'Baywatch' moves to Hawaii; Keanu Reeves will star in a football pic; Posh Spice has a boy
TV NEWS The world’s most popular television show, “Baywatch”, is reportedly relocating from California to Hawaii starting this May. The sandy jiggle-fest was supposed to move Down Under, but insiders say Australia was too expensive and too far away from L.A. for David Hasselhoff and crew.
CASTING Taking a break from his rock band Dogstar, Keanu Reeves is in final negotiations with Warner Bros. to star in the pigskin comedy “The Replacements,” about the group of substitute Washington Redskin players who suited up during the 1987 NFL strike. “The Replacements” is currently looking for a director.
SENTENCED Coolio was sentenced to 10 days in a California jail and 40 hours of community service Wednesday, after pleading no-contest to the felony charge of possessing a firearm. Coolio had been arrested last September for a driving violation and then admitted to carrying a semiautomatic pistol in his car.
BORN Victoria Adams, a.k.a Posh Spice, became the second Spice Girl to give birth in less than a month, when baby boy Brooklyn Joseph was born yesterday in London. British professional soccer player David Beckham is the proud papa.
INJURY REPORT Marilyn Manson‘s Vancouver concert was cut short last Tuesday after the singer injured himself. Dizzy from a series of head spins, Manson apparently lost his balance, fell backwards onstage, and smashed his hand on a monitor. Although the shock-rocker tried to pretend the fall was part of his act, he eventually left the stage early and did not play an encore.
MONICA MONITOR Despite the hype surrounding Barbara Walters’ Monica Lewinsky interview on ABC Wednesday night, the program failed to break the top 100 broadcasts of TV history. According to Nielsen Media Research, the special Walters-Lewinsky interview did garner more than 48 million viewers at one time, but that doesn’t match up to the No.1 telecast (the series finale of “M*A*S*H” in 1983), which had more than 65 million viewers. ABC, however, says its own research shows that approximately 70 million viewers tuned in to the interview (though not all at the same time), making it the most widely watched show.
REEL DEAL Sundance king Robert Redford has bought the film rights to British journalist Ben MacIntyre’s book “Napoleon of Crime: The Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief.” Redford will reportedly star (but not direct) in the Victorian-era drama as Worth, the infamous American-born 19th-century con man.
OBITUARY Original “Man of La Mancha” Richard Kiley, 76, has died. A funeral home in Warwick, N.Y., confirmed Kiley’s passing but did not release details about the cause or time of death. Best known for playing Don Quixote on Broadway in the ’60s and ’70s, Kiley also appeared in nearly 60 movies and 40 TV shows since the early 1950s. Just this year, he played a supporting character in the Robin Williams blockbuster “Patch Adams.”