Today's News: Our Take


ONLY SIX?

Jim Carrey has inked a deal to star in a big-screen remake of the Six Million Dollar Man, Variety reports. Todd Phillips (Old School) will direct. In other movie news, Sandra Bullock has committed to star in and produce a sequel to one of the worst films I have ever seen — Miss Congeniality. read more

VEGAS, BABY!

Elton John is following in Celine Dion's footsteps and setting up shop in Sin City. The Rocket Man has signed a deal to perform 75 shows over a three-year period at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. His show — titled "The Red Piano" — kicks off Feb. 13. read more

NOW FEAR THIS

Speaking of sweeps stunts, NBC will air a special 90-minute Fear Factor beginning at 8 pm/ET on Nov. 4 — the first Tuesday of November sweeps. (Whoopi, Happy Family and Good Morning, Miami are taking the night off.) Fear will go head-to-head with ABC's 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, which returns that same night with a special hour-long episode focusing on the death of John Ritter's character. In other Ritter news, the first season of Three's Company will be released on DVD Nov. 11. read more

Gilmore Girls Okay, I'm a sap,...

Gilmore Girls
Okay, I'm a sap, but loved Lorelai and Luke coaching Rory through her "first college date" via cell phone. Yeah, like I've said, this mother/daughter duo is waaay codependent. Still, they're sweet. And it's a really good thing Lorelai's coping with her empty nest syndrome by spending more time with Luke.

Meanwhile, Rory's tale of "urine mints" was both an amusing and disturbing cautionary tale. Are you one of those people who "forgets" to wash your hands after visiting the loo in a restaurant, then shakes hands with folks and fishes around in the mint bowl on the way out, like Rory said? Well, if so, you know who you are. I hope you feel ashamed. And I hope that shame burns its way into your wretched soul. Or, um, at the very least, may it compel you to use antibacterial hand soap more often.

P.S. Ever since she wrote that Underneath It All memoir, Traci Lords is everywhere! Here she is on Gilmore read more

TUNA 101

Jessica Simpson got a crash course in tuna fish Monday when the endearing dimwit attended a staff meeting at Chicken of the Sea's San Diego headquarters. (Simpson admitted on a recent episode of her MTV hit Newlyweds that she thought Chicken of the Sea was actually made of chicken. Cue laugh track.) "We wanted to bring her down and make sure she understood the difference," says company exec Don George, who kept mum on rumors that Simpson is still trying to find her way out of the building. read more

PROBLEM CHILD

Miami-based record producer Terrence "T-Robb" Robinson is suing Beyonc&#233 Knowles, her father and fellow members of Destiny's Child for $200 million, claiming they stole his music for the hit song "Survivor." At a news conference Tuesday, Robinson said the song would have made him "one of the biggest, most sought-after producers" in the biz. read more

SECOND LIFE

Madonna is trying to bring American Life back from the dead. On Nov. 25, the pop singer will release Remixed & Revisited, a seven-song disc featuring remixes of tracks from her poor-selling American Life CD, as well as the previously unreleased song "Your Honesty." read more

THE SAGA CONTINUES...

David Gest slapped Liza Minnelli with a $10 million lawsuit Tuesday, claiming his estranged wife repeatedly beat him during alcohol-fueled rages — causing neurological damage and headaches (not to mention one scary mug). Gest — who says he must take 11 prescription medications a day to manage the pain — alleges that Minnelli took on superhuman strength when she was drunk, making it difficult to for him to defend himself in the absence of kryptonite. The couple separated in July, just 16 months after their star-studded nuptials. Minnelli's camp had no comment on the suit. read more

FAREWELL

Big-screen character actor Jack Elam, best known for his roles in Westerns such as Rawhide and Wichita, died Monday at his home in Ashland, Ore., of an unspecified illness. He was 84. read more

Jennifer Jason Leigh's Not Crazy!


After three decades of acting, Jennifer Jason Leigh could fill a hospital with all the crazies, drug addicts and alcoholics she's portrayed. "They're all complex characters," insists the star of Single White Female and Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, who continues her troubled trend by playing Meg Ryan's unlucky-in-love sister in the thriller In the Cut (opening in select theaters tomorrow). Does it bother Leigh that we've started to think maybe she's one of these damaged damsels, herself?

"It doesn't affect me," says the 41-year-old. "It's other people's perceptions, it's not going to change who I am. It might disappoint people when they meet me, I'm sure. I certainly have had dates where guys wanted some crazy lunatic girl. I'm not that. I'm sooo not that."

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