Mildred Wirt Benson, the original author of the Nancy Drew mystery series, died Tuesday at the age of 96... FX is developing a two-hour movie about the life of American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh... Former NYPD Blue star and CNN Headline News anchor Andrea Thompson is returning to television as host of Court TV's retooled Saturday-night block dubbed Follow Your Intuition, Broadcasting & Cable reports.
Eminem fans got a major *#@%&#@ surprise over the weekend. The controversial rapper's new, widely bootlegged CD, The Eminem Show scheduled to be released today arrived in stores on Sunday instead. "We saw no reason to have fans waiting until Tuesday in this particular case," said a rep for record label Interscope. In related news, more than two dozen people suffered mostly minor injuries in a mosh pit stampede Saturday night while the real Slim Shady performed at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
The absence of The Sopranos from this year's Emmy derby extends to members of the voting Academy an offer they can't refuse: Look harder to find new nominees... or else!
Since Emmy rules state that only programs airing between June 2001 and May 2002 are eligible, HBO's mob hit which saw its fourth season delayed until September is out of the running. And if you go by the show's 2001 haul, a whopping 22 drama slots suddenly are up for grabs. (Ballots are mailed the week of June 3; nominations are announced July 18.)
"It'll force the Academy to cast a wider net," offers Cynthia Littleton of The Hollywood Reporter. Adds John Wells, producer of NBC's ER, The West Wing and Third Watch
Looks like Parker Lewis still can't lose. First, Corin Nemec, who played the title wisenheimer on Fox's colorful 1990-93 kidcom, was made a regular on Stargate SG-1 just in time for the space-travel series's June 7 sixth-season premiere (and Sci Fi Channel debut). Then, earlier this month, he also went and got hitched to his high school sweetheart, Jami, with whom he has an eight-year-old daughter.
"[My bride] probably wouldn't want me to say how we met," he tells TV
Guide Online, then spills the beans anyway. "She came with a friend of mine
to a party for my ex-girlfriend [when we were teenagers]. I was actually
there to get back together with my ex-girlfriend until she walked in.
"I'm so glad," he adds needlessly, "that it worked out the way it did."
Even before the wedding (which capped the couple's second engagement to
one another), the boyishly handsome 30-y
The Game Show Network is developing an American version of the European sensation Lingo to debut in August, Variety reports. Chuck Woolery will host the Bingo-esque quizzer, which pits two teams of two against one another as they try guessing five-letter words.
Sylvester Stallone, 55, and wife Jennifer Flavin Stallone, 33, celebrated the birth of their third child, daughter Scarlet Rose, Saturday in Los Angeles. She joins sisters Sophia, five, and Sistine, three. Stallone also has two sons from a previous marriage.
Sexual magnetism ruled Vanity Fair's recent party for the 20th anniversary of Guess?. Held in L.A.'s posh Hancock Park, the soiree began with merry widow Anna Nicole Smith vamping her way down the red carpet, looking like a real devil in a blue dress!
The ex-Playboy bunny's beloved Hugh Hefner wasn't there, but Guess? co-founder Paul Marciano did his best Hef impression. Sporting a black smoking jacket emblazoned with his first name in sparkling rhinestones he gladly posed for photos with endless pawing blondes, who seemed eager just to touch a wealthy fashion designer. (This is Hollywood, after all.)
Outside in the courtyard garden, guests chatted whilst enjoying apple, lemon drop and cosmopolitan Martinis poured from giant ice sculptures in the shape of Ketel One