Baywatch actor David Hasselhoff admits to having hit the bottom of the barrel. He told TV Guide that after checking himself into an alcohol treatment program in June, he left after one day, got a hotel room and starting drinking nonstop, winding up in the hospital. Hasselhoff said, "I woke up going, 'This is rock bottom.'" He told the magazine he has since returned to the Betty Ford Clinic, where he is attending daily meetings for recovering alcoholics, and filming a reunion movie for his hit show Baywatch. Quipped the actor, "I thought about writing a book called The Minibar and Me. [I'd be] social drinking, having fun--and damn, I'd just have a blackout."
In this case, he won't be back. Arnold Schwarzenegger has asked a group in his hometown of Graz, Austria, to please stop plans to erect an 82-foot statue of the actor's most famous character: The Terminator. A spokesperson for The Forum Stadtpark, which is trying to get the $4.9 million statue made to stand in Graz's central park, told The Associated Press Schwarzenegger sent a letter requesting the money be used for better things, such as the Special Olympics.
AP reports the $60 million lawsuit against actor Steven Seagal, which alleges the actor backed out of a multi-movie deal worth $125 million at the suggestion of his Buddhist spiritual adviser, will go to trial as planned. On Thursday Judge Joseph Maltese ruled that the case, filed by Seagal's former partner, Julius Nasso, is valid and refused to throw it out.
Supermodel Kate Moss gave birth to her first child in London on Sunday. The baby girl, whom Moss and her partner Jefferson Hack have named Lola, weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces. London's Daily Mirror reports the couple is "deliriously happy" and anxious to add more to their growing family.
The filmmakers of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's next film are asking permission from the state to film a stunt around the sacred Hawaiian site Kapena Falls, where royalty once bathed. The film (yet to be titled after the original title Helldorado was scrapped) has The Rock playing the Hawaiian warrior king Kamehameha, who ruled the islands from 1795 until his death in 1819.
Sex and the City's creator Darren Star is a hot commodity these days. Not only does Star have a development deal with HBO for a new series called Pacific Palisades, Variety reports NBC has now made a seven-figure pilot commitment to another Star project, a one-hour comedy-drama based on the real-life story of Samantha Daniels, a matrimonial lawyer who also doubles as a high-class matchmaker. "It's all about relationships--getting into them and getting out of them," Star told Variety.
MTV Europe Music Awards host Sean "P. Diddy" Combs promises the Nov. 14 show in Barcelona, Spain, will be "a big ol' party," Reuters reports. "There is not going to be a dull moment. I really don't think it gets sexier than this--MTV, Barcelona, Diddy," Combs said at the London news conference when the nominees were announced.
ZZ Top is hitting the road again, Euro style. The group postponed the European leg of their tour in 2000 when bassist Dusty Hill was diagnosed with hepatitis C. Now that the 53-year-old Hill is better, he and band members guitarist Billy Gibbons and drummer Frank Beard will continue their European tour throughout October beginning Tuesday in Helsinki, Finland.
Pierce Brosnan was named the sexiest man alive by People magazine in its issue released Thursday, Reuters reports. Previous recipients of the title include Brad Pitt, Richard Gere, Harrison Ford and George Clooney. Benjamin Bratt took honors for the sexiest single guy alive and Mexican president Vicente Fox was named sexiest world leader. Brosnan, who starts working on his fourth Bond movie in January, married his long-term girlfriend Keely Shaye Smith in Ireland in August.
Geena Davis is expecting a child in April with husband Reza Jarrahy, Reuters reports. Davis, 45, and Jarrahy, 30, were married in September. This is the actress's fourth marriage. She was previously married to restaurant manager Richard Emmolo, actor Jeff Goldblum and director Renny Harlin.
Dudley Moore received his Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) award from the Prince of Wales at London's Buckingham Palace on Friday, BBC News reports. Moore, who currently lives in New Jersey, flew to London this week to receive his award. The actor suffers from a rare brain condition called progressive supranuclear palsy and attended the ceremony in a wheelchair.
Actor Albert Hague died Monday in a hospital near Los Angeles after suffering from cancer, BBC News reports. The 81-year-old actor played the bad-tempered music teacher Mr. Shorofsky in the 1980 film Fame and for five years on the television series.
