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Hollywood Rates Best/Worst of 2000


Who better to judge what soared and what stank in entertainment this past year then the very folks responsible for the highs and lows. TV Guide Online sought the opinion of some of the biggest names in showbiz — as well as some lesser-known celebs who we think will be huge this time next year — to weigh in on what stood out in their minds as 2000 comes to a close. And to all those people who chickened out on the "worst" question, we have this to say: Consider yourself blessed, John Travolta.

Gena Lee Nolin (actress, Sheena)
Best: "Thomas the Tank Engine on PBS. I love watching it with my son Spencer, who likes to make the choo-choo noises."
Worst: "102 Dalmatians. My son and I were so looking forward to seeing the sequel, since my son had seen the original, like, 100 times."

Dr. Joyce Brothers (advice guru)
Best: "Hollywood Squares."
Worst: "Eminem."

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MUSIC TO FOX'S EARS

Fox has snatched broadcast rights for The Sound of Music from NBC for an estimated $4 million. The deal allows the network to air the classic Julie Andrews musical five times over the next five years, Variety reports. The Peacock had owned the rights for the last 20 years. read more

Sting, Disney Kiss and Make Up


Why was Disney nervous about telling Sting that seven of the songs he'd written for The Emperor's New Groove weren't going to make it in the movie? "It was tough for them because they know I'm a bastard," Sting tells TV Guide Online, adding, "I was bitterly disappointed and deeply offended... I'd been working [on them] for over two years."

Dropping Sting's tunes had nothing to do with quality control, however. The animated characters for which the songs were written were cut out of the script when the studio changed the film from Kingdom of the Sun, a serious drama about the Incas, to The Emperor's New Groove, a schticky gag-fest featuring David Spade and John Goodman.

Ever the trouper, Sting eventually came back to write some new material. "I was kind of flattered that Disney wanted to keep us, but I was doing a new album and starting to tour and I told them I didn't think I'd have the time," he recalls. "[But] we compromised on ne read more

UPN'S DEATH WISH

UPN will air reruns of MTV's Claymation series Celebrity Deathmatch Fridays at 8:30 pm beginning Jan. 12. It will follow the network's own Claymation show, Gary & Mike, which gets a special sneak preview on Jan. 11. MTV, meanwhile, will air new episodes of Celebrity Deathmatch starting Jan. 7. read more

SHORT CUTS

A day after undergoing open-heart surgery to clear two blocked arteries, veteran actor Mickey Rooney was listed in good condition Thursday... R&#038B singer Toni Braxton has announced her engagement to musician Keri Lewis of Mint Condition. The couple plan to marry next year... Actor Danny Glover was uninjured after a pizza delivery vehicle struck the actor's car Wednesday night outside Los Angeles. — Michael Ausiello read more

JUST PLANE SCARED

Sandra Bullock is speaking out about her runway scare Wednesday. A plane carrying the Miss Congeniality actress and her boyfriend, Bob Schneider, skidded off the runway as it attempted to land at Wyoming's Jackson Hole Airport. Neither Bullock, Schneider nor the jet's two crew members were seriously hurt, but the aircraft's nose and wing were reportedly damaged. "We prayed that the plane wouldn't explode," Bullock told Variety, adding that she's fine, save for "a little whiplash." An investigation is underway. read more

MADONNA WEDS

The BBC is confirming that Madonna has indeed married filmmaker Guy Ritchie Friday at Scotland's picturesque Skibo Castle, a day after the couple baptized their son, Rocco, in Dornoch Cathedral. According to BBC reporter Craig Anderson, the ceremony took place at 1 pm/ET, and was attended by such celebs as Gwyneth Paltrow, Sting, Jon Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams. Security was extremely tight, especially in light of the prior day's events. Following Thursday's christening, two men — one of whom hid out for more than 24 hours in the organ loft of the 13th-century church — were arrested after they reportedly tried to tape-record the service. The baptism was not disrupted, and according to local police, both men were charged with "a number of offenses." read more

JASON ROBARDS DIES AT 78

Two-time Oscar-winning actor Jason Robards died Tuesday at a Connecticut hospital after a long battle with cancer, The Associated Press reports. He was 78. Robards — whose career on the stage and screen spanned half a century — won consecutive Academy Awards for All the President's Men and Julia. More recently, he played Tom Cruise's dying father in 1999's Magnolia. He's survived by his fourth wife, Lois O'Connor, and six children, including actor Sam Robards, his son by Lauren Bacall. read more

NEW ORDER IN COURT

Jerry Sheindlin — husband of Judge Judy Sheindlin — has resigned his post as The People's Court's top referee, Variety reports. Sheindlin, who was in the midst of his second season with the show, will be replaced by 39-year-old Miami County Court Judge Marilyn Milian. "These past two seasons have been a wonderful fantasy, and I truly enjoyed the adventure," Sheindlin said. "Part of the adventure was trying to nip at the heels of my wife. Unfortunately, I could never catch up with her. So instead of trying to follow in her footsteps, I've decided to be the first to retire and let her follow me for a change." read more

Ultimate Survivor II Guide


As we approach Super Bowl Sunday, analysts, bookies and Monday-morning quarterbacks are busy speculating on the outcome of the contest: Who will win this year's drama-filled confrontation, a much-ballyhooed match based on cunning strategy, guts and determination? Of course, we're talking not about the football game, but of Survivor's upcoming second season, which is set to premiere after the gridiron showdown on Jan. 28.

Although CBS is keeping a tight lid on Survivor: The Australian Outback (the network plans to release information on the 16 contestants in early January), this much is known: Production recently wrapped at a remote cattle ranch near Blencoe Falls in Queensland; the series will feature 14 episodes (as opposed to last summer's 13), highlighting a competition that lasted 42 days (three more than the first season); and the show's final episode — which should air April 26 — will feature just three contestants. As expected, the network's stri read more

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