News Roundup: July 10


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Fans will be nodding their heads at the news that a second sequel to 1997 hit Men in Black is already being conceived. The first sequel, Men in Black II, broke box office records over the July 4 weekend, raking in a whopping $90 million in five days. Amy Pascal, the head of Columbia Pictures, told the New York Times that there will be a Men in Black III and that the studio will not be waiting another five years before making it. “We’ve already been talking about what we’re going to do,” she said.


Guitarist Eddie Van Halen and actress Valerie Bertinelli have announced they secretly separated 10 months ago after 20 years of marriage, The Associated Press reports. The two started living apart when Bertinelli, who starred in the sitcom One Day at a Time, began filming the series Touched by an Angel in Salt Lake City. They formally separated in October 2001.

Sharon Osbourne, the wife of heavy-metal icon Ozzy Osbourne, has been released from an undisclosed Los Angeles-area hospital after undergoing surgery for colon cancer, the AP reports. A spokeswoman for Osbourne, 50, said she was in good spirits and doing well.

‘N Sync band member Joey Fatone is making a leap to Broadway. Fatone, 25, will play Mark–the video artist who chronicles the lives of his friends in New York’s East Village in the early ’90s–in the long-running rock musical Rent, reports. Fatone, who had a small role in the comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding, makes his Broadway debut Aug. 5.

Actress Jane Krakowski is also pursuing her love for theater. In the comedy Fuddy Mears, the former Ally McBeal star plays an amnesiac who embarks on a journey of self-discovery to recover her memory. The play opens in London’s West End on Oct. 29, reports.

Elisabeth Filarski, a contestant on the CBS reality series Survivor: The Australian Outback, married her college sweetheart, former Boston College quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, on Saturday in Cranston, R.I., the AP reports. Filarski, 25, is the host of The Look for Less on cable TV’s Style Network.

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg and his wife, actress Kate Capshaw, have donated $12 million to a community equestrian club in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood, Reuters reports. The money will allow the Sullivan Canyon Riders Club to purchase the property it had been leasing and prevent the land from being sold to developers. In exchange, the couple will retain ownership of a 3/4-acre portion of the site.


Paramount Pictures has procured the domestic distribution rights to Around the World in Eighty Days, based on Jules Verne’s novel set during the Industrial Revolution. The film will star Jackie Chan as Passepartout, whose character seeks refuge in London after stealing a valuable jade Buddha, Variety reports. Shooting is expected to begin this fall.

Veteran TV actress Heather Locklear is set to play a hard-charging record executive in MGM’s upcoming comedy Molly Gunn, Variety reports. The studio is eyeing a 2003 release date for the film, which will be directed by Boaz Yakin (Batman Forever). Brittany Murphy and Dakota Fanning (I Am Sam) have already signed on to the project.