There’ll be no Emmy this year for trouble-prone Friend Matthew Perry, 30. After his publicist erred by submitting his name for best actor in a comedy — the show’s cast customarily seeks only supporting acting nods — Perry asked the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to pull his name. Since nominating ballots went out June 5, it’s too late for him to be considered in another category.
The French are coming! In a deal reportedly worth $33 billion, Paris-based utility and media giant Vivendi announced June 15 that it’s close to acquiring Seagram, the Canadian conglomerate that includes the Universal film and music companies. If both sides come to terms, the renamed Vivendi Universal will be the only European-owned Hollywood studio. But don’t expect Jerry Lewis to usurp Eddie Murphy: Americans will likely still head daily film operations…. After reports that she’s posing nude for Playboy, Roseanne Thomas, 47, responded June 15: ”I’m also talking to Penthouse, and all three of us are haggling over price and retouching rights.” A Playboy rep would neither confirm nor deny the talks, but a Penthouse rep says, ”It appears Penthouse and Playboy are warring over Roseanne.”
Real World ingénue Julie Stoffer, 20, is facing disciplinary hearings at Utah’s Brigham Young University after filming MTV’s vérité drama. The show depicted the BYU senior sleeping in coed quarters, which the Mormon school reportedly forbids. ”No decision has been made,” says a BYU publicist. ”That’s up to the honor code office and Julie.”
The Survivor castaways weren’t the only ones squeamish about eating rats. On June 16, eight members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (one in a rat costume) picketed outside CBS’ Manhattan headquarters to protest the reality hit. A net spokesman says, ”They were hungry…. It was a matter of sustenance.” … New York City firefighter Michael Lombardi, 38, is facing a disciplinary inquiry for his Sex and the City guest spot (a smoldering, bare-butted tryst with Kim Cattrall). Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen has no comment about the ”ongoing discussions” with Lombardi, but issued a statement saying the NYFD is working ”to ensure that firefighters… exercise discretion when performing outside employment.” Lombardi could not be reached for comment.
Sopranos matriarch Nancy Marchand, in Connecticut, June 18, one day shy of her 72nd birthday. Though the cause of death was unknown at press time, the patrician Marchand had been suffering from emphysema and lung cancer. The Buffalo-born actress won four Emmys for her role as newspaper publisher Margaret Pynchon on Lou Grant and earned a Golden Globe for her brilliantly malevolent Livia Soprano in January. She is survived by three children and seven grandchildren.