The Blizzard of 2003 put a big chill on the weekend box office as Tom Cruise's The Last Samurai opened slightly below expectations and a number of films suffered steep double-digit declines. According to early estimates, Samurai debuted at No. 1 with $24.4 million far below Cruise's other recent openings, including Minority Report ($35.6 million) and Mission: Impossible II ($57.8 million). After two weeks at No. 1, The Cat in the Hat fell to No. 5 with $7.3 million a 70 percent drop from last weekend. Other freefallers include Eddie Murphy's Haunted Mansion (No. 3 with $9.5 million; off 60 percent) and Elf (No. 4 with $8.1 millio
Several NBC affiliates refused to air this weekend's SNL featuring presidential candidate Al Sharpton as host for fear it would activate federal "equal time" provisions and force them to offer air time to the eight other Democrats running for president. Millions of Americans, meanwhile, refused to watch the show for fear it would continue to suck.
HBO's epic masterpiece Angels in America, Bravo's increasingly-grating Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and ESPN's sure-to-be-axed drama Playmakers are among the top nominees for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's (GLAAD) annual media awards.
This just in: Ain't It Cool News guru Harry Knowles has more pull than the Pope. Last Tuesday, Mel Gibson cancelled a Vatican screening of his controversial flick The Passion of the Christ, claiming "the film is... weeks away from being finished." But over the weekend, Gibson screened Passion for "230 exhausted cinema-loving movie worshipers" at Knowles's fifth annual Butt-Numb-A-Thon Film Festival. In fact, the actor-filmmaker even stuck around for a 90-minute Q&A. Sounds a little fishy to me.
Reality TV's first couple, Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter, tied the knot Saturday before family, friends and Bob Guiney. The $1 million wedding which ABC will televise Wednesday from 9-11 pm/ET took place at the Lodge in Rancho Mirage just outside of Palm Springs, Calif. The divorce, meanwhile, is expected to take place any day now in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Quote of the weekend:
"Did I say one word when that boy broke my high heels playing dress-up?"
Wanda (Kellita Smith) on The Bernie Mac Show, reminding her husband of her continuing patience with their nephew and nieces.
Angels in America
Talk about an overwhelming, majestic sadness. HBO might as well head up to the stage right now and collect that best miniseries Emmy. This tale of AIDS in the Reagan era, starring Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson, was incredibly (and justifiably) hyped. The superb performances, fluid direction by Mike Nichols and
heightened dialogue from original playwright Tony Kushner all made
this a truly unique viewing experience. It's certainly not the "feel-good movie of the year" it's the "feel damn good about watching television" event of the season.
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Like a vampire that simply refuses to die, the gothic soap opera Dark
Shadows (which ran on ABC as an afternoon serial from 1966 to '71 and, almost a decade later, was resurrected by NBC as a Friday-night fright) is being raised from the grave yet again. This time, series creator Dan Curtis has even recruited for his partner a real power player:
John Wells, who, as executive producer of ER, has lots of experience with faux hemoglobin. But before the latest prime-time version sees the light of day (so to speak), the dynamic duo will have to unearth an actor with the charisma to pull off the lead role of toothsome playboy Barnabas Collins. Luckily, their friends at TV Guide Online are here to help. Our picks?
Dylan McDermott: Not only does the Practice
So you've forgotten the past two years of your life. You're also a CIA spy surrounded by shifty foes. You need info! But who you gonna call? For Alias spy Sydney Bristow, the answer is her old buddy Will, who appears in Sunday's episode (9 pm/ET on ABC). And that means fan fave Bradley Cooper is back!
"It's crazy," he says. "More people stop me since I've been off the show. 'What happened? What happened? What's going on? You dead? You coming back?'"
Whatever did happen to Will? Oh, that's right, he was dating Allison that evil beeyotch who posed as Francie and she did him wrong. "He's been tortured, he's been stabbed in the aorta by his girlfriend who turned out to be a double... I mean, come on. My man's been through some s---." And yet, Alias fans, he survived....
"He woke up in the bathtub and [there was] the fire and, as he came into consciousness, the CIA had arri
Mary Tyler Moore has dropped out of Neil Simon's new off-Broadway play Rose's Dilemma two weeks before its opening. Moore left the production after reportedly receiving a brusque letter in which Simon scolded her for not knowing her lines. "Mary was devastated and completely debilitated personally and professionally," says her spokesman, Mara Buxbaum. "Mary has been working tirelessly for months but feels pushed out of this production." Moore's understudy, Patricia Hodges, will take over the role.
Last month, WB revealed plans to move Jennie Garth's sophomore comedy What I Like About You back to Friday nights following Reba. Sounds smart, since Thursday night's competition is killer. "Friday night is the network's strong comedy night," Garth says. "I guess they had wanted to try to introduce some new shows, and they didn't work out." Ouch. Somewhere, that dancing frog is smarting.
During her hiatus, Garth filmed NBC's holiday movie, Secret Santa (Dec. 14 at 9 pm/ET). She plays a female Scrooge, like fellow 90210 grad
Tori Spelling does in her holiday film, A Carol Christmas (this Sunday at 8 pm/ET on Hallmark Channel). "I think the true meaning of Christmas," Garth says, "is giving and receivi