Robert Downey Jr. appeared in court for a progress report on Thursday and thanked a judge for allowing him to continue treatment in a live-in drug rehabilitation program, Reuters reports. Downey, who was sentenced to a year in a drug treatment center after pleading no contest to drug charges in July, tested negative to all drug tests.
Former Baywatch babe Yasmine Bleeth
was charged on Friday with two counts of possession of cocaine (a four-year felony) and one count of operating a vehicle under the influence of narcotics (a misdemeanor) in Romulus, Mich., AP reports. The 33-year-old actress was arrested Sept. 12 after police investigating an accident involving her car found cocaine in her purse. Charges also stem from a subsequent search of Bleeth's hotel room. Bleeth pleaded innocent and posted a $10,000 bond. A hearing is set for Nov. 30. The actress had no comment.
A stunt double for Robert De Niro was charged Wednesday with two counts of criminal impersonation and released on $100 bail. According to The Associated Press, Joseph Manuella told Vietnam veterans in Port Jervis, N.Y., that he was filming a documentary about the war so they would lend him props. He also received discounts on lodging and filmmaking materials and even acquired a credit card in De Niro's name. The former New York City firefighter worked with De Niro in The Fan and Great Expectations.
The plot thickened in the Screen Actors Guild election debacle Thursday after polling administrator Sequoia Voting Systems revealed that there were 260 more ballots counted in New York than deposited at the official post office box by union voters. Sequoia executive Robbin Johnson blamed this new discrepancy on the U.S. Postal Service and denied any stuffing of the ballot box. Johnson already admitted to removing signature lines from 24,800 New York ballots, Variety reports.
Howard Stern's production company is developing a first-run syndicated comedy for CBS, Variety reports. Kane will center on a woman who returns to her husband and kids in the Deep South after a long absence. The deal comes as the syndicated Howard Stern Radio Show, which has been in repeats on CBS since August, goes off the air this weekend.
Mick Jagger, whose new album Goddess in the Doorway hits stores next week, performed at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on Thursday to promote the release, Reuters reports. Concertgoers consisted mostly of young models, who were paid $100 each to surround the small stage and shriek and claw at Jagger's legs. Celebrities in attendance included Meg Ryan, Billy Crudup, David Spade and Heath Ledger.
Catherine Zeta-Jones and George Clooney will team up for Joel and Ethan Coen's next project for Universal Pictures, Variety reports. Intolerable Cruelty is described as a Howard Hawks-style old-Hollywood glamour picture in which Clooney and Zeta-Jones will play bitter rivals who fall in love.
Barbie maker Mattel, Inc. challenged 20 Hong Kong students to come up with the creative outfits for the 42-year-old doll, Reuters reports. The most eye-catching design unveiled for the media Friday was an off-the-shoulder, backless dinner gown which showcased a stunning dragon tattoo running down Barbie's back. Mattel has no plans to mass-produce the "Tattoo Barbie" designed by Hong Kong Polytechnic University student Wingo Wong.
Adam Sandler will develop a pilot for NBC starring Jon Lovitz and Norm Macdonald, targeted for fall 2002. According to Variety, Lovitz and Macdonald will play mismatched roommates. The comedy will be written by Tim Herlihy (Big Daddy
The speculation is over: Today co-host Katie Couric renewed her contract with NBC on Wednesday, which will reportedly pay her $60 million over 4 1/2 years. Couric has hosted the early-morning program since 1991.
Is the best picture of 2001 Black Hawk Down? According to star Josh Hartnett that could be the case. The young heartthrob told W magazine in a recent interview that he's confident the war flick will snag an Oscar nomination in that category.
Muslim leaders are outraged over CNN's Wednesday-night broadcast of a segment showing Afghan children looking at pictures of a scantily clad Jennifer Lopez. The segment was intended to gauge the kids' reactions to the photos in an effort to provide some cultural commentary. Yeah, that's the ticket: J.Lo as cultural commentary.
The mother of late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain is publicly blasting the band's other two members--Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl (both of whom have moved on to different bands)--for their recent lawsuit concerning the profits of an upcoming boxed set of Nirvana's music. Novoselic and Grohl filed a lawsuit against Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, demanding that she not receive a share of the boxed set's sales, prompting Cobain's mother to call the move a "total betrayal," Reuters says.
