Don Johnson has one more reason to be thankful his career moved beyond "Miami Vice": As of Tuesday, he's got a new baby girl to take care of.
Johnson, 50, and wife Kelley, 30, welcomed Atherton Grace Johnson (7 pounds, 15 ounces) into the world shortly after 11 a.m. PST at a San Francisco hospital, according to the actor's publicist, Elliot Mintz. Mother and daughter were said to doing "extraordinary."
Don and Kelley Johnson married last year. The actor, late of CBS's "Nash Bridges," has been married twice to Melanie Griffith ("Crazy in Alabama"), with whom he has a 9-year-old daughter, Dakota. He also has a teen-age son from a previous relationship with actress Patti D'Arbanville ("New York Undercover").
Atherton, by the way, is named for Kelley's late father, Atherton Macondray Phleger. To make it easier on all concerned, the child will be known as Grace or Gracie.
MEMORABLE MADELINE: The sudden death of Madeline Kahn left her TV show, "Cosby," in a lurch. Now the cast of the CBS sitcom hopes to find closure by paying tribute to the Oscar-nominated comedienne in tonight's episode.
Kahn, who played co-star Phylicia Rashad's best friend and business partner on the series, had completed four episodes this season before asking for time off in September to deal with a medical problem. Kahn never returned to the set, dying Dec. 3 of ovarian cancer at age 57.
Tonight's Kahn-dedicated "Cosby" airs at 8 p.m. EST/PST. Look for cast members' remembrances and clips from her work on the sitcom.
MR. SPIELBERG'S OPUS: Director Steven Spielberg will draw his most captive audience on New Year's Eve in Washington, D.C., as he unveils a new 20-minute film about the century.
The five-part montage, titled "The Unfinished Journal" and featuring a score by frequent collaborator John Williams, is a "a musical and poetic celebration about why we are all here today, what are the shoulders that we stood on to achieve this moment in time, and in history, and to look back over the last 100 years and say 'thank you,' and then, to imagine the next 100 years," Spielberg said Tuesday on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
The short will be shown on giant screens at the Lincoln Memorial and throughout The Mall.
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL? Ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell (aka Ginger Spice) reportedly is securing new digs, and her selection shows she either possesses a twisted mind -- or a sense of humor.
Halliwell is rumored to be paying $6.5 million for the British mansion featured in the 1976 fright-fest "The Omen." (Look for it in the scene where demonic young Damien -- the kiddie Antichrist -- prompts his nurse to jump from a window.)
In real life, the 20-acre, 100-room estate near Woking, England, is more luxurious than scary. It sports a ballroom, library, minstrel gallery, pool and servants' quarters. Halliwell, a reported 27, will likely move in after she throws a huge millennial bash at her current Berkshire home.
John Waters gives Hollywood the finger with this comedy about cinema purist Cecil B. DeMented and his band of guerrilla filmmakers who kidnap the industry's hottest leading lady Honey Whitlock (Melanie Griffith) during the Baltimore premiere of her latest film a "life-affirming screwball comedy" called "Some Kind of Happiness." DeMented and the group live Rocky Horror-style in an abandoned warehouse with plans to save the public from bad movies while shooting their anarchist film. Honey is won over helping to cause terror at location shoots including an attack at a multiplex screening of "Patch Adams: The Director's Cut." (Hey these guys aren't all that bad!)
Griffith either can't get work or has a great sense of humor. Why else would she play this far-out send-up of a Hollywood glamour girl who is all glitz in public all bitch in private? Cheers to her for taking bold risks and coming out on top. Stephen Dorff is over the top as the title character (even for this film) but still scrapes up laughs with his maniacal rage. Ricki Lake takes a break from her daily TV sleaze getting back to what she does best. Other Waters regulars including Mink Stole and Patty Hearst also return.
Anyone not familiar with the director/screenwriter's work should be cautioned that navigating this Waters could be rough sailing. Some of his films ("Polyester " "Pink Flamingos") would make the cast of "American Pie" blush. His dialogue is stiff and strained and his actors look like they're stuck in an awkward high school play. That said "Cecil" is full of hilarious jabs like the showdown with fat lazy teamsters on the set of the senseless sequel "Gump Again."
Don Knotts, best known as the quirky deputy in "The Andy Griffith Show," now has his own little star.
The 75-year-old actor was honored Wednesday with the 2,152nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Knotts, who has won five Emmys for his portrayal of Deputy Barney Fife on the show, also starred in films such as "The Incredible Mr. Limpet," "The Reluctant Astronaut" and shows such as "Three's Company" and "The Don Knotts Show." John Ritter, Knotts' "Three's Company" co-star, was in attendance.
"I can't believe I have my own star. I'm gonna come down here every morning and shine that sucker up," Knotts said.
NO JEALOUSY FOR JOLIE: Angelina Jolie, who's currently creating Oscar talk for her role in "Girl, Interrupted," is quite excited about her next role. She'll be co-starring in "Dancing in the Dark" with Antonio Banderas. "I've never been with a swarthy Latin man on camera or off, so I'm looking forward to our pairing," Jolie tells the Calgary (Alberta, Canada) Sun. But don't read too deeply into the implications of her quote; Jolie isn't looking to break up the actor's marriage to Melanie Griffith. Regardless, Melanie needn't worry; the 24-year-old actress, who recently divorced Jonny Lee Miller and has many times declared she finds women attractive, provides her own solution for jealousy.
"Maybe if I sleep with Melanie first, I'll be fine," Jolie joked.. We won't touch that one.
HE'S ALL HEART: David Letterman departed New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Wednesday, five days after undergoing quintuple-bypass surgery. He will continue recuperating at an undisclosed location, according to hospital spokesman Howard Rubenstein. Letterman, 52, joked, "I think there must be some kind of mix-up. I went to the hospital to get a face-lift." The talk-show host had emergency surgery Jan. 14 after tests showed that one of his arteries was blocked. There's no word on when he'll return to his late-night show, but we'll predict one thing: some sort of quintuple-bypass Top 10 list.
QUICK TAKES: You'd never expect to see Hollywood powerhouse Mike Ovitz on the turntables. But the former CAA head is going into rap music, forming an urban-entertainment division under his management-production company and looking to crossover into films, sports and the like. ...
... The first Latin Grammys will take place in Los Angeles rather than Miami, because the Florida city's ordinance refuses to permit Cuban performers, according to officials. The awards will have 40 categories covering Spanish and Portuguese music and will air Sept. 15 on CBS. ...
... Sandra Bullock can breathe a sigh of relief -- for now. A low-budget exploitation film she made in her pre-"Speed" days looks like it won't be released into theaters as its producer, Roger Corman, had hoped. "Fire on the Amazon" was tagged with an NC-17 rating for the extra five seconds of a sex scene Corman added, and the producer is now re-submitting it with changes, hoping the MPAA will give it an R rating. For those who are wondering, the scene involved Bullock and Craig Sheffer "drinking from a hallucinogenic liquid drug from an Indian ceremonial bowl. This spawns the couple's passionate canine-style lovemaking in the jungle." Again, we won't touch that one. ...