British actor Hoskins picked up the Best Male Actor trophy for his turn in The Street, while the U.K. series won the Best Drama award at the ceremony celebrating the best in non-American TV programming.
Cowell was applauded for his work on reality TV shows including The X Factor as he was handed the special honorary International Emmy Founders Award.
Accepting his prize, he joked to the crowd, "Whoever said fame, money, success will destroy you (was) completely wrong. Bring it on. Genuinely, my life was boring before I went on TV and instead now I've got lots of friends."
Helena Bonham Carter was named Best Female for her portrayal of children's writer Enid Blyton in Enid, while former Beverly Hills, 90210 actor Jason Priestley hosted the star-studded event.
The Alice In Wonderland star has been hailed in the best actress category for her TV portrayal of iconic children's writer Enid Blyton in Enid, while Hoskins is up for best actor for his role in BBC drama The Street.
The programme, about the lives of different residents on a road in northwest England, will also compete for the title of best drama series, alongside the likes of U.K. comedy Peep Show, Japan's Clouds Over the Hill, The Killing II (Denmark), Traffic Light (Israel) and Argentinian crime series Epitafios.
Epitafios' lead star Leonardo Sbaraglia will battle Hoskins for the best actor honour, with other nominees including Sea Wolf's Sebastian Koch (Germany) and Sid Lucero for Dahil May Isang Ikaw (Philippines).
Meanwhile, Iris Berben's performance in Thr Krupps - A Family Between War and Peace (Germany) and Lerato Moloisane for Home Affairs (South Africa) are also among the best actress contenders.
Brazil garnered a total of five mentions, while Japan and Argentina follow with four apiece.
Music mogul Simon Cowell will receive the International Emmy Founders Award in recognition of his dominance in the reality TV world with his shows American Idol, The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent.
The winners of the 38th International Emmy Awards will be unveiled in New York on 22 November (10). Former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jason Priestley will present the ceremony.
Simpson used vocal aid on SNL?
Singer Ashlee Simpson appeared on Saturday Night Live last weekend, but unfortunately her performance got attention for all the wrong reasons. When it came to her second performance of what was meant to be a her new song "Autobiography," music from her first song, "Pieces of Me," started playing on the loudspeaker--without her lips moving. Simpson promptly broke into a hoedown, dancing a jig around the stage before walking off as the show cut to a commercial after what Simpson's record label, Geffen Records, called "a computer glitch," AP reports. "I feel so bad. My band started playing the wrong song. I didn't know what to do so I thought I'd do a hoedown, said Simpson.
As the TV and Internet buzzes about the gaffe, Simpson fans are outraged. Comments on www.AshleeSimpson.net indicate many of Simpson's fans think that she was using a vocal aid and lip-synching her performance. The singer will have another chance to redeem herself and gain the respect of her fans, though; she is scheduled to perform in Las Vegas for NBC's Radio Music Awards, scheduled to be televised tonight at 9 p.m. ET. Simpson has now joined the group of unexpected musical performances on SNL. Elvis Costello can be remembered for changing songs mid-performance, and Sinead O'Connor for tearing up a picture of the Pope.
Kravitz sued for toilet overflow
Singer and four-time Grammy Award winner Lenny Kravitz is being sued for over $300,000 due to a toilet overflow that allegedly resulted in water damage to a neighbor's apartment, Reuters reports. The suit was filed and made public in a New York City court Friday, stating that the toilet in the singer's apartment "became blocked, clogged and congested with various materials" on Aug. 1 due to "negligence and carelessness." The former insurance executive is suing Kravitz and is expecting the singer to pay for the damages resulting from the toilet overflow.
Catherine Zeta-Jones sues club for topless photo
Yet more celeb lawsuits, and yet another one involving Catherine Zeta-Jones, who is suing a topless club in Nevada over the use of her photo alongside partially nude women on various pages of its Web site without permission, according a lawsuit filed last week in U.S District Court in Los Angeles. Kent Wallace, marketing director for The Spice House in Reno, Nev., told AP the site's designer had downloaded the photo from a German site and did not know it was the actress, but that "she should have been flattered, as far as I'm concerned." He added that the photos were removed as soon as the club was contacted by her attorney and calls the suit, in which Jones seeks unspecified damages, "frivolous."
