French Stewart is apparently staying put on planet Earth. The 3rd Rock From the Sun star and his wife, actress Katherine LaNasa, have plopped down $2 million for a four-bedroom Hollywood Hills home, the Los Angeles Times reports. The 3,000 square feet pad comes with a media room, sauna, pool and a spa. LaNasa will appear opposite Vicki Lewis and A.J. Langer in the upcoming NBC comedy, Three Sisters. The paper also reports that Oscar winner Nicolas Cage has purchased approximately 400 acres of land in Malibu canyon for roughly $10 million. read more
Johnny Depp has inked a deal to play 16th-century poet and playwright Christopher Marlowe in the $20 million film, Marlowe, The Hollywood Reporter says... The trade paper also reports that Chris Rock is being wooed to star in the Miramax flick Mr. Etiquette, the story of a New York tour guide who tries to win back his girlfriend by embarking on a crusade to transform the city’s rude residents into respectful citizens... The WB has picked up its sci-fi soap Roswell for the rest of the season, Variety reports. Michael Ausiello read more
Talk show host and outspoken Democrat Rosie O'Donnell is expected to air a political speech by good bud Barbra Streisand supporting Al Gore on today's show, despite initial objections from syndicator Warner Bros. Sources told Reuters that O'Donnell threatened not to renew her contract if the studio blocked the airing of the Streisand speech, which was delivered at a Gore fundraiser. O'Donnell reportedly offered to run the pro-Gore endorsement after Friday's 20/20 featuring an interview with Streisand conducted by Barbara Walters edited out some of the singer's political views. read more
Singer Carnie Wilson says she's ready to show off her svelte new body possibly in the pages of Playboy!
"I'd do it for a half million, but not until I get everything cleaned up and my boobs lifted," a third of the Wilson Phillips trio told US Weekly of her post-intestinal bypass surgery physique. In fact, the former talk show host is ready to go under the knife again. "I have all this loose skin on my tummy and arms and stuff, like five to ten pounds of it, that they're going to remove."
Wilson, who is joining forces with Chynna Phillips and sister Wendy to reunite their girl group, says she was devastated when the band broke up in 1992. "I was angry. I felt like, 'Wait a minute, we've just started. It's only been two years!' I felt like it would last forever. And it didn't. I crashed hard, and it hurt. Then I got nervous, like, 'What am I gonna do?'"
Focusing her energies on dieting, Wilson decided surgery was her only o read more
Lucy Liu had so much fun with Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz at her Charlie's Angels audition that she nearly, well, "missed" her audition.
"They had the cameras rolling and we were supposed to be reading our scenes together," the Ally McBeal actress says, "and we just started talking and hanging out, and I completely forgot why I had gone into the room to begin with. I was laughing so hard I was sweating."
The instant rapport came as a huge relief to Barrymore and Diaz, who had spent months searching for an actress to round out their crime-fighting trio. "Drew and I met with a bunch of girls who were wonderful," says Diaz. "After they would leave, we were like, 'She's such a nice girl. It would be so nice to work with her.' But it just didn't happen. We couldn't say, 'Yeah, that's the girl,' until Lucy came into the room."
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Natalie Cole, who once struggled with a drug problem, fears that Whitney Houston may be headed down a similar path, and is reaching out to the troubled pop diva. "I think she is isolated, and it's going to take a small miracle to be able to cut through some of this stuff," Cole tells Access Hollywood. "I guess [that is] kind of protecting her with good intentions, but she needs to be saved. The only thing I always say to Whitney is, 'Call me. You know my number.'" read more
The debut of John Goodman's new Fox comedy, Normal, Ohio, got off to a decent start Wednesday night. The sitcom featuring the former Roseanne star as a gay dad attracted 12.17 million viewers, second only to ABC's Who Wants to be a Millionaire. What's more, Normal finished first in the adults 18-49 demographic and retained 95% of its Halloween-themed Simpsons lead-in in that bracket. Meanwhile, the series premiere of Fox's much-hyped Wall Street soap The Street crashed and burned at 9 pm, coming in fourth place among total viewers (7.26 million). read more
Believe it or not, the WB's lewd and crude sketch comedy, Hype, does have its boundaries. The show which has featured everything from a faux President Clinton humping Monica Lewinsky's image on a park bench to a skit of Tom Green pulling his engagement ring to Drew Barrymore out of his butt has been forbidden from uttering a certain five-letter word.
"I can't say 'penis,'" series star Shayma Tash tells TV Guide Online. "They won't let me. I did the 'Hype Report' and I wanted to say, 'Good evening. I'm Shayma Tash, and I have a penis... at home... in my sock drawer... waiting for me.' And they won't let me say 'penis' to the camera and I'm upset. Dr. Ruth can say 'penis.'
"They let me say, 'Good evening. I'm Shayma Tash and I'm the best sex I've ever had,' and, 'Sometimes, I don't feel fresh,'" she continues. "S read more
Saturday Night Live writer Matt Piedmont and star Will Ferrell have sold an action-comedy pitch to the Walt Disney Co., The Hollywood Reporter says. The "Untitled Will Ferrell Project" features the comedian as a hard-nosed cop in the '70s who lands in a coma after being gunned down by a pimp. He wakes up in the present day to hunt down his attacker only to discover that the one-time pimp is now the largest crime boss in Los Angeles. Well, it beats Ladies Man 2. read more
ABC has ordered another six episodes of its Andre Braugher medical drama Gideon's Crossing, Variety says... The trade paper also reports that rockers Elvis Costello and T-Bone Burnett are joining forces to create an hour-long comedy-drama series for the WB Network about four models who form a band... The third season of HBO's mob hit The Sopranos begins on March 4. Michael Ausiello read more