NUPTIAL BLISS Unlike the rest of us, newlyweds Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones seem never to tire of news about, uh, newlyweds Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The couple held a press conference on Sunday to discuss the details of their recent wedding at Manhattan’s posh Plaza Hotel. The pair claimed that they elected only to allow one deep pocketed magazine — Britain’s OK! — to cover the event because it was ”the best way to control the media blitz.” (Or the best way to profit from it? OK! reportedly paid $1 million for the pics.) Of course, they refused to confirm whether the ceremony cost $2 million, as reported. Likewise, Zeta-Jones said she was unsure whether her Christian Lacroix gown cost $250,000. Why? Because, she says, she has yet to receive a bill. (Perhaps OK! can cover that, too.) … Meanwhile, Zeta-Jones’ talent for landing on the front page of the tabs is paying off in the form of a new star vehicle for the Welsh celeb. Warner Bros. plans to adapt the British miniseries ”Trust” into a feature, in which Zeta-Jones will play a lawyer who discovers that her psychiatrist husband is having an affair with his patient. Catherine will also produce the pic with her bro Lyndon Jones and David Foster. ”It’s a hugely commercial premise, with a great role for Catherine,” Lyndon told Reuters. Well, we agree that it’s a hugely commercial premise….
CASTING Columbia Pictures’ upcoming biopic, ”Ali,” has a new recruit. Mykelti Williamson — who plays Lt. Philip Gerard on CBS’ ”The Fugitive” — is in final negotiations to play big hair boxing hustler Don King, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He’ll join Jamie Foxx, Mario Van Peebles, and, of course, Will Smith in the $106 million budgeted pic.
SWAN SONGS Okay, now they’re REALLY breaking up. Really. The Smashing Pumpkins played their final gig at Chicago’s 1,100 capacity Metro last weekend. After the band announced in October that they wanted to return to the humble venue where the got their start, tickets to the show sold out in 20 minutes flat. Those who made the scene were not disappointed. The group played a four hour collage of nonstop hits from their 13 year career. Fans were also given a 38 minute recording of the group’s first Metro show in 1987. Look for it on Napster.
DEATHS Poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African American to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize, died Sunday in her home on Chicago’s South Side. ”At a time when racism was so rampant, Gwendolyn Brooks was almost like a literary Joe Louis,” Sterling Plumpp, a professor in the departments of African American studies and English at the University of Illinois at Chicago, told the Chicago Tribune. Brooks published the first of her 20 books in 1945. She was 83.