24 October 2000
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Charlie's Angel Denies Hitting Murray
Actress Lucy Liu
has denied she hit out at her Charlie's Angels (2000)
co- star Bill Murray
during the filming of the new movie. The sexy star has admitted to 'creative differences' between her and the veteran comic actor - but denies reports their disagreement ever became physical. She says, "The rumors started going crazy that I swung at him. This guy is like 6-foot-2. I wasn't going to pull out kung-fu on him!" And Liu, who stars with Cameron Diaz
and Drew Barrymore
in the film, says she remains on good terms with Murray. She says, "When I saw the movie, I called him up and left him a message and told him how wonderful he was."
Krusty Was A Christian Clown Called Rusty Nails
' Krusty the Clown is based on a real TV clown called Rusty Nails. Creator Matt Groening
used to watch the "Christian clown" when he was a kid in Portland, Oregon, and was always confused why the nice guy had such a nasty name. He says, "I couldn't get past the idea that this was a nice clown with the scariest name possible, because you were told as a kid, 'Always avoid rusty nails.'"
Brad Pitt Sings On New Album
is to make his singing debut on a new charity album. Hollywood Goes Wild aims to raise money for the Los Angeles Wildlife Waystation animal rescue charity in California. Other well-known names to appear on the album include Russell Crowe
, Bruce Willis
, Keanu Reeves
, Billy Bob Thornton
and Johnny Depp
. The album has taken two years to put together and is set to be released in stateside in February. Executive producer Mark Fine praised Jeff Goldblum
, who sang and wrote Born Freaky, a "bebop/big bad animal motif tune in the spirit of Born Free (1966)
" which begins with a 30-second beatnik rap.
Sabrina Star To Go Back To School
Melissa Joan Hart
knows exactly what to do when her bewitching sitcom comes to an end - she's going back to school. The 24-year-old star of "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (1996)
is determined to finish her education and get a degree. She says, "My 10-year plan is basically not to die! I think we'll go at least two seasons, then I'd go to school. I'm determined to finish my degree." And, after having grown up on the screen, Hart, who now has her own production company Hartbreak Films, is even considering taking time out of showbiz altogether. She says, "Maybe I'd move to Montana and have children and horses."
Anne Heche For Ally
has been signed to join Robert Downey Jr.
as a new member of the "Ally McBeal" (1997)
cast. The actress who hit the news earlier this summer when she split from Ellen DeGeneres
, is now reported to be pregnant by and engaged to cameraman Coley Laffoon. And she's back in the news with a three-episode deal to play a high-maintenance client for McBeal's law firm. Heche begins production on the show next week.
Frasier To Settle Down
fans could be in for a shock - Seattle's snobbish psychiatrist is ready to settle down. Star Kelsey Grammer
told TV Guide that it's high time his lovelorn character met the right person. He says, "I think Frasier wants an intimate, caring relationship with one woman. We do have plans for someone to come into his life before the end of the season."
Sabrina Fan Takes Out Advert For Her
A fan of Melissa Joan Hart
is so desperate to get her to star in his film, he's taken out a full page ad to try and persuade her. Screenwriter Adam Vignola
shelled out thousands of dollars to take out the ad in industry paper The Hollywood Reporter congratulating Hart on her 100th episode of Sabrina - and to offer her the lead in his film. The ad reads, "By the way, Melissa, I have written a little quirky black comedy that I would love for you to read as a feature film project, perhaps for yourself or for your emerging production company, Hartbreak Films." The fan then added his email address for the blonde actress to get in touch with him.
Howard Stern Spotted With New Squeeze
Shock-jock Howard Stern
's secret love interest has finally been revealed - despite his uncharacteristic silence when it comes to discussing his lovers. The Stern has been spotted snuggling up to actress Beth Ostrosky
, who had a featured role as a volleyball player in the Ben Stiller
movie Flirting with Disaster (1996)
. The mouthy American is being evasive, saying only, "I went out to dinner with a girl, and they (the media) have me married off already. I think they're disappointed it wasn't a stripper. Like I'm not going to know any women." Stern, whose 20-year marriage has just come to a very public end, adds, "I'm trying to straighten things out with my wife and kids, and this makes everything complicated."
Gilliam To Direct Pratchett Film
is set to direct a film version of Terry Pratchett
's bestseller Good Omens (2002)
. The movie's plot centers on an angel and a demon who are sent together on a mission to track down the Antichrist, who has been lost somewhere on Earth. It is scheduled to begin filming in Britain toward the end of 2001.
George Clooney's Singing Career Dubbed Out
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has been denied a shot at a singing career - as his real-life voice was dubbed out from new movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
The hunky star happily sang in the Coen Brothers film - only to find director Joel Coen
decided to replace his dulcet tones with a professional singer. Joel says, "We had no problem getting him to sing, but we just don't get to hear him do any of it!" However, Clooney believes it won't be long until his singing voice is heard all over the world. He says, "It's probably streaming around on the Internet as we speak!"