News Roundup: July 17


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In a further investigation into the plane crash that killed singer Aaliyah, traces of cocaine and alcohol were found in the pilot’s system. During an autopsy performed on Luis Antonio Morales, authorities found cocaine in his urine and alcohol in his stomach. Investigators are now looking into how this may have affected Morales at the time of the crash.

Celeb news

No one can accuse J. Lo of being shy. Sky News reports Jennifer Lopez will wear nothing by a scarf and a smile in the promotional ads for her new perfume, Glow. Magazine ads and billboards will feature Lopez in the shower, with the slogan “Fresh, sexy, clean. It’s the Glow. The new fragrance by Jennifer Lopez.” The ad campaign had to be changed at the last minute as the original concept showed Lopez and now-estranged husband Cris Judd in a romantic clinch. Yeah, guess that wouldn’t work.

Movie news

Sharon Stone will join Dennis Quaid in the Walt Disney thriller Cold Creek Manor. Directed by Mike Figgis, the story focuses on a city family who moves to a dream house in the country, only to have it turn into a nightmare when the previous owner returns from prison and wants his house back.

With the success of Shrek and Chicken Run, DreamWorks Pictures continues their animation pursuits with the acquisition of the rights to the Japanese anime film Millennium Actress. From director Satoshi Kon will come a somewhat darker movie about a reclusive actress who leaves her booming acting career and retreats from the world to an isolated house. No release date has been set.

Christopher Walken, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Seann William Scott in a movie together? That’s right. The unlikely trio will star in an as-yet-untitled Universal Pictures’ project (once known as Helldorado) about a bounty hunter (Johnson) who travels to the town of Helldorado in the Amazon jungle to settle a debt. When he gets there, however, his intended target (Scott) isn’t the bad guy he thought he was and the two join forces against the real bad guy, played by Walken.

Tube News

Former Dynasty star Joan Collins will join the cast of the CBS soap opera Guiding Light, playing Alexandra Spaulding, a typical “rich bitch,” a daytime television insider told Variety. Her appearance may be as early as September but the time schedule is still being worked out.

American audiences won’t see an HIV-infected Muppet on Sesame Street. The Public Broadcasting System assured Republican lawmakers Tuesday that it created a special HIV-infected Muppet character for the South African audiences only, where one in nine people are infecting with the virus, Variety reports. PBS does not intend to bring the character to the U.S. airwaves.

Music News

Paul McCartney leads the pack this year as the highest grossing concert performer, Pollstar magazine reports, raking in about $52.8 million. Green Day and Blink-182, however, win for the number of people attending their concert, with approximately 623,000 tickets sold overall.

Widespread Panic guitarist and singer Michael House has announced he has terminal cancer. The 40-year-old musician posted the news on the band’s Web site, stating, “I want to assure all of you that all that can be done has been done, and I want to thank all of you who have contributed information, medicine, and so on. I have hopes of playing again soon, although I can’t say for sure when or where, and I hope to see you all there.”