Today's News: Our Take


HELLO, SIR

We hope he's satisfied now. As expected, Mick Jagger received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth on Saturday for his contribution to pop music. "It's great to get an honor from your own country — although I have had honors from other countries," he said. "It also reflects really wonderfully on all the achievements of the Rolling Stones over the last 40 years." read more

DOES PETE APPROVE?

Country crooner Hank Williams Jr. has been tapped to replace Toby Keith as the opening act on ABC's July 4th special In Search of America. Keith allegedly was given the boot at the urging of Search host Peter Jennings, who deemed his controversial Sept. 11 tribute song, Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American), inappropriate. Not surprisingly, ABC denies this. read more

ONE MORE SPEARS TIDBIT...

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Britney Spears will star in and produce a movie set in the world of NASCAR. The Crossroads actress would play the daughter of a successful NASCAR team owner who inspires a former driver to return to the sport. read more

J.LOGO

Look out, Hallmark. Jennifer Lopez has inked an exclusive merchandising and licensing deal with Signatures Network, allowing the San Francisco-based company to use her likeness on such cheesy stuff as greeting cards, calendars and back-to-school items. What about seat cushions? read more

AHHHHH BUNDY!

FX will air a never-before-seen episode of Married... With Children Tuesday at 9:30 pm/ET. The episode deals with Peggy and Al trying to spice up their love life by visiting a cheap motel. In other FX news, the cable network has ordered 13 episodes of the half-hour dramedy Lucky, starring Sex and the City's John Corbett as a poker ace. The show will debut sometime in 2003. read more

Christian Slater's Comeback Party


Take heart, Winona Ryder! After a career lull and some run-ins with the law, your fellow Heathers hellion Christian Slater has turned his life around. This week, he and co-star Nicolas Cage premiered their Windtalkers at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, then adjourned to a star-studded afterparty on the Sunset Strip.

Once a renowned bad boy, Slater's a family man with a refined bride — Ryan Haddon-Slater recently graced the cover of high-society mag Town &#038 Country. How did he do it? "He brought it all into being himself," Mrs. Slater proudly said. "He never was reformed, I think it's just who he was and you have to go through a read more

BARENAKED LADY

Jennifer Love Hewitt will release her new album, BareNaked, on Sept. 24. The first single, also called "BareNaked," will hit the airwaves on July 1 and the video will premiere on MTV the week of July 15 — but there's no word if Hewitt will be either bare or naked in it. read more

Witchblade Hunk Welcomes Back Yancy


Life is getting back to normal on the set of the TNT drama Witchblade now that leading lady Yancy Butler has returned from alcohol rehab. "She's kicking ass," co-star Will Yun Lee reports to TV Guide Online. "She's so awesome. She looks great. It's great to have the family back."

Production on Witchblade — which kicks off its second season Sunday at 8 pm/ET — was temporarily halted last month due to Butler's troubles. "Life happens," says Lee, who plays Butler's resurrected partner on the show. Asked whether he had any inkling of his co-star's drinking problem, he remains coy: "I was [in] England when all this went down, so I didn't really see too much of it."

The 27-year-old hottie — chosen as one of People's 50 Most Beautiful People — was read more

HER DAY IN COURT

Winona Ryder pleaded innocent Friday to shoplifting and drug charges stemming from her Dec. 12 arrest at Saks Fifth Avenue. Last week, a superior court judge ruled that there was sufficient evidence for the actress to stand trial. A pretrial hearing is set for July 15. read more

Seven Silly Questions for Leonard Maltin


For once, it's not all about Mary Hart's legs. Entertainment Tonight film buff Leonard Maltin is celebrating his 20th anniversary with the syndicated newsmagazine, and what better way to commemorate the occasion than with a bunch of random questions.

TVGO: Did you ever pan a movie that was actually pretty good just because you were having a cranky day?
Maltin: Not that I'm aware of. I've never knowingly done that, let's put it that way.

TVGO: Did you ever have any desire to follow in Roger Ebert's footsteps and make a movie of your own?
Maltin: Long ago, I did. The problem I had then was that all my ideas were on a scale that I couldn't accomplish. Many years ago, a friend of mine convinced me that we should try sell read more

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