Pope John Paul II has given Mel Gibson's controversial film The Passion of the Christ two snaps up. "It shows how it was," he reportedly said of the flick, which depicts the crucifixion of Christ. The pontiff's approval follows similar praise from several top Vatican officials, but stands in stark contrast to the reception Passion got from some Jewish leaders, who complained the movie suggests Jews were responsible for Christ's death.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will unspool June 4 in both IMAX and conventional theaters.
Forget ambassadors of good will. The United States is sending Kelly Clarkson, the original American Idol winner, to represent in a sing-off against Idol victors from 11 other countries in Fox's World Idol. (The competition airs Christmas Day at 8 pm/ET, and the winner is announced New Year's Day at 9 pm/ET.) But before she goes to face the music in the United Kingdom, we found out what Miss Independent thinks about her global showdown, her movie misfire and whether she's destined to be a Broadway Baby.
TV Guide Online: Think you've got an edge over the other Idols, having been on a world tour?
Clarkson: There's actually a few of us that have gone to other countries, so everybody has that benefit. I have been around in the U.K. and other countries in Europe for quite some time, but in Australia, Spain and Italy, I'm just now starting. And if people do know me, they don't know me, the
Exiting Will & Grace co-star Harry Connick, Jr. has inked a deal with 20th Century Fox to star in and produce a big-screen musical romance titled Ben Invention. The actor-crooner will also contribute original music to the film, which follows an isolated man (Connick) who ventures into civilization in search of love.
TV tough guys are a dime a dozen, but Line of Fire's Brian Goodman comes with actual street cred. The 40-year-old actor plays a Mob henchman in the gritty ABC drama Tuesdays at 10 pm/ET and his real-life past wasn't too far from his role. Here, Goodman tells us how he went from doing prison time to primetime.
TV Guide Online: Were you a bad kid?
Goodman: I wasn't a bad kid. Lost, confused and scared was what I was. I was unfortunately from a broken home. South Boston was a cold place, and the area I existed in was violent and I was trying to survive. I was more a scared kid than a bad kid. I was sleeping in hallways at 12 years old and making money on the street and that became all I knew. I feel I was a survivor.
TVGO: Why did you go to prison?
Goodman: Well, I started to pay a penance for the drug trafficking I did in the '80s. I got myself addicted to cocaine and alcohol I was nine years clean and sober De
HBO has given the green light to a comedy series from rapper-turned-actor-turned-producer Mark Wahlberg. Titled Entourage, the show follows the support staff of a high-profile movie star. Wahlberg serves as one of the show's exec producers.
California prosecutors formally charged Michael Jackson Thursday with seven counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts upon a child under age 14 and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent (reportedly wine). The allegations which Jacko's attorney says are being driven by "money and revenge" involve a now-14-year-old cancer-stricken boy who Jackson allegedly invited to stay with him at his Neverland Ranch. District Attorney Tom Sneddon returned Jackson's passport to allow him to travel to London for the holidays and agreed to delay the arraignment a week to Jan. 16. On a happier note, Michael's sis Janet has been tapped to perform at the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show on Feb. 1.