Apple reveals new iPod models
and iPhone price cut
Apple has revealed its new lineup of iPods and announced a $200 cut in the cost of the iPhone. Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the brand new iPod Touch in San Francisco on Wednesday (Sept. 5), which features touchscreen functionality, wireless Internet access, and a Safari Web browser, but no phone. Users will be able to use the device to download music wirelessly from iTunes. Through a deal with Starbucks, starting in October, a Starbucks icon will light up on the iPod Touch whenever a user comes near one of the coffee shops equipped Wi-Fi access. Users can then download the song that’s playing in the shop or get a list of the 10 most recent songs played. The Touch will cost $299 for an 8 GB model and $399 for a 16 GB version. Apple also slashed the price of its 8 GB iPhone to $399, from the original $599 price when it launched in June, and is phasing out the 4 GB model. The iPhone still only works on AT&T’s network, however. The iPod Nano is also getting a makeover, with a new version that features a larger screen and video playback capability. The updated 4 GB Nano will cost $149 and an 8 GB version will go for $199. Finally, Apple will roll out new classic iPods with storage capacity of 80 GBs ($249) and 160 GBs ($349). (AP via Yahoo!)
Kingsley tapped for Love Guru
Ben Kingsley will star in Paramount Pictures’ The Love Guru, a comedy starring Mike Myers, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Alba. Kingsley will play Guru Tugginmypudha, the ashram leader who teaches the title character (Myers) how to love himself. Also joining the cast are Meagan Good (Stomp the Yard), who will play Prudence, a woman who dumps professional hockey player Darren Roanoke (Romany Malco) for his French-Canadian hockey nemesis, Jacques Grande (Timberlake), and John Oliver (The Daily Show), who will play the Love Guru’s manager. Alba plays the hockey team’s manager, who enlists the Love Guru’s services to return Roanoke to form after Prudence betrays him. Verne Troyer plays the team coach. Shooting starts this week, aiming for a June 2008 opening. Kingsley recently starred opposite Mary-Kate Olsen in The Wackiness, and will next appear in War, Inc., Elegy, and Transsiberian. (Hollywood Reporter)
New View cohost will be named Sept. 10
On Wednesday’s episode of The View, Barbara Walters announced that a new cohost to fill Star Jones’ long-empty seat will be named on Monday (Sept. 10). Rosie O’Donnell’s replacement, Whoopi Goldberg, joined the team as the show’s new moderator on Tuesday.
Klaxons win U.K. Mercury Prize
The Klaxons’ debut album Myths of the Near Future won the U.K.’s 2007 Mercury Prize beating out Amy Winehouse, Arctic Monkeys, and Bat for Lashes. The award, first established in 1992, celebrates the best British or Irish album of the year. Previous winners include Franz Ferdinand, Gomez, and P.J. Harvey. The Klaxons accepted the award at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The event featured live performances from Klaxons, Winehouse, Dizzee Rascal, Fionn Regan, New Young Pony Club, and the rest of the 12 shortlisted acts, except Arctic Monkeys, who are currently on tour in the U.S. (Billboard)
Judd starring in Helen
Ashley Judd will star in the drama Helen for Egoli Tossell Film and Insight Film Studios. Writer/director Sandra Nettelbeck’s (Mostly Martha) story is about a music professor/mother who suffers from debilitating depression. Her family tries to help her, but the only one who can relate to her pain is a young female student who knows depression all too well. Shooting begins Oct. 2. Judd recently appeared in Lionsgate’s Bug and will next be seen in the Weinstein Co.’s ensemble drama Crossing Over, set to release in December. (Variety)
Bomb explodes outside Sopranos star’s studio
A pipe bomb exploded outside a Manhattan studio owned by Michael Imperioli early Tuesday (Sept. 4) morning. No serious injuries were reported. Police said they did not know if Imperioli’s Studio Dante was the bomb’s intended target. Imperioli says he had no known conflicts with the building’s tenants or owners. New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne confirmed that there were ”no known threats to the location or its owners” prior to the blast. Imperioli played Christopher, Tony’s nephew, on The Sopranos. He created Studio Dante, which puts on ”progressive new plays,” with his wife, Victoria. (Hollywood Reporter)
Perelman directing/rewriting Atlas Shrugged
Lionsgate has brought on Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog) to rewrite and direct the movie adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged, which stars Angelina Jolie. Perelman will work from a draft written by Randall Wallace (Braveheart), who managed to boil down 1,100-plus page novel into a 127-page script. The story imagines what would happen if society’s great industrialists and thinkers went on strike and the world was ground to a halt. Lionsgate is waiting for a final script before committing to a start date. Perelman’s next project, In Bloom, starring Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood, premieres at the Toronto Film Festival. (Variety)
Maguire gets hitched in Hawaii
Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Meyer were married in Hawaii on Monday (Sept. 3). The two share a daughter (Ruby, born last November) and have been together since 2003. Meyer is the daughter of Ron Meyer, president and chief operating officer of Universal Studios. (AP via Yahoo!)
