Top Story: Pitt and Aniston Have No Nursery Plans
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are not building a nursery in their house–yet. Pitt, who has been shooting the Trojan War epic Troy in Malta, told Access Hollywood that while the nursery rumor is a good story, it isn’t happening at the moment. But the 40-year-old actor added, “That time will come. Yeah, the time will come, certainly.” According to The Associated Press, Pitt said Aniston has visited him on the set in Malta and they “had a good, nice, kind of husband and wife week” when he had some time off. He also said he and Aniston just found out that Malta is the island of fertility. Pitt and Aniston began dating in spring 1998 and were married on July 29, 2000.
WGA, PGA Announce Awards Show Dates
The first months of 2004 are shaping up to be busy ones. The Writers Guild of America announced Monday that its 56th annual awards show will be held Saturday, Feb. 21–just eight days before the Academy Awards. The Producers Guild of America, meanwhile, unveiled the date for its 14th annual show: Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles. The Directors Guild of America already announced a February 7 date for its show.
Winslet and Mendes Tie the Knot
Actress Kate Winslet married American Beauty director Sam Mendes in an intimate Caribbean ceremony in late May, her publicist said on Monday. Winslet‘s 2-year-old daughter Mia, from her previous marriage to director Jim Threapleton, and three close friends attended the small ceremony. Winslet, 28, is best known for her performance in the 1995 drama Sense and Sensibility, which earned the actress her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and as the heroine Rose in James Cameron‘s 1997 blockbuster Titanic.
Studdard Ditches 205 Jerseys
You won’t see American Idol winner Ruben Studdard won’t be sporting any more jerseys bearing the now-famous 205 area code, a reference to his hometown of Birmingham, Ala. Studdard, who is in Birmingham to shoot the video for his new single “Flying Without Wings,” told The Birmingham News Sunday that “a combination of things” factored in his decision to no longer wear the jerseys, made by 205 Flava Inc. “I will always represent the area 205, but 205 Flava is not indicative of what I am about,” he said. The 24-year-old idol, however, would not elaborate further on his decision, the AP reports.
Ron Howard Pic Gets Early Release
Ron Howard‘s upcoming thriller The Missing starring Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett will be released earlier than scheduled, Reuters reports. Sony had originally planned a wide release for the pic on January 16, 2004, but decided to roll it out in theaters earlier after seeing some early footage. The Western-set drama, based on a novel by Thomas Eidson, will receive a platform release beginning Dec. 10, in New York and Los Angeles in about six theaters. By Christmas, the film will be playing in about 125 theaters, with wide national release is set for Jan. 9.
Spike Lee Defends Lawsuit
Filmmaker Spike Lee said he is suing Viacom Inc. over its planned Spike TV because programs like its Pamela Anderson Stripperella cartoon will damage his reputation. Viacom, which bought TNN in 2000, announced in April that it would change TNN’s name to Spike TV on June 16 in an attempt to attract more men to an audience that is already about two-thirds male. Lee‘s lawyer Johnnie Cochran argued in court Monday that Viacom is changing TNN’s name in a deliberate attempt to capitalize on Lee‘s name and prestige. “They hope to get a boost in the ratings,” Cochran told State Supreme Court Justice Walter Tolub. “They don’t have a right to misappropriate his name to do that.”
Carson Daly To Get Roasted
Madonna, Britney Spears, and Nelly are set to join artists and comedians at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on June 28 for the first MTV Bash–a comedy/concert roast of late-night TV host Carson Daly. Daly is the host and executive producer of MTV’s popular daily countdown show Total Request Live. The guests, many of whom are friends of Daly, are expected to ridicule and poke fun at Daly‘s public image, work, and love life. Other attendees will include Jessica Simpson, Papa Roach, Carmen Electra, Andy Dick, Jon Stewart and Jimmy Kimmel. The event will be recorded for a July 13 telecast.
Tom Green Returns to Late Night TV
In more late-night news, comedian Tom Green is jumping again into the now crowded arena of young late-night talk show hosts, the AP reports. In The New Tom Green Show, the 31-year-old comedian will wear a suit and perform a monologue, then interview celebrity guests. Green will also mix in some comedy segments in the hour-long, late-night talker, which is set to air weeknights at midnight beginning June 23 on MTV.
Role Call: Halle Berry Lends Voice for CGI Pic Robots
Twentieth Century Fox, Blue Sky Studios and director Chris Wedge, the trio behind last year’s computer-animated hit Ice Age, will regroup for the CGI project Robots. The pic, set in a world composed entirely of robots, revolves around a young genius inventor who dreams of making the world a better place. Halle Berry, Ewan McGregor,