Shock jock Howard Stern is planning to remake the raunchy teen sex flicks Porky's and Rock 'n' Roll High School under the banner "Howard Stern Presents...," Variety reports. "I think I represent what National Lampoon once meant to the teen audience," said Stern, who will serve as executive producer on both films. "I'm trying to present something different." Stern and his partner Dan Gross of Arclight Films have begun to meet with writers and hope to star production on the first project by next summer. The original Porky's, released by 20th Century Fox in 1981 cost $4 million to make and grossed more than $105 million.
Steven Spielberg will head to Cuba next week to attend the premiere of Minority Report, The Associated press reports. The film will also launch a festival showing eight of Spielberg's films, including E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Raiders of the Lost Ark. The director will meet with Cuban filmmakers and visit the International School of Film and Television and visit Havana's main synagogue to meet with the Jewish community.
Actress Peggy Moran, who was dubbed one of Hollywood's "shrieking violets," died Friday in Camarillo, Calif., of complications from injuries suffered in a car accident, the AP reports. She was 84. Moran starred in more than 30 horror and Western films in the 1930s and 1940s, including The Mummy's Hand and Rhythm of the Saddle. She married film director Henry Koster, who placed a bust of her head in every movie he made after they wed.
Soul singer Barry White, who was hospitalized last month for kidney dialysis, is resting at home while doctors conduct tests to find a suitable transplant donor, Reuters reports. Barry, 58, probably won't be doing a nationwide search for a suitable donor since he has eight children.
Eddie Griffin, Cheech Marin and Queen Latifah will lend their voices for the English-language version of Roberto Benigni's Pinocchio, Variety reports. The live-action Italian-language film, which has grossed more than $20 million since it opened in Italy two weeks ago, opens Stateside on Dec. 25.
Mighty Mouse, who has been defending mice from cats since 1942, is coming to save the day on the big screen. According to Variety, Paramount Pictures has greenlighted a computer animated version of Mighty Mouse for its Nickelodeon banner to produce. It is not yet known if the feature version will keep the cartoon's distinguished operatic style, with dialogue sung rather than spoken. No director is attached to the project yet.
Madonna beat out Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger as Britain's biggest music earner, according to a teaser in the latest Sunday Times Pay List, which ranks the 500 highest paid people in the country. The Material Girl, who qualified for the list after she became a British resident, raked in more than $56 million in the year to Sept. 30. Nearly half of that--about $24 million--came from the deal she inked with Microsoft Corp. to use her single "Ray of Light" in the Windows XP media campaign.
The members of Aerosmith, who spent the summer touring with Run-DMC, are mourning the death of the rap trio's Jason Mizell, aka Jam Master Jay, who was killed Thursday night in a studio in Queens, New York. The group posted this statement on their Web site: "We were greatly shocked and saddened by the news of the untimely death of Jam Master Jay. When we were down and out and in the depths, Jay and Run-DMC came along and said, 'Come play on our record.' Run-DMC and Jam Master Jay's gift to the world was a new kind of music for a whole new generation, and their gift to us was a piece of ourselves back. Jay was scratching before anyone had the itch and was still at the top of his game when we played with him this summer. We will hear him every night we play 'Walk This Way.'"
Shrek stars Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy have agreed to voice the sequel to last year's animation mega-blockbuster, according to Reuters. And while we'll most likely have to wait until 2004 to see the ogre, Princess Fiona and Donkey in Shrek 2, we've learned one thing from its $900 million predecessor: green ogres rake in the green stuff.
Walt Disney Pictures announced Thursday that its major holiday animation film Treasure Planet will be released simultaneously in 35mm and IMAX Theaters on Nov. 27. Based on Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, this futuristic space adventure follows a boy pirate in search of the "loot of a thousand worlds." Emma Thompson, David Hyde Pierce and Martin Short will voice the characters.
Robert Redford's not the "Sundance Kid" for nothing. According to the Associated Press, Academy President Frank Pierson announced Friday that Redford, the actor/director/producer/creator of Sundance, will receive an honorary Oscar in March for having an "enormously positive impact on the motion picture industry" through his "dedication to independent filmmaking."
