Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon has been tapped to pen a rewrite of the upcoming Spider-Man sequel, slated to be released on May 7, 2004... Marie Osmond and her husband, music producer Brian Blosol, have adopted a baby girl named Abigail.
Tuesday's The Real World: Las Vegas hit the ratings jackpot over three million viewers so it's no surprise MTV has renewed its two best-loved reality TV staples. And taking a page from Survivor, they're setting 'em in exotic foreign locales. Come 2003, look for The Real World: Paris and Road Rules: The South Seas. A national casting call is currently underway for both shows. Exhibitionist hopefuls aged 18-24 can visit MTV's website for more info.
Erika Harold, a 22-year-old Harvard-bound law student from Illinois,
was crowned Miss America 2003 on Saturday. As usual, there were lots of
tears, hugs and confetti.
If Jerry Springer starts having trouble filling his green room, he can blame CBS. The network plans to hold open auditions in eastern Kentucky next month for its upcoming reality series The Real Beverly Hillbillies. "We're looking for people who have country smarts, but maybe not so much sophistication," casting agent Ken Billings tells The Associated Press. "We're not looking for the Hollywood stereotype of a hillbilly. We don't want people who are barefoot and toothless. We're just looking for a family that loves each other, and that America will fall in love with." In other words, barefoot and toothless is a definite plus.
After eight years, Emmy was finally there for Friends. The top-rated
NBC sitcom which is heading into its final season picked up its
first-ever best comedy series trophy at the the 54th annual Emmy Awards. Speaking of long overdue honors, Friends star Jennifer Aniston was named best lead actress in a comedy. The West Wing, meanwhile, buried the drama competition namely, HBO's heavily favored mortuary soap Six Feet Under. NBC's White House saga won five awards, including best drama series, best actress (Allison Janney), best supporting actor (John Spencer) and supporting actress (Stockard Channing). The night's big shocker: Michael Chiklis picking up lead actor kudos for FX's controversial cop drama The Shield, beating WW's Martin Sheen. CBS's Everybody Loves Raymond was also a big winner, grabbing awards for best actor in a comedy Ray Roman
This fall, Fastlane's Peter Facinelli isn't Fox's only new star who'll bare his derriere on the air. In John Doe debuting tomorrow at 9 pm/ET viewers will see leading man Dominic Purcell awaken with amnesia on a deserted isle. In that opening shot, he's nude, posed in the fetal position on the ground. Then, his character flashes his tush again when he falls off a cliff!
"I have to give the stunt guy credit for that," Purcell admits to TV Guide Online, laughing. "That's not my ass. I wish it was. No, I wanted to do [the fall], but they wouldn't let me do it for insurance reasons. It's a stunt ass!"
The Aussie cutie wants to clarify one thing, though: "In the first scene, I'm naked there. That's me l
His relation to America's sweetheart notwithstanding, Eric Roberts is best known for appearing in films like Final Analysis and The Specialist as hooligans who would sooner crack skulls than jokes. So you can understand his agents' incredulity when he asked them to get him a sitcom audition.
"They laughed at me," the tough guy recalls. "So I fired them. [Eventually] I got a new agency, and they laughed at me, too. So... I went away and made a bunch of action-adventure B movies about killing people."
Now, at long last, Roberts has won the chance to slay us in an altogether different fashion and forever shed his rough-and-tumble image by playing Will, an egomaniacal TV anchorman, on Popular
Ex-talk show host Rosie O'Donnell who turned McCall's into Rosie in April 2000 has quit the magazine. Its last issue comes out in December. Blaming publisher Gruner + Jahr for gradually usurping her editorial control, she told reporters: "I cannot have my name on a magazine if I cannot be assured that it will represent my vision and ideas." While neither side is suing yet, Gruner sure sounded litigious in a recent memo to its employees: "It is truly shocking and disappointing that Rosie would walk away from her obligations... In doing so, she destroys the value of the business we created and violates the conditions of our binding contract... Rosie cannot simply ignore that obligation." (Them's fightin' words!)
Last week, NBC reran ER's "On The Beach" episode, featuring the death of Dr. Mark Greene, a.k.a. actor Anthony Edwards. While exec producer John Wells is Emmy-nominated for writing this affecting send-off, it surprised some that Edwards himself isn't honored this year. A goodbye nod would've been sweet especially since he's previously been nominated four times for ER, but never won.
"I've never really taken awards very seriously," Edwards tells TV Guide Online. "I've been fortunate and won a bunch, but I never wanted to put myself in a position of feeling bad for being kicked out of a party that I didn't necessarily want to go to.
"You know," he adds dismissively, "[Emmys] are a nice compliment, but they're really not reflective of