Did Steven Seagal pay a private eye to threaten a Los Angeles Times reporter who was investigating the action star's alleged ties to the Mafia? Seagal insists he didn't, but according to an FBI informant, the actor hired celeb detective Anthony Pellicano (who in turn hired ex-con Alexander Proctor) to intimidate journalist Anita Busch. "This is part of an unrelenting campaign to disparage Mr. Seagal and reads like a bad screenplay," Seagal's attorney, Martin R. Pollner, told The Associated Press. Pellicano was jailed Thursday on unrelated weapons charges.
Character actress Frances Bay, 83, best known for her role as Adam Sandler's grandmother in Happy Gilmore, remains in critical condition after being struck by a car in Glendale, Calif., on Thursday. Bay's right leg had to be amputated below the knee. Bay also appeared in a memorable Seinfeld playing an elderly woman mugged by Jerry over a loaf of rye bread.
Joan Cusack has joined the cast of Paramount's upcoming Stepford Wives remake. The Frank Oz-helmed pic starts shooting in June with Nicole Kidman playing the lead role.
A certain boy wizard proved no match for the world's greatest super agent. Die Another Day, the 20th James Bond film, debuted atop the box office over the weekend with $47 million the best Bond opening in history. That bumped last week's champ, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, to No. 2 with $42.4 million. Harry's 10-day total stands at $148.5 million. Rounding out the top five: Friday After Next (No. 3 with $13.1 million), The Santa Clause 2 (No. 4 with $10.3 million) and 8 Mile (No. 5 with $8.7 million).
Malcolm in the Middle's Frankie Muniz is about to find himself in the center of some illicit fun. The actor is attached to star in an untitled MGM comedy playing a kid who is forced to plan a bachelor party for his older brother, Variety reports. Muniz will next appear in the teen spy flick Agent Cody Banks (due in March).
Eminem isn't the first hip-hopper to make the jump from controversial upstart to mainstream icon by doing movies. Nowadays, Ice Cube is your typical Hollywood hyphenate you know, actor/producer/director. We barely remember when he was known only as a member of N.W.A., the gangsta rap group that caught flack from the FBI (among many others) for songs like "F--- tha Police!" His kinder, gentler roles in Barbershop and the Friday trilogy Friday After Next opens today are a marked change from his tough guy persona. As Cube tells TV Guide Online, this is purely a professional transition.
"I'm not worried about image," he insists. "Rap music is a different thing from acting. It's ego-driven. There's a lot
Remember when tart-tongued quizmistress Anne Robinson was the hottest thing on TV, and everyone was going around cracking, "You are the weakest link goodbye"? Well, those days are long gone, thankfully. But the fast-paced game show still lives on in syndication, where it airs five times a week with emcee George Gray. And while the onetime host of TLC's Junkyard Wars may not be as sassy as his flame-haired counterpart, he's just as quick with the one-liner as he proved when we confronted him with seven rather silly questions.
TV Guide Online: What ever happened to Mrs. Robinson?
George Gray: Actually, we broke up. She calls me now and again, but I had to put out a restraining order. It's all very painful.
TVGO: Do you resent the fact that you can't wear her black dominatrix outfits?
Gray: Who says I don't. Oh, you mean on the show.
When The Bachelor's Aaron proposed to Helene on Wednesday's finale, the 27-year-old school shrink looked less than surprised. Was she that confident she'd beat out college coed Brooke for his sparkly Harry Winston ring?
"No, it was a surprise to me," she insists to TV Guide Online. "Before that, Aaron really didn't tell me any of his true feelings. I did not know how he felt until the very end. As far as my confidence was concerned, I don't know how to answer that. I just go in there thinking that if it's meant to be, it's meant to be. If it's not, then fine, I'll just move on. It's not the end of the world!"
As for Aaron, the 28-year-old bank exec plans a long engagement to "get to know" his fiancée. He also confirms that pre-nuptial legal precautions are in order, should they ever reach the altar. "Yeah," he says. "We would have a pre-nup agreement." Laughs He
Turns out, Brian Heidik didn't do such a bang-up job keeping his soft-core porn past a secret from his fellow Survivor: Thailand contestants after all. "I kind of figured it out while I was there," admits ousted tribemate Ken Stafford, who got the big blow-off on last Thursday's show. "I had a conversation with Brian, and he knew people that I also knew and there would be no other reason why he would know these people."
Sadly, Stafford won't reveal what "friends" he and Heidik have in common Shannon Tweed, possibly? but the 30-year-old NYC cop does confess that he "wasn't surprised" to learn that his reality show rival starred in such cable classics as Virgins of Sherwood Forest and The Pleasure Zone. "He's an adult," adds Stafford. "He can do what he chooses to do. If he doesn't have a problem with it, nobody else should."
Actually, Stafford says it was the potential for a Survivor-style backl
This week, Kevin Spacey hosted a swanky soiree at the Mondrian Hotel's Sky Bar on L.A.'s Sunset Strip. This was just one of a series of launch parties for Triggerstreet.com, his new website "dedicated to nurturing, development and possible discovery of filmmaking talent," said the American Beauty star. "We're doing New York, L.A., London and Miami. Ian Schrager has generously offered his hotels for each event, so we're able to have a party where Party Boy can come."
Well, Party Boy thanks Kevin for his thoughtfulness and for inviting so many handsome celebs for me to mix with! Truth be told, few of Spacey's guests actually knew what his dot-com was for, but nobody minded the excuse to mingle with screen idols like Matt Dillon, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Luke Wilson. A potpourri of other familiar faces like Cedric the Entertainer, magician David Copperfield and Northern Ex