HEALTH WATCH On- and off-screen, Pierce Brosnan may make women weak in the knees, but it was his own knee that buckled last week during shooting of the next James Bond movie. Producers were vague about how he suffered the injury or how serious it was. ”Since assuming the role of James Bond, Pierce Brosnan has always pursued the character with extreme physicality. Friday, Brosnan sustained a knee injury during an action sequence involving water,” Eon Productions said in a statement. ”He immediately met with doctors who recommended that he have surgery to prevent any further damage.” After a couple weeks of rest, the 49 year-old actor is expected to return on March 4 to the London set of the yet-unnamed film, whose working title is ”Bond 20.” The movie should still be completed in time for its November release date.
It would be news if Jackie Chan didn’t injure himself on a movie set. On Monday, while shooting a movie called ”Highbinders” in Thailand, Chan fell from a harness and landed on his face, resulting in a cut that sent him to the hospital for four hours. ”There was nothing serious,” said a production spokesperson. ”Everything is OK and the filming is going on as usual. His fans need not worry.” Chan was back on the set the next day.
SOUND BITES The Gibson guitar company traditionally gives out its Orville H. Gibson guitar awards (named for the instrument maker who founded the company 100 years ago) the day before the Grammys, to some of the best instrumentalists in rock, jazz, blues, and country. This year’s awards, to be handed out Feb. 26 at the Knitting Factory nightclub in Los Angeles, will go to many of the usual suspects, including lifetime achievement awards for Scotty Moore (the pioneering guitarist who accompanied the young Elvis Presley) and bluegrass banjo legend Earl Scruggs. But what’s raising eyebrows is the list of nominees for the Les Paul Horizon award, given to the ”most promising up and coming guitarist.” Alongside ”O Brother, Where Art Thou” blues picker Chris Thomas King, 18-year-old ”Everywhere” singer Michelle Branch, drummer-turned-singer-songwriter Pete Yorn, Colombian rocker Juanes, alt-rocker John Mayer, and somebody named Madonna. Madonna hasn’t been known in the past for her instrumental skills, but the Gibson company must be recognizing her for her strumming on last year’s Drowned World tour. Let’s go out on a limb and predict that this ”up and coming” young woman will be a big star some day….
Bob Dylan has joined the roster of performers on Grammy night; no word on whether that ”Soy Bomb” guy plans to crash Dylan’s performance again. Also added to the roster: OutKast; the ”Lady Marmalade” quartet of Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil’ Kim, and Mya; Missy Elliott; and classical violinist Joshua Bell. They join an already star-studded lineup on the Feb. 27 show that includes such artists as U2, Alicia Keys, Destiny’s Child, and ‘N Sync.
TUBE TALK Alas, the story that Britney Spears would play Kim Cattrall‘s sexually active niece on an upcoming episode of ”Sex and the City” was too good to be true. Both HBO and Spears’ publicist have denied yesterday’s report in the New York Post that said Cattrall, who plays Britney’s mom in the movie ”Crossroads,” had invited the singer to play Samantha’s niece, a chippie off the old block….