The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin said he did not realize the comments he made in The New Yorker magazine about the news coverage of the Bush administration would create such a flap. Referring to the special The Bush White House: Inside the Real West Wing, which aired on NBC Jan. 23, Sorkin said that the media were waving pompoms instead of providing objective news coverage and that anchorman Tom Brokaw let it happen. "There should be a difference between what NBC news does and what we do," he told the Associated Press. "And that night, there wasn't, except we have more interesting lighting." Sorkin later apologized to Brokaw at the request of NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker.
Anne Heche gave birth to a baby boy over the weekend. Homer Heche Laffoon weighed 7 pounds and is the first child for Heche and husband Coleman Laffoon. The two married in September last year and met while working on a documentary about Ellen DeGeneres' return to stand-up comedy, AP reports.
After shooting two back-to-back sequels for the 1999 sci-fi thriller The Matrix, Keanu Reeves will travel back in Hollywood time to work on a remake of the 1971 cult classic Billy Jack, Variety reports. Reeves will star as Billy Jack, a Vietnam veteran who's half Native American. Tom Laughlin, who wrote, directed and starred in the original film, controls the film rights and is in talks with Danny DeVito's Jersey Films to remake the retro hit.
Elizabeth Taylor will play the role of Elton John's wife in his new video "Original Sin," the BBC reports. His daughter will be played by teen singer/actress Mandy Moore. John, who normally hates appearing in videos, recently called on Justin Timberlake to take the lead in "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore" so he wouldn't have to. John makes an exception for this next single, which is slated for release April 1.
Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham escaped injury in a six-car pile-up on Sunday near Stafford, England, the BBC reports. Beckham and her three-year-old son, Brooklyn, were in a minivan being driven by her father, Tony Adams, when he managed to swerve the vehicle away from the full force of the crash. None of them were injured. Beckham is expecting her second child with soccer star David Beckham in September.
Nightline host Ted Koppel said he hopes to stay with ABC but criticized the network for questioning the relevance of his show, AP reports. ABC has apparently had discussions with David Letterman about taking over Koppel's 11:35 p.m. time slot. Nightline ratings have been shrinking in the past few years while Letterman has been a longtime No. 2 behind NBC's Jay Leno.
The Fox network is set to revive four sci-fi TV series, airing reruns and creating new TV and film versions of Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Land of the Giants. The deal also covers any potential feature films, as well as merchandising and licensing.
Mary McCormack, who recently appeared in K-PAX with Kevin Spacey, will star in the CBS comedy pilot Julie Lydecker, which centers on a mother/daughter relationship. According to The Hollywood Reporter, McCormack will also be seen in the upcoming drama Full Frontal alongside Julia Roberts.
Yoko Ono, the widow of former Beatle John Lennon, has paid an estimated $213,300 to have the words "Imagine all the people living in peace" emblazoned on a billboard in Piccadilly Circus in London, Reuters reports. Ono, who already has the billboard up in Times Square and in Tokyo, thought people needed to be reminded of this message after the horrible events of Sept. 11.
After a three-year hiatus, former supermodel Cindy Crawford returned to the catwalk for designer Roberto Cavalli's autumn/winter fashion show. Although she enjoyed the return, the model-turned-mother of two told Reuters she would not do it for a whole season. "At home, I wear jeans and a T-shirt, so it doesn't matter if I get mucky...but then I put on a Cavalli top or trousers and feel like a sexy mum rather than a frumpy housewife."
Comic Kevin Meaney was arrested at San Francisco International Airport on Sunday for grabbing the butt of a gun held by a National Guardsman, Reuters reports. An airport police spokesman said Meaney got belligerent after his wife was subjected to a secondary security screening and had to lift up her blouse and show her bra to the screeners. Meaney, 45, was booked into the San Mateo County Jail on a felony charge of attempting to take a firearm from a police officer and two misdemeanor charges of battery and disturbing the peace.
Julia Child is recuperating from a bout with bronchitis that landed her in the hospital during the weekend. Child, 89, had to cancel an appearance at a rare-wine auction Saturday night at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in the Bay Area after she had trouble breathing. She checked into a San Francisco hospital Saturday afternoon and was released Sunday, AP reports.
Edward Norton, Brett Ratner, James Whitmore and Anthony Hopkins will be some of the stars attending the 7th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival in West Palm Beach, Fla. The festival will take place April 11 through 18 and will feature more than 40 films, including American independent and Spanish-language films and entries from France, Israel, Ukraine and Italy.
Songwriter Harlan Howard died Sunday at the age of 74. Responsible for more than 100 Top 10 hits, including Ray Charles' "Busted" and Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces," Howard was known as the dean of Nashville songwriters. His death came after years of ill health. A memorial service for him will be held in Nashville on March 19.
Mick Jagger, Aerosmith, the Goo Goo Dolls and 'N Sync will perform the United We Stand concert at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. on Oct. 21. The show will be comprised of about 18 to 20 acts, a Clear Channel spokeswoman told Reuters. All money raised from the show will benefit the American Red Cross Relief Fund, the Pentagon Relief Fund and the Salvation Army Relief Fund. Tickets go on sale on Oct. 12.
Los Angeles movie studios, which have already tightened security after the FBI warned they could be targeted if the U.S. strikes Afghanistan, have further increased their vigilance after the U.S. began bombing the country on Sunday. A spokeswoman for Warner Bros. told Reuters that a memo had been sent to all employees to reassure all steps were being taken to increase security. Guards at Warners are checking visitor's car trunks and visitors are being asked to pass through a metal detector.
Dougie Millings, the tailor who created the Beatles' famous collarless suit, died on Sept. 20 in London of unknown causes. He was 88. Millings also crafted the wardrobe for the Beatles' tour in 1964 and went on to make some 500 outfits for the band, the Associated Press reports.
Herbert L. Block, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist known by the name "Herblock," died of pneumonia at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington on Sunday. He was 91. Block drew every U.S. president since Herbert Hoover. His work was syndicated in more than 300 newspapers across the nation.
Actor Tom Laughlin, 72, best known for his role as the karate-kicking rebel from the 1970s movies Billy Jack and The Trial of Billy Jack, has been diagnosed with cancer that is inoperable because of his heart condition, the AP reports. Laughlin suffers from cancer at the base of his tongue. An angiogram showed one of his arteries is completely clogged, while the others are 75 percent clogged.
O.J. Simpson will return to court again for an alleged incident last December in which a man reportedly accused the onetime football star of reaching over his car and snatching off his glasses in a fit of road rage on their neighborhood of Kendall, Fla. Jury selection is set to begin on Tuesday, though it would take up to a month to seat a jury and less than two days to hear testimony.
Actress Drew Barrymore has reunited with her estranged mother after almost a decade. In the November issue of Rosie magazine, Barrymore said she wanted to reunite with her mother after filming a childbirth scene of her upcoming movie Riding in Cars With Boys. The Penny Marshall-directed film, co-starring Brittany Murphy, James Woods and Lorraine Bracco, opens Oct. 19.
Advertising agencies across the nation are teaming up with the film community to pledge support to New York by rebuilding their ad campaigns around the city, Variety reports. A newly formed coalition, which includes the Assn. Of Independent Commercial Producers, the labor unions and the Screen Actors Guild, says advertisers are committed to studying every commercial job to determine whether there is chance to film it in New York, rather than Los Angeles, Canada or elsewhere.