Top Story: Studio Delays From Kelly to Justin DVD
Twentieth Century Fox is delaying the home video release of the upcoming musical From Justin to Kelly starring American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson and runner-up Justin Guarini after theater owners complained about its release date. The studio had scheduled the film's home video release just six weeks after its June 13 nationwide theatrical release. Exhibitors such as Regal Entertainment Group, Loews Entertainment and National Amusements had reportedly threatened not to play the film if the timings between the release windows remained so close. Sources told Reuters that Fox has moved the date back to early September but the studio says the date has not been set. Some industryites suggest Fox probably wanted to shorten the window on From Justin to Kelly in order to capitalize on American Idol's momentum.
Steve-O Released From Swedish Jail
Jackass star Steve-O, whose real name is Stephen Glover, has been released from jail in Stockholm, Sweden, The Associated Press reports. Glover was arrested Thursday after he told a Swedish newspaper he swallowed a condom filled with marijuana. He admitted possessing 5 grams of marijuana and a tablet of ecstasy and agreed to pay a fine of $5,800. The Stockholm district court had ordered Glover held in jail until June 6 while a prosecutor prepared possible charges of drug smuggling and drug possession.
McCartney and Mills Expecting First Child
Paul McCartney and wife Heather Mills announced Wednesday they are expecting a baby later this year, Reuters reports. McCartney, 60, has three children from his 29-year marriage to Linda McCartney, who died of breast cancer in 1998. The former Beatle also adopted Linda's child from an earlier marriage. McCartney and Mills, a former model, met at a charity event three years ago and were married in June 2002. "We are delighted with this happy news," the couple said in a statement.
Students Create Saks, Lies and Videotapes
A group of students from Point Loma High School in San Diego has created a musical based on Winona Ryder's shoplifting trial titled Sticky Fingers: Saks, Lies and Videotapes, the AP reports. The musical follows a missile-factory employee and tango dancer who has a fateful encounter with Ryder at the Saks store on Rodeo Drive. The Girl, Interrupted star was invited to see the show, directed by teacher Larry Zeiger, but the school hasn't received a response.
Kenneth Branagh Weds in Private Ceremony
British actor Kenneth Branagh married girlfriend Lindsay Brunnock in a private ceremony over the weekend and are now on honeymoon at an undisclosed location, his publicist told Reuters Wednesday. Branagh, 42, met Brunnock, an art director, on the set of the TV drama Shackleton in 2001. It's the second marriage for Branagh, whose marriage to actress Emma Thompson ended in 1996. He was later linked to his Frankenstein co-star Helena Bonham Carter. Branagh recently starred as Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets but is best known for his Shakespearean roles in Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet.
Bellucci's Stolen "Cleopatra" Gown Recovered
A $180,000 gown worn by Italian actress Monica Bellucci in the 2002 French film Asterix and Obelix: Meet Cleopatra was stolen from a hotel in the French Riviera resort of Cannes by a waiter who wanted to impress girls, Reuters reports. According to police, the thief had just started work at the hotel as a waiter and rapidly confessed that he had wanted the dress as a gift for two girls he had just met. The three have been released but will be charged with theft.
Bob Hope Turns 100
Bob Hope, who turns 100 on Thursday, will celebrate with a low-key family party. His daughter, Linda Hope, said in an AP interview the centerpiece of her dad's birthday will be a huge cake--large enough to hold all the candles. Linda Hope added that her father still has a sense of humor. "He doesn't really tell jokes anymore. But he loves to hear a good joke," she said. "Friends come and tell him latest jokes. His face lights up. He still has that. Somebody will say something and then he'll say something that makes it into a joke. It's very much a part of him."
Shots Fired at Tha Row Records
Seven bullets were fired into the front door, windows, and wall of Suge Knight's Tha Row offices in West Los Angeles Tuesday, the AP reports. Knight, who was released on parole in August 2001, after serving five years in prison for assault and federal weapons charges, issued a statement suggesting the shooter may have been motivated by jealousy. "We've got a lot of artists like Crooked I, Eastwood, and Kurupt that are currently working on new albums. And, because of the hype and media attention associated with these two projects, there have been a lot of girls flocking to see them at the studio and at the clubs. The crime was probably committed by a jealous boyfriend or a jealous husband," Knight said.
Academy Calls for Sci-Tech Achievements for 76th Oscars
The 2003 Oscar race is underway! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has mailed out more than 850 applications, both in the United States and abroad, for the 2003 Scientific and Technical Awards. To be considered, achievements must show "exceptional merit and evidence of having provided significant advances in the production of motion pictures." All entry applications must be submitted to the Academy by August 1. The Scientific and Technical Awards will be presented on Feb. 14, 2004.
