Who Wants to Be a Millionaire executive producer Michael Davies says he's planning a "tax-free" installment of the popular prime-time game show that could air as early as January, according to Jam! Showbiz. Also in the works: a second Celebrity Tournament slated for the November sweeps period, a tournament of former Millionaire champs and a possible multimillionaire edition with a prize worth as much as $10 million.
The movie, video game and music industries aggressively market violent and mature products to minors, according to a study to be released today by the Federal Trade Commission. Most of the R-rated films and M-rated video games examined included promotional efforts targeting underage audiences, says the FTC, which is seeking more effective self-regulation by the entertainment industry and enforcement of rating codes by retailers and theaters. Michael Ausiello and Rich Brown
It looks like the six remaining contestants on CBS's Big Brother might back off from their threatened walkout during this Wednesday's live broadcast. The show's producers on Saturday held an emergency meeting with house guest Jamie and appear to have succeeded in convincing she and her fellow houseguests to rethink their plan to leave the house en masse, according to Jam! Showbiz. Big Brother is scheduled to end Sept. 30 with one $500,000 prize for the person who survives ouster votes by fellow players and TV viewers.
The Watcher, starring Keanu Reeves as a serial killer, beat the dark comedy
Nurse Betty at the box office over the weekend. The Watcher grossed an estimated $9.1 million. The higher-profile Nurse
Betty, which garnered mostly favorable reviews, opened at No. 2 with $7.3
million it stars Renée Zellweger as an obsessed soap fan who stalks Greg
Kinnear. After two weeks on top, the cheerleading flick Bring It On was
bumped to third place with $6.5 million.
The Cell and Space Cowboys rounded out the lacklsuter moviegoing weekend,
with grosses of $3.5 million and $3.3 million, respectively. Meanwhile, The Way
of the Gun, starring Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis, debuted at No. 9 with
NBC's The West Wing won big Sunday night at the 52nd Annual Prime-Time Emmy
Awards. The political drama won nine trophies, the biggest single-year tally in
Emmy history, including Outstanding Drama Series, Supporting Actress (Allison
Janney) and Supporting Actor (Richard Schiff). The Peacock Network won top
comedy honors as well for Will & Grace. The show's scene-stealing supporting
duo, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes, also won. Michael J. Fox was named
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his final year on Spin City and
Everybody Loves Raymond's Patricia Heaton won for lead comedy actress. The
Sopranos avoided a record-breaking shutout with James Gandolfini's win as
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Sela Ward, meanwhile, won
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for ABC's Once and Again.
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Melissa Rivers is expecting a child, a fact that Joan her mother and
fellow co-host announced in her trademark squawk at the onset of E!
Entertainment Television's Emmy Award Pre-Show. Alas, if you were expecting
big stars as you tuned into the sartorial survey, it may have seemed like a
nine-month wait as well.
In fact, it wasn't until the middle of the program's lazy first hour that
E!'s mother-daughter team dug their claws into a flesh-and-blood Emmy
nominee, Everybody Loves Raymond's Peter Boyle. Prior to that big catch,
viewers had to bide their time with Shelley Morrison (who plays Will & Grace
fourth banana Rosario), Rudy Boesch from Survivor (whose wife all but
acknowledged that his 15 minutes were winding down), and some guy named
Curtis, a Big Brother contestant who won his admission on the house-based
But then Emma Thompson showed up, followed
Although the 52nd annual Emmy Awards telecast started off with a predictable
(but raunchily funny) Survivor spoof, the ceremony itself was shocking: It
didn't feel like 13 weeks on Pulau Tiga (and, in fact, ran over by just two
A lot of the credit should go to host Garry Shandling, who relied heavily,
and very successfully, upon the insecure, sexually ambiguous
Hollywood-insider persona that he perfected on his HBO sitcom The Larry
Sanders Show. Whether furthering his flirtation with David Duchovny (playing
himself as an overly familiar bathroom attendant in one of a series of
"behind-the-scenes" skits) or going off-script and inviting the trophy girl
to introduce the next presenter, the funnyman seemed utterly in his element,
more like he was presiding wittily over a gathering of business associates
for whom he has only grudging respect than anchoring a stuffy black-tie event.
Case in point: Paying Ray Romano a
Matinee idol Freddie Prinze Jr. has purchased a home in California's San
Fernando Valley for $3 million, the Los Angeles Times reports. The five-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot home was built in the 1930s and features a guest
house and a pool. No word on whether the 24-year-old She's All That thesp
will be sharing the new pad with his main squeeze, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
star Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Anne Heche broke her silence on Friday regarding her split from Ellen
DeGeneres. The actress, appearing at the Beverly Hills Hilton to accept a
Lucy award for directing a segment of HBO's If These Walls Could Talk 2,
initially stumbled over her former partner's name, Reuters reports. "It
means so much to me to be able to have Sharon Stone and Ellen DeGen..." Heche said, before placing her hands over her face and adding, "Shake it
out, baby!" With Stone who co-starred in the Walls segment
with DeGeneres appearing by her side, Heche pulled herself together
and continued: "No matter what you've heard. I love Ellen DeGeneres. She is
a genius.... She is a marvelous woman so dear to my life and I love her."
The couple announced their breakup Aug. 19, the same weekend Heche was
admiited into a Fresno, CA, hospital after wandering to a stranger's home
in a disoriented state. Prior to accepting the Lucy award, Heche told Inside
Renée Zellweger wasn't always a big fan of her Nurse Betty director, Neil LaBute. The Jerry Maguire actress admits that after seeing his first feature, 1997's In the Company of Men, she felt nothing but disdain for the misogynist.
"I was livid," Zellweger says of Men, about two yuppies who get their kicks by dating and dumping women. "I was pissed off that somebody would make a film about this, that these characters were hateful as they were, that they were so cruel."
However, after cooling her jets, the future star of Bridget Jones' Diary suddenly had a change of heart. "About halfway home I understood: Well, that's what the point was," Zellweger recalls. "He was telling a story with a lot of irony and honesty, and the intention was to make you feel like that about the situation."
Zellweger, most recently seen opposite real-life beau Jim Carrey in the box-office disappointment Me, Myself and Irene