A plot to kidnap former Spice Girl Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham was foiled over the weekend by Scotland Yard. Nine people were arrested in connection with the scheme, which was exposed by undercover reporters working for the British tabloid News of the World. The kidnappers were planning to seek a $7.7 million ransom. "I'm in absolute and total shock," Beckham told the paper.
Late actor Richard Harris was remembered at Sunday's London premiere of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. "He would have liked to have been here tonight," Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter) told The Associated Press. "He liked a good party. We did some very emotional scenes together. It is very hard." Harris who died late last month of Hodgkin's disease played Professor Albus Dumbledore. Chamber of Secrets opens stateside on Nov. 15.
The defense in the Winona Ryder shoplifting trial is expected to rest today, and the jury could begin deliberations within hours afterward. On Friday, a defense witness testified that a Saks security guard said he was making up evidence to "nail" the actress.
The 2003 American Music Awards is shaping up to be one %$@#ing unpredictable event. ABC has recruited the Osbournes to host the live Jan. 13 telecast, which will take place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Sounds like a good day for the network's censors to call in sick.
Spider-Man mania swept the country once again over the weekend as consumers purchased 7 million copies of the film on DVD and VHS on Friday its first day of release. That shatters the previous record set by Disney's Monsters, Inc., which sold 5 million copies during its first day in stores in September.
Word that Buffy the Vampire Slayer may get a stake in the heart at the end of the season could turn out to be good news for sister series Angel. Joss Whedon the creator/exec producer of both shows tells TV Guide Online that if Buffy ends its seven-year run in the spring, it's "very possible" some of the show's MVPs could make a permanent jump to Angel.
"I think it would be cool," says Whedon. "It's sort of exciting, because you have this universe and all these people and all of their juxtapositions. It's interesting to me anyway. But until I know what's happening with Buffy and Angel I don't know who will go where."
The mere fact that Whedon's even looking ahead to a fifth season of Angel is rather remarkable in and of itself, consi
Actor Anson Mount still catches hell from his buddies about "deflowering" Britney Spears in her film debut, Crossroads. Do people treat him differently since he shared that spicy screen time with the pop princess? "From movie executives to my nieces, they all just want to know what Britney's like," he tells TV Guide Online. "That's all they care about.
"Professionally, I like to say I'm getting turned down by much bigger people now," he chuckles. "Yeah, I guess it's helped my visibility. It's hard to say. My life is pretty much exactly the same as before I made Crossroads."
Any truth to rumors that Spears and Mount were a real-life romantic item during filming? "Of course not," he scoffs. "No, she's a real sweet girl, and very professional and polite to everyone on set. But for one thing, she's too young for me. She's 20 and I'm 29. So that's just a little bit of a difference!
"I also like dating people that aren't in t
A take-off on 1950s melodramas, Todd Haynes's Far From Heaven (opening Nov. 8) uncovers the spicy secret lives that movies could only hint at in those days. Dennis Quaid plays Julianne Moore's closeted gay husband, Frank, who guzzles cocktails to cope with living a lie. Expect muchos escandolos when Moore catches him madly making out with a handsome stranger (Jonathan Walker)!
Recalling that same-sex kiss, Quaid says directorial intervention was needed to help the actors balance lusty abandon with tender romance. At first, he laughs, "we both went at each other like a couple of linebackers. Then, Todd had to stop us and say, 'Hey, it's a '50s screen kiss!' He would catch us when we'd go astray."
Sounds like Quaid had no trouble smooching a guy on-camera, unlike other macho actors who let image-consciousness get in the way. "Well, I didn't get [aroused by] it," he jokes, "but after I got over the razor burn in take
Those who can, do; those who can't, try out for TV talent contests; and those who really can't, well, they host TV talent contests. Just ask Craig J. Jackson, the master of ceremonies on Fox's frenetic freakfest 30 Seconds to Fame (returning tonight at 8 pm/ET). Surrounded by jugglers, contortionists, fire eaters and classically trained musicians, he's constantly reminded what few tricks he has up his sleeve.
"I give good hugs and I can do the running man backwards, but that's about it," Jackson tells TV Guide Online. "If I set myself on fire then I just might win! That's pretty much why I'm hosting the show, because I don't have any talent."
Truth be told, Jackson who began his career with Lisa Ling, Serena Altschul and Anderson Cooper on the teen-oriented Channel One News is a jack of one particular trade: hiding his real opinion of the third-rate comedians and ukulele players who grace 30 Secon