And who says television doesn't teach kids anything good? UPN's "Moesha" and "Teen Files," the WB's "Popular" and Fox's "That 70's Show" were among the teen shows praised for promoting candid discussions about sex at the 2000 SHINE (Sexual Health in Entertainment) Awards on Wednesday, USA Today reports.
Awards were also given to MTV's "True Life" and "Loveline," and Lifetime's "Any Day Now." The WB's "Dawson's Creek" received a special writers award.
"FRASIER" RULES: Hey, the funny shrink is still funny. According to the Nielsen ratings, NBC's hit comedy "Frasier" was the highest-rated show in its timeslot when it had its season premiere Tuesday night. What's more, the show gave the Peacock Network its largest audience since an episode of "Matlock" in September 1989.
A REFORMED CHANDLER: So what's the secret to a reformed Matthew Perry? The "Friends" star told US Weekly that his May hospitalization had nothing whatsoever to do with drugs, as the tabloids have been reporting. Rather, Perry attributed it to pancreatitis, a rare inflammation that is caused partly by alcohol abuse and prescription drugs. That said, Perry went on to vow that he will live a cleaner and healthier life.
GORE MEETS THE QUEEN: Vice President Al Gore walked on "the wild side" with talk show host Queen Latifah today, telling stories of his motorcycle days and revealing a preference for lace vs. leather. "On a woman, leather or lace?" Latifah asked Gore, also giving him a pop culture quiz during a taping of her show. "Lace,'' Gore answered, after a brief pause. The taping, for a Nov. 1 broadcast, took place at Scott Community College in Iowa.
BRAVO FOR BRAVO: And a bravo for Garry Shandling. Reruns of the funnyman's HBO series "The Larry Sanders Show" will start airing on the cable network Bravo beginning in fall 2002. The hit cable show ended its run in 1998.
Between work and life, there exists something called semi-retirement. And what do you know, Garth Brooks is considering it. Again.
The country singing king announced his intended withdrawal from the world of music today in a press conference, stressing that he would like to devote more time to being a full-time father, Reuters reports.
``I asked my wife to be both mother and father for eight years to our three daughters, and it's time for me to accept my responsibilities as a parent,'' Brooks said.
Still, Brooks asserted that his upcoming album, out next spring, would probably not be his last. And while we're at it, the 38-year-old singer also said that he would not be opposed to giving an occasional concert or two.
Of course, this is not the first time Brooks has retread from his career to refocus his attention on his family. Back in 1992, a series of live shows was canceled for the very same reason.
And according to the singer, he and his wife of 14 years have yet to decide on a permanent split.
"Sandy and I have not agreed to a divorce as the effect it will have on our children is weighing very heavy on our souls right now,'' Brooks said. "We are very close to a decision."
EM RAPS UP NORTH: Guess our northern neighbor got a dose of the real Slim Shady after all. Toronto police announced that self-fashioned bad boy rapper Eminem was allowed entry into Canada for a concert in Toronto on Thursday night, Reuters reported. On Wednesday, Ontario's attorney general vowed to stop the controversial rapper from stepping foot onto Canadian soil because of his scathing lyrics.
STRIP TEASE: Who said that the Brits are prudish? Definitely not pop star Robbie Williams. The British popster was absolved by the Broadcasting Standards Commission -- a broadcasting watchdog -- for dropping his pants in his video for "Rock DJ." In the video, Williams apparently pulled down his pants to reveal a pair of boxers while gyrating at a woman.
Get ready for "hell" on TV. Daily Variety reports that actor James Caan will star in the original movie "A Glimpse of Hell" for the FX cable channel.
The telepic, based on a true story, follows the controversy surrounding the explosion aboard the USS Iowa that killed 47 sailors. Caan will play the captain of the ship.
GORE: YES; 'DARK ANGEL': NO: "Dark Angel" fans, sorry! The Fox network has chosen live election broadcast over the James Cameron-conceived TV show for the Tuesday night of Nov. 7, aka Election Tuesday. That marks the first time the network has interrupted regular programming for the election.
NO RETIREMENT JUST YET: Despite a report earlier this week, "Diagnosis Murder's" Dick Van Dyke says today that he is not quite ready to retire just yet, Reuters says.
``I've been talking about retiring for years,'' Van Dyke said in a statement released by his publicist Thursday. ``It's my standard answer to the question, 'What are your future plans.' The truth is I'll always want to do things that are worthwhile or fun.''
"Coach" star Shelley Fabares is recovering from liver transplant surgery, her spokesman said on Thursday, October 26th.
Danny Chung, national spokesman for the Chicago-based Alzheimer's Association, of which Fabares was a long-time board member, said that her illness was caused by an autoimmune disorder.
Fabares, 56, is the wife of "Providence" actor Mike Farrell, and besides her Coach role, she is best known for her roles as a teen-ager on "The Donna Reed Show." She is expected to make a full recovery.
Get ready for Antonio Banderas' next assignment. The actor is in talks to star in the action movie "Ecks Vs. Sever," Daily Variety reports.
In the film, Banderas will play Ecks, a covert operative who has an archnemesis named Sever. The two agents must drop their in-fighting and unite to defeat a common enemy.
'DOWN' WITH HARTNETT: War makes heroes, and war flicks make huge movie stars. Josh Hartnett, who just finished shooting the WWII flick "Pearl Harbor," might star in another war project titled "Black Hawk Down," The Hollywood Reporter says. Based on Mark Bowden's 1999 nonfiction novel of the same name, the story is the true tale of the longest sustained battle involving U.S. troops since the Vietnam War.
QUEEN FOREVER: Add one more perk to being the queen of a famous, annual parade: The Reporter says that Sophia Bush, the 2000 Rose Queen, has got her first feature film deal with MGM. The film, "I Want Kandee," is said to be a "Roman Holiday" with teens. Bush is going to play a famous teen singer who longs to be an ordinary kid.
