The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.
Kelly Osbourne and Melissa Joan Hart are among the celebrities who will don their dancing shoes to compete in reality competition Dancing with the Stars.
The former Sabrina, the Teenage Witch star and Ozzy Osbourne's daughter will show off their fancy footwork with 14 other famous hopefuls as they're paired off with professional dancers for the ninth season of the contest, due to kick off on Sept. 29.
Other stars preparing to hit the dance floor include Donny Osmond, singers Mya and Macy Gray, and pop star Aaron Carter, as well as former model Kathy Ireland, actress Debi Mazar and a handful of athletes, including Ultimate Fighting Championship star Chuck Liddell.
Singer La Toya Jackson was approached to compete on the show but turned down the invitation because she is still grieving the death of her superstar brother Michael.
She told Access Hollywood, "The fact of the matter is, I won't be doing it, simply because of the circumstances that (are) going on at the moment.
"I can't see myself putting myself into there right now, dancing every single day when I'm still trying to find out what exactly happened to my brother. That's the most important thing for me at this very moment."
Teenage Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson waltzed home with the crown on the last season of the show, narrowly beating French actor Gilles Marini to take the title.
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Tori Spelling is wasting no time in becoming a mother after marrying actor Dean McDermott in May--she's already pregnant, according to reports.
The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star reportedly blurted out the happy news during a recent trip to trendy Hollywood maternity store Petit Tresor, according to Life & Style magazine.
This will be 33-year-old Spelling's first child, and the news comes less than a month after the death of the actress' father, TV mogul Aaron Spelling.
The new baby will join McDermott's children Lola and Jack Montgomery.
Spelling Misses Out on ‘Chicago’
Tori Spelling has missed out on the chance to take to the Broadway stage with R&B hunk Usher after losing out on a starring role in musical Chicago to sexy Bianca Marroquin.
Marroquin, who has starred as Roxie Hart in productions of Chicago on Broadway and in Mexico City, will reprise the role when Rita Wilson hands over the part next month.
Reports suggested newlywed Spelling was considering taking the role, opposite Usher's Billy Flynn.
Marroquin won New Revelation and Best Actress honors from the Mexican Critics Association for her role as Roxie Hart.
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Robert Wagner has a bone to pick with Charlie's studio.
The veteran actor, best known for starring in the '80s TV hit Hart to Hart and the recent Austin Powers movies, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Sony Pictures Entertainment claiming he is entitled to profits made from the two Charlie's Angels movies due to a deal he made on the development of the 1970s television series, Reuters reports.
The lawsuit details how Wagner and his late wife, actress Natalie Wood, became financially attached to ABC's original Charlie's Angels series when they agreed to star in a 1974 TV movie called The Affair for producers Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg. According to Reuters, the contract gave the acting couple part interest in proposals for five TV shows that Spelling-Goldberg Productions pitched to ABC for the 1974-1975 season, including Charlie's Angels, which ran from 1976 to 1981.
Pursuant to the terms of the original contract, Wagner claims Sony--which has since assumed all rights to the series from Spelling's production company--has refused to pay him his share of the profits from the 2000 film Charlie's Angels, which made $125 million in the U.S., and its 2003 sequel Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, which opened late June and has made $67 million so far.
Reuters reports the lawsuit asks the court to require Sony to include profits from the films in calculating Wagner's share of net profits for the TV series, and to turn over all information and financial records regarding the making of the movies.
"This has to do with whether or not his entitlement to a share in the television series extends to the movie," Wagner's attorney, Samuel Pryor, told Reuters.
TV producer Aaron Spelling is at home recuperating after having undergone radiation treatment for a throat lesion, Reuters reports.
Publicist Kevin Sasaki said in a statement Friday that Spelling underwent successful radiation therapy over the last month, but was unable to confirm whether the lesion was cancerous.
Spelling, a prolific TV producer for more than four decades, was found to have the lesion in June.
Spelling has had a remarkable track record of popular successes, including The Mod Squad, Starsky and Hutch, Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Hart to Hart, Dynasty, Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place, 7th Heaven and Charmed.