Ford against Elk hunting
Actor Harrison Ford is taking a stand against the act of elk hunting on his property in Jackson, Wyoming, AP reports. The Fall Creek herd of elk has grown tremendously in what the Wyoming Fish and Game Department deems a huge problem. There are about 5,100 elk in the Fall Creek herd, exceeding Wyoming's max of 4,400. "The problem is that a lot of landowners don't allow permission to hunt," said Fish and Game spokesman Mark Gocke. "That's why this particular herd segment has grown so much." Ford has posted signs around his property warning any hunters that they will be turned in if they are caught hunting elk. State officials are concerned that if the herd continues to grow in record numbers, that the cottonwood habitat of the Snake River will diminish, and the transmission of diseases will increase among cattle.
In more conservation news...Anderson wants to save England's bears
PETA spokeswoman and actress Pamela Anderson sent a petition to Queen Elizabeth II urging her to stop the use of bear pelts in the making of prison guard helmets, according to the AP. In her petition, the 37-year-old actress included 200 signatures from London and a plea of urgency to use synthetic materials rather than animal products. "We the undersigned urge the queen to call on the Ministry of Defense to cease the use of real fur on the uniforms for the regiment of foot guards," the petition said. Army spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Dick-Peter said that no appropriate synthetic replacement has been found at this time, but offered assurances that the army is working closely with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to find that replacement. He added, "No bears are killed simply for the caps. The bears are killed to control the population. Where we can use an artificial alternative, we do so."
90210 star joins the cast of Quintuplets
Former teen idol Jason Priestley has joined the cast of Fox's Quintuplets as an uncle to four teenagers, Reuters reports. Quintuplets follows Bob (Andy Richter) and Carol (Rebecca Creskoff) Chase in their crazy lives of being parents to four teenagers. Priestley is well known for his role as Brandon on the hit teen drama series, Beverly Hills, 90210 and is back on Fox for this show, playing a much different role. Priestley will star on the Thanksgiving episode and should have a recurring part.
O' Reilly considering a possible settlement
Fox News Channel commentator and host Bill O'Reilly is considering settling out of court with his sexual harassment lawsuit accuser, a former O'Reilly Factor producer, without going to trial, Reuters reports. Andrea Mackris is suing political conservative O'Reilly for $60 million, alleging he engaged in sexually explicit conversations and "pleasing himself" while talking to her on the phone. No information has been given to determine how long the negotiations will take or how a settlement might be structured. Mackris and Fox News had been hashing out a settlement before filing dueling lawsuits, but the 33-year-old accuser reportedly rejected a $2 million offer. O'Reilly has filed his own $60 million suit against Mackris and her attorney, alleging extortion.
Blake murder case jury selection begins
The screening process of as many as a whopping 1,800 prospective jurors for the Robert Blake murder case started today. The AP reports Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Darlene Schempp will try the case and was quoted saying that she wants a pool of 150 to 200 prescreened jurors ready for questioning by lawyers on Nov. 15. Through a process called "hardship screening," potential jurors will be asked questions about everything from their jobs to their TV viewing habits. The 71-year old actor has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder, two counts of solicitation of murder and a special circumstance of lying in wait. He was accused of killing his former wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley outside a restaurant on May 4, 2001.
Top Story: Jolie Gets New Tattoo
Angelina Jolie is sporting a new tattoo these days, but this one isn't the name of her latest love. According to The Associated Press, the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider star's newest body art is a black tattoo that consists of five vertical rows of ancient Cambodian script intended to ward off bad luck. The 27-year-old actress is reported to have many tattoos; the most noticeable one is the dragon on her upper left arm with the name "Billy Bob" etched across it--the name of her ex- husband, actor Billy Bob Thornton. Said Jolie of her newest in the Nation newspaper Thursday, "I like it a lot. It looks very sacred. I think I'll have a new tattoo the next time I come to Thailand."
Ebert's Overlooked Film Fest Kicks Off
Roger Ebert's fifth annual Overlooked Film Festival, which features films he believes have been forgotten or ignored, got underway Wednesday in Champaign, Ill. Fourteen films will be featured, including Shall We Dance, Charlotte Sometimes and Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, the AP reports. The festival will close Sunday, April 27 with a screening of the 1952 musical Singin' in the Rain.
