His trademark flowing hair gone, the newly shorn Hugh Grant appeared at the London premiere of About a Boy Sunday. He spent some time greeting the multitudes of fans who had gathered to see him and rebuffing questions on former paramour Elizabeth Hurley. Grant signed autographs for the throng but repeatedly stated that he would not comment on Liz or her 10-day-old son, Damian. The other two stars of the film, Toni Collette and Nicholas Hoult, also attended the premiere.
Maybe Cameron Diaz isn't "The Sweetest Thing." SkyNews.com quotes the blonde beauty as saying, "I'm not the marrying kind," to current beau Jared Leto. Citing the famous lack of marriage stability in Hollywood, Diaz went on to say, "I don't want to be another statistic."
John Cusack (Serendipity, America's Sweethearts) is set to star in John Grisham's The Runaway Jury, which will begin filming this fall, Variety reports. Cusack may feel some heat, as Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive) is being considered for the female lead.
Nathan Lane is clearly a hard act to follow. Henry Goodman, who took over for Lane in the Broadway play The Producers, has been fired after just 30 performances, Variety reports. Brad Oscar, who was Lane's understudy, will take over the lead role of Max Bialystock. Steven Weber, who took over for Matthew Broderick when Broderick and Lane retired in March, will continue on with his role.
Bernie Mac, Fox's highest-rated new series of the 2001-2002 season, has been cleared for a second year, Variety says. Airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m., the endearing family comedy has drawn decent ratings and outstanding critical reviews. It's also won a prestigious Peabody Award.
Mia Farrow (Hannah and Her Sisters) will grace the small screen again. The former star of soap Peyton Place will join titular star Mary McCormack on CBS' comedy Julie Lydecker. Farrow plays McCormack's flighty mother who comes to live with her unemployed daughter.
Academy Award host Whoopi Goldberg will not be returning to her day job as producer and center square of Hollywood Squares, a post she's filled for the past four years, Reuters reports. The show has been renewed for a fifth and sixth season, which will have to go on without the comedienne. No word yet has been received on a replacement.
British rockers Oasis are dipping into the well once again. Despite their last album's poor reception, the group members are planning to release their first album (Heathen Chemistry) in more than two years, in July. The first single from the album, "The Hindu Times," has just been released to radio stations, though fans have been able to download a bootleg copy from the Internet for months.
Survivor: Marquesas' Tammy Leitner is already a winner. Leitner has been given a journalism award for her work as a police reporter by the Associated Press Managing Editors of Arizona. Along with three other reporters, Leitner covered a rash of swimming pool drownings for the East Valley Tribune, winning first place in the public service reporting category. Leitner is one of the nine remaining contestants on Survivor who are competing for the $1 million top prize.
On Wednesday, CBS announced the names of the next set of contestants confined to Nuka Hiva, an island neighboring Tahiti in the South Pacific, for the next installment of Survivor.
The new group is, on average, the youngest thus far. Of the 16 contestants vying for the $1 million jackpot, all but four are under the age of 40, and six are in their twenties.
Two of the contestants, Robert DeCanio, a limo-driver from Queens, and Sean Rector, a Harlem-born schoolteacher, were introduced on yesterday's Early Show with Bryant Gumbel and Jane Clayson.
DeCanio, 38, was born and raised in Flushing and worked for the U.S. Postal Service before becoming a driver. Rector, 30, now lives in Los Angeles and acts as well as teaches. Rector has appeared in the Negro Ensembles Company's North 17th Street, The Absolution of Willie Mae and A Family Ever on the Verge of Emotion.
Other contestants include:
Gabriel Cade, 23, a bartender from North Carolina
John Carroll, 36, a nurse from Nebraska
Gina Crews, 28, a nature guide from Florida
Neleh Dennis, 21, a student from Utah
Hunter Ellis, 33, a pilot from California
Paschal English, 57, a judge from Georgia
Peter Harkey, 45, a bowling alley and wine shop owner from Massachusetts
Patricia Jackson, 49, a truck assembler from South Carolina
Sarah Jones, 24, an accounts manager from California
Tammy Leitner, 29, a reporter from Arizona
Rob Mariano, 26, a construction worker from Massachusetts
Vecepia "Vee" Towery, 36, an office manager from Oregon
Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien, 47, a real estate agent from Vermont
Zoe Zanidakis, 35, a fishing boat captain from Maine
The eight women and eight men will start the game in two tribes, called Maraamu and Rotu. The setting is similar to the original Survivor, which took place on Borneo with a tropical climate, white sandy beaches and aquamarine water.
The show's producers are trying to bring back the legions of loyal of fans that ditched the tribe after the first season. For the first time in the show's history, the contestants will begin the 40-day adventure with no rations.
Survivor: Marquesas premieres on Feb. 28.
In other Survivor news, Lex van den Berghe will make his first celebrity appearance since appearing on Survivor: Africa--at a polling booth.
Van den Berghe, one of the last three remaining players on the most recent edition of Survivor, will man one of the polling stations in California's Santa Cruz County in the state's upcoming election, Reuters reports.
Election officials however will not reveal where van den Berghe, a local resident, will be. Like all poll clerks, he will be responsible for issuing ballots to eligible voters and assisting them--and get paid $60 for his time.
Meanwhile, original Survivor winner Richard Hatch was found innocent on Tuesday of assaulting his ex-boyfriend in a ruling that overturns an earlier conviction.
Hatch won the $1 million grand prize on the inaugural edition of Survivor. In September, a judge found the 40-year-old Hatch guilty of domestic assault after he got into a fight with his former lover on the steps of Hatch's home in Middletown, R.I.