Top Story: Country Singer Glen Campbell Arrested
Country singer Glen Campbell, best known for his hit single "Rhinestone Cowboy," was arrested Monday in Phoenix, Ariz., on suspicion of extreme drunken driving and hit and run, Reuters reports. Campbell, 67, was also booked into jail on suspicion of aggravated assault on a police officer for allegedly kneeing a sergeant in the thigh while at the station. According to police, Campbell's BMW slammed into a Toyota sedan at an intersection and failed to stay at the scene. Campbell was later arrested at his residence at the Biltmore Estates in a posh area of Phoenix and was released on bond at 12:30 a.m. after a midnight hearing. The singer's blood alcohol level was not immediately released, but the legal limit for drivers in Arizona is .08, with extreme drunken driving more than .15. Campbell's official Web site says that the singer has given up alcohol and smoking cigarettes.
Survivor's Elisabeth Joins The View
Former Survivor: The Australian Outback castaway Elisabeth Hasselbeck, previously known as Elisabeth Filarski, has been named a co-host on ABC's Emmy-winning The View, now in its sixth season. The View's executive producer Barbara Walters, who made the announcement on air Monday with the rest of the co-hosts, held an open casting call for a fifth host to join the daytime show after Lisa Ling left last December. Hasselbeck was one of three finalists in the search for a new host, which also included contenders Rachel Campos of MTV's Real World: San Francisco and actress Erin Hershey Presley of ABC's defunct soap opera Port Charles. Hasselbeck, who was the host of the Style Channel's The Look for Less, will begin her hosting duties today.
Jonathan Brandis' Death a Suicide
The Los Angeles county coroner's office concluded Monday that the Nov. 12 death of 27-year-old actor Jonathan Brandis, who starred in two seasons of Steven Spielberg's SeaQuest DSV, was a suicide, The Associated Press reports. Brandis, who died Nov. 12, hung himself, the coroner said. The actor started his career with a recurring role on the soap One Life to Live at age 6, and went on to make guest appearances on L.A. Law, Who's the Boss? and Murder, She Wrote. His film credits included the starring role in 1991's The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter, the Rodney Dangerfield comedy Ladybugs and the martial arts comedy Sidekicks with Chuck Norris.
Meat Loaf Recovering From Surgery
Rock singer Meat Loaf, who collapsed in the middle of a sold-out concert at London's Wembley Arena last Monday, is recovering from heart surgery to treat Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, a defect of the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat. Reuters reports the 56-year-old singer, best known for his hit single "Bat Out of Hell," is recovering at a private location in London after undergoing surgery last Friday. Meat Loaf is expected to give more details about his condition and future tour plans after additional tests later this week to determine the success of the surgery, his record company said.
Men Plead Guilty to Posing as Boy Band Members
Two men who posed as former members of the boy band New Kids on the Block in southern Nevada have pleaded guilty to fraud charges and begun serving sentences at separate federal prisons, the AP reports. In October 2002, Ward claimed his wallet was stolen and identified himself as NKOTB member Jonathan Knight, providing Las Vegas police with Knight's Social Security number and date of birth. He then used the report to obtain a Social Security card and Nevada driver's license in Knight's name and a credit card he used it to make purchases. Veskovic admitted to the same scheme involving the identities of NKOTB member Daniel Wood and Kevin Richardson, a member of the Backstreet Boys. A judge sentenced Patrick Ward, 24, to 18 months in prison and Michael Veskovic, 20, to six months in prison, and ordered the defendants to pay nearly $138,000 in restitution
Small Movie Companies Sue Over Screener Ban
More than a dozen small movie companies sued the Motion Picture Association of America Monday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, claiming the partial ban by Hollywood studios on sending screeners to awards groups will "chill the financing of independent films" by limiting the awards they can receive. According to the AP, the lawsuit seeks at least $25 million in damages and claims the MPAA was conspiring to monopolize the film industry, restricting trade through unlawful and unreasonable agreements with its governing members. The lawsuit said the MPAA's actions toward the small movie producers "were outrageous and were taken with evil motive." Among the 14 plaintiffs are Talking Wall Pictures, Sandcastle 5 Productions and Salty Features.
Role Call: Diesel's Child-Rearing Role, Punk'd Pranksters Hit Big Screen
Vin Diesel is set to star in the Disney action/comedy The Pacifier. According to Variety, Diesel will play an undercover agent who, after failing to protect an important government scientist, learns the man's family is in danger. He agrees to take care of the man's children in an effort to redeem himself, and discovers his toughest mission yet: childcare ... Former Punk'd pranksters Dax Shepard and Al Shearer have set up an untitled project at Fox Searchlight Pictures based on their own pitch. According to The Hollywood Reporter, they will star as two guys from different racial backgrounds who find out they are actually brothers--and who must compete against each other for an inheritance.
HOLLYWOOD, July 20, 2000 – This weekend, there's a rivalry between generations at the box office. Four major releases, targeting three distinct age groups, arrive at the cinemas. There's "Pokemon: The Movie 2000" for the kiddies; "The In Crowd" and "Loser" for the bouncing teens; and "What Lies Beneath" for the moms and pops.
So basically, what we're really saying here is that it’ll probably be just easier for the whole family to see the super-freaks flick "X-Men," again.
But, decide for yourself. Below are overviews of the flicks opening this week:
"What Lies Beneath"
WHAT LIES BENEATH (See the trailer) The Skinny: A specter descends upon the bathtub of a professor (Harrison Ford) and his wife (Michelle Pfeiffer). And the question is: Why them? The Upside: It’s spooky. It’s got Ford and Pfeiffer. And it even has a mind-bending twist at the end a la "The Six Sense." The Downside: Yeah… but it’s for old people.
LOSER (See the trailer) The Skinny: A nerd (Jason Biggs) and an outsider (Mena Suvari) meet in college, fall in love, blah, blah, blah. The Upside: The film features the stars of two recent runaway hits: Biggs from "American Pie;" and Suvari from "American Beauty." The Downside: Does wearing a dumb hat make you a loser? In this case, yes. Does it make for a good movie? C'mon. Just look at that hat.
THE IN CROWD (See the trailer) "The In Crowd" The Skinny: A recovering psychiatric patient (Lori Heuring) assimilates to the moneyed society with over-the-top, tragic results. The Upside: A young, nubile, attractive cast. The Downside: Lori Heuring, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Susan Ward. The term "A-list" doesnt' exactly come to mind.
"Pokemon: The Movie 2000"
POKEMON: THE MOVIE 2000 (See the trailer) The Skinny: Sequel to the wildly popular "Pokemon: The First Movie" from last year. This one follows ... Oh, go ask your kids. The Upside: The first "Pokemon" flick was huge among kids. The Downside: That doesn't necessarily mean you want to sit through this nonense with your kids again.
Besides these flicks, also expect "X-men," "Scary Movie," "The Perfect Storm" and "The Patriot" to hang around at the top.