Self-proclaimed King of Pop Michael Jackson and his sister, Janet Jackson, have joined the line up for the 29th annual American Music Awards special, which will take place on January 29 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, a spokesperson for the show announced.
Michael Jackson will accept his Artist of the Century award live on the stage during the show.
Janet Jackson will join the show via satellite from Tokyo where she is in the midst of a concert tour.
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Jenny McCarthy will host the show, which will feature performances by Combs, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Shaggy, Britney Spears and others.
Luther Vandross will perform George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" as part of a salute to some of the great musical talents who passed away over the last year.
Carrot Top, Ashton Kutcher, Lil' Bow Wow, and Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath have been added to the show's lineup as award presenters.
Previously announced presenters include India.Arie, Nelly Furtado, Ginuwine, Ja Rule, Alicia Keys, Lit, Ludacris, Method Man, Redman, Mandy Moore, Nelly and LeAnn Rimes.
The news comes on the heels of Jackson's announcement that he will forgo an appearance on the Grammy Awards in order to fulfill a promise he had made to AMA's producer Dick Clark.
Clark however is still going ahead with his $10 million lawsuit against Michael Greene and the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for blacklisting artists who appear on the AMAs from later appearing on the Grammy Awards.
The speculation is over: Today co-host Katie Couric renewed her contract with NBC on Wednesday, which will reportedly pay her $60 million over 4 1/2 years. Couric has hosted the early-morning program since 1991.
Is the best picture of 2001 Black Hawk Down? According to star Josh Hartnett that could be the case. The young heartthrob told W magazine in a recent interview that he's confident the war flick will snag an Oscar nomination in that category.
Muslim leaders are outraged over CNN's Wednesday-night broadcast of a segment showing Afghan children looking at pictures of a scantily clad Jennifer Lopez. The segment was intended to gauge the kids' reactions to the photos in an effort to provide some cultural commentary. Yeah, that's the ticket: J.Lo as cultural commentary.
The mother of late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain is publicly blasting the band's other two members--Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl (both of whom have moved on to different bands)--for their recent lawsuit concerning the profits of an upcoming boxed set of Nirvana's music. Novoselic and Grohl filed a lawsuit against Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, demanding that she not receive a share of the boxed set's sales, prompting Cobain's mother to call the move a "total betrayal," Reuters says.
It's no surprise that People named such celebs as Nicole Kidman, the cast of Friends and fictional tyke Harry Potter to their "25 Most Intriguing People of 2001" list. But this year political figures also made an impressive showing, as New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and President George W. Bush joined the mix.
In a Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, actor Steven Seagal denied allegations issued by a former female coworker that he made "inappropriate comments and actions toward her." No ruling in the case has been made.
Mega-producer Dick Clark is suing the head of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Michael Greene, who oversees the Grammy Awards' selection process, for attempting to coerce big-name musical acts, such as Britney Spears, from appearing on Clark's upcoming American Music Awards. Spokespersons for the Academy deny they did anything wrong.
On Wednesday, Comcast Corp. acquired AT&T's cable unit, AT&T Broadband, for $72 million, forming AT&T Comcast Corp. The new company immediately becomes the largest cable provider in the country, serving 22 million customers.
According to Variety and SoundScan figures, 34 of the top 40 albums in the country showed increases in sales--a good sign for the retail economy--with Creed's "Weathered" holding the top spot for the fourth week in a row.
The suspect who Va. police believe stole and crashed rapper Missy Elliott's new Lambourghini Diablo, valued at $311,000, was arrested on Wednesday, according to People. The man, Joseph Thomas Johnson, will be jailed in Henrico County, Va. until his hearing on Jan. 22.
Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar's thriller The Others racked up 15 nominations for Spain's equivalent to the Oscars, the Goya Academy Awards. The film is up for best film, best actress (Nicole Kidman), best director and many...others.
Sheryl Crow, Billy Joel, Elton John, the Eagles and many more will hold a handful of benefit concerts at various Los Angeles venues on Feb. 26, one night before the Grammys, in support of the Recording Artists Coalition, which fights for the creative and legal rights of entertainers.
