WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES David Duchovny announced yesterday that he will return to ”The X-Files” next season. This follows Tuesday’s statement from ”Files” creator Chris Carter that the show would go on with or without Duchovny. According to Daily Variety, Duchovny will get between $350,000 – $400,000 per episode for 11 shows. (A full season typically consists of 22 episodes.) Variety also reports that the actor has settled his lawsuit with Fox over syndication profits from the show.
VIDEO NEWS Blockbuster is keeping copies of DreamWorks‘ Oscar winning ”American Beauty” behind the counter, according to Variety, because the companies could not agree on ”revenue-sharing terms” which would have allowed the video chain to purchase hundreds of thousands of extra copies of the release and make it a ”guaranteed title.” As it stands, Blockbuster customers must specifically ask for ”Beauty” and then they are read a statement about the chain’s negotiations with DreamWorks. Isn’t this exactly the kind of thing that would have pissed Lester Burnham off?
MUSIC NEWS New releases from teen acts Hanson and Mandy Moore failed to knock ‘N Sync from the top spot. The reigning princes of pop sold an additional 188,000 copies of their ”No Strings Attached” to remain at No. 1, while Hanson’s ”This Time Around” debuted at No. 19, selling 64,000, and Mandy Moore’s ”I Wanna Be With You” sold 58,000, to land at No. 21…. Rounding out the top 5: the debut of ”Music From and Inspired by Mission: Impossible 2,” at No. 2; Santana’s ”Supernatural,” at No. 3; Sisqo’s ”Unleash the Dragon,” at No. 4; and Joe’s ”My Name Is Joe,” at No. 5.
CASTING George Clooney may star in ”Revelation” about an Internal Affairs cop who is shot while protecting a cardinal. Danny DeVito is set to direct…. David Hasselhoff will play himself in the Mike Myers‘ film ”Dieter”, based on Myer’s popular ”Saturday Night Live” character…. Josh Hartnett will join pop star Aaliyah in Warner Brother’s ”Queen of the Damned.” He replaces Wes Bentley, who recently left the project.
REEL DEAL Director Tony Scott (”Top Gun”) is in talks to helm the Robert Redford/Brad Pitt thriller ”Spy Game.”
LEGAL The Eagles are suing a Dallas eatery named the Hotel California Grill…. Karen McNeil, 39, was arrested outside the Malibu home of Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose Tuesday. McNeil was booked for investigation of stalking, since Rose already had a restraining order against her. Maybe she just wants to know what’s up with the new album.
TV NEWS HBO has greenlit 16 new episodes of the jailhouse drama ”Oz.” The new season premieres July 12.
OBITUARY Eva Jagger, the mother of rock star Mick, died yesterday at London’s Parkside Hospital where she was being treated for a heart condition. She was 87…. Actor/director Paul Bartel (”Eating Raoul”) died of liver cancer Saturday at age 61.