She's not a little girl anymore: pop diva Britney Spears and boyfriend, 'N Sync lead singer Justin Timberlake, were seen steaming up the dance floor Sunday at the chic Cheetah nightclub in New York, according to The Post. The couple were celebrating singer Inaya Day's new release "Can't Stop Dancing" and stayed at the club well past 4 a.m. In related news, Spears' adult image is certainly popular with fans, as an X-rated T-shirt featuring her and fellow pop diva Christina Aguilera has become a top seller for 2001 at a leading retailer, Sky News reports.
Oscar-winning producer Julia Phillips, best known for such '70s hits as The Sting (1973), Taxi Driver (1976) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), died of cancer Monday in her Hollywood home. She was 57. Two children, Kate and Matthew, survive Phillips.
John Corbett, who plays the hunk Aidan on the hit HBO series Sex in the City, says he can't give away any secrets about next season, especially whether Aidan will end up marrying Carrie, played by Sarah Jessica Parker--not even to his family. Corbett told The Associated Press, "You have to watch it just like my mom."
Ron Howard's film A Beautiful Mind, based on a book by Sylvia Nassar about real-life Nobel Prize winner John Nash Jr., omitted one important fact: Nash's bisexuality. Russell Crowe commented to Entertainment Weekly, "It was relevant to his character, but we didn't want to imply that there was any possibility that schizophrenia and homosexuality are related."
Showtime's Queer as Folk, the cable channel highest-rated series, which details the lives of a group of gay men, has been renewed for a second season, beginning Jan. 6. Creators Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, who feared the conservative public would rail against their show, which involves sexual explicit scenes, have received mostly positive feedback from fans.
Funky R&B singer Macy Gray claims it's "impossible" to describe herself in one word. Gray told Rosie O'Donnell in Rosie magazine if she could change one thing about herself it would be her feet. "I wish [they] were smaller."
CBS has won the ratings race for the holiday week ending Dec. 31 with powerhouse episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Survivor: Africa. NBC won the 18-49 demographic with encore showings of It's a Wonderful Life and reruns of their hit series, including Friends and The West Wing.
Sony Corp will be paying over $70 million for nearly all of the international distribution rights to the third cyborg installment Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film, already the most expensive film to be greenlit for production at $170 million, begins shooting in April.
David Lynch's twisted Mulholland Drive and Christopher Nolan's quirky Memento tied for the Online Film Critics Society's best film of 2001. Other accolades went to Lynch as best director for Mulholland Drive and Billy Bob Thornton for best actor in The Man Who Wasn't There.
USA Network has given a 22-episode order to a new series The Dead Zone, based on Stephen King's novel of the same name and set to star Anthony Michael Hall. The cable channel will pay close to $1 million per episode, making it one of the richest series deal to date.
CNN's legal affairs analyst Greta Van Susteren will be jumping ship and heading to bitter rival Fox News Channel, a CNN spokesman confirmed Wednesday. Van Susteren's popular CNN show The Point will continue with CNN Capitol Hill correspondent Kate Snow replacing Van Susteren for the time being.
The report is in: Colin Farrell's star is rising.
If his filming schedule allows, the hotcake will be heading for the slot left opened by Matt Damon in Steven Spielberg's "Minority Report," Daily Variety says.
Since his breakout performance in this year's "Tigerland," Farrell has been courted by a number of projects. He will next play opposite Bruce Willis in MGM's "Hart's War." After that, he'll begin work on the thriller "Phone Booth."
Starring megastar Tom Cruise, "Minority Report" is based on a book of short stories by the ultra-cool sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick.
DOING THE 'SCOOBY': We see them more as the Wonder Twins, but whatever. "It" couple Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar is in talks to star as swanky detectives Fred and Daphne in the live-action adaptation of "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?", the Hollywood Reporter says. The two first collaborated on "I Know What You Did Last Summer" in 1997 and became an item early this year.
I'LL BE BACK: No doubt a firm proponent of the tenet that what worked once will likely work again, Warner Bros. is set to redo "Conan the Barbarian" with the flick's original writer and director, John Milius. "The Matrix" creators, brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski, will co-create the concept with Milius and might even direct the film's second unit, Daily Variety said. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who starred as the titled warrior in the original 1982 film, might return for a small part, but his involvement has yet to be hammered out.