Queen Latifah Named Entertainer of the Year
Queen Latifah will be named Entertainer of the Year at the 16th annual Essence Awards on June 6, City News Service reports. The ceremony will take place at Kodak Theatre in Hollywood with the two-hour telecast scheduled to air June 27 on Fox. Latifah, who is currently starring in the box-office hits Chicago and Bringing Down the House, was awarded the honor through an Essence magazine reader's poll.
Tom Green To Entertain Troops
Comedian Tom Green will entertain service members in Kosovo and the United Kingdom, the USO and Armed Forces Entertainment announced today. According to City News Service, Green will spend a week mingling with the troops, touring military installations and signing autographs. The Road Trip star begins the tour Monday.
Jon Stewart Stays at Comedy Central
Comedy Central has a lock on Jon Stewart as host of the comic newscast The Daily Show through next year's presidential election, the AP reports. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. According to Bill Hilary, the network's general manager, The Daily Show audience has increased by 10 percent over the past year, mostly among viewers aged 18-to-34 who hadn't shown much interest in topical humor before.
90210 Reunion Set
Fox is bringing back the hit '90s teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210. Jason Priestley, Luke Perry, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth and Gabrielle Carteris will all revisit their old zip code
For Beverly Hills, 90210: 10-Year High School Reunion, set to air at 9 p.m. EDT May 11. Tori Spelling, Brian Austin Green and Ian Ziering will not be able to make the special because they are busy working on other projects, the AP reports.
No Cameras in the Simpson House
O.J. Simpson denied reports Thursday that he was working on a TV reality show that would chronicle his day-to-day life, the AP reports. Simpson said the footage in question-- which shows him arriving at airports, signing autographs and talking at a hip-hop concert--is pretty boring stuff. "I had a lot of fun," he told the AP. "We were welcomed everywhere. But this was not meant to be shown anywhere except as rebuttal to those who say I'm a pariah."
Victoria Beckham Never Had Eating Disorder
Victoria Beckham, formerly known as Posh Spice, says that despite her sometimes shockingly thin frame, she's never had an eating disorder--but came awfully close. "You pick up magazines and you see how you are meant to look when you're a famous person. ... I mean, I was never anorexic, I was never bulimic, but I was probably very close to it, " she said in an interview set to air Friday night on the ABC news magazine show 20/20. "I was very obsessed. I mean I could tell you the fat content and calorie content in absolutely anything."
Sinead O'Conner Quits Music Biz
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor announced Thursday she is quitting the music business and is through with fame. O'Connor, 36, recently canceled several European performances because she is suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. O'Connor plans to complete some projects before retiring including the release of a concert and documentary DVD entitled, Goodnight, Thank You. You've Been a Lovely Audience in July, Reuters reports.
Role Call: Chi McBride Joins "I, Robot"
Boston Public star Chi McBride has joined the cast of 20th Century Fox's sci-fi actioner I, Robot opposite Will Smith. The film is based on the classic story collection by Isaac Asimov, Robot. The project will be directed by Alex Proyas and is scheduled to start shooting May 5 in Vancouver.
Shooting on the romantic adventure film Beyond Borders starring Angelina Jolie will begin Thursday in northern Thailand. Co-producer Lloyd Phillips told The Associated Press on Wednesday that main filming on the movie will wrap up following about five weeks of shooting in the country. The Thai locations will stand in for Cambodia in the 1980s during the devastating rule of the Khmer Rouge. In the film, Jolie plays a married American socialite in London who falls in love with an idealistic doctor played by Clive Owen. Filming began in December, with previous shooting done in Namibia, standing in for Ethiopia, and Montreal, standing in for London and Chechnya. Beyond Borders, directed by GoldenEye's Martin Campbell, is expected to be released around Christmas.
It's absolute rubbish. That's what Madonna's spokeswoman told Reuters about media reports that the pop icon had made a series of unreasonable demands before taking to the stage for Up For Grabs debuting next month in London. Recent press reports claimed Madonna demanded a raised stage to stop fans from rushing her, theater staff were told not to have eye contact with her and cast members were told not to call her "Madge." Up For Grabs debuts in London May 23.
