On this day in 1938, daredevil, insurance salesman, and minor-league hockey player Evel Knievel was conceived in Butte, Montana. It all started when his father, Robert, told his mother, Ann, that he’d like to "jump the snake river canyon," which he did, crushing his pelvis and femur; fracturing his hip, wrist and both ankles; sustaining a concussion that left in him a coma for a month; and giving life to the greatest popularizer of red, white, and blue since Betsy Ross.
Also conceived today: diet doctor Robert Atkins (1930), One Wolf Michael McKean (1947), Superman paramour Margot Kidder (1948), barstool warmer and gifted comedic actor George Wendt (1948)
According to CNN, Magnum, P.I. is coming to the big screen:
Rawson Marshall Thurber ("Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story") has signed on to write and direct the big-screen adaptation of "Magnum P.I.," the 1980s series that made Tom Selleck a star.
…Thurber is not making a spoof but rather something akin to the tone of the show, which mixed humor and danger. The story line for the Universal Pictures film sees Magnum, with the help of his former military pals, searching for a missing buddy.
If you’re thinking the missing buddy is Steve Guttenberg, you’re wrong (and mean; he’s been great in everything he’s ever been in!). And the missing buddy isn’t his mustache either. The missing buddy is his running shorts.
Yahoo! is providing "Sundance celebrity podcasts." Here’s a partial list of all the amazing celebrities they’ve gotten so far: Justin Long, Susan Choi, Giancarlo Esposito, Shira Lazar, Gregory Smith, Cady Huffman, and Ben Foster. Next up: Terry Kiser.
Move over Marc Jacobs, because there’s a hot new designer in town! Two of them, actually.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (you ever wonder if Ashley gets pissed at always being mentioned second?) have recently announced plans to bring their peculiar style of
dumpster diving haute couture to high-end retailers across the country.
This means that soon you – yes, you! – can also look like a recovering addict who got hosed down with sewer water on your way to the methadone clinic. Provided you’re rich enough to afford to look poor, of course.
The New York Post has the dish on Kate Capshaw’s tipping habits:
A PAGE SIX tattletale claims…that actress Kate Capshaw, wife of Steven Spielberg, brought eight children into the Milky Way restaurant in Los Angeles and was "incredibly demanding. She sent everything back and nothing was done correctly – the tea was too cold, everything. So the waitress was run ragged and at the end she didn’t even leave a tip – and the meal was comped." To make the tale even more embarrassing, the Milky Way is owned by Spielberg’s mother. But Capshaw’s representative, Marvin Levy, insisted that our source’s no-tipping tale was utter hogwash.
To be fair, the meal was free, so fifteen percent of that is zero.
Take an up close and personal look at the fascinating Beth from the Gauntlet 2. The elusive celebrity spills all her secrets about "the industry" and what it’s like to mingle with superstars like Scott Wolff and Michael Rappaport at this year’s Sundance Festival on her very own Yahoo Podcast.
Los Angeles: Shooting call leads to further violence; gang members’ arrests.
Tonight at 9:30 on CBS, Jenna Elfman returns to network TV in Courting Alex. The much anticipated show, about a single lawyer balancing work with romance, is receiving rave reviews from the critics.
Check out the roundup of overwhelming praise:
"Unoriginal doesn’t … describe ‘Courting Alex’ " -The Seattle Post Intellegencer
"It … look like a winner." -The Courier Journal
"It has all the …elements of a show…" -The Chicago Tribune
‘"’Courting Alex’ doesn’t deserve contempt" -The Boston Globe
NBC has apparently struck a deal with the six stars of FRIENDS to lure them back to the small screen for four hour long specials. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry will all return for a whopping $5 million each!
Also, there might be another spin-off show starring Perry, Schwimmer, and LeBlanc called A Guy Thing. Dare we dream?
(Thanks to goldenfiddle.)