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YOU'RE HIRED! AND SO ARE YOU!

Matt Dillon has signed on to play the villain in Disney's Love Bug update, Herbie: Fully Loaded, opposite Lindsay Lohan; Mummy mommy Rachel Weisz has landed the female lead (because, really, the male lead would've been kind of a stretch) in Pi auteur Darren Aronofsky's sci-fi thriller, The Fountain, with Hugh Jackman; and Elizabeth Perkins has been plucked from obscurity to be Mary-Louise Parker's prickly foil in the proposed Showtime series Weeds, about a dope-dealing suburbanite. All this, and still, no one has come up with a showcase yet for Next Action Star man-diva Jared. C'mon, Hollywood... think! Think! read more

I, RAPPER

Before the UK premiere of I, Robot, Will Smith and partner in rhyme DJ Jazzy Jeff performed an outdoor concert for about 3000 fans. Of those in attendance, we bet at least four left wondering whether, since the erstwhile Fresh Prince is now 35, he was almost ready to begin referring to himself as the Fresh King. read more

HOOKED

The presidential race may be heatin' up, and folks may be frettin' over terror alerts, but Dubya's gone fishin'. Tonight at 8 pm/ET, you can find the President on Fishing with Roland Martin on the Outdoor Life Network. Host Martin joins Bush at his Crawford, Tex., ranch, where they spent a day bass fishing on his 11-acre man-made lake. Must be nice. read more

FUN, FUN, FUN

In still more music news, erstwhile Beach Boy Brian Wilson kicks off the American leg of his Smile tour on Sept. 30 in Minneapolis. For those of you who wouldn't know his daughter, Carnie Wilson, from Art Carney, Smile (a rerecorded version of which will be released on Sept. 28) is the "lost" B-Boys album that was supposed to serve as the follow-up to Pet Sounds. read more

REALITY BITE

Speaking of reality television, Big Brother 5 aired its best episode yet last night, and (surprise!) our enjoyment didn't have diddly to do with the big "Project DNA" reveal. Self-proclaimed "savage" Scott got tossed out on his mouth... er, we mean his butt. (Where this cretin's concerned, the two are easy to confuse.) That leaves his buddy, nasty future Brad Pitt stalker Jase, with only his reflection for companionship. Which, come to think of it, will undoubtedly make the narcissist a very happy camper. read more

FAREWELL

Troubled funk-music legend Rick James — best known for his hit song "Super Freak" — has died in Los Angeles. He was 56. No details of his death are yet known. Just two months ago, he accepted a lifetime-achievement award at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in Beverly Hills. read more

IN MEMORIAM

Too bad they didn't think of this before he passed away! Friends and fans of Ray Charles are coming together for a tribute to the fallen star on Sept. 29. Emcee Bill Cosby will introduce such artists as Michael McDonald and Angie Stone at the event, proceeds from which will benefit the Morehouse College Center for the Arts in Georgia, a state that was never far from his thoughts. read more

IN OTHER CATWOMAN NEWS...

Eartha Kitt, 77 — best known for her purr-fectly ferocious take on Catwoman in the '60s Batman TV series — suffered minor injuries in a car accident near her Connecticut home on Thursday. Kitt's Land Rover reportedly collided with another car and flipped over. Fortunately, she was treated and released from a local hospital the same day, and her passengers (two pet poodles) were unharmed. But the scare has almost certainly cost Kitt one of her nine lives. read more

SCORN IN THE USA

Just as alt-rockers R.E.M. are gearing up to play five dates on the Bush-burning Vote for Change tour comes word that their new album, Around the Sun, will be released internationally on Oct. 4 and in North America the following day. Whew — now we know what not to get Jenna and Babs for Christmas. read more

FAHRENHEIT RISING

Despite its best efforts to get TV advertisements for Fahrenheit 9/11 barred from television by calling their broadcast illegal "electioneering," a conservative advocacy group has been shot down by the Federal Election Committee, it was revealed yesterday. We can't know this for sure, but we suspect that upon hearing the news, the members of R.E.M. spontaneously began singing "Shiny Happy People." (If you don't know the band's feelings on our commander in chief, see the item a ways below.) read more

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