Top Story: Sharon Stone and Hubby Phil Bronstein Split
Sharon Stone and her husband, San Francisco Chronicle Executive Editor Phil Bronstein, are headed for divorce court. According to The Associated Press, Bronstein filed his petition for divorce Thursday in San Francisco County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. Stone, 45, and Bronstein, 52, were married Feb. 14, 1998, and have a 3-year-old son, Roan. They said in the joint statement that they were committed to being great parents and having a friendship, as parents, going forward. Bronstein made headlines two years ago when a 7-foot-long Komodo dragon bit his left foot at the Los Angeles Zoo during a private visit arranged by Stone. The Basic Instinct star, meanwhile, was also in the news in 2001 when she was treated for a brain hemorrhage at the University of California.
Oscars Invite 87 Countries for Foreign-Language Consideration
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has asked 87 countries to submit films for foreign-language Oscar consideration, Variety reports. In order to qualify, a film must have a predominantly non-English dialogue track in the submitting country's official language and is also required to have had a minimum run of a week at a public theater in the home country between November 2002 and September 2003. Nominees will be announced Jan. 27. The 76th Academy Awards are scheduled for Feb. 29 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.
Theater Bans Young Children
A movie theater in Kansas City, Mo., has banned children under six in a bid to accommodate its adult clientele. According to Reuters, the Cinemark Palace is no longer showing movies rated G or PG and fliers posted in the lobby announce that as of July 4, the theater will show "adult films, independent films and films geared toward adult audiences." The Palace also has a VIP room where adults can sit in recliners and drink alcohol while watching a movie. A spokeswoman for Dallas-based Cinemark USA said they are not trying to exclude children but reinforcing a more adult-oriented film menu.
Kutcher Sticks With That '70s Show
It's nice to see that all that fame hasn't gone to Ashton Kutcher's head. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor has struck a new deal with That '70s Show production company Carsey-Werner-Mandabach that will keep him on the Fox sitcom through the 2004-05 season. The '04-'05 pact will reportedly bump Kutcher's per-episode salary to the low six-figure range, which means he will make somewhere between $5 million-$7 million for each 25-episode season. Kutcher, who is already under contract for the upcoming 2003-04 '70s Show season, is also creator/executive producer/star of MTV's hidden-camera prankster series Punk'd.
NBC Leads Key Demo, CBS Nabs Total Viewers
NBC leads the pack in the adults 18-49 demographic five weeks into the summer ratings period but CBS is the most-watched network in total viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Fox, meanwhile, is running second to NBC in adults 18-49, and ABC is fighting to stay tied with CBS for third place in the key demo. The Big Four networks are taking significantly different approaches with their summer scheduling strategies, with NBC running a steady stream of reality shows, while CBS has so far relied on reruns of its regular schedule. ABC has run its crop of new sitcoms while Fox is sticking to a new slate that includes American Idol Jr., American Juniors.
Lollapalooza Opens Saturday
Lollapalooza, the concert that toured summer stages from 1991 to 1997, opens Saturday in Indianapolis after a six-year hiatus. Audioslave, Incubus and Jurassic 5 are set to headline along with Jane's Addiction, who are promoting their first new album since 1990's Ritual De Lo Habitual. In addition to enjoying the music, concertgoers will be able to use cell phones to interact with giant plasma screens set up on the grounds, and visit the X-Box tent to play any of 140 X-Box video game consoles, the AP reports.
SoundScan Compiles Sales of Music Download
Nielsen SoundScan has begun compiling sales of permanent music downloads, which will be included in Billboard's new download tracks chart. Sales data will initially come from the digital-music services run by Apple Computer, Liquid Audio, MusicNet, RealNetworks and Roxio, but streams and other non-permanent digital-music sales will not be included. This week's top three digital track sales are "Crazy in Love" by Beyonce featuring Jay-Z, followed by Kelly Clarkson's "Miss Independent" and Coldplay's "Clocks."
Role Call: McConaughey To Star in Don Cheadle's Directorial Debut
Matthew McConaughey is in negotiations to star in Tishomingo Blues, which will mark the feature directorial debut of actor Don Cheadle. The pic, an adaptation of the Elmore Leonard bestseller, is set in Mississippi and centers on a circus high diver staying at the Tishomingo Lodge & Casino who witnesses a murder by local members of the Dixie Mafia. The project is expected to begin production Sept. 2.
Top Story: Grace Under Fire Creator Sues Show
Grace Under Fire creator Chuck Lorre sued production company Carsey-Werner-Mandabach Tuesday, claiming he was underpaid for his work on the ABC sitcom. The comedy, which focused on the "trailer trash" life of former standup comedian Brett Butler, aired from 1993 to 1998. According to the Los Angeles Superior Court suit, Lorre, who served as executive producer for the first season, lost millions of dollars because of payments made to cast and crew members who were sexually harassed and verbally abused by Butler. Although the lawsuit did not offer details of the alleged harassment and abuse but claims Lorre claims Carsey-Werner settled them by paying "substantial" settlements to those who complained. Butler's manager, Mark Burg, disputed the allegations against the actress and said she is still friends with people who worked on the show, Reuters reports.
