Jerry Seinfeld gets engaged
Plus, Ben Stiller, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sandra Bullock, Harrison Ford, Mick Jagger, Master P, and more
SET TO BE HITCHED In a move about as unlikely as Richard Lewis converting to Catholicism, Jerry Seinfeld has announced he’s getting married, although no wedding date was mentioned. He proposed to on-again, off-again girlfriend Jessica Sklar, 28, who became involved with the 45-year-old comedian soon after marrying her first husband…. Another funnyman is off the market: Ben Stiller popped the question to Christine Taylor (”The Brady Bunch”) this weekend, according to the New York Daily News.
SPEAKING OUT After months of media speculation about what Jerry Hall SHOULD think about Mick Jagger, she’s finally gone public with her opinion, and it ain’t pretty. ”I am very, very glad we are divorced,” she told England’s Tatler magazine. ”It was definitely time. He just behaved too, too, too badly, too many times. It was intolerable.”
CAMEO It’s been a couple of years since Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s latest movie, but he hasn’t forgotten the value of merciless promotion. Arnie will appear on WWF’s ”Smackdown” this Thursday night on UPN to spread the word about his movie ”End of Days.” But don’t expect to see any Terminator-style brawling: The Mad Plugger won’t be getting into the ring.
CASTING Sandra Bullock will star in and produce ”Wildest Dreams” a romance about a widow who is yanked out of her grief by visions of a mystery man. It could jerk tears that were previously unjerkable…. Speaking of grief, if you haven’t been able to get over the departure of the ”Highlander” TV series, there’s hope: Star Adrian Paul is bringing back his character in ”Highlander: Endgame,” a Dimension Films feature about to start shooting in Romania. Christopher Lambert, who played the role in the original movie that inspired the TV show, will appear as well, thus completing the spin-off circle of life.
SNIPPED In a rare prudish move, the British Board of Film Classification has ordered ”Fight Club” trimmed slightly for its release in the UK. Two scenes in which Jared Leto is pummeled have been shortened because, the Board says, ”there was an indulgence in the excitement of beating a [defenseless] man’s face into a pulp.” Why didn’t they just borrow the digitally created ”Eyes Wide Shut” onlookers to stand in front of the brawl?
REEL DEALS Paul Attanasio (”Donnie Brasco”) has been hired to rewrite the latest Jack Ryan script, ”The Sum of All Fears,” for Harrison Ford. Attanasio should know what Ford wants since he did a polish on ”Air Force One”…. Actress Kathy Bates (”Annie”) may make her feature directorial debut on ”The Moons of Jupiter,” an uplifting tale of a boy who saves his family with a miracle…. Brian Helgeland, who was yanked from his debut directorial slot by Mel Gibson during reshoots of ”Payback,” is getting a second chance: Columbia will pay him $5 million to write and direct ”A Knight’s Tale,” the story of a medieval peasant who poses as his late master to gain entry to the jousting competitions.
TV ONE, STUDIOS ZERO ”Access Hollywood” has resisted studio pressure, according to Variety, and will continue to air its Friday-night segment, ”Battle + the Box Office,” in which Hollywood Stock Exchange founder Max Keiser predicts upcoming box office results. The studios reportedly threatened a boycott, arguing that if Keiser said a movie will be a bomb, his prediction might prove a self-fulfilling prophecy. However, a source tells Variety that ”Battle” may be tempered in an effort to allay the studios’ concerns.
TO THE HOOP Master P isn’t letting his recent rejection by the Toronto Raptors slam his basketball dreams: MTV News reports the rap mogul is signing with the San Diego Stingrays, one of eight teams in the fledgling International Basketball League. The little-known IBL could kick off its first season in late November with the slogan ”I love this game!… But who the hell are these guys?”