The Disney Channel began an on-air campaign Thursday to help children cope with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, with the first lady, Laura Bush, talking about her feelings on the situation, The Associated Press reports. The network designed the campaign to target children aged from 6 to 14 and plans to bring in Hollywood celebrities to join.
The attacks on New York have not changed PBS' plans to air the final episodes of New York: A Documentary Film on Sunday and Monday at 9 p.m. The film, compiled by filmmaker Ric Burns eight years ago, details another period in the city's history when it faced challenges that seemed insurmountable, like the post-World War II and its fiscal crisis of the 1970s. "The message, of course is that the city is simply too strong, too resilient, too important," Burns told Reuters. He also plans an eighth installment looking at the impact and meaning of the World Trade Center tragedy.
Rolling Stone magazine has compiled a roundup of rock star reactions to the tragedies, relating stories of how some interrupted their daily lives to help out on Ground Zero. Ozzy Osbourne sought solace in a Manhattan with wife Sharon after witnessing the attacks from the roof of their midtown hotel. Alanis Morissette clung to her boyfriend all day in Los Angeles. Beastie Boy Adam Yauch delivered food and socks to volunteers at the scene.
Los Angeles detectives served a search warrant at boxer Mike Tyson's mansion after a woman accused him of rape last week. "We obviously don't consider Mr. Tyson a threat to the community, otherwise we would have done something immediately," Las Vegas Police Capt. Dennis Cobb told Reuters. Tyson was said to be "cooperative" during the search. Details of the allegation were not available.
Jonathan Glazer's gangster film Sexy Beast, the London comedy South West Nine and the indie film Jump Tomorrow lead the pack with five nominations at the fourth British Independent Film Awards, to be held Oct. 24 at London's Park Lane Hotel. Sixteen prizes will be handed out at the ceremony, Reuters reports, including the Daily Variety Personality of the Year Award, which goes to scribe Richard Curtis, of Four Weddings and a Funeral and Bean.
India's popular film star, Amitabh Bachchan, will play the lead role in the Indian version of Hollywood's legendary The Godfather, Reuters reports. The film, starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, was based on Mario Puzo's bestseller and traced the rivalry between Italian Mafia families in the United States, Amitabh, who was voted actor of the millennium in a BBC poll will play Vito Corleone, producer A.G. Nadiadwala told Reuters on Friday.
In the spring, ABC will mark the 50th anniversary of American Bandstand with a two-hour primetime special. Host Dick Clark, 71, will show classic moments from the shows and introduce performances by music superstars spanning five decades, AP reports. WFIL-TV in Philadelphia began broadcasting the show in 1952, which eventually moved to Los Angeles before ending its long run in 1989.
Michael Jordan's leap into NBA basketball has failed to fire up advertisers, as many wait on the sidelines to see whether the basketball player's comeback will be successful, analysts told Reuters on Wednesday. Media buyers and sports consultants believe Jordan's decision to come back and play for the Washington Wizards, a team he partly owns, should help jump-start the team and draw fans into the sport.
The Others, a horror movie starring Nicole Kidman and produced by her ex, Tom Cruise, is receiving a motley assortment of reviews from critics. On the one hand, Mike Clark comments in USA Today: "It's too easy to be ahead of what's going to happen -- and that's even if you haven't spent time reading Internet spoilers that make sport of leaking Hollywood endings." Lou Lumenick in the New York Post writes: "Poor Nicole Kidman. Injured, divorced -- and now directed to give the most laughable performance of her career." On the other hand, Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal writes, "You can't take your eyes off Ms. Kidman; she has never played a role with more focused energy." Phillip Wuntch in the Dallas Morning News says of Kidman: "Looking remarkably like Grace Kelly, she delivers a superb performance." And Rita Kempley in the Washington Post calls Kidman's performance "elegant and edgy" and says that the movie "works whether perceived as a ghost story, a psychodrama or an existential debate."
Actress Rebecca Gayheart has expressed "sorrow and regret" for an accident in which she reportedly ran over and killed a 9-year-old boy who was crossing the street in Hollywood, The Associated Press reports. The parents of Jorge Cruz Jr., who was hit June 13, sued Gayheart on Monday for wrongful death after their son received head injuries and died the next day. Cruz' lawyers contends the actress was talking on a cellular phone when the Jeep Grand Cherokee hit the boy. "Despite the allegations in the lawsuit, the facts will establish that this was a most unfortunate accident. The pain of this tragedy will live with me forever," Gayheart said Wednesday in a statement released to Access Hollywood.
