Today's News: Our Take


DAY IN COURT

The Los Angeles-based photographer charged with attempted extortion of Cameron Diaz plead innocent in court on Thursday. To refresh your memory, shutterbug John Rutter is accused of trying to squeeze over $3 million out of the actress by threatening to sell long-lost topless photos. He's due back in court Sept. 10 for a preliminary hearing, and remains jailed until then, unless he coughs up $250,000 bail. read more

BIG KICKOFF

The Ellen DeGeneres Show launches with a bang on Sept. 8. Jennifer Aniston is the first celeb guest to grace Ellen's couch. Macy Gray will also be on hand to sing something off her new album, The Trouble with Being Myself. The day after that, Ellen does an hour with guest Justin Timberlake. Geez, couldn't she land any names? read more

THE BIG 1-0

David Letterman will celebrate the 10 year anniversary of his move to CBS on tonight's Late Show. According toThe Hollywood Reporter, a special Top 10 list will count down the good things about his decade at the Eye. At No. 8, "No matter how many years you're at the network, you'll never be as old as the 60 Minutes guys." An hourlong prime-time special is in the works for February to commemorate Letterman's 22 years in the business. read more

COMMAND PERFORMANCE

Shakespeare in Love stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes will reunite for more Bard-inspired fun on Monday at London's famed Globe Theater. The duo is doing the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet for a charity show hosted by Prince Charles. Proceeds will go to the Prince's Trust for disadvantaged children. read more

IN THE MONEY

Speaking of Cameron Diaz, did you know she's the best-paid film actress? According to the latest book of Guinness World Records, the Charlie's Angels booty-shaker rakes in the most dough with $40 million a year. Adam Sandler was named the best-paid actor, earning $47 million in 2001 alone. read more

SHORT CUTS

Fox News's Greta Van Susteren will be a judge at the Miss America pageant on Sept. 20... Omar Sharif will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival... Alias re-runs could be coming to Spike TV or FX soon, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Both of the male-oriented networks are interested in tapping into Jennifer Garner's fan base. read more

JUSTIN AND MTV 'N SYNC

Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, Coldplay and Beyonc&#233 Knowles were the big winners at last night's 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. Elliott's "Work It" was named video of the year and best hip-hop video, while Timberlake, Coldplay and Knowles won three moon men apiece. For the real winners and losers at Thursday's 20th anniversary VMA telecast, click here. And for red carpet scoop, click here. read more

Revealed: The MVPs of MTV's VMAs


At this point in MTV's illustrious history, we just don't get the point of the network's annual Video Music Awards. Seriously — when's the last time you channel-surfed past Martha Quinn's old stomping ground and saw a real, honest-to-God music video? Or a clip that plays out in its entirety? Or even one that isn't interrupted by cut-aways to caterwauling mall rats or obscured by a crawl of unintelligible e-mail? That's what we figured. Don't feel bad, though; we can't remember the last time we saw a real video, either. But, while the VMAs may have become a joke, we still wouldn't have missed their 20th presentation for the chance to turn back the clock all the way to the era in which Madonna was wearing Gautier, not Gap, and the most offensive statement uttered on VH1's twisted sister station was "Wubba, wubba, wubba." After all, we need a good laugh as much as the next guy. And if we had skipped the streetwise ceremony, which aired live last night, we wouldn' read more

FAREWELL

Tough-guy actor Charles Bronson, best known for the popular Death Wish film franchise, died of pneumonia on Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 81. According to reports, Bronson had Alzheimer's disease and had been hospitalized since suffering organ failure in early August. read more

Will Walberg Give in to Temptation?

Now that Fox is finally bringing back Temptation Island (tonight at 9 ET), we want dirt, we want dish, we want scoop — and, by God, host Mark L. Walberg is going to give it to us. At least that's our fool-proof plan as we begin our interview with the host of the skank-o-rama that makes Paradise Hotel look like Disneyland. Unfortunately, it quickly becomes apparent that the armchair psychiatrist has other ideas.


TV Guide Online: Since Island nearly fell off the map during its second season, should we expect any big changes this time around?
Mark L. Walberg:
The way we reveal vote-offs and date selections and things like that might be a little different, but the biggest difference is the personalities [of the couples involved]. Each season, our show is as unique as the couples' problems and choices.

TVGO: Bummer — I was hoping for a clothing-optional episode. Tell me about playing the island's pseud read more

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