It's no surprise that People named such celebs as Nicole Kidman, the cast of Friends and fictional tyke Harry Potter to their "25 Most Intriguing People of 2001" list. But this year political figures also made an impressive showing, as New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and President George W. Bush joined the mix.
In a Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, actor Steven Seagal denied allegations issued by a former female coworker that he made "inappropriate comments and actions toward her." No ruling in the case has been made.
Mega-producer Dick Clark is suing the head of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Michael Greene, who oversees the Grammy Awards' selection process, for attempting to coerce big-name musical acts, such as Britney Spears, from appearing on Clark's upcoming American Music Awards. Spokespersons for the Academy deny they did anything wrong.
On Wednesday, Comcast Corp. acquired AT&T's cable unit, AT&T Broadband, for $72 million, forming AT&T Comcast Corp. The new company immediately becomes the largest cable provider in the country, serving 22 million customers.
According to Variety and SoundScan figures, 34 of the top 40 albums in the country showed increases in sales--a good sign for the retail economy--with Creed's "Weathered" holding the top spot for the fourth week in a row.
The suspect who Va. police believe stole and crashed rapper Missy Elliott's new Lambourghini Diablo, valued at $311,000, was arrested on Wednesday, according to People. The man, Joseph Thomas Johnson, will be jailed in Henrico County, Va. until his hearing on Jan. 22.
Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar's thriller The Others racked up 15 nominations for Spain's equivalent to the Oscars, the Goya Academy Awards. The film is up for best film, best actress (Nicole Kidman), best director and many...others.
Sheryl Crow, Billy Joel, Elton John, the Eagles and many more will hold a handful of benefit concerts at various Los Angeles venues on Feb. 26, one night before the Grammys, in support of the Recording Artists Coalition, which fights for the creative and legal rights of entertainers.
And that's not an easy thing to do, even given the size of the man.
Universal is wooing the popular wrestler, aka Dwayne Johnson, to stay with studio by offering him the lead in two new projects being developed at the studio.
The first one is a spec script by newcomer writer Joseph C. Muscat titled Hunting Bronze. Bronze is described as a rugged action comedy about a bounty hunter who tries to corral a fugitive before a revenge-seeking rogue cop can.
The second project is an untitled pitch to be written by Oscar-winning Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, A Knight's Tale). The studio, however, has said that the film is not being developed specifically with The Rock in mind, but that he is in front position to get the lead.
Although The Rock only logged in about 10 minutes of screen time, his part as the Scorpion King in the hugely successful The Mummy Returns showed the studio that followers of the wrestlers will go see him at the movies. The Mummy Returns outgrossed the original, making about $415 million worldwide.
Ryan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Jennifer (Claire Forlani) first met on a plane when they were 12. He’s terrified of planes she promptly tells him about her first period so it’s granted that they don’t exactly click. Fast-forward to high school where they bump into each other again. Now he’s the school mascot she’s the homecoming queen. No sparks. Fast forward to college where he’s the geeky engineering major (yes you read correctly) and she’s the free-spirited rocker-dating Latin student. Finally here they become friends help each other with their love issues and despite their opposing viewpoints … well take a guess.
Prinze the BMOC in "She’s All That " is supposed to be an anal-retentive doofus. And while the pageboy cut (split down the middle) and glasses do little to mask his good looks he plays against type surprisingly well doing his best to rise above the cliché-filled script. Forlani who was calm and luminous in the sluggish "Meet Joe Black " still has "proper British upbringing" written all over her so she’s not really believable as an outrageous one-night-stander (she also looks too old for Prinze). Heather Donahue (showing a promising comedy career post-"Blair Witch") and Amanda Detmer make a great supporting cast but the show is stolen by an underused Jason Biggs. As Ryan’s woman-chasing roommate Biggs also gets the single funniest scene in the film which you’ll miss if you walk about before the credits roll.
"She’s All That" director Robert Iscove is back and using the same traits again. First we have the you-are-there flashback narration ("So I was watching him play with his band " a character might reflect in her dorm room and suddenly she’s sitting at the concert still in her pajamas). Then there’s the choreographed dance number. Disguised as a scene to show Ryan trying to loosen up at a "foam club" (like a car wash soapy water douses the dancers) it’s really an excuse to show off Iscove’s choreography background by having all patrons wiggle simultaneously to Apollo Four Forty’s "Stop the Rock." It’s cute and all but the biggest faux pas Iscove makes is having Ryan and Jennifer take a "walk" from Berkeley … and miraculously wind up at the Golden Gate bridge.
