Angela Bassett's good buddy Halle Berry was named best actress at the second annual Black Entertainment Television awards, held Tuesday night in Hollywood. Other winners included Will Smith (best actor), Outkast (music group), Usher (male R&B artist), India.Arie (female R&B artist) and Alicia Keys (new artist). Earth, Wind & Fire received a lifetime achievement award and Muhammad Ali was honored for his humanitarian efforts.
R&B star R. Kelly pleaded innocent to 21 counts of child pornography today in a Chicago courtroom. Kelly who is accused of videotaping sex with an underage girl faces 15 years in prison and $100,000 in fines if convicted. The 35-year-old "I Believe I Can Fly" crooner is due back in court on August 7.
VH1 wants to give newlyweds Liza Minnelli and David Gest the Osbournes treatment. According to Liz Smith, the music channel is developing a reality show that would chronicle the life and times of America's most eccentric couple. Let's pray there are no cameras in the bedroom.
American Pie star Natasha Lyonne has agreed to plead guilty to a drunken driving charge stemming from a crash last summer in Miami. As part of the deal, the 23-year-old's license will be suspended for six months and she'll be required to perform 50 hours of community service.
On the heels of a recent study that said Native Americans are virtually invisible on TV, CBS is making a bold move toward diversity: The Eye will sponsor a Native American acting showcase on Oct. 9 in L.A., with CBS execs and casting directors present to check out the talent. Aspiring thesps can submit headshots and resumes from Aug. 12-Sept. 6 to: David Besbris, CBS Showcase Submission, c/o AFTRA, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., 9th Floor, Los Angeles, Calif. 90036.
Winona Ryder isn't the only Hollywood actor who ever faced off with department-store security. While shopping for his role as a crossdressing basketball player in Juwanna Mann, Miguel A. Nuñez, Jr. got busted, too! Only his offense was more embarrassing than shoplifting...
"The panty hose [Mann's costumer] got me made my legs look really skinny," complains Nuñez, who decided to purchase more flattering hosiery for himself. Too bad his shyness slipped him up: "I couldn't just go in [the store] and ask for panty hose in my size. So I figured I would wait and hide, watching women try on panty hose. If a big woman came in who was my size, I would just get what she got.
"The next thing I know," he laughs, "they called security b
If you've seen The Gap's recent TV ad starring Christina Ricci and Dennis Hopper playing chess and wondered if there's a li'l somethin'-somethin' goin' on between the khaki-clad duo you're not the only one. However, the Sleepy Hollow star insists her commercial directed by the Coen brothers of Fargo fame is quite innocent.
"People try to read a little too much into things sometimes," Ricci
tells TV Guide Online. "People assume it's sexual. [They say,] 'Yeah, it's an
older man and his mistress.' I'm like, 'Eww... No.'"
As the 22-year-old explains it: "[The ad] is called 'Two White Shirts' and it's supposed to be two friends playing chess the whole idea of it being, 'How cool that someone like Dennis H
What's a surefire sign that you've made it in Hollywood? People start whispering that you're gay! Of course, you don't have to tell that to Brian Dunkleman, co-host of Fox's summer smash American Idol. Ever since the show debuted earlier this month, fans have been speculating via the Internet about which gender the comic-actor fancies. Further inflaming the debate: Dunkleman's decision not to discuss his personal life with the media. That is, until now...
"I have a girlfriend and I've been with her for a year," the 30-year-old attests to TV Guide Online. "But she doesn't want to be involved with this. We want to have our lives, and when I go to work, it's something completely different.
"Everybody who knows me, knows who I am knows what kind of guy I am," he adds of the gay chatter, which has also enveloped co-host Ryan Seacrest. "Anyone else? I don't really care."
Well, that's not entirely true. During a recent trip onl