Plus, Bono and his wife have a boy, Ellen's new old job, and more

By Gary Susman
May 23, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
Courtney Love: Evan Agostini/Image Direct

LOSS Courtney Love suffered a miscarriage last week, according to the New York Daily News. Apparently she had been bleeding for several days while working on the film ”24 Hours” in Vancouver when director Luis Mandoki (”Angel Eyes”) put her in a car and sent her to a hospital. A spokesman for Love denied knowledge of who the father might have been. Though Love was widely reported to have hooked up briefly with Russell Crowe after the Golden Globes in January, the man who flew to her side in Vancouver was ex boyfriend Jim Barber. Shooting on the film — which had already been marked with tragedy when cinematographer Piotr Sobocinski, 43, died in his sleep in March — is expected to resume shortly. Love, who has a 9 year old daughter, Frances Bean, by late husband Kurt Cobain, is due back on the set this week. The movie costars Kevin Bacon and Charlize Theron.

ACHTUNG BABY Yesterday was a beautiful day for Bono, who became a father for the fourth time. The U2 frontman took time off from the band’s U.S. tour to be at wife Ali’s side at a Dublin hospital during the birth. The new boy (7 pounds, 7 ounces) joins sisters Jordan, 11, and Eve, 8, and brother Elijah, almost 2.

EMMY EMCEE Ellen DeGeneres is getting her old job back. Not just sitcom star, though her new series, ”The Ellen Show,” will air on CBS this fall. She’s also hosting the Emmys, on CBS this fall as well, on Sept. 16. She last hosted the TV awards show in 1994, when she was still closeted. At least this time there shouldn’t be a repeat of that awkward comedy bit where she forced herself to wear a gown instead of pants.

SWEET SOUNDS They called their last CD ”14:59,” but Sugar Ray‘s 15 minutes of fame aren’t up yet. In fact, the band gets three hours today on America Online (at Keyword: Music, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET) for fans to buy tickets for their North American tour. As it did recently with Madonna, AOL (’s parent company) is offering its users a chance to buy the tour tickets before everyone else does. The band’s self titled album will be released June 12.

LIP SERVICE Steven Tyler, who sang with Aerosmith at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, will sing the national anthem at the Indianapolis 500 this Sunday. Too bad Tyler didn’t sing at XFL games; the league might still be on the air.

SOUND MACHINE It’s official: former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell has formed a new group with the remaining members of Rage Against the Machine, whose singer, Zack de la Rocha, quit the band last fall. The new foursome, as yet unnamed, has written 20 songs and will record with veteran rap – rock producer Rick Rubin. Rage guitarist Tom Morello had mentioned after the Grammys in February that his band had been jamming informally with Cornell, saying, ”He’s one of the greatest singers and songwriters in rock history.” Don’t tell Zack.

LONE GUNMAN The NRA’s 76 member board of directors unanimously named Charlton Heston to an unprecedented fourth one year term yesterday. Heston’s victory came two days after an appearance at the NRA’s annual convention in Kansas City, at which, before a roaring crowd, the 77 year old actor raised a Revolutionary War musket above his head and said, ”I have only five words for you: from my cold, dead hands.” He might have followed with, ”I have only four words for you: Soylent Green is people,” but he doesn’t do requests.

STUNT CASTING The first annual World Stunt Awards were presented Sunday to Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Woo, and Hal Needham. Schwarzenegger was honored as best action movie star, Woo as best action director, and stuntman/ director Needham (best known for his 1970s work with Burt Reynolds) for lifetime achievement. Along with several winners in other categories, they took home the 26 pound ”Taurus” trophy, which resembles a statue from ”The Mummy Returns.” The ceremony, hosted at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar by Alec Baldwin, will air on ABC on June 16. Hey, where’s the award for Jackie Chan? He wuz robbed!

REEL DEALS It costs a lot of money to put Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, and Jude Law in your movie, so it makes sense that DreamWorks is getting Fox to put up half the money for ”The Road to Perdition.” ”American Beauty”’s Sam Mendes will direct the film, based on the DC Comics graphic novel about gangsters in Depression era Chicago…. Uma Thurman will star in ”Accidental Husband.” It’s a romantic comedy about an engaged woman who, due to a records bureau mixup, finds she’s already married to another man. Not unlike Thurman’s own experience when she found herself accidentally married to Gary Oldman…. Horror kings Dimension Films (the ”Scream” series, the revived ”Halloween” franchise) are trying their hands at slightly more sophisticated suspense, with a remake of ”Suspicion,” the 1941 Alfred Hitchcock classic. Wonder if they’ll take a similar tack to Mike Myers, who remade the film a few years ago as ”So I Married an Axe Murderer.”