Cybill Shepherd, actress, model, spokeswoman, is giving new meaning to the term "tell-all." In her new Jerry Springer-style confessional, "Cybill Disobedience: How I Survived Beauty Pageants, Elvis, Sex, Bruce Willis, Lies, Marriage, Motherhood, Hollywood and the Irrepressible Urge to Say What I Think" (in stores today), the outspoken actress/model lives up (or down) to her rep.
To save inquiring readers the time of sifting through the tome's 294 pages, we've poured over the manuscript ourselves and highlighted the more lubricious moments below for quick reference and easy access. (Indexed by their corresponding page numbers, but of course):
Pgs. 43-44: Scene of deflowering with a Mick Jagger lookalike mop top named Mike at the nubile age of 15. Writes Shepherd of the experience: "I felt oddly detached from my first time, as if it were more a rite of initiation to be crossed off a list than a sexual epiphany." Scale of raciness: Low. Neither her age nor her subsequent disappointment in her first sexual experience constitutes any kind of revelatory surprise in this day.
Pgs. 47-48: A short (and essentially platonic) fling with upstanding Ivy Leaguer Joseph Graham Davis. Nicknamed Gray, the-then Columbia law student would go on to become the sitting governor of California, known as Gray Davis. Scale of raciness: High. Even though they never "did it," bedroom tales that involve a political figure still make for some jaw-dropping stuff. We put a call into Davis' office for comment, but they never got back to us. An oversight, we're sure.
Pgs. 49-50: A tepid account of two other trysts with college-age maletypes who were not and have never been famous or powerful. Scale of raciness: Low. Be warned, dear readers, this is the last sex-related entry until the fabled Bogdanovich affair some 30 pages later.
Pgs. 85-102: The aforementioned illicit affair with her "The Last Picture Show" mentor Peter Bogdanovich that began on, and outlasted, the film's shoot. Writes Shepherd of their first meeting: "The immediate attraction was so strong, I was flummoxed." Scale of raciness: Low. Despite the expository nature of the biography, this liaison is remembered with an exactitude and completeness that's strangely devoid of sexual details.
Pgs. 108-109: A rendezvous in 1972 with a pill-popping Elvis in his Graceland mansion where instead of "Love Me Tender," cunnilingus (yowza!) and an act of fellatio (hello!) were performed. Scale of raciness: High. Besides the innate humor in this whole scene, the incident also holds a mirror up to the somewhat sexist, peanut-butter-sandwich-chunking, drugged-up eccentric that the rock icon had become shortly before his death.
Pgs. 185-186: In the early 1980s, Shepherd came out of a post-divorce slump and had her first meaningful fling with "The Last Picture Show" co-writer and longtime friend Larry McMurtry. "Our friendship never faltered because we became sexual or because we stopped," writes Shepherd. Scale of raciness: Low. Frankly, not dramatic or titillating enough. And, anyway, does anyone even know (or care) who Larry McMurtry is? Pgs. 194-197: A menage-a-trois with two stuntmen subsequently known as "The Cybill Sandwich." This encounter is memorialized with an entire chapter -- dubbed, yes, "The Cybill Sandwich" -- and featuring excerpts such as: "'The Cybill Sandwich' turned out to be a positive sexual experience." Scale of raciness: Middling. Time's a changing -- a threesome just doesn't get the kind of head-shaking gasps that it used to.
Pgs. 203-204: The unconsummated sexual tension between her and co-star Bruce Willis on the set of "Moonlighting." Shepherd expounds, "[Bruce and I] never did finish what we started in private, but anytime we had a kissing scene, he stuck a big camel tongue halfway down my throat." Scale of raciness: Low. It would be infinitely more interesting if the Bruce Willis she was flirting with was the post-"Die Hard," Demi Moore-married mega-movie star.
Pgs. 214-215: A five-minute quickie with yet another one of her co-stars, this time Don Johnson, from the television movie "The Long Hot Summer." Scale of raciness: Middling. Yawn. The novelty is definitely wearing thin. We're just thankful that this is basically Shepherd's last conquest of the book. Besides, is it still news when somebody sleeps with Don Johnson?