The producer behind Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is developing a two-hour live special for the WB in which contestants will have a shot at winning $1 billion, Variety reports. The Pepsi-sponsored contest slated to air at the start of the new fall season in September is being described as a real-life Willy Wonka.
MC Hammer's Surreal Life gamble has paid off: The WB has signed the rapper-turned-reality star to headline a family sitcom based on his life... In a sudden and surprising move, Reese Witherspoon's hubby Ryan Phillippe fired his agents and managers on Friday. No reason was given, but we suspect he finally got around to seeing his 1995 TV movie Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare.
Eminem plans only one U.S. concert this year, on July 12 in his native Detroit. Missy Elliott and 50 Cent will open the show. In related news, two of the rapper's favorite singers, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera, will embark on a 45-city tour together beginning June 4. More details are to come.
Ben Curtis, the 22-year-old actor best known for pitching Dell computers, was arrested Sunday night in Manhattan on a marijuana possession charge, Court TV's TheSmokingGun.com reports. Curtis is currently being held in Central Booking and is scheduled to be arraigned later today.
Star Wars guru George Lucas broke ground Sunday on a $300 million special effects campus near San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. The compound will house the digital arts division of Lucasfilm Ltd. "I think this will begin to put a stake in the ground for San Francisco as a filmmaking community, as a creator of world cinema," he said. The 850,000-square-foot project is scheduled for completion in 2005.
Most every wannabe action figure in L.A. would kill for the chance to pick up where Richard Dean Anderson left off with MacGyver, ABC's
inventive late-'80s adventure series. But how many of them would be willing
to die for the opportunity? The WB, which is developing a rejiggered
version to focus on Mac's twentysomething nephew Clay, may be about to find
out. As auditions get underway, supervising producer and writer Samuel
Baum tells TV Guide Online, "We chain each actor individually to a leaky
nuclear reactor, furnish them with a paper clip and a fruit cup, and see if
they're able to overcome the life-threatening obstacles. Whoever lives, we're
going to offer the role to." Which fearless thespians stand a chance of
surviving? Here are a few names that we think belong on the short list.
Poor Laura Harris. It seems the 24 star was the last to discover that her character, spoiled rich brat Marie Warner, was actually a cold-blooded terrorist. "I found out [the week] before we shot it," she tells TV Guide Online, adding that she suspected something was up when "crew members on the set started calling me evil. I was like, 'Why are they saying that?' And then it became clear, and I was like, 'Oh, they do actually like me! It's okay.'"
Viewers learned of the shocking plot twist at the climax of Episode 11 on Jan. 15, when Harris's alter ego shot and killed her fiancé Reza (Phillip Rhys). Was it just us, or did the 26-year-old look mighty comfortable clutching a firearm? "I did gun training to be able to shoot with confidence," she says. "It's really difficult to point a gun at someone's head, I have to say
Joe Millionaire butler Paul Hogan would sooner serve white wine with steak than reveal which of Evan Marriott's wannabe wives winds up wearing the noufaux riche construction worker's engagement ring. But he will disclose who didn't see any action at all during the taping of
the Fox smash: him!
"Fancy being at a French chateau for [a month] with 20 women and not being
slipped a single number!" he exclaims to TV Guide Online in mock humiliation.
(In the interest of full disclosure, it must be noted that Hogan did attract
at least one admirer. "Paul is very charming," admits Melissa Jo
"MoJo" Hunter. "If he was a little bit younger, we could have had a whole
Truth be told, the distinguished major-domo wasn't terribly broken up that he
didn't land a lass of his own. "It would have been nice, I suppose, but my
old man always told me, 'Never get your meat where you buy your bread,'" he