Billy Joel has checked himself into a substance abuse and psychiatric hospital in Connecticut. According to The Advocate of Stamford, the 53-year-old singer-songwriter is receiving counseling for chemical dependency. In a statement, Columbia Records said: "Billy Joel recently checked himself into Silver Hill Hospital for a planned 10-day stay to deal with a specific and personal problem that had recently developed. Joel scheduled his stay in Silver Hill several weeks ago and expects to leave in a few days, as planned." In March, Joel postponed his tour with Elton John because he was ill.
Wheel of Fortune letter turner Vanna White is divorcing her husband, restaurateur George Santo Pietro, after 11 years of marriage. According to a show rep, the couple "have mutually agreed to divorce and will remain good friends and good parents to their [two] children. They're not bitter." If you say so.
Six months before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Fox's X-Files spinoff The Lone Gunmen premiered with an episode featuring a terrorist plot to fly a commercial airliner into the World Trade Center. Shockingly, this horrifying bit of foreshadowing was never widely reported until today. "This seems to be collective amnesia of the highest order," marvels Ed Martin, who broke the story in the industry newsletter The Myers Report. "The final act of the Gunmen pilot, which seemingly made no impact last year, now contains some of the most deeply disturbing images ever created for an entertainment program." (Having just viewed the episode again, he's not exaggerating.)
The new album by Korn failed to unseat Eminem at the top of Billboard's album chart. Korn's Untouchables debuted in second place with sales of 434,000 copies. The Eminem Show sold another 530,000 copies, bringing its total to 2.9 million units. The soundtrack to MTV's The Osbournes featuring daughter Kelly's remake of Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach" bowed at No. 13.
Nickelodeon's controversial special on gay parenting, titled My Family Is Different, attracted a record 976,000 viewers Tuesday night. It ranked as the network's most-watched news special ever.
In Minority Report opening Friday Tom Cruise plays a fugitive cop who goes incognito to avoid the FBI. Does the Top Gun stud have something to prove by obscuring his handsome mug with scary masks?
"This is the fourth [movie] with a mask," Cruise concedes. "Eyes Wide Shut, Vanilla Sky, Mission Impossible and now this. You know what, I don't think there's any psychological things underneath that. It just happened that the story needed that."
On screen, his MR character uses a special drug to instantly alter his looks but Cruise actually had to do hard time in the makeup chair to ugly himself up. "It's funny," he say
Former Brat Packer Anthony Michael Hall appears to have a hit on his hands with USA Network's Stephen King-inspired thriller The Dead Zone. Sunday's season premiere broke cable records by attracting 6.4 million viewers far exceeding the network's expectations. So, what better way to celebrate the actor's umpteenth comeback than with a bunch of random questions.
TVGO: Has your dancing improved since Sixteen Candles?
Hall: Yes, thankfully.
TVGO: You played Winona Ryder's boyfriend in Edward Scissorhands. Looking back, were there ever any possessions you couldn't account for during filming?
Hall: (Laughing) My wardrobe was missing one day out of my trailer. No, I'm kidding, but let's pri
Although Megyn Price is no Hollywood madam, the script for the one-woman show
she's developing has L.A.'s leading men sweating harder
than they have since
Heidi Fleiss's little black book made big headlines. In the autobiographical
project about her wild and crazy days as a bachelorette, the sexy,
scene-stealing mom on Fox's Grounded for Life tells all about her famous
exes... well, almost.
"I'm naming no names," the actress tells TV Guide Online. "They will all be named different, fictional names like Stinky Guy, Homeless Guy, Liar Guy and Hairy Guy. I can't name names because I could be sued!"
Price says a close call on Late Night with Conan O'Brien when one former beau nearly exposed their fling on-air led h