The Associated Press reports the producers of Barbershop have apologized for the film's off-color remarks about Civil Rights legends Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. Jesse Jackson is pleased producers Bob Teitel and George Tillman have apologized but still wants the jokes cut from the DVD and video editions. "The apology is a step in the right direction," Jackson told the AP, but added that he will "keep appealing to them" to correct the matter. In the film, Cedric the Entertainer's cantankerous character jokes that King was promiscuous and that Parks only got recognized for refusing to give a white person her seat because she was connected to the NAACP. The other characters in the film, however, admonish him for his disrespectful comments.
'N Sync's Lance Bass, who was kicked off the Russian space launch in October because his sponsors couldn't come up with the cash, reported for astronaut training in Moscow over the weekend regardless. Yuri Nikiforov, general director of Atlas Airspace, told AP "He will not go in October for sure, but he just doesn't want to interrupt the (training) program." Never say never, Lance.
Days after he was found "dazed and drooling" on a Malibu highway and arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, Nick Nolte voluntarily checked himself into a substance abuse center, his publicist, Paul Bloch, confirmed on Monday. The 61-year-old actor entered the Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn., on Sept. 14 to "receive advice and counseling that he feels he needs at this time," Bloch told Reuters. That, and hopefully a haircut.
Paramount Pictures is looking to make an updated version of their 1958 classic King Creole. The film starred a young Elvis Presley as a street punk who takes a job as a dishwasher in a New Orleans nightclub and becomes a surprise overnight success when he gets to perform one night.
And in more Paramount news, the studio's new comedy School of Rock will reunite the Orange County team of actor Jack Black, writer Mike White and producer Scott Rudin. The film, directed by Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused), is about a musician (Black) who moonlights as a substitute teacher and infects the private school where he teaches with his unorthodox, rock `n` roll ways.
The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards telecast won the Nielsen ratings Sunday night, giving NBC a boost. Coming in with an average of 19.8 million viewers, the show's numbers were a significant increase from last year's much-rescheduled Emmys but not quite as good as the 2000 telecast.
We are talking BIG news. AOL Time Warner and the Walt Disney Co. are in talks to merge CNN with ABC News to create "a stand-alone news powerhouse," the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday. The newspaper quoted sources as saying the discussions had been off and on for 18 months, receiving a lukewarm reception from AOL Time Warner initially, but now the merger is gaining momentum. CNN has been trying to find a network news partner for the last two years in an effort to cut costs, the Times said.
Two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey (The Shipping News) says he won't be in front of the camera "for a while." The hardworking actor is also a producer, and Spacey says he'd like to commit more time and attention to his production company, Trigger St. Productions, The Associated Press reports. "I've been acting nonstop for four or five years and taking a break is a healthy thing," the 42-year-old actor said. We can't believe he waited so long: we've only been working for a couple of hours this morning, and we're ready for a break.
Brendan Fraser (The Mummy, The Mummy Returns) apparently has no fear of bandages. The big-screen star is set to be a guest on NBC's new hit medical comedy, Scrubs, during May sweeps. Of course, Fraser won't be playing a doctor...
Fore! Producer Jerry Weintraub (Ocean's Eleven) was struck in the eye by a golf ball he hit, causing a wound that took 16 stitches to close, The AP reports. The ball caromed off a rock and hit Weintraub over the right eye. Maybe there's a part for Paul Bloch, Weintraub's publicist, in Weintraub's next film: Bloch amazingly kept a straight face when he insisted to reporters that Weintraub is a "good golfer."
Supermodel Naomi Campbell, who is suing British tabloid The Mirror over invasion of privacy, appeared in a London court and testified that she has used illegal drugs and has had her share of tantrums. (Which drew a shocked gasp from the gallery. Not.) Campbell also admitted that she had no regrets over being photographed with her clothes off. We admit that we had no regrets over looking at those photographs.
In a move no doubt to help Regis Philbin curtail his already immense dry-cleaning bill, ABC is removing Who Wants to be a Millionaire? from its Monday night slot. Millionaire, which will be replaced Monday nights with a comedy block, will still air on Thursday nights opposite NBC's and CBS's ratings juggernauts. Good thing Regis never quit his day job.
Sony is reportedly putting up its Culver Studios for sale. The Hollywood Reporter says the 17-acre parcel of land where Citizen Kane and Gone With the Wind were filmed will go to the highest bidder. Sony, which purchased the lot for $80 million in 1991, will probably have to lower its asking price once potential buyers learn that TV's most annoying show, The Nanny was also shot on the Culver lot.
Peter Fonda (Easy Rider) is interested in playing the president of the United States in ABC's new pilot set on Capitol Hill, to be helmed by Rod Lurie (The Last Castle), The Hollywood Reporter reports. (West Wing rip-off, anyone?) Hollywood.com surmises that the only thing that can save this show (other than moving off of ABC) is the addition of Dennis Hopper to the cast.
Oops, they did it again: SAG has once more messed up their elections. This time an e-mail sent by a senior exec to all members endorsing Melissa Gilbert's candidacy for president puts in jeopardy the current rerun election, the results of which will be released March 8. Embattled Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris has confirmed she had nothing to do with botching this presidential election.
New York Fashion Week started off with a wave of patriotism. Tommy Hilfiger, known for his red, white and blue logo, sent models down the runway in red, white and blue clothing. Hilfiger said of his "weekend" clothing, "The intention is you put them on Friday night and don't take them off until Sunday." Hygiene notwithstanding, such clothing will save us all time and effort, as we won't have to get undressed before going to bed Friday and Saturday night.
