News Roundup: July 29


Windjammer director Louie de Rochemont passed away at the age of 70 at his home in Oslo, reports The Associated Press. Rochement pioneered the wide-screen effect.

In General

Sabrina co-star Carolina Rhea will take over Rosie O’Donnell‘s talk show next year when Rosie steps down in mid-2002.

Planet of the Apes star Mark Wahlberg is considering rapping again. “You never know. I seen [sic] the president of my record company last week and people are always talking. I’ve met with a couple of interesting people, some hip-hop guys,” Wahlberg told

“Riverdance” star Michael Flatley, who brought Irish folk dance to international prominence, is retiring from dancing, his spokeswoman said on Sunday, reports Reuters.

ABC and ESPN have signed a five-year deal with golf superstar Tiger Woods, which obligates the dominating golfer to play in several special events for the Walt Disney-owned networks, including at least one primetime event each year.

Geri Halliwell, formerly known as Ginger Spice, will entertain British troops on a military exercise in Oman; certainly a morale-boosting show, reports the BBC.

MGM announced a loss of $61.3 million for box-office flops What’s the Worst That Could Happen and Josie and the Pussycats, says Variety.