Plus, Kevin Williamson drops out of 'Scream 3,' and Britney Spears gets into the charity racket
”SCREAM” NEWS Courteney Cox and David Arquette tied the knot on Saturday in San Francisco. Hundreds of fans waited outside Grace Cathedral hoping to see the couple and their celebrity invitees, which included Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt. Cox wore a gown by Valentino, but no word yet whether the bridesmaids whined about THEIR dresses…. Meanwhile, the couple is also set to start shooting ”Scream 3” very soon (with Neve Campbell), but it might not have the same feel as the first two, and not just because they’re married now. Screenwriter Kevin Williamson, who dreamed up the idea for the trilogy and wrote the first two, wrote an initial outline for ”3,” but was too busy with other projects to write the entire screenplay and dropped out, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Dimension recruited Ehren Kruger (”Arlington Road”) to finish the script.
LIVE MUSIC Britney Spears will serve up a concert at the site of the U.S. Open in Queens, New York, on August 28 — two days before the tennis competition begins. The annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Event is a charity that raises money to teach inner-city youth how to play tennis…. Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Shawn Colvin, Bruce Hornsby, and David Lindley are uniting for a summer tour. The five will be helping each other out on their solo music and then will all convene on stage for group numbers. Dates are still TBA…. The Eurythmics are currently in the studio recording their first album together in 10 years, which will be released this fall. Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart will embark on a world tour to support it.
AULD LANG SYNE Sean ”Puffy” Combs has made his New Year’s Eve plans: He’ll ring in the millennium with a concert at the Miami Arena. He won’t be the only musician ringing in 2000 in that Florida city: Gloria Estefan will also be playing that night at Miami’s American Airlines Arena.
REEL DEALS ”Celebrity Deathmatch” creator Eric Fogel has officially been signed to turn MTV’s clay feuds into a movie. Although he hasn’t written a script yet, MTV Films avows that it will have a plot and won’t just be a series of fights. Thank goodness for substance…. Hey Martha Stewart fans, now you can get even more culinary anality in your day: She has made a deal to repackage just the cooking segments from her hour-long daily ”Martha Stewart Living” shows into half-hour episodes for The Food Network. The shows will air at 6 p.m. starting in September.
CASTING Whoopi Goldberg and Randy Quaid are heading up the tiny cast of ”Leprechauns,” an NBC miniseries being filmed for November Sweeps. Quaid plays an American whose cottage in Ireland is overrun by wee freeloaders. The man behind it is Robert Halmi, who made NBC’s previous miniseries ”Noah’s Ark,” ”Alice in Wonderland,” and ”Merlin.”
CYBERCOMIC Jay Leno is about to become the hardest-working man in cyberspace. ”The Tonight Show” has created a character called Virtual Jay (voiced by the late-night host), who will appear in occasional computer-generated comedic adventures that will appear on the show and on the show’s website (although not yet). In the segments, Leno will get lost in the web and start popping up on various websites.
PAY UP Michael Jackson has gotten his hands on that little man… called Oscar. He paid $1.54 million at a New York auction on Saturday to own the Best Picture Academy Award that David O. Selznick won in 1939 for ”Gone With the Wind.” The auction had valued the trophy at $200,000 to $300,000, but after a bidding war with an unidentified competitor, Jackson ended up paying the highest price that an Oscar trophy has ever gone for.