Singer Bobby Brown was rushed to a Morristown, N.J., hospital to receive treatment after he suffered a seizure because of the intense heat and hectic recording schedule of his new album. Brown was rushed to the Morrison Memorial Hospital by his wife-singer Whitney Houston at 3 a.m. Wednesday. He reportedly waited 90 minutes in the emergency room and was not admitted, the New York Post reported. Houston's spokeswoman, Nancy Seltzer said Brown "hadn't been getting enough fluid and basically he was lightheaded."
Emmy-winning director Alan Rafkin, whose work included such television comedies as The Andy Griffith Show and M*A*S*H, died Monday of heart disease at the UCLA Medical Center, AP reports. Rafkin directed episodes for more than 80 primetime television series, including The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and I Dream of Jeannie.
Blake Edwards, 79, was awarded the Rhode Island International Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday. His wife, actress Julie Andrews, accepted the award in his honor because Edwards had come down with pneumonia and a high fever, AP reports.
Guido Damiani, chief executive officer and general manager of Damiani Group, responsible for creating the wedding rings for Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, has denied the couple's $50 million lawsuit claiming that the firm broke the pact of not selling similar wedding rings in its jewelry store. Damini said that the rings were original designs owned by the company.
Tribune Entertainment can continue to use the name Mutant X for its upcoming syndicated TV show, but the name does violated the rights of 20th Century Fox, a New York judge ruled Thursday. Fox had sued Tribune allegedly that Mutant X bore too many similarities to its X-Men film series. The ruling will still allow Tribune to launch the show into syndication starting the week of Oct. 1.
Country singer Terri Clark lost her driver's license for a year and receive six-months probation after she pleaded guilty Thursday to drunk driving, AP reports. Her license was suspended because she refused to take a blood-alcohol test. Clark, 33, was stopped for speeding May 2.
The children of singer Perry Como, responsible for such hits as "Catch a Falling Star" and "Papa Loves Mambo," battled over the late 88-year-old singer's medical care before he died of Alzheimer's disease on May 12, Palm Beach County court records show. According to AP, his four children were fighting over who would be the personal representative of their father's estate. As a result, Como's estate will be distributed to his three children and 13 grandchildren. His wife of 65 years, Roselle, died in 1998.
The World Wrestling Federation lost a legal battle with the former World Wildlife Fund on Friday over the use of the WWF initials, Reuters reports. The agreement placed a series of restrictions on the Federation's use of the letters WWF for the purposes of its business, which the Wildlife Fund--now known as the Worldwide Fund for the Nature-- Fund claimed had been breached.
Colombian television producer RCN has hired the William Morris Agency Inc. in its bid to find a potential American producer to introduce the Colombian soap opera potential Betty la Fea (Ugly Betty) into the U.S. market. Producers believe that the soap, which has had enormous success in Europe and Latin America, could translate into an English-language version. According to Reuters, Univision Communications Inc., the No.1 U.S. Spanish-language broadcaster, acquired the rights to air Betty la Fea in the fall.
Actress Jennifer Grey married actor-screenwriter Clark Gregg on the Martha's Vineyard beach on Saturday, People.com reports. Grey, 41, is best known for her role as Baby in the 1987 dance drama Dirty Dancing alongside Patrick Swayze. The two have been dating for about one year and are expecting their first child in December. Grey is the daughter of Joel Grey, who won an Oscar for Cabaret in 1972. Gregg's father, who is an Episcopal minister, performed the ceremony, which was an interdenominational mix of Jewish and Christian customs.
Twenty-one-year-old plus-size model Natasha Duncan reportedly committed suicide in her New York apartment on Saturday, ETonline.com reports. Duncan was discovered by her roommate, Johanna Edelberg, in the kitchen of their apartment lying face up in a pool of blood with a 12-inch kitchen knife near by. She apparently stabbed herself in the neck several times. A medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death. Though there was no suicide note, police found some indication that Duncan was depressed. Duncan's brother Alec told authorities he spoke to her just hours earlier and that she seemed upbeat but complained about her boyfriend, a kick boxing instructor.
