Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Croc Jock: Want to get to the root of the super enthusiastic Steve Irwin? Delve into the mind of the man who’d hold his one-month-old son Bob up next to a crocodile? Well, this one’s for you: “CONFESSIONS OF THE CROCODILE HUNTER” which premieres Friday, June 18 at 9 p.m. Irwin reveals what drives him, his life low points and a rare look at his whole family. The proverbial never-before-seen footage is, of course, also included.

My Michelle: Imagine our happy surprise to see our favorite reporter Michelle Caruso as a character in "Another City, Not My Own," which we've finally gotten around to read. Highly recommended, the "novel in a form of a memoir" brings back the mid-90s and all things OJ, brilliantly.

Willie’s Woes: Willie Nelson’s much-anticipated (at least by his fans) concert tour has been temporarily sidelined by a case of carpal tunnel syndrome, forcing postponement of the next leg of his tour. Last week, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum examined Willie in his Los Angeles office. He determined the eight-time Grammy winner suffers from significant carpal tunnel syndrome aggravated by continuous guitar playing (and you thought it was just from using the computer keyboard!) Electromyographic tests documented the extent of the nerve injury to Willie¹s wrists and hands. Willie was treated with medication but remained symptomatic, prompting doctors to recommend rest, splinting and medication in an effort to avoid surgery. All current concert dates will be postponed until after July 3rd. Ticket
holders will be advised soon about rescheduled dates. Willie promises
his fans he¹ll be back in the saddle and on the road again soon.

Tommy Hilfiger and Nancy Davis, are hosting the 11th Annual Race to Erase MS event this Friday, May 14th at Century City’s Westin Century Plaza Hotel at 6:30 p.m. The event features a GlamRock Celebrity fashion show by Tommy Hilfiger and live musical performances by David Lee Roth and Cyndi Lauper (Get your ‘80s on, dudes).

Expected celebs include: Paula Abdul, Tom Arnold, Mischa Barton, Gil Bellows, Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, Thora Birch, Amy Brenneman, Jordana Brewster, Lacey Chabert, Michael Chiklis, Natalie Cole, Jackie Collins, Tyne Daly, Tony Danza, Jamie-Lynn DiScala, Carmen Electra, Shannon Elizabeth, Frances Fisher, Kenny G, Teri Garr, Robert Graham, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Green, Harry Hamlin, David Hasselhoff, Patricia Heaton, Bonnie Hunt, Anjelica Huston, Cris Judd, Larry King, Cyndi Lauper, Bethany Joy Lenz, Bai Ling, Lori Loughlin, Jon Lovitz, Bill Maher, Vanessa Marcil, Penny Marshall, Jenny McCarthy, Ian McKee & Meredith Phillips (The Bachelorette), Ed McMahon, Dave Navarro, Kevin Nealon, Sidney Poitier, Nicole Richie, Lisa Rinna, Holly Robinson Peete & Rodney Peete, Dennis Rodman, Freddy Rodriguez, Michelle Rodriguez, Ray Romano, David Lee Roth, Henry Simmons, Ashlee Simpson, Molly Sims, Suzanne Somers, Kimberly Stewart, Cheryl Tiegs, (frequent party attendee) Wilmer Valderrama, Nia Vardalos, and Cindy Williams.

Troy Boy: Mr. & Mrs. Brad Pitt couldn’t have looked more like the ultimate golden couple than they did at last night’s “Troy” premiere at the Ziegfield Theater in New York. Jennifer Aniston was wearing a dress cut down to there. Not only were their clothes color-coordinated, but they’ve obviously been going to the same hair stylist – could they have dropped in on John Sahag while in NYC?
The stars turned out in full force for the epic film bow, including Annabeth Gish, who apparently is trying to change her more solemn image into a more seductive one (she was wearing super sheers all over). We’re not entirely sure the look works for her, even though she definitely has the body.

Surprise! Ashley showed up (pouty as ever), but WITHOUT that doppelganger bad girl, Mary Kate. A CHEEKY looking Saffron Burrows showed up happy and fluffy in a silk chiffon ivory halter dress. Hey, Sean Bean: we LOVE you, but wear sunscreen! (He was very sunburned, and his pseudo-mullet was platinum blond.)

Cute Couture: NYC was the place to be yesterday. Designer Randi Rahm (who we had the pleasure to meet at this year’s Oscar suites) celebrate the debut of her Fall 2004 Couture Collection, and had some smashing frocks to show for it; beautiful gowns with full skirts and strapless tops, and more.

Voight’s Vamps : At the "Breaking Dawn" L.A. Screening at the Cinerama Dome at the ArcLight, James Haven and Angelina Jolie did their separated-at-birth act, dressing and looking remarkably alike. We have nothing but nice things to say about the always cordial Mr. Haven, who’s a sweetheart. Happy Birthday, Jamie! (It was yesterday.)

Babe Beyonce: Beyonce may have just pulled in the right niche for herself movie-wise. She was the perfect sidekick to Austin Powers in his third outing and she’s now currently filming “The Pink Panther” with legendary Steve Martin. Set shots from yesterday show her in a stunning white halter with full skirt – the hot 50s-harkening dress of the moment.

Fanning onto Ventura Blvd. : The pretty and prolific Dakota Fanning (who’s apparently stolen scenes from Denzel in “Man on Fire”) was in Studio City last week at debout, our sources tell us. Fanning was doing last minute Mother's Day shopping with her dad and sister at debout. What’d she end up picking? None other than the classic of all time summer shoes: the Havianias flip flops (Brazil – and the world’s favorite slipper). Want your own? Go to: www.deboutshoes.com

Snow Job: “X-Files” composer Mark Snow lent his talents to score the film “Bereft,” a new feature that recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. “Bereft” is an independent film, despite being directed by and featuring actor/director Tim Daly, that came in under $1 million. It’s hard to get a composer of Snow’s stature with that kind of budget. Luckily, Daly is Snow’s brother in law.

Mystery Mondays: If you’re as addicted as we are to BBC America’s Mystery Monday, you’ll be happy to know that starting June 7th, the coveted 9 p.m. slot will be filled in with the new (and second) season of “The Vice,” set in the Vice Unit of London’s Metropolitan Police where prostitution, murder and organized crime are everyday occurrences, award-winning Ken Stott (Shallow Grave, The Singing Detective), returns as Inspector Pat Chappel. We’ve been enjoying “Murphy’s Law,” but this looks every bit
as entertaining. Sergeant Joe Robinson (David Harewood) returns as Chappel’s right hand man, while Chappel’s protégé, Police Constable Cheryl Hutchins (Caroline Catz) has been promoted. Young and fresh out of uniform, newcomer Police Constable Kirsty Morgan (Rosie Marcel) joins the Vice Squad as the latest recruit.

In four feature-length episodes, Chappel goes undercover in a prison to flush out the ringleaders of a prostitution racket. While a chance meeting with his former boss Detective Sergeant Vickers (Tim Pigott-Smith, The Jewel in the Crown, Bloody Sunday) in a Soho brothel basement unearths more than just painful memories. A past love Jane (Sarah Parish, Trust) walks back into Chappel’s life while a dangerous flirtation develops between Joe and the new addition to the team, Kirsty.