Comedian Jerry Seinfeld plans to unveil an all-new comedy routine Thursday on CBS' Late Night With David Letterman, Reuters reports. Although Seinfeld recently appeared on the show to promote his latest film Comedian, this would be Seinfeld's first TV stand-up performance since he appeared on Letterman in March 2001. Before that, he last performed TV stand-up in his HBO comedy special I'm Telling You for the Last Time, which aired in 1998. His NBC sitcom Seinfeld was recently ranked the greatest television show of all time by the editors of TV Guide magazine.
Jail administrators say accused wife killer Robert Blake cannot take part in a television interview with ABC reporter Diane Sawyer. According to Reuters, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said the interview had never been approved. "These kinds of interviews are not traditionally done," a spokesman for Baca said. "Unless there's some reason the public needs to know, there's really no exception."
The Association of American Publishers is giving talk show host Oprah Winfrey an honorary award, which will be presented to her in February at the AAP's annual meeting, The Associated Press reports. "She's brought unparalleled excitement and attention to books," Jane Friedman, president and CEO of HarperCollins and vice chair of the publishers association said. "All of America should be grateful to her."
Bob Newhart was awarded the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Tuesday night in Washington, the AP reports. Newhart is best known for his role as Bob Hartley on the CBS comedy The Bob Newhart Show, which ran from 1972-78. The event will be broadcast on PBS Nov. 13.
A New York publicity company is suing Anna Nicole Smith for millions of dollars in damages for $155,000 in allegedly unpaid bills and legal fees, Reuters reports. The suit, filed in Manhattan federal court Monday, also seeks $25 million in damages from Smith and her lawyer, Howard Stern. David Granoff Public Relations claims to have helped Smith secure her reality show on E! Entertainment as well as photo spreads in several magazines, but Smith's lawyer said Granoff had not been her publicist for some time.
Adam Sandler is attached to star in and produce Fifty First Kisses for Columbia Pictures. The film is about a man who falls in love with a woman who suffers from severe short-term memory and doesn't remember who he is. Sandler's The Wedding Singer co-star Drew Barrymore may sign on to the project, according to Variety.
Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager Sharon said they are close to signing a deal with a major studio for a biopic about the rocker's life life. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sharon Osbourne said her husband would not be playing himself, but she would love the part to go to actor Johnny Depp. "He's a brilliant actor," she said.
While fans of the self-proclaimed Prince of Darkness will have to wait for the Ozzy Osbourne biopic, the second season of reality series The Osbournes is returning to MTV on Nov. 26. The family decided to pick up where they left off last spring with 10 new episodes chronicling their lives in Beverly Hills, Reuters reports. The future of the show was brought into question this summer when Sharon Osbourne announced she had colon cancer. "With the Osbournes, you never know what you're gonna get," she said in a statement issued by MTV.
Speaking of reality TV, here's a new concept. UPN has given an eight-episode midseason order of a reality series that will revolve around a supermodel talent search, Variety reports. Tentatively titled Supermodel, the show, hosted by Tyra Banks, will feature eight model wanna-bes competing for a modeling contract.
As film festivals have become ubiquitous, status and distinction have become increasingly important. And no festival has the status and distinction that the Cannes International Film Festival has.
Nothing can beat the mix of midwinter sun, Cannes cachet, bonhomie, expensive sunglasses and the eclectic smorgasbord of big-bucks productions and auteur-driven independents.
The 54th edition of the film festival, which began Wednesday, doesn't disappoint.
The festival's festivities will kick off - literally - with a lavish and luscious flick, Moulin Rouge. A cancan revue, backed by the film's interior sets, will take place near Cannes' old port, starting the party, and the film's buzz should dominate the first day.
The $50 million dollar production is the first of 23 films to be entered in competition for the Palme d'Or. Moulin Rouge, starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, tells the tale of doomed love between a cabaret star and a young poet. Director Baz Luhrman is no stranger to Cannes: his Strictly Ballroom screened there in 1992.
DreamWorks' much ballyhooed animated adventure film Shrek also is in the competition field. Featuring the voice talents of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy, Shrek is the first feature animation in 48 years to be assigned to the competition field. Shrek's showing at Cannes will be the world premiere for the film, as it doesn't open nationally in the United States until Friday, May 18.
Three other American films will vie for the coveted Palme d'Or award. Joel and Ethan Coen return to the red carpet with The Man Who Wasn't There, starring Frances McDormand (Fargo, Almost Famous) and Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade, Pushing Tin). Jack Nicholson stars in the Sean Penn-lensed stark mystery, The Pledge. And David Lynch returns to his dark, twisted side, with Mulholland Drive, Lynch's unique take on Los Angeles life.
Of the 18 other films in competition, ones to watch include:
Two-time Palme d'Or winner Shohei Imamura's Lukewarm Water Under The Bridge;
Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf portrays the plight of Afghani women in Sun Behind The Moon;
Danis Tanovic's No Man's Land, the first entry by a Bosnian;
Acclaimed Japanese director Shinji Aoyama's Desert Moon; and
French new wave pioneer Jean-Luc Godard's Eloge de l'amour.
But not all the excitement is reserved for those in competition. American films headline the Un Certain Regard category, Cannes' second tier of films, including noted indie artist Hal Hartley's No Such Thing - a woman falls in love with a monster, set in Iceland - and the digital video project featuring Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Anniversary Party.
France and Japan also have an impressive presence in this category. The French film with the most buzz is Claire Denis' science fiction thriller, Trouble Every Day. Starring Beatrice Dalle (Betty Blue), the seemingly normal denizens of Paris are turning into cannibals.
Exploring a more current topic - and one that happens to affect most people - Japan's Kiyoshi Kurosawa releases Kairo, a computer-virus action flick. Needless to say, download the trailer to your home PC at your own risk.
Francis Ford Coppola is making a splash on the beach at Cannes, without even entering any competition. Twenty-two years after Apocalypse Now won a Palme d'Or, the movie returns, this time with 53 minutes of footage that's never been seen before.
Coppola's son Roman is following in Dad's footsteps, showing his new film C.Q. Cannes also screened last year The Virgin Suicides, directed by Coppla's daughter, Sofia.
The fortnight of film will end Sunday, May 20, with a showing of Savage Souls, by France's Raoul Ruiz.