Wedding bells might be ringing again for actress Pamela Anderson, who married, divorced, reconciled and split again from Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee. The former "Baywatch" babe's current beau, Swedish model Marcus Schenkenberg, told a German newspaper that the couple would like to marry.
"Marriage and children, too, definitely," Schenkenberg said. "But I don't want to rush anything. I am a romantic."
The 32-year-old male model reportedly won the heart of animal-rights advocate and "V.I.P" star Anderson when he set free a tiny bird trapped in a Monaco hotel room in May.
"She is the most beautiful, famous and sexy woman in the world," Schenkenberg gushed to the paper. "We are crazy about each other."
Compared with Anderson's whirlwind four-day courtship with Lee, the squeaky-voiced bombshell has had all the time in the world to decide if Schenkenberg is Mr. Right.
Will Smith was wrong: "Parents" just do understand.
"Meet the Parents," the megahit comedy starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro, took in another $16.32 million to take the box office crown for the third consecutive week and hold off three debuts. Its three-week total stands at $81 million.
This is likely to be "Parents’" last weekend on top, as the much anticipated "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2," the sequel to "The Blair Witch Project," flies into theaters next weekend.
"Bedazzled," the Elizabeth Hurley and Brendan Fraser starrer about a man who sells his soul to Satan herself for seven wishes, was the runner-up in its debut weekend, taking in an estimated $13.72 million, according to box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations.
Finishing at No. 3 was the Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment ensemble "Pay It Forward," which moviegoers paid an estimated $10.15 million to see.
Rounding out the Top Five: "Remember the Titans" with $10 million, bringing its total to $77.4 million; and another debut, the Jackie Chan actioner "The Legend of Drunken Master" with $3.7 million.
Final box office figures will be released Monday. Here’s a list of the weekend’s estimated Top 10 at the box office:
1. "Meet the Parents," $16.32 million ($81 million total) 2. "Bedazzled," $13.72 million (opening weekend) 3. "Pay It Forward," $10.15 million (opening weekend) 4. "Remember the Titans," $10 million ($77.4 million total) 5. "The Legend of Drunken Master," $3.7 million (opening weekend) 6. "The Contender," $3.57 million ($10.6 million total) 7. "Lost Souls," $3.25 million ($12.9 million total) 8. "The Exorcist (2000), $2.9 million ($34.6 million total) 9. "The Ladies Man," $2.85 million ($9.7 million total) 10. "Dr. T and the Women," $2.5 million ($9.1 million total)
Video vixen Lara Croft can add ancient Cambodian temples to her domain. The actioner "Tomb Raider," based on a popular video game and starring Angelina Jolie as the gun-slinging character Croft, will film scenes at Cambodia's famous Angkor Wat temples, a Cambodian official announced today.
Authorities will not allow any shooting of guns in the temple complex, which dates from the 9th century. Filming of "Tomb Raider" will begin in late November.
Som Sokun, cinema director for the ministry of culture and fine arts, said actor Matt Dillon has also asked for permission to film "Beneath the Banyan Tree" in Cambodia.
Talk about a teaser. Not only did Elle magazine announce "Don't Date George Clooney" on its November cover, the accompanying article implied that the Hollywood heartthrob had a thing for sniffing armpits. It seems writer Deanna Kizis detailed her boring date with an unnamed movie star, described as an actor from "The Thin Red Line." At night's end, the actor "stuck his face in my armpit," Kizis writes. "He took a deep whiff and, coming up for air, said, 'You smell so good.'"
A full-page photo of Clooney accompanies the article, headlined "Gods and Monsters."
The 39-year-old actor, voted "The Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine and the star of last summer's blockbuster "The Perfect Storm," shot off a letter to Elle editors stating that he's never dated Kizis.
"You put my name on the cover of your magazine in a story that has nothing to do with me," writes the former "ER" star. "The article is so deceptive . . . that my parents called to ask me about it."
Clooney's letter further chides the editors: "Playing by your rules, what if I was to point out that a certain national magazine that just had my name on their cover wouldn't put an African American on their front page because they felt the magazines wouldn't sell as well?"
"The magazine (whose title ends in the letter 'E") had every cast member of "ER" on the cover except Eric LaSalle (who did three photo shoots for them)," writes Clooney. "In that same time, the magazine (who we'll keep nameless) had not put one actor of color on their cover, while 32 white actors graced the front page!"
It might sound like he's talking about Elle, but the magazine in question is actually TV Guide.
Elle editors say they're sorry for "any misunderstanding." Editor-In-Chief Roberta Myers stated, "We at Elle, along with millions of women around the world, consider Clooney to be one of Hollywood's most attractive men."
Sounds like they'll do anything to get his name on their cover.
Oscar-winning actress, singer and dancer Liza Minnelli was rushed back to a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hospital Thursday for encephalitis, a potentially deadly disease of the brain, the New York Post reports. According to the tab, the performer's bodyguard and chauffeur first found the 54-year-old Minnelli suffering from what looked to be a stroke in her Fort Lauderdale residence on Oct. 8 and was allegedly released from the hospital on Oct. 16, only to be reportedly re-admitted to the hospital three days later.
LAUREN HUTTON INJURED: Model-actress Lauren Hutton was in serious condition Sunday after being hospitalized for injuries from a motorcycle crash, Reuters reports.
The 55-year-old Hutton suffered multiple leg fractures, cuts and bruises and remained in the trauma unit for treatment.
The accident occurred Saturday when Hutton's motorcycle ran off the road and crashed near Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada. She was cruising in a group ride with stars including Dennis Hopper and Jeremy Irons.