Today's News: Our Take


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"I'm an actor and I've got a mortgage." — Tom Selleck replying to CNN's Wolf Blitzer when asked if he would consider succeeding Charlton Heston as NRA president in April. On Friday, Heston revealed that he has symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. read more

GRAVE MATTERS

When singer Aaliyah's plane crashed last year in the Bahamas, a local funeral home transported several bodies, including hers, back to the U.S. The problem? Time reports that Virgin Records still has not paid the $68,000 bill, nor reimbursed Aaliyah's parents for her funeral expenses. Incidentally, the Virgin execs who allegedly agreed to these financial commitments are no longer employed by the label. read more

BOOK 'EM

Bantam Books will release an official companion to Fox's American Idol Aug. 27. Also, Simon and Schuster will pay Ellen DeGeneres $1 million to pen a book of comic essays. read more

JULIA TAPS KYRA

Kyra Sedgwick is in final talks to join the cast of CBS's midseason courthouse drama Queens Supreme, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She would play an assistant district attorney in the Julia Roberts-produced series, which also stars Oliver Platt, Robert Loggia and Annabella Sciorra. read more

STILL RAKING IT IN

Elvis Presley has topped Forbes magazine's list of top-earning dead celebrities for the second year in a row. Sales of all things King totaled $37 million from June 2001 to June 2002. Peanuts creator Charles Schulz ranked No. 2 with $28 million. Newcomers to the list include race car driver Dale Earnhardt ($20 million), former Beatle George Harrison ($17 million) and rapper Tupac Shakur ($7 million). read more

GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS

A Beverly Hills judge has set an Aug. 26 date for pretrial motions in Winona Ryder's shoplifting case. A trial date will be set within 30 days of that hearing. The 30-year-old actress has pleaded innocent to stealing $6,000 in merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue last December. read more

ELLE'S PREGGERS

Supermodel Elle Macpherson is expecting her second child with fiancé Arpad Busson in early February. The couple has a 4-year-old son, Flynn. read more

STILL ROLLING

The Rolling Stones will release a greatest hits album Oct. 1 that covers their entire career. Forty Licks will include such hits as "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Ruby Tuesday," "Brown Sugar" and "Miss You." The two-disc set will also include four new songs. The group's world tour kicks off Sept. 3 in Boston. read more

HOMER WINS

Don't hold your breath for that Batman vs. Superman feature. According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Wolfgang Petersen is putting the clash of the superheroes on hold to direct and produce Troy, an adventure based on The Iliad. read more

Question: Please help me shut ...

Question: Please help me shut my sister up. I say we never saw Carlton the doorman on Rhoda, but she says he was seen in the final episode. Who's right? Whoever loses this one has to host the family Christmas dinner this year. Thank you. — Drew A., Dunwoody, Ga.

Televisionary: Jeez, Drew, don't you worry family members might find out how you guys feel about hosting the annual holiday get-together? Or do you figure so few people read my column there's little chance of that happening? Oh, well — if I just keep writing, I won't have time to feel insulted.

No, we never saw Carlton, Rhoda Morganstern Gerard's slacker (before there was such a term) doorman on the hit Mary Tyler Moore Show spin-off, which ran on CBS from September 1974 to December 1978. He was heard only through Rhoda's intercom. Things might have been different if late comedian read more