News Roundup: Oct. 8

News Roundup: Oct. 8

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News organizations aired footage of the attacks on Afghanistan as well as a videotaped message from Osama bin Laden despite CNN’s exclusive deal with Qatar’s Al-Jazeera network, Variety reports. Under the deal, Al-Jazeera must prohibit the use of its footage for six hours before releasing it to other networks. In return, the network gets to use CNN’s footage. Rival networks are claiming that Al-Jazeera’s footage falls under the “fair use” rule, which allows widespread coverage during national emergencies.

Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell performed for British troops stationed in Oman on Saturday, Reuters reports. Dressed in military colors, Halliwell entertained the crowd at Camp South in Oman’s southern desert, which was turned into an entertainment camp with big screens and tent-bars.

A plane-hijacking scene has been edited out of the French action-comedy Wasabi starring Jean Reno. According to Variety, the scene has been replaced with a more suitable ending.

In Courts

Shannen Doherty will serve five days in a work-release program as part of her sentencing for a drunken driving arrest in December, Page reports. The sentence comes after the former star of Charmed and Beverly Hills, 90210 was arrested for drunk driving in December.

In General

Anne Robinson, host of The Weakest Link, writes in her new autobiography that her mother was a domineering woman nicknamed “The Duchess.” According to Reuters, Memoirs of an Unfit Mother also reveals Robinson‘s own shortcomings as a boozy mother in the 1960s.

Mary Hart has signed on for five more years as host of NBC’s Entertainment Tonight, The Associated Press reports. The contract gives Hart, who has hosted the show since 1982, $5 million a season as well as a more creative role in the show’s production, including a possible ET spin-off.

David Lynch has signed on as an executive producer of Cabin Fever, directed by newcomer Eli Roth and starring Michael Rosenbaum. According to Variety, the film is about five isolated friends who contract a deadly flesh-eating virus.

NBC has ordered a script for a half-hour kitchen-based romantic comedy starring Patrick Dempsey, Variety reports. The script will center around a sous chef and his experiences in a restaurant. Matthew Carnahan, a former chef, will pen the script.

NBC will televise Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards’ home opener against the Philadelphia 76ers on Nov. 3. According to, NBC will also broadcast the Wizards’ Dec. 1 home game against the Orlando Magic. The network had originally planned the beginning of its NBA television schedule with a Christmas doubleheader.