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6 items from 2003

Calvin Klein Hunk in Visa Embarrassment

6 October 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Calvin Klein model Travis Fimmel has been forced to pull out of promoting his debut TV series Tarzan in America - after his work visa expired. The blonde Australian was supposed to make appearances on Access Hollywood, Total Request Live and Live With Regis And Kelly to promote the jungle movie, but has been forced to remain in Canada after forgetting to renew his permit. Warner Brothers spokeswoman Andrea Gruber says, "I'm sure he felt terrible about it and probably was embarrassed." In order to return to the US, Fimmel will be required to pass a screening process and a background checks. »

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Ben and Jen Scrap Wedding Plans

11 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez have postponed their weekend wedding plans because the big day has become a circus of media attention. The couple were hoping to keep their nuptials as quiet as possible, but when news leaked of a ceremony at Santa Barbara, California's Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel earlier this week, the stars chose to rethink their plans. According to entertainment news guru Pat O'Brien, who secured the only TV interview with the couple earlier this summer on his show Access Hollywood, the wedding is now off. Reports have been circulating all week about the big day, with only a handful of facts confirmed. These include J.Lo planning to wear a Vera Wang gown and Laura Mercier's Pink Beige lipstick, yellow and white roses decorating the unknown wedding chapel, and the couple's wedding bands being crafted by jeweler to the stars Harry Winston. Other information included the fact that the Sunday wedding was to be preceded by a Saturday night barbecue, and the couple were planning to stage their first dance as man and wife on a clear plastic floor built over a swimming pool. The reported postponement will be a blow to Affleck's best pal Matt Damon, who was flying back from the Czech Republic, where he's currently filming The Brothers Grimm, especially for the big day. »

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British accent for 'Access'

26 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The syndicated magazine strip Access Hollywood is being launched in the United Kingdom with a distinctly British accent. The new version will have British hosts and will spotlight local entertainment dish as well as stories originating in the United States. Unlike other program format exchanges between the States and the United Kingdom, this deal will see the new U.K. show serve as a partner with the U.S. version. It will provide story packages from London for Access and provide entertainment coverage from all across Europe. The deal involves NBC Enterprises launching the new Access on Flextech's cable channel Living TV in November. It will be a co-production between NBC Enterprises and London-based Via Digital Networks. The show will originate from NBC News' London bureau headquarters and will debut as a once-a-week, one-hour series on Living TV. »

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Hollywood Democrats Join Up To Oppose Arnie

25 August 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The cream of Hollywood's Democrat power players are teaming up to oppose Arnold Schwarzenegger's bid to become Governor of California. Opponents include Tom Hanks, who was reportedly angry to see an article claiming that his agents CAA would be supporting Republican Schwarzenegger. According to gossip website Page Six.Com, "Tom was furious when (a misleading) article in the Los Angeles Times appeared on Tuesday, saying Creative Artists Agency would help Arnold in his bid for governor. Tom and other power players are absolutely against Arnold becoming governor." Other notable stars who will not be supporting the Terminator star include Indecent Proposal star Woody Harrelson and The West Wing actor Martin Sheen. A spokesperson for Harrelson tells Page Six, "He does not support the candidacy." And Sheen says, "The California recall is an effort to grab the state for the Republicans. I suspect this came out of the White House. Frankly, it makes perfect sense after Florida." Moonlighting star Cybill Shepherd has also been vociferous in her opposition to Schwarzenegger - she told American show Access Hollywood, "That would be the worst tragedy in the history of California." Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher believes that his move into politics would be a "huge" mistake. »

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Lampley, O'Brien Join Olympic telecast

13 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NBC has named Jim Lampley to host its daytime coverage for the Summer Olympic Games from Athens, which begin one year from today. The network also tapped Access Hollywood host Pat O'Brien to lead its morning Olympics show on the Bravo cable network. Lampley had covered the previous two Olympics for CNBC and MSNBC and next year will mark his 12th Olympic assignment, tying ABC veteran Jim McKay's record. NBC had previously named Bob Costs to host its primetime telecasts and Keith Olbermann to lead MSNBC's coverage. »

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NBC's AFL scores 'Matrix' trailer

7 April 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- Warner Bros. Pictures thinks the Arena Football League and its upcoming film The Matrix Reloaded are a perfect match. Warners has partnered with NBC Sports to show the trailer for the Matrix sequel for the first time on broadcast television during NBC's Arena Football League coverage April 13. The 2 1/2-minute trailer will air at 3 p.m. EDT across all of NBC's regional games. No cash changed hands for the promotion, in which NBC gets free content to attract young men to its AFL games while Warners enjoys free promotion. NBC will hype the spot to TV sportswriters as well as on affiliates and network spots. Warners will promote the trailer across its owned media like Access Hollywood, according to NBC senior vp programming Jon Miller, who arranged the deal for the network. »

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