Top Story: Foxx Caught Resisting Arrest
Comedian Jamie Foxx and his sister were arrested early Saturday after allegedly refusing to leave a casino in New Orleans and then fighting with police officers called to escort them out, authorities told The Associated Press. Foxx, 35, and Deidra Dixon, 25, apparently refused to show identification as they walked around the gambling tables at Harrah's Casino at around 4 a.m. and then fought with security guards trying to remove them. Police Capt. Marlon A. Defillo told AP the police had to use pepper spray and handcuffed them. Foxx, was booked with trespassing, battery on
officers and resisting arrest and was released on $1,900 bond.
Stars Back Out of Toronto Gigs
Billy Joel, Elton John and American Idol Kelly Clarkson have all canceled their concert tours in Toronto due to the city's recent SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak. Reuters reports Joel and John were due to perform Monday at the city's Air Canada Center, a venue that sold out in 20 minutes, while Clarkson was scheduled Monday to appear on Canada AM, The Mike Bullard Show and MuchMusic's Much On Demand. The highly contagious SARS, which started in Asia and has no known cure, has killed 16 people in the Toronto area.
Will & Grace's Morrison Arrested for Shoplifting
Shelly Morrison, who plays wisecracking maid Rosario on NBC's Will & Grace, was arrested last Wednesday on suspicion of shoplifting, Reuters reports. The alleged theft at a Robinsons-May department store in West Los Angeles qualifies as a felony because the items cost more than $400, police told Reuters. The 66-year-old actress was released on bail.
Will & Grace, The Hours Get GLAAD
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 14th annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards, which honors fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender communities and the issues that impact their lives, were handed out Saturday in Los Angeles. The organization feted such television shows as NBC's Will & Grace, HBO's Six Feet Under and feature film The Hours.
All Reality, All the Time
It was bound to happen. Larry Namer, co-founder of E! Entertainment Television and businessman Blake Mycoskie have developed Reality Central, a 24-hour channel of reality programming, The Associated Press reports. "Reality is now a genre, just like any other genre," Namer told AP. The channel is scheduled to debut in early 2004.
Heston's Dropping His Guns
Charlton Heston, long known as the controversial spokesman for the National Rifle Association, has stepped down as president of the organization, Reuters reports. At a convention of gun owners in Orlando, Fla., the 78-year-old actor, who announced last year he had symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease, held a 1866 Winchester rifle above his head and proclaimed, "From my cold dead hands."
J.K. Rowling Richer Than the Queen
They said it could never be done, but the Queen of England has been officially surpassed on Britain's annual "richest list"--by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, the London Times reported Sunday. At $445.5 million, Rowling--whose now-famous story about writing her first Potter novel as a single parent living on only $111 a week--is now Britain's 122nd richest person, while Queen Elizabeth's $397.8 million fortune puts her 133rd on the list.
Prisoner of Azkaban Items Stolen
In more Potter news, some props were apparently stolen from the set of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, filming in Glencoe, Scotland, the British paper The Herald reports. Polystyrene pumpkins and plaster rocks were some of the items removed or vandalized. The problem of theft may be due to the fact that part of the set is on a mountain-track right of way for walkers, climbers and mountaineers. Security has been increased.
Madonna Gets Hacked
Madonna got a rude awakening from computer hackers in response to her attempt to stop anti-piracy. The singer lent her voice to Warner Music Group, which set up audio file decoys of downloadable songs from Madonna's new album American Life. What users heard instead after downloading them was the Material Girl swearing at them for stealing. In retaliation, Reuters reports, hackers defaced the pop diva's Web site and have made the real songs easily available for download. Don't mess with those computer geniuses out there.
Jim Morrison's Parents Sue the New Doors
The Doors 21st Century has been slapped with a lawsuit by Jim Morrison's parents, AP reports. George and Clara Morrison have filed suit against original members guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek, claiming the new Doors band "maliciously misappropriated" the name and logo of The Doors and used Morrison's poetry and photos without permission. The suit also claims the new band plans to "wrongfully enrich themselves" through touring, AP reports.
If ABC was glitter and NBC was substance, Fox tried to impress the critics with both as it trotted out two days worth of very fancy food and a line-up heavy on new shows for the fall season. Gail Berman, the new Fox Network president, swore that the crash and burn of several predecessors didn't faze her at all. But the death of sex-and-angst dramas "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Party of Five" may have, so Fox is banking on two dysfunctional family sitcoms, "Titus" and "Malcolm in the Middle."
Also returning next season is "X-Files," with less Duchovny and more Robert Patrick ("Terminator 2"), who will be joining the cast as FBI Inspector John Doggett. Other forays into the paranormal include "Freaky Links," starring Ethan Embry ("Can't Hardly Wait") and "Night Visions," a "Twilight Zone"-style anthology series.
"Visions" co-creators Dan Angel and Billy Brown were on hand to tell scary stories at a lunch complete with flickering votives and mini-grave centerpieces. Later, "Dark Angel" producers introduced 19-year-old star Jessica Alba while co-creator James Cameron answered questions via satellite from a "secret location" (where he's probably honeymooning with new wife Suzy Amis).
Another cast of sexy young things appears in Darren Star's "The $treet," which promises to be a PG-13, male "Sex and the City" (another Star production) with three bonafide movie stars -- Tom Everett Scott ("That Thing You Do"), Jennifer Connelly ("Waking the Dead") and Adam Goldberg ("Saving Private Ryan"). "Ally McBeal" creator David E. Kelly also introduced his new ensemble drama "Boston Public," about improbably attractive school teachers.
Reporters grilled John Goodman and producers Bonnie and Terry Turner about changes in their new untitled show and wondered whether Goodman would bring "gay characteristics" to his character, a divorced gay dad who returns to Beantown after living in L.A.
Then there was a presentation on "The Tick," wherein Patrick Warburton (Elaine's boyfriend Puddy on "Seinfeld") plays the live-action version of the big blue animated hero.
Fox's only foray into reality TV this year is "American High," a show that follows real students in a middle-class Chicago suburb. One of the students, Morgan Moss, vied to become the next Puck (of "The Real World" renown), declaring: "I am a new breed of human being."
Moss and fellow students Robby Nathan and Sarah Mages looked appropriately Hollywood at Fox's starry closing bash, held at Yamashiro, a Japanese restaurant in the Hollywood Hills. Bart and Homer didn't show, but Rashida Jones (Quincy's daughter), Calista Flockhart, Goodman, Alba and other network stars (and stars-to-be) sake-bombed their way through the night's celebration.