Today's News: Our Take


RECOVERING

Plus-size comedian Louie Anderson has been admitted to a Los Angeles hospital for an unspecified heart problem. However, a rep for the 50-year-old performer insists Anderson did not suffer a heart attack. read more

DELAYED

Tom Sizemore, who was convicted in August of harassing former galpal Heidi Fleiss, has entered an undisclosed rehab program, the Los Angeles City Attorney says. As a result, the actor's sentencing hearing — originally scheduled to take place Friday — has been postponed until Oct. 9. read more

CAREER MINDED

Maria Shriver announced Tuesday that she will return to work at NBC News whether or not hubby Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes California's next governor. "I've been working for 26 years," she said. "Journalism is a passion of mine." read more

HER DAY IN COURT

An Oct. 28 trial date was set in the case pitting Rosie O'Donnell against Gruner + Jahr USA, the publisher's of her now-defunct Rosie magazine. O'Donnell claims she was denied editorial control while G+J says the former talk-show host acted unprofessionally and irresponsibly. Incidentally, O'Donnell's court date falls just four days after her Boy George-headlined Broadway musical Taboo begins performances. That has to suck. read more

SAD DAY FOR EBAY

The Motion Picture Assoc. of America has ruled that Hollywood studios can no longer send Oscar voters videos or DVDs of films vying for awards consideration. MPAA President Jack Valenti says some of last year's screeners were copied and illegally pirated. Now, Academy members will have to get up off their lazy butts and go to a movie theater. And me? I may actually have to buy my family Christmas gifts this year. read more

Why Jack Black Stinks


Best known for his off-the-wall antics in movies like Saving Silverman and High Fidelity, Jack Black probably isn't someone you'd want molding your kid's mind. Even so, he plays a substitute fifth-grade teacher in his newest flick, School of Rock (opening Friday). Hollywood's stage mothers can breathe a sigh of relief, though, since he didn't try to impart any slacker ideals to his young co-stars.

"I wasn't really a teacher," Black tells TV Guide Online. "In between scenes, we were just sort of compatriots. We were all in a platoon, on a mission, and they were rockin' as hard as I was. We would just hang out and fart around and just try to stay loose."

Better yet, Black — who pens pretty raunchy lyrics for his real-life band Tenacious D — cleaned up his crass vocab whenever little ears were on the set. "I dropped no F-bombs," the 34-year-old manchild recalls, with a tinge of regret. "I brought the rock, but I d read more

SLEEPLESS NIGHTS

ABC is developing a drama series based on last year's woefully underrated Al Pacino-Hilary Swank thriller Insomnia. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the potential series would pick up two years after the film left off. read more

COPYCAT?

Madonna is being sued by the son of late photographer Guy Bourdin, who claims the pop superstar-turned kiddie author's "Hollywood" video copied at least 11 of his father's photos published in French Vogue from the 1950s to the '80s. Samuel Bourdin is seeking unspecified damages. read more

GOOD START

Talk shows from Ellen DeGeneres and Sharon Osbourne finished in a Nielsen dead-heat in their second weeks on the air. The new gabfests notched a 1.5 rating to rank as the season's highest-rated new syndicated offerings. Oprah and Dr. Phil, meanwhile, saw their premiere-week ratings soar 18 percent over last year. read more

OSCAR BAIT

Ridley Scott loves his epics. The Gladiator helmer has sealed a deal with 20th Century Fox to direct the Crusader-era saga Kingdom of Heaven, Variety reports. The pic revolves around a young blacksmith who becomes a knight and helps defend Jerusalem against the Crusaders. And when he's not busy with that, he meets and falls in love with a princess. (If only it were that easy...) read more

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