News Roundup: May 8


Top Story

Comedian Robin Williams is going back to his roots–and HBO has got him. He will be taking the stage for the first time in 15 years with a live comedy special, Robin Williams: Live on Broadway. It will air July 14 at 9 p.m.


Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton will soon be able to bring home their adoptive Cambodian son. The Immigration and Naturalization Service has cleared 18 Cambodian children for American families, including the star couple’s 9-month-old son, Maddox.

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is all grown up–and sexier than ever, according to Vanity Fair. In its June issue, the magazine calls Clinton the “new J.F.K. Jr.,” Reuters reports, as she continues her studies at England’s Oxford University and flaunts a new boyfriend, Ian Klaus, a fellow U.S. student at Oxford.

Bruce Willis is such a nice dad. He decided to buy 12,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies on the advice of his youngest daughter, Tallulah, 8, and sent them to the U.S. troops in Afghanistan, his publicist told Reuters. He paid the full price of $36,000. That’s a lot of Thin Mints.

Lucy Lawless, the former Xena: Warrior Princess, had a real-life adventure of her own Tuesday. She gave birth to a son, Judah Miro Tapert, in her home in New Zealand. The baby weighed in at 8 pounds, 8 ounces, The Associated Press reported. She and husband Robert G. Tapert, executive producer of the now defunct Xena, also have a 2-year-old son, and Lawless has a 13-year-old daughter from a previous marriage.

Handsome rocker Jon Bon Jovi is a dad again, as well. His wife, Dorothea, gave birth to a son, Jacob, Tuesday in New Jersey, bringing the count in the Bon Jovi household to five. The couple also has a daughter, 9, and a son, 7.

Ethan Hawke‘s second novel, Ash Wednesday, will be released in September. The book revolves around a soldier who bolts from the Army to be with his pregnant lover. Hawke’s first novel, The Hottest State, was released in 1997.

In the Biz

Wanna see Leatherface again? Sure you do. Well, you’ll get to because New Line Cinema and music video director Marcus Nispel have decided to reconceptualize the Tobe Hooper classic horror flick The Texas Chainsaw Massacre for a brand-new feature film release. Shooting starts in July.

Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have bought the rights to make movies based on the archival material published in Playboy over the last 48 years. Since the magazine’s first issue in 1953, it has printed short stories from such authors as Ray Bradbury, John Irving and Larry McMurtry. Sure, that’s why guys buy the magazine–for the articles.

Jamie Foxx will be portraying Ray Charles in the feature film Unchain My Heart: The Ray Charles Story, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will follow the musician’s life from growing up in Georgia to his rise in the music industry.

Tube News

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Sylvester Stallone has created and produced a TV series about a hip Catholic priest, Father Lefty, which is currently being considered by CBS for its fall lineup. With the current rash of sexual misconduct allegations against Catholic priests, Stallone’s timing is perfect.

Music News

Boy George is back–and better than ever! He made his stage debut in the musical Taboo, a tale about George’s own group, Culture Club, and its short reign during the ’80s. George plays performance artist Leigh Bowery in the musical.


The New York Drama Critics’ Circle named Edward Albee’s provocative play The Goat the best of the year. The group also gave Elaine Stritch a special award for her autobiographical one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty.

In Memoriam

Makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin, who worked on such famous faces as Cindy Crawford, Britney Spears and Julia Roberts, died Tuesday from complications of a metabolic disorder. He was 40.