Rage Against the Machine to Reunite at Coachella
The political rock/rap pioneers will share a stage for the first time in seven years to perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this April. Rage disbanded in 2000 when vocalist Zack de la Rocha left amid internal friction. Guitarist Tom Morello and bassist Brad Wilk went on to form Audioslave with former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell. Morello also recorded a solo album, which is due in April under the moniker the Nightwatchman. De la Rocha has reportedly been working on a solo project as well, but it has yet to see the light of day. Rage hit No. 1 on U.S. charts with 1996’s Evil Empire and 1999’s The Battle of Los Angeles. (Reuters)
PGA awards Little Miss Sunshine
The Producers Guild of America has given Sunshine some Oscar momentum by naming it best feature film over contenders Babel, The Departed, Dreamgirls, and The Queen. The PGA winner has won the best picture Oscar 11 times in 17 years. The Guild handed its Darryl F. Zanuck trophy to producers Marc Turtletaub, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, Albert Berger, and Ron Yerxa. Sunshine is the first true comedy to win the award, and its $8 million price tag also makes it the least expensive. (Variety)
Guy Ritchie heads to television
Guy Ritchie is set to direct and executive produce Suspects, a new crime drama pilot for ABC. The show will tell the story of each suspect in a crime until the truth about which one actually did it is revealed. Ritchie is best known for directing the movies Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. (Hollywood Reporter)
The GLAAD film and television nominees
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has nominated Little Miss Sunshine, The Night Listener, Running With Scissors, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and V for Vendetta for outstanding film in wide release. The outstanding TV drama nominees are: Brothers & Sisters, The L Word, Hex, The Sopranos and South of Nowhere. The comedy series nominees are: Desperate Housewives, The Office, So Notorious and Ugly Betty. Winners will be announced at four separate ceremonies: New York on March 26, Los Angeles on April 14, San Francisco on April 28, and Miami on May 10. (Hollywood Reporter)
Heroes ramps up Web presence
The breakout NBC hit is relaunching its site today with new interactive features, including a real-time, two-screen application that plays out along with each televised episode, cast commentary set to streamed episodes, and mobile content. (Hollywood Reporter)
CNN’s Anderson Cooper re-signs for $4 mil
The host of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 has reportedly signed a new deal that gives him $4 million a year while allowing him to continue contributing to CBS’ 60 Minutes. (Hollywood Reporter)
IN THE GOSSIPS
Page Six: The former owner of The Vault, the notorious New York S&M club, is shopping around a book that will contain a number of potentially scandalous accounts involving celebs as well as NYPD officers.
Rush & Molloy: Naomi Campbell sought spiritual solace with a leader of the Candomble religion in Brazil a day after being sentenced for throwing her Blackberry at her maid’s head.