Theater vet Rachel York has won the highly coveted role of Lucille Ball in CBS's upcoming telefilm, Redhead: The Lucille Ball Story, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The three-hour movie will examine the tumultuous love affair and professional partnership between Ball and Desi Arnaz (played by Danny Pino).
Lois and Clark star-turned Radio Shack spokeswoman Teri Hatcher has signed a talent holding deal with ABC to star in a comedy series project targeted for fall 2003. The project is described as a romantic comedy similar to the 2001 feature Serendipity.
Leonardo DiCaprio's career is taking flight — literally. Fresh off his Golden Globe-nominated turn as a faux airline pilot in Steven Spielberg's cat-and-mouse caper Catch Me If You Can, the 28-year-old actor will next portray Howard Hughes in the big-budget biopic The Aviator.
"It seems like I'm going to be immersed in two films that are very much about the world of aviation," DiCaprio acknowledges to TV Guide Online. "There are no similarities in the storyline or the structure, but, certainly, [both movies] are about people taking chances that nobody else did at the time."
The Aviator — which reteams DiCaprio with his Gangs of New York director
Bruce Springsteen is expected to live up to his title as the Boss this morning when Grammy nominations are announced in New York City. Music pundits predict Springsteen's critically hailed CD, The Rising, will capture the most nods, with Eminem's The Eminem Show and Norah Jones's Come Away With Me close behind. The nominations will be announced at 8 pm/ET by singers Kenny Chesney, Ashanti, P. Diddy, Cyndi Lauper, Avril Lavigne, John Mayer, Justin Timberlake and Nelly.
Hopefully, fans of novelist John Grisham won't mind that Runaway Jury — the latest flick adapted from his legal fiction (due later this year) — plays musical chairs with social issues. In the works since 1997, Jury's story has gone from a courtroom battle over tobacco (as in the book) to gun control. That's a hot-button issue for actor Bruce Davison, who co-stars with John Cusack, Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman in the film.
For the role of attorney Derwood Cable, Davison had to set aside his strong anti-gun sentiments to defend the gun manufacturer being sued. "It certainly goes against [my p
A bunch of aging pop stars proved the biggest concert draws in 2002. Paul McCartney's first tour in nine years was the top grosser with $103.3 million, followed by the Rolling Stones (No. 2 with $87.9 million), Cher and Cyndi Lauper (No. 3 with $73.6 million), Elton John and Billy Joel (No. 4 with $73.6 million) and The Dave Matthews Band (No. 5 with $60.1 million). All told, 2002 ticket sales hit a record $2.1 billion, up 20 percent from 2001.
If imitation is really the sincerest form of flattery, then NBC's sleeper hit American Dreams (Sundays, 8 pm/ET) is paying a doozy of a compliment to Hairspray, the 1988 cult-classic movie that's become the toast of Broadway as a musical. Not only do both have a beat and you can dance to 'em, but their story lines are so similar that Dreams executive producer Dick Clark ought to at least give an "inspired by" credit to Hairspray writer-director John Waters.
Hairspray: Early-1960s Baltimore.
American Dreams: Early-1960s Philadelphia.
Hairspray: Chunky Tracy Turnblad, who defies her mother's wishes to achieve her goal of becoming a dancer on The Corny Collins Show.
King of Queens matriarch Leah Remini is engaged to marry her longtime boyfriend Angelo Pagan. The groom-to-be proposed on Christmas Eve in a Studio City, Calif., restaurant. The couple plan to wed this summer.