Jack Osbourne Doing Well in Rehab
In an interview with US Weekly magazine, Kelly Osbourne said her brother Jack is in "good spirits" after admitting himself into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic last week. Kelly said she and her family had had no idea how serious her 17-year-old brother's problems were before he checked into the clinic on April 23. "He's doing very well and we're all very proud of him," she told the magazine. "He's in really good spirits."
Tom Arnold Sued for Sexual Harassment
Tom Arnold, former NBA player John Salley, and others involved with Fox Sports Network's Best Damn Sports Show Period are being sued for sexual harassment by a show hairstylist, the AP reports. Lisa Brescher's lawsuit alleged that Arnold and Salley made unwelcome sexual advances towards her. Brescher, 29, claims Arnold took her off her "lucrative Sunday shift" when she filed a sexual harassment complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
T2 Goes High Definition
Artisan Entertainment and Microsoft Corp. unveiled Monday T2: Extreme DVD--the first DVD to be released especially for digital high-definition computer and television monitors. Reuters reports the two-disc DVD contains a standard DVD of Terminator 2: Judgment Day and a second that contains a high-definition version of the film to be played on a computer DVD-ROM drive and high-end monitors. The two-disc set hits stores on June 3.
Treasure Planet Finds Riches on Home Video
The home video debut of Disney's animated feature Treasure Planet sold more than 1 million VHS and DVD units on its first day in release. One major retailer who asked not to be identified told The Hollywood Reporter he believes Treasure Planet is likely to exceed its nearly $40 million domestic box office gross within the first week of release. The film, which cost a reported $140 to make, was a high-profile bust last year in theaters.
Madonna's America Life No. 1
Madonna's new album, American Life, opened at No. 1 on this week's Billboard charts. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album sold 241,000 units its first week in stores--a respectable amount but still far below the 420,000 units her last release, Music, sold three years ago. Rapper 50 Cent came in at No. 2 with Get Rich or Die Tryin', followed by Kelly Clarkson, who slipped to No. 3 with her debut album, Thankful.
Berry Makes "Beautiful People" List
X2: X-Men United star Halle Berry made People magazine's annual list of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World"-- for the seventh time. Also appearing in this year's issue are celebs Julia Roberts, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Ryan Seacrest, singers Norah Jones and Usher, and basketball player Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs. The issue hits newsstands Friday.
Role Call: Ben and Jen May Play Boston Sleuths, Turturro Joins Latest King Adaptation
Alan Ladd, who is currently producing An Unfinished Life starring Jennifer Lopez, told Variety the singer/actress may co-star with Ben Affleck in his next project, Gone, Baby, Gone for Paramount. Affleck is writing the script for the pic, in which he will also star and possibly direct. The pic revolves around two Boston private eyes who investigate a series of mysteries. Ladd said J.Lo would play Affleck's partner ... John Turturro is set to star opposite Johnny Depp in Columbia Pictures' Secret Window, Secret Garden for writer/director David Koepp. The pic is a thriller based on a Stephen King novella about a psychotic stranger stalking a writer he claims stole his story but changed the ending. Maria Bello, Timothy Hutton and Ving Rhames are in negotiations to join the cast.
Judging from critics' comments, Angel Eyes was calculated to appeal to men as a cop thriller (with the sexy Jennifer Lopez as the cop) and to women as a weepy love story. The critics disagree on how well the filmmakers have been able to make such a hybrid viable. Clearly (male) critic Jonathan Foreman in the New York Post wasn't reaching for the Kleenex. "During an endless, maudlin last act, it becomes more and more difficult not to laugh -- or barf -- as the protagonists tearfully come to terms with their issues," he writes. (Female) Rita Kempley begins her review in the Washington Post this way: "When she's not slamming thugs the size of sumo wrestlers upside the hood of her squad car, Jennifer Lopez's butt-busting heroine in Angel Eyes is boo-hoo-hooing in the privacy of her lonely room. J-Lo is Jell-O on the inside. Sniff." On the other hand, Ray Conlogue in the Toronto Globe and Mail describes the film as "a smoothly written romantic film which has the discipline to avoid what its producer Mark Canton calls the 'otherworldly forces' (ghosts, angels) which have infected recent popular romances like City of Angels and Ghost." Jay Carr, also describes the movie positively for the most part. It's "a billowy romance that has date movie written all over it," he writes. "This is a surprisingly effective film," says Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times. "For what it is, [it's] not bad," Bob Longino remarks in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Michael Wilmington in the Chicago Tribune, however, has a less benevolent attitude -- perhaps because it is set in Chicago. The movie, he says, "tries to pump real emotions into a never-never Chicago that has been glamorized and thrillerized almost out of recognition. It's not the usual kind of big-studio mediocrity. It's a slicker sellout, full of phony-sounding greeting-card idealism."