The fifth installment of CBS' popular reality show Survivor is staying in the tropics. This time, the show will take place on Tarutao Island off the west coast of Thailand. Despite ratings that have begun to wane, the eye network remains committed to the show, and the latest edition will premiere this fall. The 16 contestants will try to "outwit, outplay and outlast" each other this summer, with the winner receiving a $1 million prize.
Technical difficulties may have delayed Madonna's London stage debut in Up for Grabs, but that didn't stop the pop diva from giving fans a sneak peek at her new role. Madonna posed for promotional shots for the production, The Associated Press reports.
At his very own Overlooked Film Festival, film critic Roger Ebert apparently overlooked indications that the floor he was walking on had been just recently waxed, and Ebert slipped and fell, suffering two small fractures in his left shoulder. Ever the trooper--criticizing the shows must go on!--Ebert finished the festival sporting a sling.
In the Biz
Halle Berry will extend her relationship with MGM. According to Variety, the Oscar-winning actress, a Bond girl for MGM, has signed on to star in and produce two other movies, Brown-Eyed Girl and an updated remake of '70s blaxploitation flick Foxy Brown.
Art imitates life once more. Jerry Springer, host of the eponymous trashy Jerry Springer talk show, has inked a deal to star in a film as the producer of a trashy courtroom reality-TV series, the AP reports. No word on whether Springer tough-guy Steve will make an appearance.
The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, has not only picked his first film to co-direct, but he's also picked the director he wants to co-direct it with. Jacko has optioned the book They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Burch and will co-direct it with Bryan Michael Stoller (Undercover Angel). In related news, Hollywood.com staffer Noah Davis has changed his name to Noah Michael Davis in hopes of being hired to write the screenplay.
ABC has announced that this Sept. 11, it will spend the day commemorating last Sept. 11's tragedy, with the entire day's TV slate devoted to coverage of those awful events, the AP reports.
HBO's acclaimed prison drama Oz has begun production on its sixth and final season, it was announced today by Chris Albrect, president of HBO's original programming. The network's first hour-long dramatic series, Oz will return to HBO with eight new episodes in early 2003 and will have presented a syndication-eligible 56 episodes when it completes its run.
From the Things That Make You Go Hmm Department, the police report covering Creed frontman Scott Stapp's car accident reads, "No injuries noted," the AP reports. Yet Creed's spokesman cited Stapp's "injuries" as the reason for the band's recent cancellation of its Weathered tour. We reiterate: hmm.
Kid Rock is tired of the rumors about his relationship with Pamela Anderson, who he's been dating since they met at the VH1 Divas 2001 tribute to Aretha Franklin in New York City this past spring. The latest rumors going around allege that the couple is engaged and that Anderson is pregnant with Kid Rock's kid. According to Launch.com, reps at Lava/Atlantic Records, Kid Rock's label, have denied those rumors.
"You know what? I'm not even gonna comment on any of that stuff anymore," Kid Rock told the online music publication. "It's just ridiculous...I'll tell you this much: There's not...people that make up a lot of things, and I have no idea where they start at. And I understand my life is public and people have a right to know, but until I say something I don't think anyone has a right to pry. That's why I live in the woods." Well Kid, maybe if you stopped rubbing against Pamela and talking about your bedroom behavior in public, like you did at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, people wouldn't think you were doing that in the woods. Keep it indoors, buddy!
Jackson's fans take over Times Square for in-store appearance
Those who thought Jacko would never have a second shot at success were surprised to see fans stopping traffic as the gloved star made an in-store appearance at Times Square's Virgin Megastore on Nov. 6 to promote his latest album, Invincible. Emerging in front of the store on a small stage covered with red carpet, Jackson bopped to the sounds of his single "You Rock My World," and threw kisses to the crowd before going into the store to sign autographs for his adoring fans, SonicNet.com reported.
Earlier this week, Jackson proved he is still the King of Pop, when Invincible landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts, selling 366,272 units in its first week. Invincible also debuted at No. 1 in the U.K., Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey.
'N Sync among celebs attending 2002 Olympic Winter Games
The closing ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games will explode with music, as 'N Sync, Bon Jovi, and Christina Aguilera are among those who have signed on to perform at the Feb. 24 event, Billboard magazine reported. The extravagant event will be held at the Rice Eccles Olympic Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Vedder, Black Crowes unite for I Am Sam soundtrack
Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, the Black Crowes, Sarah McLachlan, the Wallflowers, Ben Harper, and Nick Cave are among the artists who have recorded Beatles covers for the soundtrack to I Am Sam. The movie stars Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer. The album, due out Jan 8., also features covers by Aimee Mann, Ben Folds, Paul Westerberg and Heather Nova.
"When Eddie recorded his track, he sang it to the movie," director Jessie Nelson told Rolling Stone magazine. "He had the movie playing in the recording studio, and he was playing his guitar and singing to the scene."
"America: A Tribute to Heroes" to be released on CD
The Sept. 21 benefit concert, America: A Tribute to Heroes, will be released as a two-CD set and DVD/VHS on Dec. 4, with sales proceeds going to the Sept. 11 Telethon Fund, Rolling Stone reported. Interscope and Universal will release the CD set, featuring twenty-one songs from the broadcast. Sony will begin the international distribution of the album on Dec. 3. Warner Bros. will release the DVD/VHS, which will include the event in its entirety, including words of inspiration from Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, among others.
Nickelback donates to N.Y. Firefighter Fund
Rock group Nickelback has set up a collection for the New York City Firefighter Sept. 11 Disaster Relief Fund at its shows, Launch.com reported. The band started collections at the Boise, Idaho show on Nov. 11 and will continue to do so at all their shows until Nov. 30. At that time they will hand the proceeds to the firefighters during the band's show at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. "That feels good for sure, because people need it," Nickelback's singer/ songwriter Chad Kroeger told Launch.com. "We've been feeling that ever since the attack. We've been playing shows where the crowd's responses have been just fantastic." Nickelback's tour will end Dec. 12 in Philadelphia.
Scott Weiland to undergo knee surgery
Stone Temple Pilots' singer Scott Weiland is going under the knife to repair a bum knee after the band finishes its current string of live dates, the band's official Web site, www.stonetemplepilots.com reported. The band ends its run on the Family Values Tour on Nov. 17 in Tacoma, Washington and then will play two short shows in Las Vegas on Nov. 19 and 20. Not to worry, devoted STP fans will be able to see the band in action again after Weiland's surgery. The band will perform at a New Year's Eve show at Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
U2 extends Elevation tour
U2's third leg of their Elevation tour, which began on Oct. 10 and was slated to go through mid-November, will now wrap up on Dec. 2 in Miami, Fla., Allstar.com reported. No Doubt is currently serving as the band's opening act, but it is still unknown who the opening band for the tour's extension will be.