Williams tagged for Globes' DeMille Award
Robin Williams has been picked by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to receive the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award when the group hands out the Golden Globes in January, Reuters reports. The DeMille honor is given each year by the organization to an actor who has made an "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field." Williams has received five Golden Globe Awards in the past, three as best actor for movies Mrs. Doubtfire, The Fisher King and Good Morning, Vietnam. He won a TV award for Mork & Mindy and a special honor for his voice work in animated film Aladdin. This year's Globes ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC on Jan. 16.
OutKast, Usher win MTV Europe Awards
Hip-hop duo OutKast and R&B hottie Usher shared top honors on Thursday, claiming the most prizes at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Rome, which was broadcast to millions of viewers worldwide, Reuters reports. OutKast stars Andre 3000 and Big Boi walked away with best group, best song and best video awards, while Usher grabbed best male artist and best album. Britney Spears won best female artist, The Black Eyed Peas won best pop and Linkin Park won best rock, while Alicia Keys took home best R&B and D12 secured best hip-hop. Music fans across Europe chose the winners chose the winners by voting online and with mobile phones, Reuters reports.
Jackson sued by furniture store
The guy just can't catch a break. Michael Jackson is being sued once again--this time by an antiques and furniture store, Mayfair Gallery, who claim Jackson owes $178,875 in merchandise he allegedly purchased in May, The Associated Press reports. Jackson bought 20 items, including a malachite urn, a Louis XVI-style bust clock, silver bread holder and an "Austrian gold-painted dancing girl," the complaint said. This is comes on the heels of another lawsuit recently filed against the singer. J. Marc Schaffel, a former producer and business associate, sued the singer Tuesday, claiming Jackson owes him more than $3 million in loans and producing fees.
Howard Stern' Sirius giveaway attracts thousands
Shock jock Howard Stern attracted thousands of fans and curious onlookers to Manhattan's Union Square Thursday afternoon to promote his soon-to-be employer, Sirius Satellite Radio. Reuters reports Stern handed out 500 free satellite radios and one-year subscriptions along with hundreds of certificates for a free radio with the $142 purchase of a Sirius subscription. Stern, whose is set to move to Sirius when his current contract with Viacom's Infinity Broadcasting runs out in 2006, told the crowd the Federal Communications Commission's broadcast indecency regulations were a major factor in driving him out of over-the-air radio. "Sirius Satellite Radio will rule ... It will be the dominant service," Stern said. "All without government interference. It's the beginning."
Prosecutors say Crow's stalker had dangerous obsession
Prosecutors in Sheryl Crow's stalker case told jurors in Manhattan Supreme Court Thursday a former Navy deep-sea diver had developed a dangerous obsession for the singer, Reuters reports. Ambrose Kappos, 38, is accused of breaking into New York's Hammerstein Ballroom where Crow was rehearsing for a benefit show last October, then slipping into her dressing room before he was tossed out. He then followed Crow to her limousine in an attempt to engage her in conversation. Assistant district attorney Tara Daly said Kappos, who is accused of stalking Crow for more than a year, was discharged from the Navy after taking an emergency medical leave. Crow, 42, is expected to testify in the trial next week.
Rebecca Gayheart weds Eric Dane
Actress Rebecca Gayheart, first noticed as the fresh-faced beauty appearing in the Noxzema's series of TV commercials in the early 1990s, married actor Eric William Dane Oct. 29 in Las Vegas, AP reports. Gayheart, 32, starred as the wife of Luke Perry's character Dylan McKay on Aaron Spelling's hit drama Beverly Hills, 90210, which ran on Fox from 1990 through 2000. She was most recently seen on the FX plastic surgery series Nip/Tuck and Showtime's Dead Like Me. Her film credits include the 1997 thriller Scream 2. Dane, meanwhile, appeared in shows including The Wonder Years and was a regular on the ABC series Gideon's Crossing.
Guylaine Cadorette contributed to this report.
Top Story: CBS Nixes Reagan Miniseries
CBS has canceled the upcoming miniseries The Reagans, Reuters reports. The official statement from the Viacom Inc.-owned network said the decision was "based solely on our reaction to seeing the final film, not the controversy that erupted around a draft of the script," referring to a report in the New York Times that said the final copy of the script portrayed the Reagans in an unflattering light. CBS also said that the four-hour final version of the movie failed to "present a balanced portrayal" of former President Ronald Reagan (played by James Brolin) and his wife, Nancy (played by Judy Davis), and that subsequent changes that the network had considered "did not address those concerns." Rather than broadcast the two-part miniseries as originally planned on Nov. 16 and 18, CBS said it has reached a deal with Showtime to license rights to the film.