TBS gives second season to Bill Engvall
TBS has renewed its freshman comedy series The Bill Engvall Show, ordering a 10-episode second season. The series, which airs at 9 p.m. Tuesdays, debuted July 17 to 3.9 million total viewers and is averaging 2.7 million over seven episodes. In adults 18-49, Engvall is averaging 1.5 million viewers, ranking as ad-supported cable’s No. 2 sitcom behind TBS’ House of Payne for the year to date. The show stars Engvall as a family counselor whose own family is a bit unpredictable. The cast also includes Nancy Travis, Jennifer Lawrence, Graham Patrick Martin, Skyler Gisondo, and Tim Meadows. A second-season premiere date has not been set. Engvall is next set to host the special Blue Collar Comedy: The Next Generation, which will be shot at HBO and AEG Live’s the Comedy Festival at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. It will premiere on TBS on Nov. 17. (Hollywood Reporter)
Winslet, Campbell to be honored by BAFTA/LA
Kate Winslet will be honored with the British Academy of Film and Television/Los Angeles’ Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year at the 2007 BAFTA/LA Cunard Britannia Awards on Nov. 1 at the Century Plaza Hotel. Director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Beyond Borders) will receive the John Schlesinger Brittania Award for Artistic Excellence in Directing, while New Line Cinema’s co-chairmen and co-CEOs Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne will receive the Cunard Britannia Award for Lifetime Contributions to International Film. (Hollywood Reporter)
Warner acquires Chemical Wedding
Warner Bros. has acquired Julian Doyle’s Chemical Wedding for U.K. and Ireland distribution. The movie, written by Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson, is billed as a supernatural horror thriller, with Simon Callow starring as a reincarnation of Aleister Crowley, once dubbed ”the most evil man in Britain.” Doyle is a former Monty Python second-unit director. Production on the film is already underway. (Hollywood Reporter)
AP via Yahoo!: Nicole Kidman was secretly engaged to a man in between her break-up with Tom Cruise and marriage to current husband Keith Urban.
Access Hollywood: Halle Berry is three months pregnant with boyfriend Gabriel Aubry?s baby. It will be the actress’ first child. She and Aubry (nine years her junior) have been together since 2005.
People.com: Shaquille O’Neal has filed for divorce from wife Shaunie. They have been married for nearly five years and have four children together.
Ben Widdicombe: Kate Hudson has not been allowed to visit ex-boyfriend Owen Wilson in the hospital, reportedly because people close to the actor don’t think contact with her is good for his recovery.
Rush & Molloy: Drew Barrymore made out with Live Free or Die Hard actor Justin Long Sunday (Sept. 2) night at Las Vegas’ Jet Nightclub at the Mirage.
Page Six: Zach Braff and Roswell star Shiri Appleby were spotted together at the Four Seasons on Hawaii’s Big Island over Labor Day weekend ”making out all over the place.”