, opens domestically on Nov. 5.
Nemo Bests Lion King
Let's hear it for the little fish that could. Disney's The Lion King, the long-held record holder for top grossing animated film in the U.S. at $328.5 million, has finally been bested by Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo, which has taken in $328.7 million domestically, Reuters reports. "Nemo is the biggest film of the summer, the biggest film of the year, and now it is the biggest animated feature of all time," Exhibitor Relations president Paul Dergarabedian told Reuters. Lion King still holds the worldwide record at $780 million.
Blake Makes Public Appearance
Actor Robert Blake, currently out on bail awaiting his trial for the shooting death of his wife Bonny Lee Bakley May 2001, made a rare public appearance Sunday, attending services at a South Los Angeles church, City News reports. He was met by reporters, to whom he said, "Thank you God…I'm with people that I love. You have no idea how important fresh air and sunshine is.'' When a reporter asked Blake what he thought about Kobe Bryant, who was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, Blake smiled and said, "how about,'' and then began singing, "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,'' City News reports.
Bobby Brown Arrested for Violation
While dining with his wife, Grammy winner Whitney Houston, singer Bobby Brown was picked up by authorities for an alleged probation violation, The Associated Press reports. Brown was arrested Friday night at a restaurant in an Atlanta suburb after an unidentified caller tipped authorities, a police department spokesman told AP. The spokesman did not, however, know how the singer violated his probation. Last November, Brown was arrested in Atlanta on charges of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana, speeding and having no driver's license or proof of insurance. He also did a 26-day stint in a Florida jail in 2000 for a previous probation violation, AP reports.
Jolie Makes Plea for Chechen Refugees
In her continuing efforts as a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, actress Angelina Jolie made a plea to the Russian government Sunday not to force thousands of displaced Chechens back to their war-torn homeland, Reuters reports. Jolie was speaking out for those 80,000 who fled Chechnya amidst fighting but who are now under pressure by Moscow to return to vote in a local leadership election, planned to bring peace to the nation. "You give them an option and you ask them if they want to return home. I am asking you today to make sure they have that option," the Tomb Raider actress said at a news conference.
Duff's Got the Stuff
For the first time in four months, those American Idol idols were bumped off the Hot 100 Singles Sales by TV 'tweener Hilary Duff, Billboard reports. Duff's single "So Yesterday" topped the sales charts, beating down the eight-week run of Idol finalists' "God Bless the USA" followed by the nine-week run of Clay Aiken's "This is the Night"/"Bridge Over Troubled Water." Duff's single, however, is only No. 55 on Billboard's Hot 100.
Role Call: Soccer Fever Takes Hold, Dave Matthews Shops Winn-Dixie
Director David Anspaugh and writer-producer Angelo Pizzo, the duo behind the inspirational sport movies Hoosiers and Rudy, are making another one--The Game of Their Lives, based on the 1950 U.S. World Cup team, AP reports. The tournament in Brazil was the last World Cup appearance for the Americans until 1990, and still is considered by many to be the greatest in the history of U.S. soccer, when the U.S. beat England 1-0...Singer Dave Matthews will make his acting debut in Because of Winn-Dixie for 20th Century Fox. According the Hollywood Reporter this coming-of-age tale revolves around a 10-year-old girl who moves to the small Florida town of Naomi with her preacher father (Jeff Daniels). Lonely, the girl grows close to a big, ugly dog she names Winn-Dixie after the supermarket where she finds him. Through the dog, she befriends a colorful cast of characters that becomes her extended family, including a drifter (Matthews) and a librarian (Eva Marie Saint).
Directed "The Game of Their Lives" based on the true story of the 1950 US soccer team who, against all odds, beat England in the small town of Belo Horizonte, Brazil
TV-movie producing debut, "Vampire"
Taught school in Aspen, Colorado
Gave up producing responsibilities but continued directing episodes of "Hill Street Blues"
Directed "Fresh Horses" starring Molly Ringwald and Andrew McCarthy
TV directing debut with "Hill Street Blues"
Directed Sean Astin in "Rudy," based on the true story of Daniel 'Rudy' Ruettiger who's dream was to play football at Notre Dame
Directed "Moonlight and Valentino" based on the play by Ellen Simon
Feature film directing debut, "Hoosiers"
Worked as an associate producer on the short-lived CBS detective series, "Paris"
Returned to directing features with "Wisegirls", starring Mira Sorvino and Mariah Carey
TV series producing debut, "Hill Street Blues"; served as an associate producer
This Emmy-winning TV producer-director ("Hill Street Blues") has also had considerable experience helming TV commercials and series ("St. Elsewhere", "Miami Vice") and subsequently feature films. Anspaugh began shooting 16mm sports films while at The University of Indiana before attending USC's School of Film and Television. After four years teaching high school in Colorado, he started his TV career as associate producer on the ABC movies "Vampire" (1979) and "Fighting Back" (1980), both produced by MTM. He went on to become associate producer on that company's acclaimed cop show "Hill Street Blues" (NBC) in 1981; by the time he left the show in 1985, Anspaugh had worked his way up to producer and director, winning producing Emmys in 1982 and 1983. Anspaugh returned to directing with episodes of "St. Elsewhere" and "Miami Vice", and the TV-movies "The Last Leaf" (syndicated, 1984), "Deadly Care" (CBS, 1987) and "In the Company of Darkness" (CBS, 1993).<p> Anspaugh made a smooth, engaging big screen directing debut with "Hoosiers" (1986), a nostalgic college basketball drama starring Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper. His follow-up feature, the little-seen "Fresh Horses" (1988), was less impressive, but five years later he re-teamed with the writer of "Hoosiers" and ventured back to collegiate sagas with "Rudy" (1993), a deliberately modest but appealing true story of a college student who overcomes his short stature to become a successful quarterback for Notre Dame. A sharp change of pace was "Moonlight and Valentino" (1995), which the director laughingly called "an estrogen-driven" film, as opposed to his former sports-related "testosterone films". Scripted by Ellen Simon and based on her own experiences, "Moonlight and Valentino" focused on a woman coping with her new status as a widow. His feature output was slowed in the late 90s due in part to a highly publicized battle with depression which was reportedly a factor in the break-up of his marriage to actress Roma Downey.
"I'll admit that many people were surprised that I was directing ["Moonlight and Valentino"]. My previous films, "Hoosiers" and "Rudy", were mistakenly, although somewhat understandably, categorized as 'testosterone films' based on their sports-related plotlines. So here comes this 'estrogen-driven film,' and people were wondering how a sports-loving guy from Indiana would possibly be able to connect with it. Well, I am here to say that it has nothing to do with hormones or gender. All three films are essentially about shared human behavior and universal human emotion." --David Anspaugh, quoted in "Moonlight and Valentino" press material