TRIPPING OUT: Daily Variety columinist Michael Fleming reports that writer-director Todd Phillips -- whose debut feature was the super-lucrative dude film "Road Trip" -- will be paid $3 million to co-write, produce and direct "Old School." The DreamWorks comedy is said to be about three older guys trying to relive their college days.
And then there was 12. The Oscar camp has announced the dozen second-round qualifiers for the Best Documentary prize. And judging by the lineup, it doesn't look like the deciding committee is experiencing its usual "forgetfulness" when it comes to potential nominees.
The list is a virtual hit parade, including some of the year's most talked-about films -- from the absurd ("Mr. Death" ) to the sublime ("Buena Vista Social Club") and the farcical ("American Movie") to the serious "On The Ropes."
The following is the complete list:
"Amargosa" "American Movie" "Beyond the Mat" "Buena Vista Social Club" "Genghis Blues" "Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr." "On the Ropes" "One Day in September" "Pop & Me" "Smoke and Mirrors: A History of Denial" "The Source" "Speaking in Strings"
A committee of Academy members selected the docs. Final voting is currently taking place in Beverly Hills, New York and San Francisco where voters will screen the flicks before voting for five that'll earn official nominations. Overall, 55 feature-length docs were eligible for the 1999 competition.
Nominees for all 22 Academy Award categories - including Best Documentary -- will be announced Feb. 15 at 5:30 a.m. PST.
ALL HAIL NERDS: The unsung heroes of the movie business - tech heads, hardware geniuses, overworked engineers, etc. -- are getting their moment in the so-called limelight, too.
The Academy Awards folks are set to honor the behind-the-sceners for outstanding scientific and technical achievement in ceremonies March 4 in Beverly Hills. (Of course, unlike the movie-star types, the nerds will receive plaques and certificates, not shiny statues.)
Also, unlike the movie-star types, the nerds won't have to wait to find out if they've won. The Academy released its list of 12 techie awards Tuesday.
The following is a list of the recipients and their achievements.
Scientific and Engineering Awards:
Nick Phillips, for the design and development of the three-axis Libra III remote control camera head.
Fritz Gabriel Bauer, for the concept, design and engineering of the Moviecam Superlight 35mm Motion Picture Camera.
Iain Neil, Rick Gelbard and Panavision Inc., respectively, for the optical design, mechanical design and development of the Millennium Camera System viewfinder.
Huw Gwilym, Karl Lynch and Mark Crabtree, for the design and development of the AMS/Neve-Logic Digital Film Film Console for motion picture sound mixing.
James Moultrie, Mike Salter and Mark Craig Gerchman, for the mechanical design of the Cooke S4 Range of Fixed Focal Length Lenses for 35mm motion picture photography.
Marlowe A. Pichel, for development of the process for manufacturing Electro-Formed Metal Reflectors.
L. Ron Schmidt, for the concept, design and engineering of the Linear Loop Film Projectors.
Nat Tiffen of Tiffen Manufacturing Corporation, for the production of high-quality, durable, laminated color filters for motion picture photography.
Technical Achievement Awards:
Vivienne Dyer and Chris Woolf, for the design and development of the Rycote Microphone Windshield Modular System.
Leslie Drever, for the design and development of the Light Wave microphone windscreens and isolation mounts from Light Wave Systems.
Richard C. Sehlin, Dr. Mitchell J. Bogdanowicz and Mary L. Schmoeger of the Eastman Kodak Co., respectively for the concept, design and development of the Eastman Lamphouse Modification Filters.
Hoyt H. Yeatman Jr. of Dream Quest Images and John C. Brewer of the Eastman Kodak Company, for the identification and diagnosis leading to the elimination of the "red fringe" artifact in traveling matte composite photography.
NEW LOOK: The official poster for this year's Oscars has been unveiled -- and its so-called "exciting new look for the year 2000" is not as forward-thinking as one might expect.
The millennium-themed poster, designed by filmmaker/graphic artist Arnold Schwartzman for the fourth consecutive year, is based on the 1926 Fritz Lang classic "Metropolis," a flick set in the dystopian future (translation: bad days) of the 2000.
The inspiration for the poster (the encircling numerals, to be exact) can apparently be traced back to a sequence in the silent classic where a robot is brought to life by circles of electricity. No word from Schwartzman if the anti-authoritarian values of the Lang's film also informed his design.
Audiences can judge for themselves when 50,000 posters hit theaters and video retailers this week.