News Roundup: Oct. 18

News Roundup: Oct. 18

Teen Choice Awards 2002: American Idol Contestants: Justin, Christina, Tamyra, RJ,Kelly and Nikki
American Idol contestants: Justin, Christina, Tamyra, RJ, Kelly and Nikki


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Judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson will reunite with old pal Simon Cowell for the second round of Fox’s American Idol. The producers of the show have also announced they will bring in a fourth judge who will “add a different and unique perspective” to the group, Variety reports. Ryan Seacrest will return as host and most likely be paired with a female co-host, after Idol‘s original co-host Brian Dunkleman announced he wouldn’t be returning.


Easy Rider star Peter Fonda, riding a custom-built Harley-Davidson motorcycle, led a parade of about 200 bikers Tuesday in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to help promote the Santa Fe Film Festival, which runs Dec. 4-8. Fonda, 62, who will receive a festival award, is familiar with the surroundings since the cult classic was filmed in the Taos area 33 years ago.

Tony Soprano may not want to get involved in drugs but the guy who plays him once did. James Gandolfini, star of HBO’s The Sopranos, admits he once struggled with drugs and alcohol abuse, Dan Klores, Gandolfini‘s spokesman, confirmed to the Associated Press. The actor’s past substance abuse problems have been brought up in the divorce proceedings with his wife of three years. “To bring it up now, as an attempt to gain leverage and a better settlement during the divorce, is just reprehensible,” Klores said.


Along with many X-Files fans, David Duchovny would like to see a second X-Files film made. “I think we’re all kind of excited to go back and have a reunion, even though we haven’t been apart for that long,” Duchovny told AP. The actor left the now-defunct series in 2001 to pursue an career in movies. No word yet on whether a X-Files sequel will actually happen.

Let’s all rest easy now. Miramax has finally picked Dec. 20 as the release date for Martin Scorsese‘s Gangs of New York, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio. The film, whose release date has been bounced around since late last year, was to hit the theaters this Christmas Day but would have competed against another DiCaprio film Catch Me If You Can.

Director Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson–the masterminds behind the Scream franchise–are reteaming on a new film Cursed. Set in Los Angeles, the film will be a hip, modern twist on the classic werewolf tale. Production is slated to be immediately.

Diego Luna, the hot, young star of Y Tu Mama Tambien, has been cast as the male lead in Havana Nights, the sequel to Dirty Dancing. The story follows a 17-year-old girl who moves with her family to revolution-era Cuba. While there, she goes against her family’s wishes and falls for a young Cuban dancer (Luna), who helps her discover herself and the world beyond her sheltered existence.


Roseanne is returning to television–but not how you’d expect. The comedian has set a deal with her old pals at ABC to develop a reality-based comedy, setting Roseanne in a workplace environment, either a talk or cooking show. Maybe she can get Anna Nicole Smith and Ozzy Osbourne as guests to make it complete.


Celine Dion has begun the rehearsal process in Bousval, Belgium, for her return to center stage. She is preparing for her appearance at the new $100 million Colosseum theater at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace next March.