Let's hear it for the boys behind Chicago! Craig Zadan and Neil Meron who exec produced the Oscar-winning movie musical have inked a deal with Paramount to remake Footloose into a full-scale musical, Variety reports. "This... is going to be closer in tone to Moulin Rouge than Chicago," says Zadan, who served as a producer on the original 1984 pic. Thankfully, the new film is not related to the recent stage adaptation of Footloose which was truly awful. read more
Maybe they should rename the show American Most Wanted. American Idol finalist Trenyce is the latest contestant on the Fox reality show to get "outed" by Court TV's TheSmokingGun.com. According to the site, the 22-year-old Memphis crooner whose real name is Lashundra Cobbins was busted in October 1999 on a felony shoplifting charge, for which she was placed the following year in a pre-trial diversion program by a Criminal Court judge. Idol producers were reportedly aware that Trenyce pulled a Winona Ryder, and therefore, she's in no danger of getting tossed off the show. Somewhere, Frenchie Davis is consulting her legal team. read more
Bolstered by its American Idol lead-in, Fox's new sitcom Wanda at Large got off to a big start Wednesday. The show averaged 14.3 million viewers, the network's best comedy premiere since Malcolm in the Middle launched in 2000. read more
Outspoken Bowling for Columbine filmmaker Michael Moore whose anti-Dubya tirade at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony led my grandmother to conclude, "That man is not playing with a full deck" has apparently decided to make a career out of bashing the Bushes. In an interview with Variety, Moore reveals that his next documentary, Fahrenheit 911, will trace "what has happened to the country since Sept. 11, and how the Bush administration used this tragic event to push its agenda." Moore who will be a guest on tonight's Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO, 11:30 pm/ET) says the film will also explore the murky relationship between George Bush Sr. and the family of Osama bin Laden. read more
Just because Head of State (opening tomorrow) is an escapist comedy, don't underestimate the political savvy of its star, co-writer and first-time director Chris Rock. The idea to poke fun at the presidential campaign process has been germinating in his mind since long before his Saturday Night Live days, back when he was just your typical, New York Daily News-readin' tyke.
"My dad drove a newspaper truck when I was a kid," Rock explains to TV Guide Online. "So, I just read the paper a lot, as a young, 6-year-old boy. I knew all about Watergate.
"The first time I got this idea [for the movie] was [when] Geraldine Ferraro [ran for vice president in 1984]," continues the 37-year-old comedian, who plays an alderman tapped to run for commander-in-chief when the original candidate is killed in a plane crash. "The whole scenario of 'Hmm, we're gonna probably read more
Okay, Gilmore Girls fans. So you already know Jared Padalecki and Milo Ventimiglia the cuties who play Rory's suitors, Dean and Jess will likely leave the fictitious Stars Hollow, Conn., for other TV towns this year. Jared is the WB's new Young MacGyver; Milo's Jess gets a spin-off series co-starring Rob Estes as his dad. That means a showdown between romantic rivals is brewing!
As actress Keiko Agena she's Rory's best pal, Lane Kim tells TV Guide Online: "Dean and Jess get into a huge fist-fight brawl over Rory at a party [in the April 15 episode]. I think Jared got hurt. I heard that it looks great on-screen, but the blows are pretty close. One of the punches landed! I think Jared needed to put an ice pa read more
Ty Pennington the hot handyman from TLC's Trading Spaces calls himself "a blend of Martha Stewart and MacGyver." But it's not easy. Sometimes the show's tight time constraints, limited funds and diva-ish designers make Ty wanna drive a nail through his skull!
"We all have our little clash of personalities," the 37-year-old admits to TV Guide Online. "It's like Real World meets This Old House. It's kind of fun because you never know what's going to happen."
Who's been the toughest to work with? "I'm not going to mention any names," he teases. "But there are definitely some [projects] I have been involved in that I didn't even know if I wanted my name associated with. There have been several projects where I'm like, 'This is wrong. Not only does it look wrong, it doesn't even work, and there are safety issues.' We put two automobiles in a kid's room for Chrissake!"
Pennington will share his how-to dos and read more
After two weeks of close calls, diva-in-training Julia DeMato finally got the hook on American Idol last night and believe it or not, I kind of felt bad for the prickly 24-year-old. Of course, no one took the cosmetologist's ouster harder than poor Kimberly Caldwell. The talent-show vet who was among the bottom three vote-getters sobbed uncontrollably after learning of DeMato's fate. I've got two words for Tammy Faye's long-lost daughter: waterproof mascara! read more