News Roundup: Jan. 7

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Jerry Seinfeld appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington on Saturday and hinted at the possibility of a Seinfeld reunion during a question-and-answer session at the end of the show, The Washington Post reports. “It’s a definite possibility,” he said. Seinfeld added that a reunion could even be called likely once the careers of all four stars are down the drain. Former Seinfeld co-stars Jason Alexander and Michael Richards have each bombed in their respective sitcoms, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus has a new show in the works for NBC. “Two down and two to go,” the comedian said.

In General

Lynne Spears, Britney‘s mom, tells all about Christmas at the Spears house on her daughter’s official Web site. According to Lynne, Britney visited Justin at his home in Memphis, but came home Christmas Eve, and stayed through the holidays. She also mentions that Britney and her brother Bryan threw a New Year’s Eve party in Greenwich Village, which she refers to as “the Village section of New York.”

Only 11 of the 19 winners showed up to collect their honors at the first American Film Institute Awards in Beverly Hills on Saturday, The Associated Press reports. Director Robert Altman and actors Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, Jennifer Connelly, Judy Davis and James Gandolfini were no-shows. The only actor present was Sissy Spacek, who won best actress for In the Bedroom.

Tom Hanks has been named chairman of the newly formed award screening committee for the Academy of Motion Pictures & Sciences that will decide the three finalists for the animated feature category, People reports. Hanks‘ duties will include arranging screenings and serving as a go-between between the short film and feature animation branches of the organization.

French designer Yves Saint Laurent, 65, announced Monday at his salon in Paris that he was retiring, Reuters reports. Though his departure will not mean the end of the label, it may signal the end of his tailoring activities for the ready-to-wear collection. In 1999 Italy’s Gucci Group acquired the label and proceeded to do a full revamp. Though Saint Laurent remained in charge of the haute couture collections, fashion insiders said he took an immediate dislike to designer Tom Ford and his team of commercially minded executives and felt increasingly isolated from the industry.

Moby is fine, thanks, at least according to a message left on his Web site. The dance and techno musician was apparently bitten by an alley cat in New York City’s Chinatown and was forced to visit the emergency room at Beth-Israel Hospital. “I appreciate and practice homeopathy and traditional medicines, but when you’ve got feline dumpster bacteria running around your bloodstream you suddenly become very fond of good old Western medicine and its arsenal of antibiotics,” he said.

Prince Edward has once again infuriated his older brother Prince Charles by asking him to partake in a television documentary about his love life, Reuters reports. Edward, who runs Britain’s Ardent television company, is reportedly making a program about his brother’s failed marriage to Princess Diana and his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.

Rentals of home videos and DVDs are up 2.1 percent from 2000 and topped $8.42 billion in 2001. More rental outlets and the rapidly growing popularity of new DVDs have helped push revenues from the home video market over the 2001 film box office total of $8.35 billion, Reuters reports.

Leni Riefenstahl, the German filmmaker who was blacklisted in 1954 because of her work for the Third Reich, plans to release a new movie this year, Reuters reports. Underwater Impressions will be a compilation of footage from more than 2,000 scuba dives she made in the Indian Ocean between 1974 and 2000 and will premiere on her 100th birthday in August. Riefenstahl‘s Triumph of the Will, a powerful documentary of the 1934 Nazi party rally in Nuremberg, was criticized for helping establish Adolf Hitler’s image as an all-powerful leader.