Top Story: Britney Spears Bitter About Men
Pop princess Britney Spears says she became bitter with men after her very public breakup with ex Justin Timberlake. In an interview with Newsweek magazine in its Nov. 3 issue, Spears says she swore off dating for a while after the experience. "There was a time when I was like, 'OK, I'm over men. They're mean,'" she says. "For like six months, not a single thing happened. Not like they weren't drawn to me, but there wasn't a single real attraction. I'm like, 'What's happening? I know I'm not a lesbian.'" Spears says she is still not involved with anyone and denies reports that she hooked up with 21-year-old Columbus Short, a married backup dancer. Spears also talks about her suggestive layouts for Rolling Stone, British Elle and Esquire magazines. "I did feel kind of weird after those photos," Spears says. "I was in a moment. I had, like, eight Red Bulls and said, 'OK, let's do it.' I learned my lesson and you won't see me like that for a while. I'm kinda over it myself. Not that it's dirty or tacky, but it is really revealing and I wouldn't want my kid, at 21, to be dressing like that."
Price Is Right Announcer Dies
Veteran television announcer Rod Roddy died Monday at Century City Hospital of colon and breast cancer at age 66, The Associated Press reports. For 17 years, Roddy's voice was familiar to fans of the television game show The Price Is Right for the legendary phrase: "Come on down!" Host Bob Barker said Monday that Roddy, who taped his last show two months ago, stayed with the CBS show as long as his health permitted. "The courage he showed during those difficult times was an inspiration to us all," Barker said. "He was quite a character. He was important to the success of the show." A private funeral service will be held in Texas, with a memorial service planned sometime later in Los Angeles.
California Fires Destroy Part of Aviator Set
The Southern California wildfires, which have destroyed at least 1,134 homes, killed 15 people, forced thousands to evacuate and disrupted auto and air traffic, also partially destroyed a set for Warner Bros.' Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator in the Simi Valley area over the weekend. According to Variety, the blaze at Big Sky Ranch forced the production to switch to interior shooting in Long Beach, Calif. Mike Dilorenzo of Santa Clarita Studios said his facility is operating at full capacity with CSI and Carnivale shooting, but added that the studio was on full alert with fires hoses hooked up and ready to go.
David Bowie and Iman To Appear in Hilfiger Ads
Rock icon David Bowie and his wife, supermodel Iman, will appear in their first ad campaign together. According to Billboard.com, the couple will be the new faces for designer Tommy Hilfiger's new H Hilfiger line, to be launched in spring 2004. The collection, described as "sophisticated, sexy and refined," will be part of Hilfiger's high-end line. The ad campaign, shot this month in Amsterdam by renowned photographer Ellen Von Unwerth, will debut in American magazines in April 2004.
Rosie O'Donnell, G+J Court Date Delayed
The court battle between Rosie O'Donnell and her ex-publishing partner, Gruner + Jahr USA Publishing, was put on temporary hold on yesterday as a scheduling conflict caused the judge to delay Tuesday's start date. G+J charges that everything unraveled at the now defunct Rosie magazine when O'Donnell shut down her daytime TV show in 2002 and went from being known as "fun-loving" to becoming a self-proclaimed "uber-bitch." O'Donnell, however, claims the publisher seized control of the magazine, fired editors who were loyal to her and tried to smear her reputation. Manhattan Supreme Court officials told Reuters the breach-of-contract case over the messy demise of the entertainer's namesake magazine will likely open later this week.
Fox Pulls Plug on Luis
After only four airings, Fox has decided to pull the plug on its freshman series Luis. The show starred feature character actor Luis Guzman as a doughnut shop owner in Spanish Harlem, but it opened to poor reviews and ratings, averaging 3.6 million viewers in its four airings. According to The Hollywood Reporter, production on the series, which aired Friday at 8:30 p.m., was shut down Monday. Ten episodes of the comedy were produced overall. For the next two Fridays, Fox will air original episodes of Wanda at Large at 8 and 8:30 p.m. The network had previously scheduled movies to run on the last two Fridays of the November sweep.
ABC News: Oswald Acted Alone
ABC said Monday that an in-depth investigation of the Kennedy assassination conducted by ABC News indisputably confirms that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. The network said ABC News worked with an expert who created a computer-generated reconstruction of the shooting based on maps, blueprints, physical measurements, more than 500 photographs, films and autopsy reports. Through interviews and other documentation, ABC News also concludes that Jack Ruby, who later killed Oswald, acted simply out of his love for Kennedy, the AP reports. The two-hour special on the event is scheduled to air Nov. 20, two days before the 40th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination.
