Trendy nightspots frequented by Britney Spears and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs in Manhattan are joining forces to ban fur clothing. Combs, in particular, has recently shed a fur garment at the request of the owner of the Spa nightclub, Reuters reports.
Celebrity columnist Liz Smith is already predicting that Judi Dench will win a Best Actress Oscar for her role in the film Iris, as quoted in Sunday's Daily Telegraph. Nominations for 2002's Academy Awards have not yet been announced.
Britain's Hello! magazine has named Pearl Harbor star Kate Beckinsale as the "Most Beautiful Woman" of 2001. Beckinsale triumphed over such beauties as Kristin Scott Thomas, Kate Moss and model Yasmine le Bon.
Memento earned the The Las Vegas Film Critics society's best picture award over the weekend and star Guy Pearce won for best actor. Other winners were Peter Jackson for best director (The Lord of the Rings) and Tilda Swinton for best actress (The Deep End).
Not bad for hired help: According to the BBC, Frasier actress Jane Leeves has signed a deal that will pay her $455,000 per episode for the next three years.
On Saturday and Monday, rock band Guns N' Roses performed to sold-out crowds in Las Vegas. Singer Axl Rose was the only original member of the band on stage for both shows.
CBS and FOX have officially tied for the second-place position (behind NBC) in the fall 2001 ratings among the key 18-49 demographic. Poor ABC can't even claim a hint of respectability.
Tuesday's Tournament of Roses Parade had a decidedly red, white and blue appeal, as patriotic floats--including one depicting the Statue of Liberty--dominated the event. Warplanes recently in action in Afghanistan flew overhead.
Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson attacked several journalists outside of the Havana hotel where he was staying on Tuesday, according to Reuters. Tyson reportedly threw three crystal balls at the journalists and punched one of them in the head.
Actress Eileen Heckart, who won an Oscar for her role in 1969's Butterflies Are Free, died from cancer at the age of 82.
Miriam Cassyd, who along with husband Syd, launched the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences died at her home recently from complications with Alzheimer's Disease. ATAS oversees the annual Emmy Awards.
After dropping San Francisco network affiliate KRON on Tuesday, NBC will no longer reach over 100,000 viewers who once enjoyed its programs in the Bay Area. So much for "must see TV."
December 02, 2001 10:20am EST
Amélie swept the 14th European Film Awards in Berlin on Saturday, Reuters reports. The French romantic comedy won the best film category and also won the prize for best cinematographer, while Jean-Pierre Jeunet took home the best director award and was voted best director in the people's choice award. The film is an inventive comedy about a young Paris waitress who discreetly orchestrates the lives of the people around her, creating a world exclusively of her own making. Isabelle Huppert won best actress for her role as a piano teacher in The Piano Teacher and Ben Kingsley was given the best actor award for his role in the British gangster movie Sexy Beast. The European Film Awards are aimed at boosting the profile of European cinema.
Also at Saturday's European Film Awards, the Monty Python team was honored with a special lifetime achievement award. Terry Gilliam accepted the honor along with Terry Jones, who directed the 1979 comedy Life of Brian, the BBC reports. Former Beatle George Harrison financed the controversial film when no one else would.
Tom Cruise dropped a $100 million defamation lawsuit on Saturday against Bold magazine after the publisher stated he did not have a videotape of the actor having sex with another man, The Associated Press reports. Michael Davis was accused of sending out news releases to at least a dozen U.S. media organizations alleging that Cruise engaged in a homosexual relationship while he was married to Nicole Kidman.
Former Baywatch star Yasmine Bleeth pleaded guilty on Friday to two cocaine-related charges in Detroit. According to PageSix.com, Bleeth pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while impaired and to a cocaine possession charge, avoiding a possible four-year prison term. Bleeth and her boyfriend Paul Cerrito were traveling through Romulus, Michigan on Sept. 12 when her car swerved into a traffic median. Police found about four grams of cocaine in her purse, car and hotel room.
Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen has reportedly dumped her fiancé Leonardo DiCaprio, Sky News reports. Bundchen apparently gave her diamond ring back after she arranged to work in Los Angeles in order to spend time with the Titanic star--only to find out he had gone off to Las Vegas with friends to watch the Lennox Lewis fight.
At his sold-out concert in Manchester, N.H., on Friday, Elton John announced that his latest album, Songs From the West Coast, would be his last. John told the audience that that he hated the record industry and that after 40 albums, it was time for him to get out, Reuters reports.
J.R.R. Tolkien's heirs are split over the filming The Lord of the Rings classic saga, Reuters reports. British papers reported on Sunday that Christopher Tolkien, the author's eldest son and literary executor of the Tolkien estate, is refusing to speak to his own son Simon because of a dispute over the film. While Simon suggested the film was a good idea, Christopher reportedly declined to help the filmmakers. J.R.R. Tolkien sold the film rights to The Lord of the Rings for 10,000 pounds in 1968, five years before his death.
