It's Official! Tom and Katie Are Engaged!
The media machine must be fed, so before he slipped out of the public's attention, Tom Cruise officially proposed to Katie Holmes and announced it -- where else? -- at a press conference. Let the tongue wagging continue.
Michael Jackson's Lawyers Still Busy
The acquittal is done, but the lawyering continues. Three days after the Michael Jackson verdict, a judge ordered that the pop star's passport be returned, and his defense attorneys are trying to get back the rest of his belongings seized by police in a 2003 raid on Neverland. Among the items Jackson wants back are pictures taken of Jackson's genitals during a separate 1993 investigation. The judge also granted a media request to unseal the dozens of sealed legal motions and documents that had been kept secret during the trial.
Deep Throat Signs Book, Film Deal
Now that Deep Throat has been outed, the 91-year-old former FBI man, Mark Felt, has signed book and film deals. Good for him -- no fair everyone else making money off the Watergate scandal except him! PublicAffairs press said that it plans to publish Felt's book A G-Man's Life: The FBI, Being 'Deep Throat' and the Struggle for Honor in Washington. Felt published a book about his FBI days in 1979, but that was before he was revealed earlier this year to be the infamous "Deep Throat" source for journalists Woodward & Bernstein. A film version of his story is also in the works, with Tom Hanks set to produce for Universal Pictures. It's too early to know if Hanks will play Felt himself.
CBS Green-Lights Pope Miniseries
CBS is planning a big-budget miniseries about the life of the late Pope John Paul II, in cooperation with the Vatican. The four-hour fact-based drama, from the same producers who hit big with CBS's Jesus miniseries, will chronicle Karol Wojtyla's life, from his childhood in Poland through his leadership of the Roman Catholic Church. No casting decisions have been made yet. The program will start shooting in Rome in midsummer, and it could air as soon as this fall. The Vatican's involvement means that producers will have access to footage in St. Peter's Square.
For some reason, we feel morally compelled to report any and all news involving any Golden Girl. Blame the cheesecake. Anyway, Rue McClanahan (better known to us as Blanche) is trying to prevent four elephants from being transported from Chicago to Oklahoma after they were exposed to an animal with tuberculosis. McClanahan is an honorary director of PETA and an Oklahoma native. She suggests the elephants be sent to an elephant preserve in Tennessee instead. What, no room on the lanai in Miami? Perry Farrell, the former Jane's Addiction frontman, will debut his new band/musical theater act, Satellite Party, at this year's Lollapalooza Festival. Former Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt is also involved. It sounds a little too Cats-like for our tastes, but hopefully we'll be proved wrong. Two of our favorite men in Hollywood, Zach Braff and Jason Bateman, might be teaming up. They will costar in Fast Track as coworkers who hate each other. Brach's character is a dad-to-be who accepts a job at his father-in-law's company. Amanda Peet will also star in the film, which is being produced by former Miramax honchos Bob and Harvey Weinstein. Oprah Winfrey topped Forbes magazine's power rankings of the top 100 celebrities. You go, girl.
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