Today's News: Our Take


TED GRILLS DAVE

David Letterman is headed to ABC — albeit for one night only. According to the The New York Times, the Late Show host has agreed to a sit-down interview with Ted Koppel to air the week of July 8 on ABC's new profile-oriented spinoff, Nightline: Up Close. Koppel asked Letterman for the interview back in March, after the whole "Will Dave replace Ted on ABC?" brouhaha was resolved — with Letterman staying put on CBS. "Dave is no show-business weasel," says Late Show exec producer Rob Burnett. "He promised Ted, and he's going to do it." read more

DON'T BE BLUE

Former NYPD Blue Emmy winner Kim Delaney wasn't out of work for long. The actress — whose freshman legal drama, Philly, was axed last month by ABC — is joining the cast of CSI: Miami, CBS's upcoming CSI spinoff. Miami teams her with fellow Blue alum David Caruso. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Delaney will play a senior crime scene investigator at the Miami-Dade police department. In the wake of Philly's cancellation, there were rumors that Delaney might head back to Blue next season. However, executive producer Steven Bochco quickly s read more

REPORT CARD

Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg probably wish they could have prevented this from happening: The duo's new futuristic thriller Minority Report didn't have the slam-dunk opening weekend victory many had predicted. The Oscar-worthy film grossed $36.9 million, barely edging out the debut of Disney's animated pic Lilo & Stitch ($35.8 million). In fact, Disney execs remain confident that when final numbers are tabulated later today, L&S will come out on top. Still, Cruise and Spielberg may have the last laugh: Strong word of mouth on Report indicates that the pic may have a long, successful run this summer. The same can't be said for Scooby-Doo. In its second weekend of release, the read more

WILL SIMON OBJECT?

Ford Focus has landed a starring role on Fox's summer reality smash American Idol. According to The Hollywood Reporter, next month the show's finalists will move into a mansion and each get a Ford Focus to use for the duration of the program. Ford is Idol's sole car sponsor. read more

The Sept. 11 Parallel "Nobody Noticed"


We know the ratings for Fox's short-lived X-Files spinoff The Lone Gunmen were bad, but this is ridiculous. Six months before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — March 4, 2001, to be exact — Gunmen premiered with an episode featuring a terrorist plot to fly a commercial airliner into the World Trade Center. The climactic sequence actually shows the plane heading into one of the Twin Towers, but at the last minute, it's pulled upward and just misses the building.

Shockingly, this horrifying bit of foreshadowing was never widely reported until Thursday, when industry newsletter The Myers Report broke the story. How is it that virtually no one remembered this post 9/11? "I know! That's what I've been wondering," marvels Frank Spotni read more

Colin Farrell, Watch Your Mouth!


Lately, Minority Report's Colin Farrell has gotten almost as much attention as his on-screen nemesis, Tom Cruise. Too bad the media seems more interested in his hard-drinking, potty-mouthed rep than his acting finesse. (His June Vanity Fair cover story feasts on the filth!) So does the Dublin-born hottie worry that people are getting the wrong idea?

"I curse a lot and I drink a lot when I'm at home," he proudly tells TV Guide Online. "It's not an image that I'm trying to portray. That's me... Some people say I should watch my mouth, and I say 'Why? It's the way I speak.'"

On the MR set, director Steven Spielberg was less concerned with Farrell's foul tongue than his lilting Irish accent. "Steven was n read more

SHORT CUTS

Jackie Chan has signed on to headline a remake of Around the World in Eighty Days, Variety reports... On Thursday, the Today show made its first book club selection — Stephen L. Carter's Emperor of Ocean Park — and the novel immediately catapulted to No. 1 on Amazon.com. Somewhere, Oprah is kicking herself. read more

TBS TACKLES JFK

TBS is producing a TV movie about the life and death of John F. Kennedy Jr., with Jacqueline Bisset playing his mother Jackie and Ally McBeal's Portia de Rossi, his wife Carolyn. America's Prince: The JFK Jr. Story is based on Christopher Andersen's 2000 biography The Day John Died. read more

The Sept. 11 Parallel "Nobody Noticed"


We know the ratings for Fox's short-lived X-Files spinoff The Lone Gunmen were bad, but this is ridiculous. Six months before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — March 4, 2001, to be exact — Gunmen premiered with an episode featuring a terrorist plot to fly a commercial airliner into the World Trade Center. The climactic sequence actually shows the plane heading into one of the Twin Towers, but at the last minute, it's pulled upward and just misses the building.

Shockingly, this horrifying bit of foreshadowing was never widely reported until Thursday, when industry newsletter The Myers Report broke the story. How is it that virtually no one remembered this post 9/11? "I know! That's what I've been wondering," marvels Frank Spotni read more

SHE'S NOT A POOR GIRL

Britney Spears has supplanted Tom Cruise at the top of Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100 list, which ranks stars based on their fortune and fame. "She doesn't have Steven Spielberg's pull, but in the last year she arguably had a bigger impact on pop culture," the magazine said. (Um, did they see Crossroads?) Cruise failed to make the list this year (Vanilla Sky fallout, no doubt), however ex-wife Nicole Kidman did (No. 27). Rounding out the top 10: Tiger Woods, Spielberg, Madonna, U2, 'N Sync, read more

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