Noah Wyle, ER's handsome Dr. John Carter, and his wife, Tracy, are expecting their first child in November, the AP reports. Wyle, 30, met Tracy Wyle, a makeup artist, on the set of The Myth of Fingerprints in 1996. They became engaged on Valentine's Day in 1999 and have been married for about two years.
Supermodel Claudia Schiffer will marry her boyfriend, British producer Matthew Vaughn, before the end of the year, Ananova.com reports. Schiffer's mother reportedly told Germany's Bunte magazine that rumors of the couple's split were false and that her daughter will "marry within the next six months." Schiffer, the one-time companion of magician David Copperfield, and Vaughn, who produced Guy Ritchie's films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, live together in London's Notting Hill.
Former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jason Priestley will drive for Kelley Racing in the Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series, the AP reports. The 32-year-old actor has competed in several racing series before and has worked as a TV commentator at Indy Racing League races.
Pippi, Ozzy Osbourne's little black Pomeranian, is missing. A regular fixture on the MTV series The Osbournes, Pippi has apparently been lost for two months. According to MTV.com, the family is offering a $500 reward for any information leading to the dog's retrieval.
In the Biz
Billy Bob Thornton has been cast in the title role of Terry Zwigoff's Bad Santa, Variety reports. The Dimension Films comedy, which is set for a Christmas 2003 release, follows two con men who travel to malls dressed as Santa and his elf.
Darren Star, the creator of HBO's successful comedy Sex and the City, will direct a film adapted from the book Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl: A Nancy Chan Novel by Tracy Quan for Sony's Revolution Studios. The book, based on Quan's Salon.com column, centers on the diary of a call girl working on Manhattan's Upper East Side, Variety reports.
Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnettare in talks to star in another Revolution Studios project about a pair of cops who become involved in a crime that revolves around the music business, Variety reports. The untitled police drama will be helmed by Ron Shelton, who wrote and directed White Men Can't Jump and Tin Cup, and is set to begin production this fall.
CBS chief Leslie Moonves said Tuesday the network likely would not air the Robert Urich movie Not in Our House because of its rough subject matter. According to Reuters, Urich plays a pedophile in a story about a family a year after an incestuous relationship comes to light. The film co-stars Meredith Baxter.
Francophone Celine Dion will headline this year's Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami Beach, Fla., on May 12, the AP reports. The Canadian singer's song "My Heart Will Go On" became the first and only English-language single to top the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart. Dion will join previously announced performers Marc Anthony, Jaci Velasquez and Thalia.
Will Smith may have walked away from this year's Academy Awards empty-handed, but the rapper-turned-actor hasn't lost steam. According to MTV.com, Smith's next album will hit stores on June 25 and will feature two singles from Men in Black 2. Smith has not released new material since Willennium in 1999.
Rosie O'Donnell presented Gene Wilder with the first-ever Roche Beauty of Giving Award on Wednesday at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York. The award was handed out as part of the Cosmetic Executive Women's Beauty Awards. Wilder is the founder of Gilda's Club, a support network named after his wife, Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989. O'Donnell also praised the beauty industry's commitment to charities that support women with cancer.
Warren Beatty and Kevin Spacey will be honored at this year's San Francisco Film Festival. According to the BBC News, Beatty is being awarded the Akira Kurosawa Award for lifetime achievement in film directing, while Spacey is being honored with an acting award. The festival opens today and closes on May 2.
Science fiction writer Damon Knight died Monday at a hospital in Eugene, Ore., of age-related causes, the AP reports. He was 79. Knight, whose final novel Humpty Dumpty: An Oval was published in 1996, was also an influential teacher, critic and organizer, helping to found the Science Fiction Writers of America. He also served as editor for the science fiction anthology series Orbit. Knight is survived by his wife, two daughters, two sons, two stepsons and seven grandchildren.
Jimi Hendrix's father, James Al Hendrix, died in his sleep at home Wednesday after a long battle with congestive heart failure, the AP reports. He was 82. Hendrix, a former Golden Gloves boxer, worked as a plumber, electrician and gardener before retiring in 1979 due to poor health. Hendrix is survived by daughter Janie and son Leon.