GUN SCARE Gunshots were fired through the doorway of one of Sean ”Puffy” Combs’ Manhattan recording studios at around 1:30 a.m. Friday, according to MTV News, but Combs was in Florida when it happened. Lil’ Kim and Lil’ Cease were recording at ”Daddy’s House” (as it’s modestly called) at the time, but weren’t hurt; in fact, police can’t find anybody who was injured, although they did discover blood outside the studio. Sources said that there was an argument between a group of people that started outside of a nearby nightclub and may be linked to the crime.
MUSEUM ONLINE David Bowie may have long since dropped the drag routine, but that doesn’t mean he’s given up controversy. The musician is presenting an online opening of the art exhibit that’s caused quite the brouhaha in New York City prior to its presentation at the Brooklyn Museum. Starting Saturday on Bowie’s website, he will present pictures of each work — including the infamous painting of the Virgin Mary spattered with elephant dung that sparked New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s efforts to have the exhibit canceled. While there, you can hear audio commentary by Bowie himself. But don’t expect to bump into Giuliani in the chat room afterwards.
CAMPAIGNING? Following Warren Beatty’s public flirtation with public office, now Arnold Schwarzenegger has said that he’s mulling a run for governor of California (Ronald Reagan’s old post) in 2002. ”I think about it many times,” the self-proclaimed ”compassionate conservative” told Talk magazine. ”The possibility is there because I feel it inside. I feel there are a lot of people standing still and not doing enough. And there’s a vacuum.” Next thing you know, James Van Der Beek will want to be Secretary of State.
ONLINE PREMIERE The official two-minute trailer for ”Toy Story 2” (which opens Nov. 24) is bypassing theaters for a Web debut. Just click over to the ”Toy Story 2” website to catch the coming attraction one week before it hits theaters on Oct. 8. At this rate, we may NEVER have to leave our homes to receive advance studio hype. Oh, brave new world!
NO-SHOW No matter how hard the owners of the Double Door club in Chicago tried to convince the crowd swarming the doors on Wednesday night that Bruce Springsteen was NOT making a surprise appearance, they couldn’t convince the fans, some of whom had paid as much as $1,000 to scalpers to get in. And sure enough, no Boss. According to Allstar, Springsteen was in town for three concerts at the United Center, and buzz had swept the city that he would play an unannounced set with New Jersey rocker John Eddie, who was scheduled to play at Double Door that night. No one’s quite sure how the false rumor started, but some say it came from the reps of one of the other singer-songwriters playing that night. ”We said [Bruce] wasn’t going to show,” said the club’s business manager. ”It’s no fault of ours. We told [people] not to buy scalped tickets.”
CASTING Susan Lucci will make her Broadway debut in December, subbing for Bernadette Peters in ”Annie Get Your Gun.” If she sticks with the show for another 18 years, she’s a shoo-in for a Tony…. ”American Pie”’s Jason Biggs has signed on to ”Loser,” Amy Heckerling’s (”Clueless”) new comedy about love at college.
AUCTIONED While your mother’s old wedding gown continues to yellow in the basement, the brown suit that Marilyn Monroe wore in her 1954 marriage to Joe DiMaggio just sold for $33,350 at Sotheby’s…. Meanwhile, over at Christie’s, the original lyric sheet for ”I Am the Walrus,” scribbled down by John Lennon, sold for $129,000.
COURT REPORT Bryan E. Smith, the man who hit Stephen King with his van, has been officially charged with aggravated assault and driving to endanger: The assault charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, while the other would mean an additional six months. Smith says that because he hit King on June 19 while trying to calm his dog, it was an ”accident without a cause” and shouldn’t be considered a crime, according to the Associated Press.
TV DEALS NBC has signed Marlon Wayans to a development deal for a sitcom for next season. Meanwhile, his brother Shawn, who starred with him in the recently ended series ”The Wayans Bros.,” got nothing…. Well, guess who’s come crawling back to television? Rob Morrow, who left ”Northern Exposure” for movies, that’s who. He’s been signed by CBS to star in a drama for next season.
NEW GIG Newsman Forrest Sawyer, who recently left ABC, has been hired by MSNBC to sub in as anchor on ”The News With Brian Williams.” Sawyer will also report from the campaign trail for the cable network, as well as contribute to news shows on its parent station, NBC.
REEL DEAL Legendary director Stanley Donen (”Singin’ in the Rain,” ”Funny Face”) is returning to film for the first time in 15 years: He’ll direct ”The Seven Deadly Sins,” a script written by Anthony Minghella (”The English Patient”) about a suicidal man who gets tempted by the seven evils. In case you nostalgists think that Donen’s comeback marks a return to classic, squeaky-clean entertainment, remember that his last movie was the Michael Caine/Demi Moore jiggle-fest ”Blame It on Rio.” Demi in a bikini — ah, what innocent times those were.
LAWSUIT Playgirl magazine has settled a lawsuit filed by model Tyson Beckford, in which he claimed that it put a picture of him shirtless on the cover of its September issue without permission. No terms of the settlement were released, but Beckford had turned the magazine down when they had asked him in February to pose for a cover, according to the Associated Press; Playgirl claimed it was within its rights to use his image anyway, considering they bought the shot of him from a reputable ”photo stock house.”
AXED It was a rumor yesterday, but it’s official today: ”The Mike O’Malley Show” has been canceled after two episodes. Hopefully the three grieving viewers who grew attached to the ”What’s a dude to do?” sitcom can find solace in a Miller Lite and the latest issue of Maxim.