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Jim Mullen's Hot Sheet

The 15 hottest topics the week of May 8, 1998

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1 JAMES CAMERON
Rumor has it the King and Queen of the World are splitting up. Maybe she caught him serfing.

2 FRIENDS
In the season finale, Phoebe’s due to give birth and Ross has a wedding. Next year it’ll be Mad About Friends.

3 TEEN IDOLS TOUR
The ’60s and ’70s heartthrobs Peter Noone, Bobby Sherman, and Davy Jones will hit the road. Throwing Depend undergarments on the stage is prohibited.

4 MATT LAUER
The Today host hops to a different secret city around the globe each day. Teaching the audience a lot about other cultures — and sweeps stunts.

5 LES MISERABLES
Liam Neeson spends time in jail for stealing bread. It was a marble rye.

6 TOM SNYDER
The bombastic late-night TV host is retiring. He wants to spend more time on his own planet.

7 BLACK DOG
Different from any movie you’ve ever seen with car chases and explosions. This one uses trucks.

8 WLTV
The espanol-speaking station in Miami topped the ratings. The NBC affiliate is now begging the network for a show called Suddenly Spanish.

9 DENNIS RODMAN
Parrot Top will be in an A-Team-type show next season. His special talent will be getting them bad publicity.

10 ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
The wealthy composer is working on a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. It’s called The Phantom of the Titanic.

11 MARIO PUZO’S THE LAST DON II
An inside look at an evil family whose core values are greed, cruelty, and excess. Weren’t they just on Jerry Springer?

12 LEANN RIMES
The country star included a cover of ”Purple Rain” on her new album. Some Nashville types were upset. They wanted ”Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.”

13 SOUTH PARK
The makers of the controversial cartoon have signed deals worth $15 million. That’s a dollar a fart.

14 PRINCESS DI
Her brother thinks her charity is tarnishing her memory. Helping the poor — what will neighbors say?

15 ”SIZE DOES MATTER”
It’s the tag line for Godzilla. And the antidote to Viagra.