Tenacious D To Pull Starvation Stunt
Are they serious? In what appears to be a goof on illusionist David Blaine's recent stunt in which he went without food for weeks while suspended in a transparent box, the rock group Tenacious D's Jack Black and Kyle Gass announced Monday that they would begin a 45-day hunger strike to promote their DVD The Complete Masterworks, CNN.com reports. Black and Gass, dressed in silver superhero costumes, told reporters at a press conference in New York City that they will reside in a seven-by three-by seven-foot glass box suspended 50 yards above Times Square at the intersection of 45th Street and Broadway, supplied only with water, a red cell phone and a guitar. The intersection is the location of MTV studios, where they appeared on Monday's episode of Total Request Live. Black quipped, "If we need extra nourishment, we will live off each others' rock."
The Number One Reason To Take a Day Off
David Letterman skipped work Monday to be with his girlfriend, who went into labor with their first child. Bandleader Paul Shaffer took over Late Night hosting duties for Letterman last minute and told the audience: "If you're feeling that there's something wrong with this picture--you're seeing me--because Dave is at the hospital waiting for his baby to be delivered!" As of Tuesday morning Letterman's spokesperson had not returned a phone call from AP about the baby.
Spears Won't Perform at MTV Europe Awards
No girl-on-girl kiss for the European crowd. Britney Spears, who shared an open-mouthed kiss with Madonna at the MTV Video Music Awards in September, has pulled out of the MTV Europe Music Awards airing Thursday due to the flu, Reuters reports. "Unfortunately, she is not well. We are disappointed she won't be attending, but we wish her well for a speedy recovery," an MTV spokeswoman told Reuters. Her ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake, who has been nominated in five categories, will attend, as will Christina Aguilera, who is set to the host the show.
Jackson May Do Music Special
Michael Jackson is in talks with CBS to perform in a music special, Reuters reports. The show would air Nov. 26 to coincide with the release of his latest greatest hits collection, Number Ones. A November "sweeps" Jackson special in 2001, celebrating the pop star's 30 years as a solo artist, was a major ratings success for CBS, drawing more than 25 million viewers.
NBC Uncouples With Coupling
Another one bites the dust. The racy new sitcom Coupling, based on the hit British series of the same name, has been canceled by NBC, AP reports. The American version--about the mix-and-match romances of six single friends--received low ratings and poor critical reviews. To cover its 9:30 p.m. Thursday time slot during the crucial November ratings sweeps, the network is "supersizing" the sitcoms Friends, Will & Grace and Scrubs, adding a few minutes to each, AP reports.
King Finishes Dark Tower
Stephen King has completed the final three installments of his The Dark Tower series, AP reports. Ever on the cutting edge, King made the announcement through a "virtual" version of himself on his Web site. "People have been asking one question above all others over the past nine years: When are you going to finish The Dark Tower? Well, guess what--it's done. So do me a favor and spread the word," King said. The Gunslinger, the first Dark Tower book, was published in 1982, followed by The Drawing of the Three in 1987; The Waste Lands in 1991; and Wizard and Glass in 1997.
Role Call: Chainsaw Director in Need
After wowing 'em with the box office hit Texas Chainsaw Massacre, first-time director Marcus Nispel has landed his next gig, helming Paramount Pictures' Need. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the thriller is based on David Lawrence's novel of the same name about a successful New York therapist who discovers that one of her patients--a suicidal woman--is having an affair with her husband. Diane Lane is in final negotiations to play the therapist.
Eminem wants to start a fire
Residents and officials in Highland Park, Mich., protested Eminem's plans to burn down a house during the filming of his untitled movie. About 50 residents protested the fire during an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss the issue; however, no final decision was made. Highland Park's emergency financial manager, Ramona Henderson, will have the final say on whether the house will burn, The Detroit Free Press reports. Eminem's movie will be released next summer.
Creed "weathers" their way to the top, plans new tour
Creed's third album, Weathered, soared the top of The Billboard 200 chart this week, after selling a whooping 887,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan. That's 142,000 more albums than Britney Spears' Britney sold when it released two weeks ago. This marks Creed's best week on the chart, blowing away the 316,000 first-week units the band's Human Clay album sold in October 1999.
In related news, Creed will begin a year of heavy touring Jan. 14 at the Lakeland Civic Center in Florida in support of their new album, Billboard reports. The band will hit 19 U.S. arenas through Feb. 17 and head to Australia in March. Creed will play more U.S. shows in April, play throughout Europe in May and June, and finish up the tour in the U.S. from July through November 2002.
