Legendary actress Katharine Hepburn, who won a record four best actress Oscars during her remarkable half-century long career, died Sunday at her home in Connecticut. She was 96. The cause of death was "simply complications from old age," her brother-in-law, Ellsworth Grant, told Reuters. Known as the first lady of American cinema, Hepburn picked up her first Academy Award in 1933 for Morning Glory; she also won for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Lion in Winter and On Golden Pond. Her last film was the 1994 remake of Love Affair, starring Warren Beatty and Annette Bening. "With the passing of Frank Sinatra, and the death of Jimmy Stewart, she really was the last of that breed of Hollywood royalty," says her biographer, Christopher Andersen. "And she was by far the greatest."
Screenwriter John August, the scribe behind the Charlie's Angels films, has inked a seven-figure deal to pen a live-action big-budget feature version of Tarzan for Warner Bros., Variety reports. The film bears no relation to the upcoming WB series Tarzan and Jane, starring mute Calvin Klein model Travis Fimmel.
UPN has ordered six episodes of Game Over, TV's first prime-time computer animated series. Slated to debut early next year, the show centers on an ordinary suburban family who live in an alternate video game universe inhabited by action heroes, monsters and cartoon characters. Marisa Tomei and Patrick Warburton are among the actors lending their voices to the project.
As Tyra Banks told this week's TV Guide magazine: "I don't approve of women being divas, especially if you haven't made it yet." Yes, Robin Manning, the slinky hostess of America's Next Top Model meant you. A 27-year-old ex-beauty queen, Manning was exiled this week for a litany of sins, including excessive Bible thumping and refusal to do a photo shoot au naturel. Here, she tries explaining herself to TV Guide Online.
TV Guide Online: Did you mind being labeled "plus-size"?
Robin: They said, "She's not big enough to be plus-sized, but she's too big to do runway." High fashion is from size zero to a four. A four is considered fat! I'm a six and sometimes eight. I guess I would be considered plus-sized.
TVGO: We've heard from others on your religious issues with Ebony's girlfriend visiting. Why did you care?
Robin: In that episode with Ebony, if people listened to everything we said, I say, "I don't agree with homosexual and gay relationships, but at the sam
Arnold Schwarzenegger, who turns 56 this month, still has a bodacious bod. His physique is envied by gym rats half his age — and yet, the ex-Mr. Universe fretted over getting buff enough for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
"I think that one of the main concerns I had right from the beginning was, 'Can I get my body back in shape, to where it was 20 years ago in Terminator and 12 years ago in Terminator 2?'" Arnold admits. "So it was a challenge, because obviously, times have changed."
Considering his advanced years, couldn't the actor give himself a break? After all, he'll never be 19-years-old again. "I don't have the same choices you have," he laughs. "The average person out there can say, 'Well, I'm older and I have a different body now.' When you have millions of people looking at your body, there is no choice. You have to produce the same body, no matter what it takes."
Arnold says "training and effort" were key to regaining his robo-licious ripped look. "When
Chris Penn has been tapped to replace comic-actor Brian Haley in David E. Kelley's upcoming CBS drama The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H. The series revolves around three brothers, played by Randy Quaid, John Carroll Lynch and Penn. Haley was let go earlier this month after Kelley decided to reconceive the character.
In Legally Blonde, Elle Woods won a murder trial, thanks to her expert knowledge of home perms. More of such hairbrained thinking occurs in LB2, when the lady lawyer takes on Washington politicians. Would anyone really buy her cutesy gambits?
"We call it Elle-logic," laughs her 27-year-old portrayer, Reese Witherspoon. "It's so funny that this alternate reality is created for her, where people buy that kind of logic. That's the fun of the film. It is fantasy. It's just a movie. It's certainly not real, but I do think it's inspiring, the idea that a positive attitude can conquer all."
Oscar winner Sally Field's savvy Congresswoman character doesn't gel with Elle, but Witherspoon says they got along famously off-screen. "Sally was really great, because she's a mom as well, and she understood the things I was dealing with. She's still my e-mail buddy and helps me every once in awhile."
Speaking of motherhood, Witherspoon's currently expecting her second child —
Scott Foley may have found just the project to resuscitate his career: NBC's Scrubs. As reported in the July 5 issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale today), the former Felicity geek whose sitcom A.U.S.A. arrived D.O.A. last winter is set to reprise his first-season role as Elliot's ( Sarah Chalke) neurotic beau in at least six episodes this fall. According to sources, producers were interested in bringing him on full time, but the soon-to-be-single actor had already committed to appear on Broadway in
Richard Greenberg's The Violet Hour (opening Oct. 16).
After six years of struggling ratings, Port Charles has been cancelled. The General Hospital spinoff's half-hour format "posed significant financial challenges," said Brian Frons, ABC's newly appointed daytime president. "This was an extremely difficult decision." Since its 1997 kickoff, PC has searched for its niche, ultimately adopting the Latin telenovela style of short-term story arcs, and even introducing gothic plotlines ripped off from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Still, the news is surprising, since PC was nominated for best show at this year's Daytime Emmys for the first time in the soap's entire run. PC's final airdate is Oct. 3. For more, read Soaps News.