With war coverage blanketing the airwaves, the networks have been forced to make some schedule changes. Among the shifts: ABC is holding the remaining episodes of its struggling reality show The Family until summer; the finale of CBS's Star Search, interrupted last Wednesday, will air on April 2; and NBC will go with reruns of its Must-See Thursday comedies on Tuesday.
Madonna made headlines on Oscar weekend but not the kind she would have liked. The aspiring actress's stink bomb of a film, Swept Away, was the big "winner" at the 23rd annual Razzie awards, which recognize the year's sorriest cinema efforts. The movie picked up five trophies, including worst film, worst performance by an actress (Madonna), worst remake, worst screen couple (Madonna and co-star Adriano Giannini) and worst director (Madge's hubby Guy Ritchie.) Adding insult to injury, the singer who shared worst actress honors with pop tart Britney Spears for Crossroads was also singled out as worst supporting actress for her cameo in Di
The Hours, featuring Nicole Kidman's Oscar-winning performance, arrives on DVD June 24... War jitters have led Lisa Marie Presley to cancel plans for a European promotional tour on behalf of her debut album, To Whom It May Concern.
In a time of war, battles between the rich and famous over little statuettes
that justify big paydays and bigger egos seem, to put it mildly, trivial
and Oscar knows it. So, out of respect for the soldiers who are, for better or worse, risking their necks in the Middle East, the producers of last night's 75th Annual Academy Awards ceremony didn't merely trot out the usual who's who of Hollywood stars; instead, they let march a parade of stars and stripes.
Right from the kickoff of ABC's three-and-a-half-hour telecast, it was
obvious that the colors of the evening would be red, white and blue, not
gold. In fact, host Steve Martin began his uproarious opening monologue by observing the steps that execs had taken to irritate the Iraqi forces: "You
probably noticed there was no fancy red carpet tonight," he said in his
winning, deadpan style. "That'll send 'em a message." Not a moment later,
the good-humor man instructed
The "shock and awe" portion of the U.S.-led campaign in Iraq kicked off Friday afternoon and it's safe to assume the entire planet was glued to their TV sets. MSNBC's Peter Arnett, one of the few remaining journalists still in Baghdad, referred to the air strikes as much more intense than those he witnessed during the 1991 Gulf War. Later, an emotional Tom Brokaw broke down on air after the mother of one of the U.S. Marines killed in combat called into the program and cautioned the news media to remember the toll war takes on servicemen and their families. It was an extraordinary moment in a day full of them.
On Oscar night, the Hollywood celebs who aren't nominated usually sit and watch the three-hour plus ceremony on TV. Many attend lavishly catered "viewing parties" while others park it on the sofa with some munchies, just like you. Of course, world events could mean Sunday night's Oscar ceremony will be postponed at the last minute. Just in case, though, TV Guide Online polled Tinseltowners to learn which movies and movie stars they're rooting for. According to them, the 75th Annual Academy Awards should go to...
Vin Diesel (A Man Apart): Catherine Zeta-Jones worked her ass off in Chicago. And you could tell she enjoyed it!