Britney Spears has signed on to appear in the upcoming Austin Powers film, Austin Powers in Goldmember, Variety reports. Spears will play herself in the film, which is tentatively set for a July 2002 release date.
Danny DeVito has replaced Gregg Mottola as director of the comedy Duplex starring Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore. Miramax described Mottola's departure from the project earlier this month as "a mutual and amicable decision," Variety reports. The film, about a New York couple who murders an old women to move into her coveted apartment, goes into production in January.
Rob Schneider will star in the DreamWorks comedy Harv the Barbarian. According to Variety, the comedy is described as a sardonic, Monty Python-esque tale of a barbarian on a voyage to self-discovery. Shooting on the film is set to begin next June.
Penelope Cruz is the latest actress to be immortalized in wax at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London. The waxwork of the actress, wearing a sparkling, floor-length, blue dress with a plunging neckline, was created due to an overwhelming demand, Sky News reports.
Rosie O'Donnell will host a Dec. 30 fundraiser for democratic gubernatorial candidate Janet Reno in Florida, AP reports. The location of the event is not yet known. O'Donnell owns a home on Miami Beach's Star Island but said that house is in use and could not be used as a venue.
Clint Eastwood has been appointed to California's State Park and Recreation Commission, AP reports. Eastwood, who has long been an activist for environmental issues, also owns a golf course and served as mayor of Carmel from 1986 to 1988.
September 23, 2001 8:49am EST
Oprah Winfrey and actor James Earl Jones will lead a prayer service on Sunday at New York's Yankee Stadium to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The two-hour service, called "A Prayer for America," will start at 3 p.m. According to Reuters, singer/actress Bette Midler will sing "Wind Beneath My Wings," while country singer Lee Greenwood will perform "God Bless America." Tenor Placido Domingo, the Harlem Boys and Girls Choir and the Amor Artis Choir and Orchestra will also perform at the service.
Master violinist Isaac Stern died Saturday of heart failure in a New York hospital, The Associated Press reports. Known as one of the greatest string players of his generation, Stern, 81, was president of Carnegie Hall for more than forty years, and worked to improve productions and programs.
Paul McCartney is planning a concert to benefit New York City firefighters following the attacks on the World Trade Center. The former Beatle is now scouting venues for the concert, Reuters reports. McCartney said in a statement, "I also have a connection there, because my father was a fireman in Liverpool during World War II."
Millions of dollars worth of art by Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, Joan Miro and Roy Lichtenstein was damaged or destroyed by the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, AP reports. It is not yet known whether the works, reportedly worth about $10 million, are salvageable. Glimpses of Lichtenstein's 30-foot sculpture "Modern Head" have been seen on TV news clips covered with dust and debris.
The 39th edition of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's revered New York Film Festival kicks off Friday. The festival opens with Jacques Rivette's Va Savoir! and closes on Oct. 14 with Jean-Luc Godard's In Praise of Love. The festival will also feature work form Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang, Japanese director Shohei Imamura and Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira. According to filmlinc.com, most films will screen in the Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Walter Reade Theater and the Avery Fisher Hall.
Miss Oregon Katie Harman was crowned Miss America 2002 Saturday in Atlantic City, AP reports. Harman, 21, was the first Oregon participant ever to win the pageant. A speech communications major at Portland State University, Harman promised to do what she can to help the nation recover from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The event was hosted by Tony Danza, who appealed to viewers for donations to the September 11th Fund, a charity set up in wake of the attack.
Yasmine Bleeth, who was arrested last Wednesday after police found syringes and cocaine inside the rental car she crashed into a highway median in Romulus, Mich., was reportedly on a 36-hour cocaine binge, according to PageSix.com. Bleeth was with boyfriend Paul Cerrito at the time, whom she met in the Malibu rehabilitation center, Promises. Vicki Cerrito, Paul's mother, runs a strip club in Warren, Mich., called Jon-Jon's.
Madonna led a prayer for peace at her sold-out Los Angeles concert Friday, urging President Bush to show restraint in retaliating for the attacks America suffered on Tuesday, Reuters reported.
Wearing a skirt made from the American flag, the pop singer urged her fans at the Staples Center to join her in prayer.
"Tonight I'd like to say a prayer for peace,'' she told the crowd. "Violence begets violence, and I don't know about you, but I want to live a long and happy life, and I want my kids to live a long and happy life."
Madonna resumed her tour on Thursday night after canceling her show there on Tuesday because of the tragedies. Attendees had their bags inspected by officers and bomb-sniffing dogs.
"It was horrible (on Tuesday), but I'd like to think of it as a wake-up call. There's terrorism every day all over the world,'' Madonna said.
Actress Yasmine Bleeth (Baywatch, Nash Bridges) spent Wednesday night in jail after patrol officers found four syringes containing what police suspect was a liquid form of cocaine, plus a small plastic bag containing cocaine residue in her purse during their investigation of a car accident, police told the Associated Press on Friday. She could be charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, a misdemeanor, and possession of a narcotic, a felony that carries a prison sentence of one to seven years, police said.
