News Roundup: Sept. 30


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Baywatch actor David Hasselhoff admits to having hit the bottom of the barrel. He told TV Guide that after checking himself into an alcohol treatment program in June, he left after one day, got a hotel room and starting drinking nonstop, winding up in the hospital. Hasselhoff said, “I woke up going, ‘This is rock bottom.'” He told the magazine he has since returned to the Betty Ford Clinic, where he is attending daily meetings for recovering alcoholics, and filming a reunion movie for his hit show Baywatch. Quipped the actor, “I thought about writing a book called The Minibar and Me. [I’d be] social drinking, having fun–and damn, I’d just have a blackout.”


In this case, he won’t be back. Arnold Schwarzenegger has asked a group in his hometown of Graz, Austria, to please stop plans to erect an 82-foot statue of the actor’s most famous character: The Terminator. A spokesperson for The Forum Stadtpark, which is trying to get the $4.9 million statue made to stand in Graz’s central park, told The Associated Press Schwarzenegger sent a letter requesting the money be used for better things, such as the Special Olympics.

AP reports the $60 million lawsuit against actor Steven Seagal, which alleges the actor backed out of a multi-movie deal worth $125 million at the suggestion of his Buddhist spiritual adviser, will go to trial as planned. On Thursday Judge Joseph Maltese ruled that the case, filed by Seagal‘s former partner, Julius Nasso, is valid and refused to throw it out.

Supermodel Kate Moss gave birth to her first child in London on Sunday. The baby girl, whom Moss and her partner Jefferson Hack have named Lola, weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces. London’s Daily Mirror reports the couple is “deliriously happy” and anxious to add more to their growing family.


The filmmakers of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson‘s next film are asking permission from the state to film a stunt around the sacred Hawaiian site Kapena Falls, where royalty once bathed. The film (yet to be titled after the original title Helldorado was scrapped) has The Rock playing the Hawaiian warrior king Kamehameha, who ruled the islands from 1795 until his death in 1819.


Sex and the City‘s creator Darren Star is a hot commodity these days. Not only does Star have a development deal with HBO for a new series called Pacific Palisades, Variety reports NBC has now made a seven-figure pilot commitment to another Star project, a one-hour comedy-drama based on the real-life story of Samantha Daniels, a matrimonial lawyer who also doubles as a high-class matchmaker. “It’s all about relationships–getting into them and getting out of them,” Star told Variety.


MTV Europe Music Awards host Sean “P. Diddy” Combs promises the Nov. 14 show in Barcelona, Spain, will be “a big ol’ party,” Reuters reports. “There is not going to be a dull moment. I really don’t think it gets sexier than this–MTV, Barcelona, Diddy,” Combs said at the London news conference when the nominees were announced.

ZZ Top is hitting the road again, Euro style. The group postponed the European leg of their tour in 2000 when bassist Dusty Hill was diagnosed with hepatitis C. Now that the 53-year-old Hill is better, he and band members guitarist Billy Gibbons and drummer Frank Beard will continue their European tour throughout October beginning Tuesday in Helsinki, Finland.