News Roundup: Feb. 12


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Two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey (The Shipping News) says he won’t be in front of the camera “for a while.” The hardworking actor is also a producer, and Spacey says he’d like to commit more time and attention to his production company, Trigger St. Productions, The Associated Press reports. “I’ve been acting nonstop for four or five years and taking a break is a healthy thing,” the 42-year-old actor said. We can’t believe he waited so long: we’ve only been working for a couple of hours this morning, and we’re ready for a break.

In General

Brendan Fraser (The Mummy, The Mummy Returns) apparently has no fear of bandages. The big-screen star is set to be a guest on NBC’s new hit medical comedy, Scrubs, during May sweeps. Of course, Fraser won’t be playing a doctor…

Fore! Producer Jerry Weintraub (Ocean’s Eleven) was struck in the eye by a golf ball he hit, causing a wound that took 16 stitches to close, The AP reports. The ball caromed off a rock and hit Weintraub over the right eye. Maybe there’s a part for Paul Bloch, Weintraub‘s publicist, in Weintraub‘s next film: Bloch amazingly kept a straight face when he insisted to reporters that Weintraub is a “good golfer.”

Supermodel Naomi Campbell, who is suing British tabloid The Mirror over invasion of privacy, appeared in a London court and testified that she has used illegal drugs and has had her share of tantrums. (Which drew a shocked gasp from the gallery. Not.) Campbell also admitted that she had no regrets over being photographed with her clothes off. We admit that we had no regrets over looking at those photographs.

In a move no doubt to help Regis Philbin curtail his already immense dry-cleaning bill, ABC is removing Who Wants to be a Millionaire? from its Monday night slot. Millionaire, which will be replaced Monday nights with a comedy block, will still air on Thursday nights opposite NBC’s and CBS’s ratings juggernauts. Good thing Regis never quit his day job.

Sony is reportedly putting up its Culver Studios for sale. The Hollywood Reporter says the 17-acre parcel of land where Citizen Kane and Gone With the Wind were filmed will go to the highest bidder. Sony, which purchased the lot for $80 million in 1991, will probably have to lower its asking price once potential buyers learn that TV’s most annoying show, The Nanny was also shot on the Culver lot.

Peter Fonda (Easy Rider) is interested in playing the president of the United States in ABC’s new pilot set on Capitol Hill, to be helmed by Rod Lurie (The Last Castle), The Hollywood Reporter reports. (West Wing rip-off, anyone?) surmises that the only thing that can save this show (other than moving off of ABC) is the addition of Dennis Hopper to the cast.

Oops, they did it again: SAG has once more messed up their elections. This time an e-mail sent by a senior exec to all members endorsing Melissa Gilbert‘s candidacy for president puts in jeopardy the current rerun election, the results of which will be released March 8. Embattled Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris has confirmed she had nothing to do with botching this presidential election.

New York Fashion Week started off with a wave of patriotism. Tommy Hilfiger, known for his red, white and blue logo, sent models down the runway in red, white and blue clothing. Hilfiger said of his “weekend” clothing, “The intention is you put them on Friday night and don’t take them off until Sunday.” Hygiene notwithstanding, such clothing will save us all time and effort, as we won’t have to get undressed before going to bed Friday and Saturday night.