MGM is producing a big-screen spoof of the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings franchises titled Henry Bates and the Sorcerer's Balls, Variety reports. The film is being written by David Morgasen, James R. Stein and Timothy Stack, who collaborated on Howard Stern's FX series Son of the Beach.
A 14-year-old girl is suing Maury Povich and his talk show for $25 million claiming she was raped by a limo driver shortly after an appearance on Povich's program in 2001. The girl who travelled to New York to tape an "Out of Control Teens" segment of The Maury Povich Show was apparently still under the show's travel arrangements when the alleged attack occurred.
Paris Hilton's X-rated leading man made good on his threat to take legal action against the hotel heiress over the whole sex tape fiasco. On Wednesday, Richard Salomon filed a $10 million slander lawsuit against Hilton, her parents and publicist Siri Garber, claiming they have waged a "cold, calculated and malicious campaign" to portray him as "a rapist." Solomon maintains in the suit that Hilton "posed and preened" during the video and even said "hi" to the camera. She also answers her cell phone at one point. So I've heard.
Miss Independent is setting her sights on a new, loftier title: Miss Universe! American Idol's inaugural champ, Kelly Clarkson, will compete against 10 of her international counterparts in World Idol, a two-part special airing the evenings of Christmas and New Year's Day on Fox. The singers will perform for 11 judges, one from each participating country. Producers have yet to decide which U.S. judge Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul or Randy Jackson will be invited to participate. But just to be safe, Abdul is learning how to say "You were amazing" in German, French, Polish and Icelandic.
Joey finally gets to display the acting chops that keep him on Days of Our Lives when he hilariously talks himself out of a corner during a run-in with Chandler and Monica's adoption agent (Maria Patillo), a young woman he never called after a date. Although she is probably known for her role on Providence, I remember Patillo from the late great Partners, which starred current comeback kids Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) and Tate Donovan (The O.C.).
Something about Russian operatives, American double agents and contagion-carrying currency. Maybe it's a plug for the new $20 bills.
Old Navy Commercial
Lil' Kim is their new spokesmodel? Because sometimes it's just too damn cold for only pasties and a G-string.
Survivor: Pearl Islands
I still have not tired of seeing Rupert repeatedly win challenges. Too bad we all know thos
Which Fab Five member is your fave on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy? Fashionista Carson fondles heteros and makes sassy remarks. Gotta love his nerve. Ted knows his wine and cookery. Thom knows home decor. Kyan knows hair and skin and he's hot. But how about poor Jai Rodriguez? The "culture vulture" is so mocked, so maligned. Seriously, though. How does shopping for CDs and wearing that doe-eyed expression qualify him as an expert on anything except how to be a teenage girl?
"Culture is the hardest role, by definition, on this show," exec producer David Metzler admits to TV Guide Online. "It's the least tangible thing. You can't touch it. Jai is so good at so many things, which include his background as a performer, a singer, somebody who deals with people socially."
So? Thus far, we've seen Jai offer the straight dudes a few awkward dance lessons and
Sofia Vassilieva will go down in TV-history books as the little girl
who made it big playing the beloved storybook moppet of Eloise at the
Plaza and its sequel, Eloise at Christmastime (airing November 22 at 8 pm/ET on ABC). But instead of resting on her laurels, the precocious 11-year-old has come up with a novel idea of her own: She wants to bring to life
other famous fictional characters.
"Even though I'm a little old for it, one of my favorite books is Lizzie
Logan, Second Banana," she tells TV Guide Online, adding, for those of us
who have gone through puberty, "There's two basic characters in it. I think
Lizzie Logan is somewhere around 14, but the other character is 6, and I play a
lot of 6-year-olds.
"I've also read Helen Keller four times," she continues. "I don't
think I'd like to be Helen Keller, though. I'll play anything, but I like being in co
While stork news is happy news, the pregnancy of Debra Messing spells trouble for Will & Grace. With the expectant mom on a reduced work schedule, Will's writers had to trash episodes they'd penned well in advance. Instead, Grace was hastily sent off-screen to Cambodia with her hubby, Dr. Leo. What now? Don't ask Harry Connick Jr., who plays Leo, how his limited run on the sitcom will end. He doesn't know!
Here's the rub: NBC has confirmed that Messing's pregnancy will not be written into Grace's storyline. Leo and Connick have gotta go, so that means no baby for the Doctor Without Borders and his wife. Connick jokes that he hopes Leo won't just die suddenly. That sounds unlikely, anyway. Too grim. Any other ideas for splitting up Grace and Leo, Harry?
That Farscape press conference we told you about yesterday, during which producers were going to "announce an exciting new development in the campaign to continue" the franchise, has been postponed, a rep for the Jim Henson Company confirms. But never fear, 'Scapers. Sources tell me the media event will be rescheduled for sometime next week. (And trust me, it'll be well worth the wait.)