News Roundup, Nov. 8: Hollywood Celebs Make Magazine’s 2002 Loser List


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Stuff magazine has compiled a tongue-in-cheek list of 2002’s biggest losers and two Hollywood celebs have made the list. New Zealand actor Russell Crowe, who starred in last year’s drama A Beautiful Mind, was ranked No. 2 with the recommendation that he should lighten up. Also on the list was The West Wing star Martin Sheen for apparently thinking he really is the president. The top honors went to Steven the Dell Guy, whose real name is Ben Curtis. “The Dell Guy was ubiquitous,” Stuff editor in chief Greg Gutfeld told Reuters. “The only reason he’s perceived as being successful was because he was ubiquitous.” Also on the list: the FBI, for publicly identifying a suspected anthrax mailer who now plans to sue the agency for defamation, and airport security workers, with the citation, “they couldn’t spot a real terrorist if they had ‘Death to Infidels’ tattooed on their foreheads.”


Woody Harrelson, Joseph Fiennes and Audrey Tautou (Amelie) were among the celebs attending the opening of 46th annual London Film Festival, which runs until Nov. 21. Gwyneth Paltrow was on the guest list, but was a no-show, The Associated Press reports. The festival will showcase about 200 new films, including 8 Mile, The Quiet American and Dirty Pretty Thing.


Francis Ford Coppola‘s Apocalypse Now was voted the greatest film of the last quarter century by British film experts, Reuters reports. The poll was organized by the British Film Institute’s Sight & Sound magazine, which asked a panel of 50 film experts to consider 259 films made between 1978 and now.

A former Lucasfilm employee accused of stealing $450,000 worth of property from the company pleaded innocent Wednesday to four counts of unlawful access to a computer system and nine counts of theft, the AP reports. Shae O’Brien Foley is accused of taking thousands of items from Lucasfilm and providing an early version of the film to movie writer Harry Knowles, who posted the review on his Web site before the film opened in theaters.


Sharon Osbourne has inked a deal with Telepictures Prods. to mount a single-issue talk show set to debut in syndication for fall 2003, Variety reports. The format would be a welcome changed for Osbourne, who told Barbara Walters this week that if the family were to do it over again, they would not have done the MTV show.

Kim Delaney, who costars with David Caruso in the new CBS drama CSI: Miami, is leaving the series after 10 episodes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. According to a statement released Thursday by CBS, the show’s producers felt Delaney‘s character of Megan Donner was becoming less integral to the series as the season progressed. Delaney was not a member of the show’s original cast featured in the pilot.


AC/DC, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, The Police and The Clash have been named as 2003 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Reuters reports. The 18th annual induction ceremony will be held in New York on March 10. Former Police bassist and singer Sting said on his Web site, “I am very proud of the legacy of The Police. We were a a damn good band and it still holds up.” The trio, which included Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland, broke up in 1985.


Magician David Blaine has a new book out called Mysterious Stranger: A Book of Magic, and if you read it, you could be $100,000 richer. According to Fox News, the book will be peppered with clues that will lead the reader to a 25-karat solid gold orb and Blaine‘s phone number. Dial it and Blaine will show up with a check for $100,000–and you get to keep the orb.