After Anne Heche's heartfelt interview with Barbara Walters on ABC's 20/20 Wednesday night, where she talked about her own mental illness due to years of sexual abuse by her father, it was revealed by Walters that Heche is indeed 3 months pregnant. She and the baby's father, Coleman Laffoon, were married Saturday.
On the other side of town, Ellen DeGeneres is keeping tight-lipped about her ex-girlfriend's recent news. Instead, DeGeneres is concentrating on promoting her new CBS sitcom The Ellen Show, as well as hosting the upcoming Emmy Awards, Sept. 16. "My life is back on track now and I'm really grateful and thrilled to be working again. I've got so much going on right now that I don't need to be distracted. I'm just working on me," DeGeneres told reporters during a press conference yesterday.
Super model Cindy Crawford has given birth to her second child with husband Rande Gerber, a girl, Kaya Jordan Gerber. The baby was born Monday in Los Angeles and weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces. The couple already has a son, Presley Walker Gerber, 2.
Country singer Trace Adkins and his wife, Rhonda, had their second daughter, Brianna Rhea Adkins, Tuesday. The couple has another daughter and Adkins has two teen-age daughters from a previous marriage.
The Kennedy Center announced Wednesday the recipients to their prestigious 23rd annual Kennedy Center Honors, including actors Julie Andrews, 65 and Jack Nicholson, 64; opera star Luciano Pavarotti, 65; composer and music producer Quincy Jones, 68; and concert pianist Van Cliburn, 67. The gala event will take place on Dec. 2.
Rapper mogul Sean Combs has had a series of incidents with the court system. Most recently Combs was ordered to pay $350 for pleading guilty to clear-cutting environmentally protected plants around his East Hampton estate, which he also had to restore. As well, he is being threatened with arrest for failing to appear in New York City's family court, where he is being sued for child support by Kim Porter, mother of Combs' three-year-old son. And finally, he was cleared of charges in Miami of passing several cars in a motor scooter last April 14; the case was dismissed.
A federal grand jury indicted country singer LeAnn Rimes' former bodyguard and personal trainer, Robert Lavetta Iadevaia Jr. for extortion. He allegedly threatened to sell personal information and photos of Rimes to the tabloids if he wasn't paid off. Lavetta has pleaded innocent.
Aaliyah's family will make their first public statement about the tragic death of the R&B singer at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday night at New York's Lincoln Center. Aaliyah's brother, Rashad Haughton, is scheduled to make the address following a tribute to his sister. As well, Michael Jackson is reportedly going to perform at the show with a surprise guest. The show will air on MTV at 8 p.m. ET.
Carlos Santana and Spanish recording artist Hevia will perform at the 2nd Annual Latin Grammy Awards, joining Christina Aguilera, Marc Anthony, Nelly Furtado and many others. The show airs on CBS Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. ET.
VH1 and VH1.com announced the return of My VH1 Music Awards, the first only fully interactive music awards show. The first show aired in November 2000; music fans were able to design the show from start-to-finish by logging onto VH1.com to suggest and vote for categories, nominees, winners and more. The second show will air on VH1 Dec. 2 at 9 p.m. ET from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
25,000 specially-made Harry Potter coins were sold out in under five hours in London. Fans of the novels revolving around a teenage wizard and his adventures scrambled to get a hold of the collector's coin, which on one side features Harry casting a spell and on the other the image of the British monarch, which was apporved by Queen Elizabeth herself. The coins are official legal tender on the Isle of Man only.
The world's longest-running musical, The Fantasticks, will finally shut down production Jan. 6, 2002, due to dwindling grosses and the rising cost of production. The show, a classic boy-meets-girl love story with some memorable tunes including "Try to Remember," had been playing the Sullivan Street Playhouse, a theater in Greenwich Village, since May 3, 1960.
Anchorwoman Paula Zahn, who was recently fired from Fox News Channel for breach of contract, landed a job anchoring a new morning broadcast on CNN. According to Fox News, Zahn, whose contract with them was to last through February 2002, was let go when it was discovered her agent, Richard Leibner, had been talking with CNN.
"Girl, Interrupted" was Winona Ryder's baby.
Last seen (briefly) on screen in 1998's Woody Allen comedy "Celebrity," the two-time Oscar nominee spent six years developing the project after she fell in love with Susanna Kaysen's memoir about her two years at a mental institution in the 1960s. Ryder set herself up to play Kaysen, brought in director James Mangold ("Copland") and suggested starlet Angelina Jolie for the co-starring role of Lisa, Susanna's sociopath friend.
From start to finish, "Girl, Interrupted," opening wide Friday after a Dec. 21 limited-release debut, was Ryder's project -- her baby.
But as awards season heats up, it's Jolie, not Ryder, who's getting the buzz. Already, the 24-year-old Jolie has picked up a Golden Globe nomination and been named Best Supporting Actress by the Broadcast Film Critics Association.
"When Jolie's on screen," TV Guide Online wrote, "everyone else might as well lie down and play dead." Ouch.
Was Ryder's thunder stolen?
"Simply, Angelina Jolie has the showier role ... [while] Winona is playing the much more retrospective part," says Bob Strauss, veteran film critic for the Los Angeles Daily News. "I can think of no other real reason. Angelina plays it well, but Winona plays her role just as well. It's by design, not pyrotechnics."
Strauss, in fact, says Ryder's nonflashy, quieter character was actually a more difficult role to master than Jolie's wild, explosive one.
"I like them both, but Winona had the tougher job and the more painstaking performance to give," Strauss says. "... She acts primarily with her face and looks. She has to evoke a certain complexity and depth of thoughtfulness that certainly a sociopath doesn't even concern herself with."
Still, award-show voters love a good nutcase -- heck, even Brad Pitt got an Oscar nomination out of the gig (for his crazy-guy schtick in 1995's "Twelve Monkeys.")
Hollywood also loves a good Joan Crawford-Bette Davis catfight. But where "Girl, Interrupted" is concerned, there appears to be little evidence that Ryder and Jolie sparred -- even if the newcomer was stealing the (relative) oldcomer's film.
Of course, you couldn't call the two actresses buddies, either. During "Girl, Interrupted's" shoot, the two reportedly stayed so deep in their characters that they didn't connect socially. Jolie has maintained that their distance was not the result of tension.
"One day, they thought that I was upset with Winona -- that we had gotten into an argument," Jolie told Premiere Magazine. "And we never did, we never had a problem."
So many hounding for Ryder's disgust over Jolie's laurels will be disappointed -- for this round, at least.
Both actresses have reportedly expressed interest in playing the lead in the "Kiss the Girls" sequel, which originally starred Ashley Judd. If the competition for the role heats up the way studios like it to, Hollywood may get its catfight after all.