Plus, the networks reassess election coverage, Adam Sandler and P.T. Anderson may collaborate, Madonna announces London gig, and more

By Lori Reese
Updated November 09, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

TEEN POP Sure, the fate of our nation hangs in the balance, but here’s today’s REAL burning question: Just how did Britney Spears‘ mother feel about that skimpy MTV Video Awards costume? It looks like we’re soon to find out. The ex- Mouseketeer and her mum, Lynne, are shopping a book about the oh so fertile topic of mother daughter bonding, reports The pair is hoping it will be published in May 2001. The tome will no doubt prove to be a lucrative follow up to the chart topper’s millennium classic, ”Britney Spears Heart to Heart,” an autobiography published by Three Rivers Press that has sold an estimated 150,000 paperback copies thus far. Who says kids aren’t reading?

COUNTING CROW It should come as no surprise that television’s top news brass are now vowing to review the methods behind their, um, overeager election coverage. Nearly all the major news organs declared George W. the winner on Tuesday night, only to be forced to recant their predictions hours later. We were fed the wrong information, one beleaguered network exec told the Hollywood Reporter.

Apparently, the source of the error was the decade old Voter News Service, which provides exit polling and voting data to CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, Fox, and the Associated Press. Everyone at every news organization is peeved and tearing their hair out, another exec told the HR. ”The [polling and vote tabulation] models have served us well through many elections,” the statement said. ”However, we will investigate why they did not work properly in this specific situation.” Maybe the system was overwhelmed by the first REAL election the country has had in years.

MUSIC Shortly after her cozy concert in New York City, Madonna has confirmed an appearance in London. The Material Mom’s first U.K. performance in seven years will take place on Nov. 28 at the Brixton Academy. Once again, it’s a small show — or, as the pop star puts it, a party — for 3,500 people. Sounds downright intimate.

REEL DEALS Even before ”Hannibal” arrives in theaters in February, Universal Pictures is already preparing a third installment of the saga of the overeducated cannibal, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The new project is to be written by ”Lambs” scribe Ted Tally, based on Thomas Harris‘ 1981 book, ”Red Dragon,” the first title in his maneater series. ”Dragon” was also the basis of the 1986 thriller ”Manhunter” — starring ”C.S.I.”’s William Petersen as the FBI profiler who caught Lecter — which was adapted and directed by Michael Mann (”The Insider”)…. Supercomic Adam Sandler may be teaming up with ”Magnolia” director Paul Thomas Anderson. Details of the project have been kept under tight wraps, but Variety says negotiations are nearing a close. Shooting is expected to begin in January. How about a sprawling, narrative challenged comedy about Billy Madison, porn star?

SPLITS Garth Brooks officially filed for divorce from his wife of 14 years, Sandy. The pair separated in March of last year. The documents filed in Tennessee’s Davidson County Circuit Court cited irreconcilable differences.

FEELING BETTER Lauren Hutton, 55, was released from a Las Vegas hospital after being treated for injuries suffered during a motorcycle crash in October.