Online video rental service Movielink.com goes live today with 170 titles available for download. Backed by five major studios, the site represents Hollywood's latest effort to squash movie piracy.
Liza Minnelli and hubby David Gest are lashing back at VH1 over the demise of their planned reality show. In a statement released Friday, the couple accused the show's crew of mistreating them and ruining their Manhattan crib. Late last month, VH1 announced that it was axing Liza and David because producers weren't given the "cooperation and access" they were promised. To that, Minnelli responds: "We didn't hide anything... Listen, I came out of the womb and somebody slapped me on the ass, and I've been in the public ever since."
Dawson's Creek star Joshua Jackson was arrested and charged with drunkenly assaulting a security guard at a Carolina Hurricanes hockey game Saturday night in Raleigh, N.C. The 24-year-old actor allegedly grabbed the 40-year-old guard around the neck and struck him. Jackson posted $1,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on the misdemeanor charge on Dec. 4. A Creek crew member was also arrested and charged with being disruptive and possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Creek films in nearby Wilmington.
A copy of Winona Ryder's "pre-conviction report" containing information about her financial status, medical history and other personal information was stolen from L.A. County's Probation Department, authorities confirmed on Friday. Police suspect someone swiped the report to sell to the tabs. In other Winona news, newly released court transcripts reveal that the actress was suspected of stealing from Barneys in New York and Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills prior to her arrest at Saks Fifth Avenue last December. Ryder was convicted Wednesday of felony grand theft and vandalism in the Saks incident.
As 24's President David Palmer, Dennis Haysbert is TV's most idyllic commander-in-chief since West Winger Martin Sheen. In fact, the 48-year-old hopes the sight of an African-American in the Oval Office will "influence the way people vote in the future."
As Haysbert says: "The world has gotten to a place now that I don't think people in the U.S. care what the color of a president's skin is anymore, as long as they can keep food on the table, energy going through their houses and us out of war. I don't think they care who the president is, as long as they serve the people. I truly believe that."
While America is progressive, could Haysbert's view of today's political sensibilities be filtered through rose-colored lenses? "Hopefully down the line somewhere, maybe Colin Powell or someone like him will emerge that people can vote for," he sa
Having done just about everything right so far, NBC's critically acclaimed freshman drama Boomtown makes yet another smart move Sunday night: Producers have wisely plucked hunky '80s TV crimefighter Joe Penny (Riptide, Jake and the Fatman) out of semi-obscurity to guest star as a washed-up actor who, ahem, once played a popular TV cop in the '80s. How closely did art imitate life in this case?
"I have to admit, it was a pretty ballsy move on my part," Penny tells TV Guide Online of accepting the job. "I thought, 'Are people going to think that I am a washed-up actor too especially if I do it well?' But I said, 'That's their problem.' That stuff doesn't bother me.
"Once I saw the part, I really wanted to be involved in it," adds the 46-year-old, who, save for recent roles on The Sopranos and in the CBS telepic Two Against Time, ha
After creator Matt Groening's conflicting comments earlier this year, the fate of The Simpsons looked unsure. Now, as Bart and his cartoon clan enter their 14th season debuting Sunday at 8 pm/ET on Fox the picture is clearer. "Realistically, the way it works, the actors are signed to do season 15, which starts a year from now," exec producer Al Jean tells TV Guide Online. "I don't see why that won't happen.
"Beyond that," he continues, "it would depend if the actors were willing to do it again and if we could still think of stories we wanted to do. My belief is yes, I see at least another five years in the show. But I would be shocked if [season 15] didn't happen, at least."
Based on the show's still-sturdy Nielsens last Sunday's Simpsons Halloween special made the top ten we'd be surprised, too. "I thought it would be popular," says co-exec producer M
Fans of the fluffy What I Like About You airing Fridays at 8 pm/ET on the WB can't help but wonder: Will Holly (Amanda Bynes) ever hook up with skater boy Gary (Wesley Jonathan)? They'd be so cute together! A WB rep says "there are no plans for romance between the characters," yet Jonathan thinks there will be a love match for the teen twosome.
"Not because [the show] told us anything," he tells TV Guide Online, "but it's my experience just being in the business. You can only write about so many things for so long... Eventually, they'll probably try to move into that romance thing, and then pull it back and toy with that. That's my opinion."
An optimistic Jonathan feels anything is possible, especially considering how What I Like cast against type by selecting a black actor to play Gary. "In the [audition] breakdown, it said any ethnicity," he says. "In my opinion, it was a white role because of the way it was written out
Stop us if you've heard this one before. On second thought, don't we know you've heard it so often that by now, you can't possibly believe it. Nonetheless, Will & Grace executive producer Jhoni Marchinko insists to TV Guide Online that at the end of the season, lovelorn singleton Will Truman (Eric McCormack) will finally hear those three magic words: You've got male.
What's more, as hard-up as Will is, Marchinko is determined to find him more than a boyfriend; she wants to introduce him to a truly significant other. To that end, she says that she and her cohorts are on a manhunt for "a good, interesting actor" and not necessarily an A-list sweetheart like onetime guest flirt Michael Douglas. "I don't think we're going to look for a big stunt. I always like it when somebody that used to be kind of famous [gets cast in a plum part]. That way, you can revive their career."
Fans of Fox's Mad TV hey, it's not just an SNL rip-off! know Michael McDonald for his wacky characters like nerdy Stuart and college boy Rusty. He also does a mean Dr. Phil. Now, it looks like he's caught the comedian's golden fleece: His very own sitcom.
"I don't have a show," he tells TV Guide Online, "I have a development deal with CBS to create a show." Yes folks, it's one of those cushy one-year series development/talent holding deals where the network puts a star on its payroll, just to keep 'em from getting snatched up by anyone else. How fun to be paid without actually having a job!
"I don't know if it's that posh a deal," McDonald laughs. "It's all potential. You gotta try and create something. All I know is we're going to try to do something on CBS in prime time. It'll be a sitcom, like every other multi-camera show, and I like to work in front of an audien