Here's your chance to get that Oscar you've always wanted. James Cagney's Best Actor Oscar for the 1942 classic Yankee Doodle Dandy will be auctioned live via Pax TV and web site ibidlive.tv beginning at 6 pm on Sept. 27. New York's Doyle auction gallery, which is handling the sale on behalf of the late actor's family, will also be accepting bids on his 1961 Bentley S2 four-door car and the 6.2-carat diamond engagement ring previously owned by his late wife, Frances.
Madonna is setting the record straight about issues of motherhood and matrimony in the new US Weekly. The Golden Globe-winning pop diva insists she has no immediate plans to wed beau Guy Ritchie despite the diamond ring he gave her on her on Aug. 16 (her 42nd birthday and the day their son, Rocco, arrived home from the hospital.) "I wouldn't say it's an engagement ring at least not right now," she tells the mag. "We talk about marriage but we can't decide whether it's something that's necessary." And what about reports that little Rocco, born a month premature, was at one point near-death? "It wasn't as dramatic as everyone portrays it," she says. "But because he was a month premature they put him in intensive care to make sure his lungs were developed enough."
Former Facts of Life star Lisa Whelchel is happy to report that her role as snobby Blair Warner won't change much in an upcoming TV reunion movie based on the popular '80s sitcom. "I met with the writer and she wanted Blair to have grown up and matured and to have found herself and discovered all kinds of things," she tells TV Guide Online. "I said, 'Oh no, please don't make me do that. Let her be as lame and shallow as she ever was. It's a lot more fun.' So Blair will be back as we all knew her."
Whelchel reports that not everyone is on board for the nostalgia trip. Nancy McKeon's tough girl character, Jo Polniaczek, one of Blair's classmates at the prestigious Eastland Academy, most likely won't be dropping in. "Nancy has a new series [City Lights] on Lifetime playing a female cop and I think she's trying to kind of distance herself from the Jo character just so people can see her in a new role," explains Whelchel. "There was a rumor that Nancy wou
Even though Larry Romano has his hands full with not one but two TV shows CBS's King of Queens and NBC's midseason comedy, Kristin the busy actor still manages to find time to nurture his second career as a singer/songwriter.
"I think I'd be very upset if I couldn't work on music," Romano tells TV Guide Online, scoffing at the notion that actors have to stick to just acting. "There's a bit of a taboo there and I think that's a lot of hogwash. Your talent is natural and it's all connected."
On Kristen, Romano should feel right at home starring opposite Tony Award-winning singer Kristin Chenoweth. In fact, he hopes to write music for his warbling leading lady. Meanwhile, the jack of all trades is penning songs for and performing in his own bands, Deficit and Eljay Are (for audio samples, visit larryromano.com).
As for King of Queens, Romano say
Sopranos Emmy-winner James Gandolfini will earn $10 million for the next two seasons of the HBO mob hit... MTV has cancelled its late-night talk show Loveline after four years... John Henton, star of UPN's
The Hughleys, remains hospitalized after being seriously injured in a car accident last Friday in Los Angeles, the New York Post reports. He is expected to make a full recovery... DreamWorks will release a double-disk
special edition DVD of its summer blockbuster Gladiator on Nov. 21. More
than four hours of extra material will be featured... Friends star
Matthew Perry will play a process server trying to deliver legal papers
to an elusive female in the upcoming comedy feature Servicing Sarah,
Variety reports... The trade paper also says that a sequel to John
Carpenter's Vampires is in the works... NBC's Olympic woes rage on, with Monday night's coverage performing well below the fourth-day ta
Kevin Costner is in talks to star in Dragonfly, a $75 million drama for Universal Pictures, Variety reports. The Oscar winner would play a grieving doctor who feels his dead ex-wife is contacting him through the near-death experiences of his patients. Tom Shadyac the guy guilty of bringing Patch Adams to life is set to direct.
Dawson's Creek is about to be dealt a major blow from Mother Nature. No doubt hoping to capitalize on the success of the box-office smash The Perfect Storm, producers of the WB drama are plotting an episode that sends its cast headfirst into the squall of the century. "We actually got a water tank and did movie effects," a show spokesperson tells TV Guide Online of the Oct. 18 installment. The rep also confirms that the WB has licensed the Madonna single "Don't Tell Me" for use in Dawson's new TV promos. The ballad appears on the pop star's newest album, Music, in stores today.
Jamie Foxx will resort to any means necessary to persuade singer/actress Lauryn Hill to be his leading lady in director Oliver Stone's in-the-works remake of A Star Is Born.
"She thinks I'm stalking her," the Bait star jokingly tells TV Guide Online. "I'm trying to get her interested [in the film] so I'm going to her concerts. She said, 'You're making me nervous!'" As Foxx explains, an offer has gone out to the Grammy-winner, but "nobody can get in touch with her. I don't know why. If it was Lauryn Hill, it would be absolutely incredible."
And if not, another R&B sensation currently is under consideration: Aaliyah. "Aaliyah is very talented," he says of the Romeo Must Die star. "She'd bring the hot, the sexy, the whole nine!"
Until that casting situation resolves itself, Foxx is busy promoting his current film, Bait, which opened to a disappointing $5.5 million gross over the weekend, and he's hard at work
Shelagh Fraser, best known as Luke Skywalker's Aunt Beru in the first
Star Wars, died recently of a lengthy illness, reports starwars.com. The
actress who also appeared in the films Hope and Glory and
Staircase had been a regular on the sci-fi convention circuit.
Regis Philbin got into the Survivor craze on this morning's Live by sinking his teeth into an oven-roasted rat. Amid chants of 'Regis' from the studio audience, the Millionaire man took a blink-and-you-missed-it nibble of the rodent after guest co-host and Survivor alum Gervase Peterson did so first. It's all part of the show's Survivor week, with a different castaway serving as guest host each day. Thursday's episode promises to be Must-See TV when Philbin is joined by loudmouth truck driver Susan Hawk. That same day, presidential candidate George W. Bush is scheduled to make an appearance. "I hope Sue is a Republican," Philbin quipped. Speaking of Hawk, the New York Daily News reports that CBS has given the tapioca lover permission to appear in an episode of NBC's new David Alan Grier/Delta Burke sitcom DAG. However, there's one stipulation: the Peacock network has been forbidden from promoting her pe