Survivor is going back to its roots. The fourth installment of CBS's reality franchise Survivor: Marquesas will take place on the South Pacific island of Nuku Hiva. The show's first chapter was set on the South Pacific island of Palau Tiga. (We can only hope it's that good.) Survivor: Marquesas will debut on Feb. 28. read more
The Sundance Film Festival got underway Thursday night in Salt Lake City with the premiere of The Laramie Project, a film inspired by the hate crime death of gay college student Matthew Shepard. The festival concludes on Jan. 20. read more
Wednesday's telecast of the 29th annual American Music Awards attracted 16 million viewers, ABC's best Wednesday ratings since January 2001.... ABC is developing a TV movie sequel to the 1980 big screen musical Fame, Variety reports. A weekly series could follow... Disney is developing a feature film based on its Haunted Mansion theme park ride. Two other Mouse House rides The Country Bears and Pirates of the Caribbean are also headed to the big screen... Neil LaBute's Off Broadway play, The Shape of Things, is being made into a film. Michael Ausiello read more
Oscar-nominated thesp Winona Ryder, 30, appeared in a Beverly Hills courtroom Thursday for the first time since being arrested last month for allegedly shoplifting $5,000 in clothing and accessories from Saks Fifth Avenue. At the hearing, Judge Elden Fox extended Ryder's bond until Feb. 8, pending further investigation of the case. The star of Girl, Interrupted and Little Women has not yet been formally charged with a crime. read more
Piña coladas and Survivor "stars" flowed freely on CBS's Television City lot on Thursday night in L.A., where Survivor: Africa's final Tribal Council and safari-themed after party were held. Milling about the amusingly tacky decor on Stage 46 mock straw huts and ghastly zebra-print sofas abounded everyone buzzed about curly-haired soccer player Ethan Zohn's victory.
The shy $1 million prize winner himself has no thrilling plans for the future: His chances of playing pro soccer looking slim, the 27-year-old says he'll be content to coach inner-city youth sports instead. Elsewhere, original Survivor victor Richard Hatch lamented fellow bad guy Lex van den Berghe's defeat, while Survivor: The Australian Outback champ Tina Wesson was deligh read more
Nominations for the 13th annual Producers Guild Awards were announced Thursday and A Beautiful Mind, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Moulin Rouge and Shrek will compete for best picture. TV drama nominees are CSI, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos and The West Wing. On the TV comedy side, Frasier, Friends, Malcolm in the Middle, read more
Score one for the good guys: Ethan Zohn, the affable 27-year-old professional soccer player from Lexington, Mass., was crowned Survivor: Africa's latest $1 million winner Thursday night. Zohn narrowly beat out 57-year-old grandmother Kim Johnson. Ratings-wise, the two-hour finale on CBS edged out NBC's Must-See comedy block by 6 percent based on preliminary Nielsen data. But Survivor mania has definitely subsided: Compared to the show's first finale back in August 2000, Thursday night's closer was off by 52 percent. For all the scoop from CBS's big Survivor bash, click here. read more
Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann tells TV Guide Online that Nicole Kidman will definitely be at next week's Golden Globe awards where she's nominated for The Others and Moulin Rouge. (As previously reported, a work conflict nearly prevented her from attending.) Assures the auteur: "When I saw her in Sydney two days ago, she said, 'Are you kidding? I'm nominated for drama and comedy. I'll be there.'" read more
Jack Black may have been in the company of Academy Award-winner Gwyneth Paltrow while filming last fall's plus-size comedy Shallow Hal, but the actor-comedian-musician holds out little hope that he'll ever find himself in the midst of an actual Oscar itself. Laments Black: "There's never any love for the comedian. You have to squeeze out some tears or be disabled in some way. If you can pull that off, then you get the prizes."