Plus, Ashley Judd, ''Saturday Night Live,'' TLC, Ricky Martin, Susan Sarandon, John Malkovich, and more
DELAYS ”Scream 3” has been bumped from its scheduled Christmas Day release to a Feb. 4 bow. The sequel — starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette — just finished filming, and Dimension execs realized that the holiday season movie market was getting too crowded…. Those of you too cheap to shell out eight bucks to catch the acclaimed documentary ”Buena Vista Social Club” will have to wait a bit longer for your frugality to pay off. PBS was planning to air the doc on Nov. 3, but its distributor, Artisan, realized that that would nix the film’s chances of getting an Oscar nomination and so postponed the airing (according to Academy rules, a film becomes ineligible for an Oscar nod if it is shown on TV less than six months after its debut in the theaters — ”Social Club” hit the big screen June 4). It all works out for everyone, though, because now PBS has an extra two hours to fill with riveting pledge drives. Viva la donation!
ARRESTS A Kentucky security guard was arrested Monday afternoon for entering the Tennessee home of Ashley Judd by falsely claiming he was a police officer. Guy Dukes, 32, didn’t touch Judd and left when she asked him to, according to the Associated Press, but he was charged with criminal trespassing and impersonating a police officer…. Suzen Johnson, the woman who made the Globe’s front page by fooling around with Frank Gifford, was arrested in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Sept. 7 for drunk driving. Although her blood-alcohol level measured in at 0.17 (almost twice the legal limit), her husband said that she wasn’t drunk but that she had been reeling from some pills given to her by her orthopedist.
REUNION BONANZA The ”Saturday Night Live” 25th-anniversary special didn’t suffer from Eddie Murphy’s no-show. With 22.4 million people watching, the event got the highest ratings for any network special since March’s Oscars, and nabbed NBC’s top 18-49-demographic numbers for a special since 1993. Boy, that kind of devotion makes you wonder why the ”SNL” movie ”A Night at the Roxbury” did so poorly. Oh wait, no it doesn’t.
CRIME-STOPPER John Malkovich was a local hero in Madrid when he pulled his car over to break up a street fight between two drivers on Sept. 20. He dragged the two brawlers apart, and the crowd, recognizing a real Hollywood star coming to the rescue, cheered, and one shouted ”You’re my hero!” Memo to other American tourists: If you’re not famous and try to intervene, you will be beaten mercilessly.
CASTING Susan Sarandon may star in ”Baby’s in Black” as the mother of a murder victim whose fiancée moves in. This healing living situation is complicated when he falls in love with another woman whose husband is presumed dead in Vietnam. Brad Silberling (”City of Angels”) will write and direct…. Joey Lawrence has resurfaced, nabbing a role in ”Urban Legend 2.” But following Rick Schroder’s lead, he’s changed his name to Joe Lawrence, for that all-around adult vibe. Word is he’s now concentrating most of his creative energy on growing a beard.
ON THE ROAD TLC are going on tour for the first time in five years. The two-month North American jaunt launches on Oct. 12 in Winnepeg with two other dates around Canada before the group will return to the States with an Oct. 21 show in Greenville, S.C. Joining the gals on the road are Destiny’s Child, and there are persistent rumors that Christine Aguilera will come along for the ride.
HOMEGROWN RELEASE John Grisham doesn’t have to worry about editors tampering with the serialization of his latest story, which will appear in Oxford American magazine starting in January. After all, Grisham owns the obscure bimonthly publication. ”A Painted House,” a semiautobiographical tale about a young Southern boy growing up, will appear in six sequential issues, and then Grisham may publish it as a regular novel. Then, if history has taught us anything, Joel Schumacher will option it and the middle-of-the-road-entertainment Circle of Life will begin anew.
CHARITY SHOW Who rocks harder than the Clintons? Following a suggestion by the First Couple, VH1 is organizing a concert in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 23 to benefit its Save the Music foundation. Scheduled to appear are Eric Clapton, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Aretha Franklin, Bono, ‘N Sync, and many more. The Clintons will be there, where they’ll make a speech in addition to shaking their First Bootys.
GOSSIPLESS Boy George wants to make it perfectly clear that he wasn’t outing Ricky Martin, although he was quoted that way in the British tabloid News of the World, according to Q magazine. The quotes were made up, he said in an open letter to Martin posted on the Internet. ”I couldn’t care less what your sexuality is, but of course if you were gay it would be fantastic!” he wrote. ”I am very upset about the article because it makes me seem very bitchy and bitter.”
REEL DEAL Okay, he’s never directed before, and his writing credits include one movie about a guy who humps pastry. Well, why NOT give ”American Pie” writer Adam Herz an ovenful of money to write and direct his next comedy? That’s what Universal did: Herz will get $1 million to come up with an original screenplay intended for him to direct, a deal that is based on a vague idea he had about a ”Big Chill”-ish comedy about people in their 20s. If the script actually does go into production, his payday will go up to $2 million. Don’t let anyone making minimum wage read this, or the Revolution will come a lot faster than you think.
TV-TO-COME Spike Lee and his wife Tonya Lewis Lee are developing ”Die Nasty,” a one-hour drama for ABC all about the Young Turks of the hip-hop biz. It will undoubtedly be rated TV-CC, for scenes of people being hit by Chairs and Champagne bottles…. One of the Emmy-nominated writers of ”The Sopranos,” Frank Renzulli, is creating a series for CBS about a cop who lives and works in an urban neighborhood. You can safely read ”urban” as ”minority,” as this is another show that has been inspired by the NAACP’s criticism of the networks’ lily-white programming.
COURT REPORT The judge presiding over Charlie Sheen‘s extended probation thinks the actor is doing a bang-up job of keeping his life straight, but that doesn’t mean he’ll forgive and forget. In a progress hearing, Sheen requested to wrap up his probation (scheduled to end next June) early, but while Malibu municipal judge Lawrence Mira said, ”I want you to understand, I couldn’t be more pleased with your effort,” he kept the sentence as is, according to the Associated Press. Outside the courthouse, an unbowed Sheen, who is still in a rehab program, said that he has been fixing up his life, and ”will continue to fight the good fight.” Meanwhile, still-in-lockdown-rehab Robert Downey Jr. is continuing to fight his good fight, but it’s over cigarettes and rights to the bottom bunk.
REUNITING Peter Gabriel has teamed with Phil Collins and the rest of Genesis to record ”The Carpet Crawlers 1999,” a new version of the band’s 1974 tune. Gabriel and Collins both duet on the tune, which will appear on the defunct group’s upcoming greatest-hits collection, ”Turn It On Again… The Hits.” The album will be in stores Oct. 26, but you can hear ”Carpet Crawlers” on the Genesis website.