Director Pedro Almodovar and his production company, El Deseo, are being accused by animal rights activists of violating an animal protection law during the filming Talk to Her in near Madrid, according to The Associated Press. The film is about a female bullfighter, played by Spanish singer Rosario Flores. El Deseo confirmed that Almodovar shot a scene and that four bulls died, but said that they have the necessary permits. A spokeswoman for the company said that the animals were killed in the least painful way possible. Animal Amnesty in Madrid told a news agency that an inexperienced bullfighter had made a slaughter with the animals in order to shoot a scene in the film. Almodovar could face a fine of up to $13,513.
A prisoner who escaped from jail with the help of an Eddie Murphy picture is back behind bars, Reuters reports. Kevin Pullum walked out of a Los Angeles jail on July 6 two hours after being convicted of attempted murder by presenting an identification card bearing a photo of Murphy. Pullum found an ad for the film Dr. Dolittle 2 and pasted Murphy's image on to an ID card. He walked out of the jailhouse wearing street clothes he had concealed under his prison uniform. Pullum was found sitting on a milk crate in the city's skid row area on Sunday. Police said he was a nervous Pullum produced another fake ID.
The trial for a man accused of burglarizing the home of model Jerry Hall in London has been delayed, Reuters reports. The burglary took place Sept. 27 while Hall was appearing in the London stage version of The Graduate. David Michael Bryce is accused of stealing jewelry, a candlestick and a laptop computer worth over $10,000. Hall is the former wife of Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger.
Conan O'Brien has apologized and said he takes full responsibility for not bleeping out a racial slur by a comedian on his NBC late-night talk show, Reuters reports. Sarah Silverman used a derogatory term for Chinese people while telling a joke about trying to avoid jury duty by making herself out to be a bigot. After Media Action Network for Asian Americans demanded an apology from the network, NBC issued a statement last week saying it erred in airing the epithet. Silverman also issued a statement, calling the joke a social satire that was not intended to offend.
Writer Stephen King is working on a television series for ABC that will feature tales of a haunted hospital built over a graveyard, The Associated Press Reports. The Kingdom, which is based on a Danish TV miniseries directed by Lars von Trier, will be aired during the 2002-2003 season. It will begin with a two-hour installment, followed by 13 one-hour episodes. The series is being described as Twin Peaks meets E.R..
Napster will replace its interim CEO Hank Barry with an executive from its German backer, Bertelsmann AG, The Associated Press reports. Konard Hilbers, who was executive vice president and chief administrative officer at BMG Entertainment, will become CEO. Barry will remain with the company, serving on Napster's board of directors. The song-swapping network has not resumed service since July 12 when U.S. District Judge Marilyn Patel forced them to monitor its filtering system for pirated music more closely. No word yet on when the new legitimate pay-for-music Napster site will launch.
Actor Tom Hanks was elected governor to the actors branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the BBC News reports. Hanks will replace Gregory Peck, who could not complete the remaining year of his three-year term. The position will be up for re-election next year. Kathy Bates, who also serves as governor, was returned for a second three-year term. Other new board members include Curtis Hanson in the directors branch, Mark Johnson in the producers branch, and Freida Lee Mock in the new documentary branch.
Director Steven Spielberg paid $578,000 for Bette Davis' best actress Oscar for the 1938 film Jezebel. Variety reports.
It was Davis' second Academy Award, the first being for her role in Dangerous in 1935.
Spielberg will reportedly present the Oscar, which was sold Thursday by Christie's auction house in New York, to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
The A.I. Artificial Intelligence director bought the Oscar anonymously in a telephone bidding war that started at $250,000 and soared to $520,000. It was the third-highest price paid for an Academy Award.
He also donated Clark Gable's Oscar for It Happened One Night, which he bought for $607,500 in 1996, to the AMPAS.
Singer Michael Jackson paid the top price for any Hollywood memorabilia in 1999 when he purchased for $1.54 million David O. Selznick's best picture Oscar for 1939's Gone With the Wind for $1.54 million.
Other Davis items included in the sale were scripts, pictures, earrings and a bible inscribed "Ex Libris Bette Davis".
All items were being sold to help the Bette Davis foundation for aspiring young actors.