Tim Robbins To Host Cash Tribute
Actor Tim Robbins will host the Nov. 10 musical tribute to country legend Johnny Cash, who died Sept. 12 at age 71 of complications from diabetes. According to the AP, The Bull Durham star did an audio interview with Cash for promotion of the singer's 2000 album, American III: Solitary Man. Cash also wrote and performed "In Your Mind" for the soundtrack to Dead Man Walking, a 1995 film Robbins directed. Tickets for the tribute concert, which will take place at the Ryman Auditorium, were free and distributed by lottery. John Mellencamp, Dwight Yoakam, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Hank Williams Jr., Jack Clement, Steve Earle, Larry Gatlin and Cash's daughter, Rosanne, are scheduled to perform.
Top Story: Foley Says Infidelity Didn't Cause Split
Scott Foley is quelling rumors that his split with wife Jennifer Garner was due to infidelity, The Associated Press reports. "Nobody else was involved," Foley says in TV Guide's Oct. 25 issue. "Jennifer became a huge celebrity. She became a huge star, and she deserved everything she got. There was no other relationship, there was no infidelity, nothing. People get divorced, you know? Through no one's fault and everyone's fault." The Alias star and Foley met in 1998 on the set of the WB show Felicity and married in October 2000.
John Ritter Remembered
About 1,000 people gathered Tuesday night at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles to remember John Ritter, who died Sept. 11 at the age of 54 of an undetected heart problem, AP reports. Some of those who spoke included his wife, actress Amy Yasbeck, his 8 Simple Rules co-star Katey Sagal and Michael Eisner, the head of Walt Disney Co., which owns ABC. Ritter's close friend, director Peter Bogdanovich, described the actor as "loving, funny, warmhearted, kind, generous, mischievous as a young kid, unpretentious."
Moore Supports Calif. Recall Election
During a forum at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind., Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore told students the recent recall election in California proves democracy can work, AP reports. "Any time you have an angry mob of voters, that can't be a bad thing," Moore said to about 2,100 people Monday. The activist-filmmaker added he hoped voters would show the same sentiment to stop President Bush from getting a second term.
Gary Coleman's New Job
Gary Coleman, who lost to Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Calif. recall election last week, has accepted a post as a political analyst for the Hollywood-based All Comedy Radio, CNN.com reports. The 35-year-old former child star will be the network's political analyst and said his experience as a candidate will come in handy in this new assignment. Among the topics he'll tackle will be the 2004 presidential election.
The Dead Return to Sopranos
The whacked are back! According to The Hollywood Reporter, the upcoming season of The Sopranos will feature an episode in which the ghosts of Tony Soprano's past return, including Vincent Pastore (aka Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero), David Proval (Richie Aprile), John Heard (Detective Vin Makazian), Al Sapienza (Mikey Palmice), Dan Grimaldi (Philly "Spoons" Parisi), Jason Cerbone (Jackie Aprile Jr.) and Joe Pantoliano (Ralph Cifaretto), who recently won an Emmy for his Sopranos performance.
Star Trek Captain Separates From Wife
Patrick Stewart, best known as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard of the Star Trek: The Next Generation series, has filed for a legal separation from his wife of three years. AP reports Stewart, 63, cited irreconcilable differences in the court papers filed Tuesday. He and Wendy Neuss-Stewart, who have no children, were married in August 2000.
Tickets to Cash Memorial Available by Lottery
Free tickets to the Nov. 10 Johnny Cash Memorial Tribute in Nashville, Tenn., will be available via a lottery, AP reports. Performers at the concert include John Mellencamp, Dwight Yoakam, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow and Hank Williams Jr. Fans wanting tickets are advised to send a 3-1/2 by 5-inch card or paper with name, address and daytime telephone number to: Johnny Cash Memorial Tribute, P.O. Box 20003, Nashville, TN 37202. Only one entry per person is allowed, and all entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET Oct. 26, AP reports.
Role Call: Pirates Back for More, Cage Gets Into the Ring
Gore Verbinski has signed up to helm the sequel to his mega-hit Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Variety reports Johnny Depp will also reprise his starring role as Capt. Jack Sparrow, while Disney had already made sequel arrangements with key players Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley…Nicolas Cage is set to star in a yet-untitled biopic about a former boxing champion, Billy "The Kid" Roth, who ended up coaching hundreds of Louisiana prison inmates and acting as their surrogate father. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cage's production company Saturn Films is developing the feature.