Speaking of "indie flicks," William Shatner and Harry Hamlin were in the Twin Cities Friday promoting their new low-budget flick, "Shoot or Be Shot," AP reports. Although this one probably won't get wide distribution, Hamlin said they took on the project because "we love the story, and we love the characters." (At least he's busy again; Hamlin's last notable role was on TV drama L.A. Law which ended in 1994).
Marisa Tomei and Ted Danson will announce the nominees for the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Tuesday, according to Ananova.com. The awards are given to both film and TV actors, and the winners will be announced March 10.
Mariah Carey may be back in the recording studio sooner than later. After a disappointing broken contract with EMI, the singer is rumored to be in negotiations with hip-hop label Def Jam, according to Sky News. Nothing has been finalized to date.
Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Phil Collins, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder are all set take part in Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee, a live concert honoring the queen's 50-year U.K. reign, Reuters reports. The BBC is scheduled to air the concert live June 3.
The Michael Jackson Internet Fan Club will be closing its doors Thursday, according to a message the MJIFC Team left on its site that read, "We are now ready to move on to other tasks in our lives." ABC News.com reports the site had been online for seven years.
PBS is celebrating 40 years of R&B classics in "Rhythm and Blues 40: A Soul Spectacular,'' Reuters reports. While no date is set, the artists highlighted will include the Isley Brothers, Percy Sledge, Eddie Holman, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes and others. Dionne Warwick will co-host the program with Jerry Butler and Sam Moore.
What's your favorite flavor? The Dave Matthews Band has a new one. It's called One Sweet Whirled, and it's named after their song "One Sweet World," according to MTV. Here's the scoop: it's one of several new Ben & Jerry's ice creams, combing coffee ice cream with caramel and marshmallow swirls.
Now for an '80s flashback. Pop band Bananarama will reunite at London's Astoria for a special 20th anniversary concert next month, Ananova.com reports. All three of the band's original members--Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward and Siobhan Fahey--will perform.
Playboy magazine is giving reality TV a shot, according to Sky News. Twelve contestants, who will be featured in the June issue of Playboy, will live with one another for two weeks while competing to become the July Playmate. Hugh Hefner will pick the winner for the show that's expected to be titled Who Wants To Be a Playboy Playmate?
She's had her "Good Times," took "Control," and led a "Rhythm Nation." On Saturday night, Janet Jackson became an icon.
MTV celebrated Jackson's illustrious musical career and influence at the first "mtvICON" gala. Hundreds of celebrities, fans and awe-struck admirers filled Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City for a series of tributes, tears and terrific performances.
Jackson's music, videos and style have influenced many of today's hottest hit-makers, and these top performers took to the stage and literally sang her praises. Rap duo Outkast opened the show by turning their chart-topping single, "I'm Sorry Miss Jackson," into "We Love You, Miss Jackson." Destiny's Child crooned "Let's Wait Awhile," Macy Gray sang "Love Will Never Do (Without You)," and Joshua Todd led Buckcherry in a rock version of "Nasty."
Jackson is known for her moves as much as her music. Aaliyah introduced a thrilling performance that put dance on display featuring Mya on "The Pleasure Principle," Pink on "Miss You Much," and Usher on "Alright." Then, the three were joined by a dozen dancers for a rousing rendition of "Rhythm Nation."
Following the powerful performances, many stars shared their memories and moments with Jackson, who was seated between producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Stevie Wonder recalled meeting her "when she could barely talk, let alone sing - when she could barely walk, let alone dance." Tyrese worshipped her with words, then serenaded the singer with a few a capella bars of "You Are So Beautiful." Other famous fawners included Taye Diggs, Jamie Foxx, Busta Rhymes, David Alan Grier, and top teens Britney Spears, 'N Sync and Christina Aguilera.
For the finale, Janet Jackson stole the stage to perform her new single "All For You," which debuted at No. 14 on last week's Billboard Hot 100, but is expected to be her 10th No.1 single. She has already had more than two dozen top 10 hits, made over 30 videos, and earned eight MTV Video Music Awards, including 1990's Video Vanguard Award.
MTV will award the "mtvICON" annually to an artist who has had an overwhelming impact on music, video and the next generation.
MTV will debut the show honoring Jackson on Tuesday, March 13th at 8 p.m.