Macaulay Culkin and his wife Rachel Miner have separated, a publicist for the erstwhile "Home Alone" star confirmed today. News of the breakup appeared on Entertainment Tonight’s Web site today. According to the actor’s camp, the split is "very amicable" and the ex-lovebirds "remain the best of friends."
Culkin’s publicist, Paul Bloch, told Hollywood.com that the "E.T." report is "accurate" but declined further comment. The couple have been married two years.
Culkin, 19, made his mark as a child star in the wildly successful "Home Alone" flicks in the 1990s. Miner, 20, appeared in the Broadway production of "The Diary of Anne Frank" and on the soap "The Guiding Light."
The two started dating in 1997 and got hitched in 1998.
It's very hard to top Michael Jackson, but Lisa Marie Presley seems to think she's done it.
Elvis' daughter, who married Jackson in May 1994 (and divorced him 20 months later), will marry again -- this time to rock singer John Oszajea, her spokesman, Paul Bloch, said Tuesday. The happy couple met in May and became engaged just before Christmas.
The story goes that Oszajea, 25, first went to Presley's mother, Priscilla Presley, to ask for her daughter's hand in marriage. After receiving her blessing, Oszajea formally proposed to Presley, 32.
For those of you keeping track, this will be Lisa's third go with a musician -- first husband Danny Keough, then the Gloved One, now Oszajea (due to release his first album this year).
All this rocker influence is finally rubbing off on her: Lisa Marie's currently recording her first album, as well.
QUICK TAKES: Jim Carrey, who won the best comedy-musical actor Golden Globe for "Man on the Moon", apparently left out a lot of people in his acceptance speech, so he made up for it with an ad in today's Hollywood Reporter. This time, he made sure to thank Andy Kaufman, the late comedian he portrayed, as well as the comic's family. Better late than never ...
...Christian Slater will wed girlfriend Ryan Haddon on Feb. 12, USA Today reports. The two have a 9-month-old son, Jaden Christopher ...
... Ralph Fiennes is angry over the rating slapped on his latest film, "The End of the Affair," by British censors. London's Daily Express quotes Fiennes as expressing concern that the rating (the U.K. equivalent of the NC-17) will scare off older audiences concerned by the (relative) threat of the sex scenes. "It is absurd. ... I don't think the sex in the film is sadistic, abusive or violent. I cannot understand the decision," Fiennes says ...
... Supermodel Naomi Campbell will no longer be strutting her stuff on the catwalk, specifically the ones in New York and London. The 29-year-old British beauty finds her schedule "very stressful" and says she would like to cut back. But rest assured: Campbell says she hasn't decided what to do about the Milan catwalk. We wait with baited breath ...
AILING: "Ally McBeal" star Lisa Nicole Carson, who plays Ally's feisty roommate Renée Radick, is recovering at home after a two-week hospital stay for treatment of an undisclosed medical condition, reps for the hit Fox show say. Carson, 30, was discharged earlier this week, but at the request of the actress' family, details of her medical condition are being kept private. Her character had been absent from "Ally McBeal" the past few weeks, but Carson plans to return once she's recovered ...
... Rocker Jerry Lee Lewis, 64, was hospitalized for an allergic reaction to a drug administered after cutting his finger, his father said Tuesday. The singer, best known for the song "Great Balls of Fire," cut his finger with a knife at his home in Nesbitt, Miss., and was taken to an unidentified Memphis hospital. Lewis' reaction was a result of shots given to kill his pain and treat infection, and he was then taken to Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis, where officials refused to release information on his condition. ...
"GREEN" SMILE: Michael Clarke Duncan, the Golden Globe-nominated actor from "The Green Mile," has been named ShoWest's Male Star of Tomorrow. The National Association of Theater Owners will hand Duncan the honors during its convention March 6-9 in Las Vegas. Previous winners include Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Johnny Depp.
Of course, the honor also has gone to the likes of football player-turned-actor-turned-sportscaster Howie Long, whose first headlining film, "Firestorm," went up in smoke.
In other ShoWest news, composer John Williams is set to be honored with the convention's first Maestro Award. Williams, if you don't know, recently composed "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" and "Angela's Ashes."
PUDDING HEADS: Billy Crystal and Jamie Lee Curtis have been named this year's recipients of Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Man and Woman of the Year awards. No, they won't be sampling Jell-O for the masses. Rather, Curtis, 41, will lead a parade through Harvard Square on Feb. 10, and Crystal, 52, will wear a bra and wig at a roast in his honor Feb. 17. The awards are a tradition of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals Organization, which counts male students dressed in drag among its members. Previous winners include Harrison Ford, Tom Cruise, Michelle Pfeiffer and Meg Ryan.
OSCAR WATCH: Defending Oscar champs Steven Spielberg and Gwyneth Paltrow have been confirmed as presenters for the 72nd Annual Academy Awards on March 26 at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium. "Double Jeopardy" heroine Ashley Judd and "Anna and the King" star Chow Yun-Fat are also set to present.
But, frankly, we're more excited about the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Awards on March 12 because award-show ham Roberto Benigni will be presenting the statue for Outstanding Female Lead Film Performance. Look for Benigni to make an Oscar appearance, too. Like Spielberg and Paltrow, he, too, is a defending champ. Albeit, a more effusive one.