Alanis Morissette is working on a relief concert in support of the victims and relatives of people lost in the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on the U.S, Reuters reported. In a letter posted on her Web site, she told fans "the purpose of the show is to reach out to those who have been touched by all that has happened this week."
The Backstreet Boys paid tribute to the loss of crew member Danny Lee during their Toronto performance on Wednesday, AP reported. Lee, a set carpenter for the group's current Black & Blue tour, was on board the hijacked plane on his way to Los Angeles to await the birth of his second son. The BSB asked the audience to observe a moment of silence for Lee and the other victims of the attacks, and also announced they were donating $1 from each ticket to a relief fund established by ClearChannel.com, the tour's sponsor. The fund will raise money for the American Red Cross and other organizations helping with rescue and relief efforts.
Macy Gray has postponed her live performance on the Today Show in Manhattan scheduled for early Friday morning, as well as her autograph-signing session at a Wherehouse Records store back home in Los Angeles scheduled for September 21, a spokesperson for store told Launch.com. Her second album, The Id, hits shelves on Sept. 18.
Alan Jackson's induction ceremony into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, originally set for Saturday in Macon, Ga.., will be rescheduled because of this week's terrorism attacks, Jackson's spokesman, Ivey Lindsey, told AP on Thursday.
Sting has canceled the 50th birthday party he had planned to hold at Amanjena hotel in Marrakesh, Morroco, on Sept. 27, "because of the recent dramatic events in the United States and their psychological effect on the artist and his guests," a local official told Reuters on Thursday.
Stream Hodsell (Bonnie Root) is a bright down-to-earth girl transplanted to New York City from Vermont. While she’s waiting to hear back from Harvard Stream’s first sexual encounter with her high-society boyfriend (James Roday) leaves her -- well underwhelmed. And as coming of age stories go tales told by upper-class girlfriend Jenny (Gaby
Hoffman) -- who allegedly climaxes all the time -- spurs Stream to pursue the elusive "orgasm" for herself. Along the way she trades in her boyfriend for a quiet brooding type (Ryan Reynolds). The only thing unpredictable in this plot was finally figuring out what the title meant.
For a small teen film "Coming Soon" features many old-school talents whose performances lend the movie much-needed credibility: Mia Farrow as Stream’s flighty ex-hippie mother (who sports double the red hair as Carrot Top) Ryan O’Neal as her vain father Spalding Gray as a high school adviser and Peter Bogdanovich as Farrow’s new boyfriend. Yasmine Bleeth is hilarious in a brief role as O’Neal’s new young love. Root and Reynolds are quietly affecting in their fumbling love story but Hoffman’s spoiled rich girl completely rubs the wrong way.
Director Colette Burson delivers a few laughs in her directorial debut but the film can’t make up its mind whether it wants to be a sex farce or a romantic comedy. Some jokes work (Stream figures out she hasn’t climaxed yet when she accidentally goes too near Jenny’s jacuzzi jet stream) but Burson wears them out by running scenes too long.
The heat’s got nothing on Yasmine Bleeth. Despite reports to the contrary, the erstwhile former "Baywatch" actress was merely detained -- not arrested -- on Monday night in New York City after one of her galpals (who was arrested) decided to toss an empty beer bottle in the direction of a passing cop car.
Word of Bleeth's "arrest" first surfaced in the New York Post’s Page Six gossip column. The tab subsequently apologized for the report.
Besides the newspapers, Bleeth, 31, can also be seen on the upcoming Aaron Spelling primetime soap "Titans," to debut on NBC this fall.
High school seductress Alice (Natacha Régnier) talks sensitive boy-pal Luc (Jeremie Rénier) into killing fellow student Saïd (Salim Kechiouche) - retribution Alice claims for Saïd organizing a gang-rape of her. After a memorably messy knifing the not-so-natural-born killers flee to the forest to dispose of the victim's body. But a kinky woodsman (Miki Manojlovic) with eccentric ideas about justice has no intention of letting the pair slip away until he's had some fun of his own.
Belgian-born rising star Régnier ("The Dreamlife of Angels") is a bewitching presence as a Rimbaud-spouting sociopath but the film doesn't know what to do with her after her nutso credentials are established. Rénier ("La Promesse") actually gets more mileage out of the less-showy Luc whose awkward sexual coming of age in the woodsman's cabin is the film's most original element. Yugoslavian star Manojlovic ("Black Cat White Cat") brings unexpected nobility to his meat-loving hermit character - a lusty Ted Kaczinski with European table manners.
French writer-director François Ozon ("Sitcom") initially puts a fresh spin on the familiar lovers-on-the-lam genre with the film's unpredictable first section but his unsympathetic portrayal of Alice increasingly distances the audience from the criminal duo's plight. The offbeat sexualities he explores are interesting as psychological cases but don't have much emotional resonance. On a more positive note the film's simple but arresting visual style effectively plays the tranquil forest settings against the twisted deeds that occur there.