Monday, August 21, 2006; 2:56 AM
Stones back on track
LONDON (Reuters) - The Rolling Stones got their world tour back on track on Sunday, with lead singer Mick Jagger showing no obvious signs of the laryngitis that forced the band to cancel two gigs last week in Spain. Opening the concert at Twickenham stadium in London with "Jumpin' Jack Flash," 63-year-old Jagger strutted the stage with his trademark swagger.
"Snakes on a Plane" fails to charm moviegoers
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - So much for the Internet hype. "Snakes on a Plane," a camp thriller that generated an unprecedented tsunami of online hysteria during the past year, crawled into the No. 1 slot at the North American weekend box office with estimated ticket sales of just $15.3 million, its distributor said on Sunday. New Line Cinema had hoped the movie would open in the low-$20 million range, a spokeswoman said. While the Time Warner Inc.-owned studio was disappointed, she said the film would be profitable. Hailed by celluloid cognoscenti as being so bad that it's good, "Snakes" cost about $30 million to make, a relatively modest sum.
"Simpsons" beat "South Park" in early Emmy race
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The Simpsons" claimed U.S. television's highest honor for a prime-time cartoon on Saturday as Emmy voters shied away from giving the prize to "South Park" for an episode lampooning Scientology and Tom Cruise. It marked the ninth year that "The Simpsons," airing on the News Corp. Ltd.-owned Fox network for 17 years as the longest-running comedy series in prime time, was named best animated show.
Strip poker champ bares all after win
LONDON (Reuters) - The new World Strip Poker Champion who beat nearly 200 other players celebrated winning the 10,000 pounds ($18,860) prize by removing his remaining clothes, thus securing a further 10,000 pounds for charity. John Young, a 32-year-old freelance writer from Slough, a town just west of London, secured victory after an eight hour competition involving both men and women from 12 countries, organizers Paddy Power said on Sunday.
Wayans suffers "Ugly" curse in comedy
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Marlon Wayans is set to develop, produce and star in "Pretty Ugly," a comedy about a handsome lifestyle mogul who wakes up looking hideous because of a curse. As a result he must discover his inner beauty to save his company and win over the woman he loves. The project originated at DreamWorks, was picked up by Walt Disney Pictures, and recently reverted to DreamWorks.
Breslin, Ward checking in as "Grey's" guests
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Abigail Breslin, the 10-year-old star of "Little Miss Sunshine," is set to appear in an upcoming episode of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy." Breslin will appear in an episode titled "Sometimes a Fantasy," the third to have been shot for the show's third season, which premieres at 9 p.m. September 21.
"Pirates" nears $1 billion at box office
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - In its seventh weekend as the No. 1 film at the foreign box office, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" notched more records, and now ranks as the sixth-biggest worldwide release of all time. The pirate tale is also Walt Disney's biggest release ever, and the industry's 12th highest-grossing film internationally.
Disney reaches out to Latinas with "Cheetah Girls"
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Disney Channel plans to welcome Spanish-speaking and Latino children to its audience as never before when it runs a Spanish-language version, with English subtitles, of its upcoming music-and-dance movie "The Cheetah Girls 2" during prime time. The children's cable network -- enjoying its highest ratings ever this year from the popularity of original movies such as "High School Musical" and series like "Hannah Montana" -- plans a big marketing push in the Latino community behind "Cheetah" and its message of diversity.
Priestley, Gould line up for "Horror" show
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Jason Priestley, Elliott Gould and Christopher Lloyd are among the guest stars lined up for the upcoming second season of Showtime's "Masters of Horror" anthology series. Priestley and Gould star in the episode "The Screwfly Solution," about a deadly virus that transforms men into psychotic killers.
Romania's bloody 1989 revolution fuels new films
SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Romania's bloody 1989 revolution has hit the screen in three films telling the stories of people directly involved and others barely touched by it. "Every Romanian artist has their own story about the Romanian revolution," film-maker Corneliu Porumboiu told Reuters in an interview.