On Academy Awards night, war protesters crowded the streets around Hollywood's Kodak Theater for several blocks in every direction. Inside, Bowling for Columbine director Michael Moore who won best documentary feature lent his controversial voice to them all with his "Shame on you, Mr. Bush!" acceptance speech. Just afterward, the scruffy rabble rouser braved the backstage press room to explain himself.
First off, Moore recounted what viewers may've missed when Oscar's orchestra drowned out his anti-Dubya rant. "I don't know if you heard it or not," he told reporters. "I just said that anybody who's got both the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against them is not long for the White House!"
Emboldened by winning an Oscar for griping about the U.S. government, Moore clearly had no regrets about waxing political. "I'm an American, and you don't leave your citizenship at the door when you enter the
The Hours, featuring Nicole Kidman's Oscar-winning performance, arrives on DVD June 24... War jitters have led Lisa Marie Presley to cancel plans for a European promotional tour on behalf of her debut album, To Whom It May Concern.
In a time of war, battles between the rich and famous over little statuettes
that justify big paydays and bigger egos seem, to put it mildly, trivial
and Oscar knows it. So, out of respect for the soldiers who are, for better or worse, risking their necks in the Middle East, the producers of last night's 75th Annual Academy Awards ceremony didn't merely trot out the usual who's who of Hollywood stars; instead, they let march a parade of stars and stripes.
Right from the kickoff of ABC's three-and-a-half-hour telecast, it was
obvious that the colors of the evening would be red, white and blue, not
gold. In fact, host Steve Martin began his uproarious opening monologue by observing the steps that execs had taken to irritate the Iraqi forces: "You
probably noticed there was no fancy red carpet tonight," he said in his
winning, deadpan style. "That'll send 'em a message." Not a moment later,
the good-humor man instructed
With war coverage blanketing the airwaves, the networks have been forced to make some schedule changes. Among the shifts: ABC is holding the remaining episodes of its struggling reality show The Family until summer; the finale of CBS's Star Search, interrupted last Wednesday, will air on April 2; and NBC will go with reruns of its Must-See Thursday comedies on Tuesday.
Madonna made headlines on Oscar weekend but not the kind she would have liked. The aspiring actress's stink bomb of a film, Swept Away, was the big "winner" at the 23rd annual Razzie awards, which recognize the year's sorriest cinema efforts. The movie picked up five trophies, including worst film, worst performance by an actress (Madonna), worst remake, worst screen couple (Madonna and co-star Adriano Giannini) and worst director (Madge's hubby Guy Ritchie.) Adding insult to injury, the singer who shared worst actress honors with pop tart Britney Spears for Crossroads was also singled out as worst supporting actress for her cameo in Di
Serial killer Ted Bundy was executed in 1989, but TV movies refuse to let him rest in peace. Mark Harmon played the sinister role in 1986's The Deliberate Stranger. And tonight, Once and Again's Billy Campbell goes handsome and homicidal in USA's similarly titled The Stranger Beside Me (8 pm/ET). Did he watch Harmon's gorefest for evil pointers?
"I haven't seen [Harmon's film]," Campbell tells TV Guide Online. "I sort of avoided it on purpose. I think he's much better looking than I am."
Actually, both Harmon and Campbell have that trustworthy, All-American Hunk Next Door look, which Bundy reportedly used to fool his female prey. But after wifebeating