Ms. I-can't-keep-my-name-out-of-the-press Rosie O'Donnell will be hosting CBS' Survivor: Marquesas reunion special May 19, after the final episode of the current Survivor saga airs in New York's Central Park. She'll be taking over the job from Bryant Gumbel, who has done the honors for the past three Survivor reunion specials.
The show's executive producer, Mark Burnett, told The Associated Press that Rosie "is a fan of the show, she knows all the players and her infectious enthusiasm will add an unbelievable amount of excitement to the event." No doubt.
In the ongoing case against actor Robert Iler, AP reported Officer Brian O'Donnell (no relation to Rosie) testified at a pretrial hearing Monday that he found marijuana and a pot pipe in Iler's pockets when the young man was arrested for second-degree robbery last July 4. Iler, who plays the delinquent A.J. on HBO's The Sopranos, has pleaded innocent to the charges.
Actor Jason Priestley of Beverly Hills, 90210 fame escaped injury when his speedboat collided with another during the Fountain Miami Super Boat Grand Prix on Sunday. Priestley told the Miami Herald it was "just part of racing." Sure.
Mel Gibson was on hand Tuesday to celebrate the opening of a new theater at his alma mater, the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, Australia. Gibson had donated a chunk of change to help build the theater, and AP reported the actor advised students there to "keep your nose to the grindstone and don't stop dreaming." Words to live by.
Wanna own a piece of Jerry and the gang from Seinfeld? Well, you can if you hurry over to Sotheby's in New York. The New York Post reports Sotheby's will be auctioning off 110 items from the hit NBC show, including props, scripts and costumes, mostly around the $2,000 range. Proceeds will benefit Hollywood Cinema Production Resources.
Someone get this girl some help. Former figure skater and new Celebrity Boxing champ Tonya Harding was arrested for drunk driving Saturday in Battle Ground, Wash., after she crashed her truck into a ditch. No injuries were reported, and Harding pleaded innocent in court on Monday. By consuming alcohol, she has also violated her probation stemming from a charge of disorderly conduct and malicious mischief after attacking her boyfriend with a hubcap in May 2000. Harding could very well see some more jail time.
In the Biz
The immortal line "Book 'em, Danno" may once again be heard by all--that's right, a big-screen version of Hawaii Five-O may be on its way. In an intense bidding war, DreamWorks emerged as the big winner on Monday, snatching up the exclusive rights to the classic '70s cop series, which ran on CBS for 12 years. It starred Jack Lord as the determined Det. Steve McGarrett, who, along with his trusted sidekick Det. Danny Williams (James MacArthur), fought organized crime and corruption on the beaches of Waikiki.
The next Marvel comic book hero to hit the big screen will be The Punisher. Marvel Enterprises, which is riding high on the wave of Spider-Man and Blade, will team up with Artisan Entertainment to make a film about Frank Castle, an ex-soldier not necessarily endowed with super powers but rather a single-minded determination to hunt down the crime syndicate that killed his family. No one has been cast as yet.
Actor Jim Caviezel (High Crimes) will be starring as the legendary American Revolution figure Ethan Allen in Rebels. The historical drama will center on a group of young New England rebels, including Allen, who become the first colonists to stand up against British rule. Most importantly, we'll finally find out the exact time Ethan Allen started making furniture.
Linda Boreman, better known as Linda Lovelace, who starred in the classic 1972 porn film Deep Throat and later became an anti-porn advocate, died Monday in Denver, Colo., of injuries she sustained from a car crash April 3. She was 53 and is survived by her two grown children.
The much touted New York premiere of Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones will close the Tribeca Film Festival in lower Manhattan on May 12. According to Variety, Star Wars writer and director George Lucas has teamed up with the Tribeca Film Festival and the Children's Aid Society to co-host the New York premiere of the film, which open in theaters May 16. There will be a morning screening for children and families affected by Sept. 11, another for youngsters from the Children's Aid Society and a third in the afternoon to benefit the Children's Aid Society. Tickets for the afternoon screening are $500 each. Lucas told Variety, "As a father and filmmaker, it's my pleasure to offer the film in support of the children of New York City." Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones will also premiere May 12 in 10 other cities in the United States and Canada.
Five days after giving birth by caesarian in London's private Portland hospital, new mom Elizabeth Hurley has reportedly started playing house with friend Elton John. Hurley, 36, is said to be staying at the singer's 37-acre house in Old Windsor while she recovers. Sky News also reports that Hurley has asked John to be the baby Damian's godfather, but the story adds that neither side would confirm the reports.