Role Call: Sk8er Boi: The Movie
Paramount Pictures has optioned Avril Lavigne's hit single "Sk8er Boi" for the big screen. The pic, to be produced by studio-based MTV Films and Alphaville, will focus on a teenage girl who rejects a skater boy because her friends do not approve of him--even though she secretly likes him. The studio has hired ER writer/producer David Zabel to adapt the lyrics words into a feature film.
The 2001 Emmy Awards, set to air Sunday evening, has been canceled indefinitely due to the U.S. and Britain air attacks on Afghanistan early Sunday morning.
As events unfolded around the world, rumors flew among the press who had gathered outside the Shrine Auditorium early in the day to begin their Emmy coverage. Finally, around mid-day, CBS spokeswoman Susan Marks came out and made the announcement to the reporters.
Later in the afternoon a press conference was held by Bryce Zabel, the president of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; Leslie Moonves, the CEO and president of CBS; and Don Mischer, the executive producer of the Emmy Awards telecast.
They unilaterally agreed that to televise the show would be inappropriate in light of the recent events. Zabel commented that until about noon Sunday the show was going on as planned, but when he met with Moonves and Mischer they all came to the conclusion to cancel the ceremony.
The three felt the country needed to concentrate their energies on the events at hand. "After all, it's really just a television show."
Moonves admitted canceling the show would be costly but the country needed to regroup and "find out where we are headed."
At this time, no decision has been made as to whether or not the Emmy Awards will be televised at a later date.
The ceremony was originally set to air Sept. 16 but was postponed almost immediately after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks occurred.
The Oct. 7 event was to be toned down from its usual glitzy affair. Attendees and presenters were asked to dress in business attire instead of tuxedos and ball gowns.
Also, to ease the stress of traveling, awards for East Coast-based nominees, including the casts from The Sopranos and Sex in the City, were going to be presented in a Manhattan studio. The bicoastal Emmy broadcast would have been the first in more than two decades.
Mischer told reporters he wants to go forward with the show and felt that had the Emmys been televised Sunday, Americans would have been proud.
There were to be many emotional high points in the show, including a rendition of "America, the Beautiful." Veteran newsman Walter Cronkite was invited to help set a serious tone. The ceremony was also to include tributes to heroes and victims of the attacks.
Mischer said that the rehearsal went on as planned in the morning, with stand-ins for the actors, who usually arrive later in the day.
The only celebrity there was Emmys host Ellen DeGeneres, who, according to Mischer, was "quite emotional and devastated" by the news.
It was the first cancellation in the awards' 53-year history. The ceremony was delayed once by 30 minutes by the announcement of the 1978 Camp David Accords by then-president Jimmy Carter, a spokesman for the show told Reuters.
The Emmy Awards will be going bicoastal, adding a broadcast from a NBC studio in New York for nominees who do not want to travel to California for the Oct. 7 ceremony. TV academy chairman Bryce Zabel told the Associated Press. "We're reaching out to our friends in New York to give them as much comfort and security as possible."
Rocker John Mellencamp will celebrate his 50th birthday on Oct. 7 at a three-day musical tribute in the singer's home state of Indiana. Even though Mellencamp is not scheduled to perform, more than 20 other bands, including some members of Mellencamp's band will get onstage at the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts in Seymour, Indiana. Proceeds will go to the Farm Aid and the New York Red Cross disaster fund.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver have donated $1 million to the Twin Towers Fund, founded by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, to aid victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. "We were inspired by the incredible team of rescue workers, firefighters, police officers and emergency service officials who are the true action heroes in this tragedy." Schwarzenegger, who will join the fund's board of directors, told Associated Press.
MGM has decided to postpone the release of the Nicolas Cage WWII drama Windtalkers from Nov. 9 until June 2002. "We feel certain this great film will be enjoyed by the broadest possible audience during the strong summer play period," Robert Levin, president of worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution, said in the MGM statement. MGM also stated they didn't want to risk a bad showing at the box office when ticket sales are down due to the nation's mood after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Talk show host/comedian Jay Leno performed in Las Vegas to a packed house Saturday, urging tourists to return to the city. Since the attacks, the casinos have been down nearly 40 percent, forcing the casinos to lay off thousands. Leno, whose routine touched on the tragedy briefly, had a solution to eliminating terrorist Osama bin Laden, "Send over (former Playboy pinup) Anna Nicole Smith. She'll get his money. He'll be gone in a week."
David Lynch's Mulholland Drive will top the 39th annual New York Film Festival which opens Friday. Festival chairman Richard Peña told BBC.com: "This year's program is a chance to celebrate the great achievements of some of world cinema's most senior and influential and outstanding emerging talents." Other films will include Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums, starring Anjelica Huston and Gene Hackman, and Jean-Luc Godard's In Praise of Love.