In the December 1996 issue of US magazine, Spelling talked about his prized series The Mod Squad. "Nowadays, people always say, how come he's doing such young shows? But they never mention The Mod Squad. I was very proud of that show. It's the first time an African-American guy kissed a white girl," he noted. "And I should say that in the show's five years, [the characters] never carried a gun or fired a gun."
Spelling, 78, is currently working on his supernatural series Charmed starring Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs and Rose McGowan. McGowan stepped in to replace Shannen Doherty after the ex-90210 cast member left to pursue other career opportunities.
Sasaki said Spelling has been working from home and hopes to return to a normal work schedule within a few weeks.
Spelling, an avid pipe smoker, lives with his wife Candy near Beverly Hills.
PASADENA, Calif., July 25, 2000 - Members of the Television Critics Association have now been holed up in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel for two weeks eating catered food, drying hands on warm restroom towels, and never fearing to ask the tough questions. On Monday, it was The WB's turn to show off their new fall schedule additions, so the tough questions mostly dealt with the "Felicity" haircut controversy.
For the record, no one who appears on camera at the WB will ever cut his or her hair again.
The day started off fast when the entire cast of the new sketch comedy show "Hype" came out in character and ripped the place up. Cast member Frank Caliendo then returned later in the day to wake us up with what could have been 15 minutes worth of stand-up material, condensed into a blistering five-minute set. Co-producer and SNL veteran Terry Sweeny billed the show as "Laugh-in 2000." If the talent is any indication, "Hype" might just live up to its name.
"Drew Carey" producer Bruce Helford offers a welcome repackaging of Nikki Cox in "Nikki," a (somewhat) innovative comedy that features big dance numbers in each episode (it's funnier than it sounds). Helford later assured us that big song and dance routines will be back in vogue this fall.
Former "Beverly Hills 90210" producer Darren Starr is offering a clever comedy-within-a-drama in "Gross Pointe," a show about the actors of an Aaron Spelling-like night-time soap. Starr was grilled about the controversial decision to change a certain character that was similar to a certain person who may or may not have gotten a role because her father produced the show. Starr's best answer was his first, "who are you talking about?"
At the "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" Q-and-A with Melissa Joan Hart and her mother-producer Paula Hart, we learned in no uncertain terms that "Caroline Rhea (absent with a broken toe) is under contract and cannot be spared" if she were to be offered Kathie Lee Gifford's chair next to Regis in the morning. So, put that one to bed.
Of all the new WB shows, watch for "Gilmore Girls," a warm, earthy, dramatic comedy sure to win a strong following. It's interesting how the world is populated by lots of single mothers, yet they are still a rarity on TV. Gilmore Girls" might change that.
Finally, considering last year's after-party got out of hand (word was the WB's young stars got a little too rowdy), this year the network decided to rein things in and go a little classier at the Il Fornaio restaurant in Old Town Pasadena. All the stars politely mingled with the journalists (having learned these parties are just supposed to look like fun, not actually be fun) to lob out a few more crucial sound bites about Keri Russell's hair, then left early (perhaps to party somewhere else).
So, would you want to take credit for helping bring about -- even indirectly -- the primetime soap that was "Beverly Hills 90210"? You would if there was a bunch of money involved.
And so it has come to pass that Robert Wagner ("Hart to Hart") is suing Aaron ("90210") Spelling, saying that he (Wagner) was cheated out of $20 million in ka-chingable "90210" monies.
A fascinating bit of TV history Wagner's lawsuit is: It says that all the way back in 1973, R.J. and wife Natalie Wood dreamed up the dream that was "Charlie's Angels." When the series made it to the air in 1976, Wagner and Wood got a cut.
And when Spelling got a deal to make an "Angels" revival series in 1988, Wagner was in line to get another cut. (Wood died in 1982.)
Thing was, "Angels '88" never made it to the air. Fox, the network with whom Spelling had a deal, backed out. Spelling, Wagner's suit says, threatened to sue.
To placate the producer, the network let him pitch two more drama series -- one of which became, ta-da, "Beverly Hills, 90210."
Wagner says he didn't learn about the Fox make-good offer until 1999. The way he figures, if he and Wood didn't pitch "Charlie's Angels," there wouldn't have been an "Angels '88" deal, and, hence, there wouldn't have been a "90210."
The mind boggles with Tori Spelling implications.
No comment yet from Spelling.