Legendary actor Sidney Poitier will receive an honorary Oscar at the 74th annual Academy Awards on March 24. Poitier is being recognized "for his extraordinary performances and unique presence on the screen, and for representing the motion picture industry with dignity, style and intelligence throughout the world," says Academy president Frank Pierson. "When the Academy honors Sidney Poitier, it honors itself even more." This will be Poitier's second gold statue: He won an Oscar for 1963's Lilies of the Field.
After being cast in Larry Clark's Bully, the true story of a group of high-school burnouts who conspire to murder the title jerk, Michael Pitt eagerly set about doing his homework. The actor was determined to make the grade by getting inside his character's head, no
matter how frightening a place that would be to visit.
"The guy I play didn't even know the bully," he tells TV Guide Online. "He had no motive whatsoever [to participate in the homicide], yet he was the first person to stab [the victim]."
Complicating matters for the former Dawson's Creek heartthrob was the fact that the youth in question was not available to provide any answers. So instead Pitt was forced to rely on other people's notes.
"We talked to a lot of the de
One of the sports world's most popular couples are splitting up. NFL play-by-player Pat Summerall announced Tuesday that he is leaving Fox Sports and his broadcasting partner of 21 years, John Madden after he and Madden call the Super Bowl on Feb 3. But the 71-year-old former New York Giant insists he's not retiring. "I still want to do games," he said. "I still want to work with the NFL."
Bruce Willis will star as an amnesiac in the upcoming thriller Me Again, about a man who has lost his memory and has to figure out whether he's a hitman or the hitman's target, Variety reports. Filming is expected to begin later this year.
Paolo Montalban no relation to Fantasy Island's Ricardo stole moviegoers' hearts with his princely performance in Disney's 1997 remake of Cinderella. But don't expect him to pull out that glass slipper in American Adobo (in limited release Jan. 25). The indie drama finds him doing a full 180 as Raul, a charming but heartless womanizer.
Summing up his character, Montalban explains: "Take every quality you find in Prince Charming, still use those things to get the girl, but then make him a completely thoughtless man once he gets what he wants." Raul's one of five friends testing their love and self-esteem (and delicious meals) over the course of a year in New York City. Adobo writer Vincent R. Nebrida's bilingual script explores such universal themes through the eyes of Filipino-Americans.
"It's an accurate port
Death and taxes aren't the only things you can count on; rather, you can bet good money that E! Entertainment Television's "Live from the Red Carpet" specials, hosted by Joan and Melissa Rivers, will kick off with a combination of Depends, body odor, fart and rectal thermometer jokes. After all, what better way to set the tone for a glitzy gala like the Golden Globes?
For Sunday night's foray down the crimson rug, did Team Rivers establish a theme? Well, aside from celebrating the birthdays of Lorenzo Lamas
, the grandmother of Dule Hill
(The West Wing
) and co-host Melissa herself, the night's hallmarks were a few good sound bites, traditionally bad gaffes and wayyyy
too many cut-aways to mega-star
Yeah, you know Brad Rowe even if you can't quite place him. This dreamy blonde's gotten around, appearing in Newsradio's final season, ABC's late, lamented Wasteland and even Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss, as Sean Hayes's crush. "I haven't been on a show that's lasted that long or a movie that's hit big," he admits to TV Guide Online, "but everything's been a learning experience.
"I'm still the luckiest guy in the world," the former corporate 9-to-5-er adds. "The fact that I've been able to pay my bills and get married as an actor is [expletive] amazing!"
Rowe takes another shot at stardom in NBC's appropriately titled new comedy, Leap of Faith (airing Thursdays at 8:30 after the Olympics). As he previews: "The show centers around Faith Wardwell, who's played by
HBO's Golden Globe after-party, held poolside at Griff's Restaurant at the Beverly Hills Hilton immediately following Sunday's ceremony, had the feel of a warm-and-fuzzy family reunion. Only this clan was unusually attractive, bore little resemblance to each other and had very expensive taste (fresh Maine Lobster was the main course). Still, as Sopranos leading lady Edie Falco explained to TV Guide Online, like most families, the HBO brood have a knack for pulling together when it matters most.
"When Six Feet Under won [for best drama series], I jumped up with excitement because I'm such a huge fan of the show," Falco gushed. "But then I realized, 'Oh, wait a second. If they won then we didn't win.'"
Well, the mob from The Sopranos may have gone home empty-handed
Music legend Peggy Lee, known for such songs as "Manana," "Is That All There Is" and "Fever," died Monday of a heart attack at her Bel Air, Calif., home. She was 81.