How's this for an unbelievable stunt: Jackass: The Movie the big-screen adaptation of the late MTV series debuted in first place at the box office with $22.7 million. Not surprisingly, young men accounted for half of the film's audience. The Ring slipped to No. 2, but cinched its sleeper status by actually grossing nearly $4 million more than last weekend. The Naomi Watts thriller took in $18.8 million for a 10-day total of $39.7 million. Rounding out the top five: Ghost Ship (No. 3 with $11.7 million), Sweet Home Alabama (No. 4 with $6.4 million) and My Big Fat Greek Wedding (No. 5 with $6.3 million).
Veteran actor Richard Harris whose best known films include Camelot and The Field has died at 72. He succumbed to Hodgkin's disease on Friday in a London hospital, where he had been undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Beloved for his wizardly white mane, the Irishman most recently played Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter movies. Over the weekend, Potter producer David Heyman told Britain's ITV News that he will reluctantly recast the role of Dumbledore in the upcoming third installment. "We will find a new Dumbledore," he said, "but there will only be one Richard Harris." For more on Harris's death, click here.
For five seasons, NBC's just-canceled Providence has been the network's Friday night feel-good family hour. But this year, we learned Melina Kanakaredes and her co-stars have faced more drama offscreen as they awaited their show's fate. Back in May, Mike Farrell who plays her TV dad said he felt "frustrated" by NBC for keeping the beloved series on the bubble "until the last possible moment" before renewing it for a fifth, albeit shorter, year. (The Peacock ordered only 13 episodes instead of the usual 22.) Just imagine his reaction to an abrupt axing!
"It didn't take long to see the handwriting on the wall," the feisty Farrell tells TV Guide Online. "I just think this was handled very cavalierly. As far as I'm co
Buffy the Vampire Slayer's creator is about to drive a stake through the hearts of the show's diehard fans: According to Joss Whedon, the Chosen One and her trusty gang of Scoobies will likely call it a doomsday in May. "I'm beginning to suspect that it may be [Buffy's] last season," he tells TV Guide Online. "Nothing's official, but it's starting to feel possible. The way people are talking, there's a finality to it."
Might the folks with whom Whedon's been conferring work at A.C. Nielsen? Compared to this time last year, Buffy's ratings are off an alarming 16 percent. In fact, last week more viewers watched Buffy's bloody brilliant spinoff Angel than the mother show itself. "It had a really good seven-year run and it's time to call it quits," implores Mediaweek columnist Mar
If you haven't yet sampled Fox's gonzo space Western, Firefly, its creator, Joss Whedon, would like to make one small request: Please do... and preferably tonight at 8 pm/ET. "This week definitely matters [to the series' future]," the celebrated writer-director-producer tells TV Guide Online. "[Network prez] Sandy Grushow said to me before we ever started
that this [show] is going to be a slow grow, and [the World Series] is going to hurt us, which it has. Fox has a lot of shows that are underperforming because of this weird season.
"So," he continues, "I'm not like, 'My future is assured!' But it's also not like the death knell chiming."
Far from it. In fact, Fox just commissioned three additional scripts from Whedon, the mastermind behind UPN's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its glorious WB
Cloris Leachman is one happy lady. As of last month's Emmys where she won for her guest role on Malcolm in the Middle the TV comedienne caught up to former co-star Mary Tyler Moore, who previously held the record for female with the most Emmy noms. Both women have been nominated exactly 14 times and won six times in their careers!
So c'mon, Cloris: Did it feel good to match Mary and edge that much closer to bumping the sitcom queen off her throne? If you snag one more Emmy nom, that's more than Moore! "How sweet it is!" laughs Leachman. "No, it's not about beating out people. Everybody is different. Everybody brings a specific thing and you can't be that person. I bring what I bring, and Mary brings
Without A Trace leading man Anthony LaPaglia knows a thing or two about battling NBC's Must-See TV franchise. In 1996, ABC pitted the actor's critically acclaimed series Murder One against Seinfeld on Thursday nights a move that slowly killed the legal thriller. So, you'd think the Aussie import would be doing cartwheels over word that his new CBS missing persons drama is gradually closing in on NBC's venerable albeit declining ER. Instead, he seems downright blasé.
"NBC has dominated [Thursday] so much in the last eight years, that this time, there's less pressure," says LaPaglia, who plays senior FBI agent Jack Malone on Trace. "The fact that we've picked up some numbers and are doing a little better is just