Hunk George Clooney has reportedly dumped his Canadian girlfriend, actress Maria Bertrand, for former porn star Krista Allen. According to Sky News, Clooney threw a birthday party for Allen at a Los Angeles restaurant last week. Allen played Jenna on the Baywatch TV series and in the 1994 Emmanuelle adult entertainment series, she showed a group of aliens the art of making love. If you liked this series, we also recommend Beach Babes from Beyond.
Actor/rapper Will Smith and his brother, Michael Peck, are working on a proposal to build a 500-room minority-owned hotel in Broward County, Fla., The Associated Press reports. The project has been stalled since the county cut its ties with the hotel's developer, but Smith and Peck's firm, Treyball Developments, could to take over the project without any money from the county. Treyball Developments was also involved with a hotel project in Smith's hometown of Philadelphia.
Actress Nona Gaye, who starred alongside Will Smith in Ali, will portray the character Zee in the Matrix sequel The Matrix Reloaded, Variety reports. Late singer/actress Aaliyah, who was killed in a plane crash last August, had originally been cast in the role. Zee's character will be introduced in the second film and will segue into the third installment, The Matrix Revolutions. Gaye, the daughter of Marvin Gaye, will begin shooting in Sydney, Australia, next week, joining stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Laurence Fishburne.
Mark Wahlberg will be starring in a remake of the 1969 caper The Italian Job by director F. Gary Gray. While the original picture centered on a gold heist set entirely in Europe, the modern version will begin in Italy with the robbery taking place in Los Angeles. According to Variety, Wahlberg will play career criminal Charlie Croker, who masterminds the robbery by creating L.A.'s largest traffic jam. Shooting begins Aug. 3 at Paramount Pictures.
NBC has pulled out the big guns in the brutal battle for Nielsen's May ratings sweeps and the 2001-02 season crown. The network confirmed that it will air its two-hour reunion special The Cosby Show: A Look Back from 9 to 11 p.m. on May 19, Variety reports. The show will be up against Fox's two-hour The X-Files series finale, ABC's The Practice two-hour season ender and CBS' three-hour wrap of Survivor: Marquesas. Nielsen's sweeps numbers help local affiliates set ad rates for the next few months, compelling networks to schedule their biggest programs during the November, February and May sweeps.
Tricon Global Restaurants Inc., who own the Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell restaurant chains, is the latest to follow the lead of Burger King and Office Depot and pull ads from FX's cop show The Shield. The show's lead character is a corrupt Los Angeles detective who plays as dirty as the crooks, drug dealers and murderers he busts. The show has been criticized for its vulgarity.
A controversial exhibit featuring nude paintings of Madonna was unveiled Wednesday at the Maclaurin Art Gallery, a small gallery in Scotland. Artist Peter Howson's new collection features 10 portraits of Madonna, some of them of the pop icon in the nude. Although Madonna is a fan of Howson's and previously posed for the artist clothed, these works are drawn from the artists' imagination. Howson told the BBC he was disappointed that Madonna had not given him her reaction to the paintings.
Grammy-winning rapper Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, has settled a lawsuit brought against him by John Guerra, the man he allegedly assaulted for kissing his former wife Kimberly Mathers. The incident took place outside the Hot Rock Sports Bar and Music Café in Warren, Mich., in June 2000. Although neither party has admitted to any liability or wrongdoing in the settlement, both agreed that Eminem would pay Guerra $100,000 minus attorney's fees rather than take the case to trial.
Celine Dion announced she is moving to Belgium for three months to rehearse for her to the stage next year, the AP reports. In an interview on a Belgian television show, Dion said that she had found a house in La Louviere, a gritty steel town located 30 miles south of Brussels. The 33-year-old Canadian singer is set to begin appearing at Caesar' Palace's new 4,000-seat coliseum theater in Las Vegas in March 2003, and her show is scheduled to run at least three years.
VH1's annual Divas concert is moving from New York to Las Vegas, the AP reports. The concert will air live from the MGM Grand on May 23, with proceeds going to VH1's Save the Music Foundation. This year's headliners include Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion and Cher, who have performed in past Divas concerts. More performers will be announced later.
Producer and writer Louis "Deke" Heyward died April 3 of complications from pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at the age of 81, Variety reports. Heyward wrote more than 50 motion pictures, 3,000 radio shows and a slew of television programs and novels. In 1977, Heyward won an Emmy for the television movie The Gathering and launched the television game shows Twenty-One and Tic Tac Dough. After a career that spanned more than half a century, Heyward spent his later years teaching writing and working with underprivileged children at Camp Kilpatrick in Malibu, Calif. He is survived by his wife Sandra, two children and five grandchildren.