The Doors are out to lunch
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to meet someone who knew The Doors' vocalist, Jim Morrison, intimately? Now you can. Rhino Entertainment is auctioning off a lunch with Doors' keyboard player Ray Manzarek, longtime Doors manager Danny Sugerman and producer Bruce Botnick. This exclusive gathering, to take place at Benvenuto Café in Los Angeles--The Doors Office until 1972--is being auctioned off on ebay Dec. 4 through Dec. 14,Virgin.com reports. The celebrates the release of The Very Best of the Doors, a collection of the group's most popular recordings. All proceeds from the winning bid will benefit the Musicians Assistance Program, a nonprofit organization.
Everclear's Alexakis to record solo album
Everclear's frontman, Art Alexakis, is planning to begin work early next year on a solo album for Capitol Records. "I'm not defined by Everclear," he told Billboard. "There are things I want to do, even if the music isn't worlds away. This can be just my thing; it's not a committee." In 1997, Alexakis toured small venues in the U.S. as a solo artist, playing songs from the unreleased Everclear album, Something for the Afterglow, the Art Alexakis Fan Club reports. In addition, Alexakis has contributed a solo song to the soundtrack of the 1998 Ben Stiller starrer Permanent Midnight.
Alicia Keys tops 2001 Billboard Music Awards nominations
R&B Newcomer Alicia Keys leads the nominees for this year's Billboard Music Awards in eight categories, including female artist of the year, new artist of the year, and R&B/hip hop album of the year for her album Songs in A Minor, Billboard reports. The awards, to be presented live on Dec. 4 on Fox from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, will include performances by No Doubt, Destiny's Child and Incubus.
The Backstreet Boys are taking globetrotting to the extreme.
The world's top-selling boy band is about to set off on a 100-hour, 26,000-mile tour around the world to promote their latest album, "Black and Blue." The global trek will take the Boys to Stockholm, Sweden; Tokyo; Sydney; Cape Town, South Africa; Rio de Janeiro; and New York, Reuters reports.
By the time it's all over, they will have spent 55 hours in the air and 45 hours on the ground performing and attending news conferences. Their journey will begin Thursday in Stockholm, where they're scheduled to perform at the MTV Europe Awards.
PAY UP, MP3.COM: Universal settled its court battle with MP3.com on Tuesday when the online company agreed to cough up $53.4 million. The agreement puts Universal in good position to buy a significant portion of the Internet music company.
In return, MP3.com now has full access to Universal's catalog of artists, including Shania Twain, U2 and Dr. Dre.
RICKY MARTIN TALKS ABOUT SEX: It's OK to shake your bon-bon with anyone you want, says Ricky Martin, just as long as you do it safely. The King of Latin Pop fronted an MTV campaign today to teach teenagers about the importance of safe sex and the dangers of AIDS.
The cable music channel will air a documentary with Martin on Dec. 1 for World AIDS Day. The doc features six victims of the deadly disease and encourages compassion to those who have been stricken with the AIDS virus.
MARILYN MANSON CENSORED: If you're looking for Marilyn Manson's latest record featuring its controversial cover art, don't bother looking for it at Wal-Mart, K-Mart or Circuit City. You won't find it.
The retail stores have decided against carrying "Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)" because of its graphic image on the cover: A crucified Manson without his bottom jaw and his eyes rolled back. Circuit City will instead use an alternate cover art, Reuters reports. The stores' decision proves the point that Manson set out to make with the graphic cover, the singer says.
"The picture itself is composed of a statue of Jesus taken from a place of worship. My jaw is missing as a symbol of this very kind of censorship. This doesn't piss me off as much as it pleases me, because those offended by my album cover have successfully proven my point."
GEORGE HARRISON ATTACKER SENTENCED: Michael Abram, the man accused of attempting to stab to death ex-Beatle George Harrison and his wife Olivia was found not guilty by reason of insanity in England today. Instead of jail time, Abram has been sent to a mental facility indefinitely.
Abram first denied ever attempting to kill Harrison and his wife at their mansion in December but later referred to the guitarist as an "alien from hell."
ELTON JOHN DEEMED AN OVERSPENDER: Lawyers representing Elton John's former bookkeepers portrayed the flamboyant musician as an overspending rock star who lost track of his money because of his past addiction to drugs. From January 1996 through September 1997, lawyers for Price Waterhouse Coopers say John spent $40 million, $419,000 of it went to flowers alone, Reuters reports.
``I don't have anyone to leave my money to. I'm a single man. I like to spend money,'' the 53-year-old singer replied to the accusations in court Wednesday. And when questioned about the excessive spending on flowers, he said: "Yes, I like flowers.''
The suit filed by John says that he's missing more than $14 million from his musical empire. John is also suing his former manager, Andrew Haydon.