Jeff Probst Aiming to Replace Regis?
TEASED: Regis Philbin, 73, introduced Jeff Probst, 43, on Tuesday's Live with Regis & Kelly with more than a suggestion that the Survivor host (who has subbed for Reege in the past) was being groomed to take over for Philbin when he retires. "This is a guy who would kill to sit here every day," Philbin said on camera, before telling cohost Kelly Ripa that Probst "sits here and he looks at you – the whole thing is developing before your eyes." Replied Ripa: "I think a little jealousy is what we're watching unfold." A spokesperson for the Live told the New York Post after the show aired: "Regis was kidding around with a friend of the show, and it's nothing more than that."
ANNOUNCED: Bruce Springsteen's 19th album, titled Devils & Dust, will be released by Columbia Records on April 26, the label says. The album, produced by the Boss's The Rising collaborator Brendan O'Brien, was recorded in Los Angeles and New Jersey, and will be supported by a tour by Springsteen, 55, to be announced soon. Besides a title track, the 12 songs include "All The Way Home," "Black Cowboys" and "All I'm Thinkin' About."
SCHEDULED: Steven Spielberg, 58, has set a summer start date for his delayed movie about the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, though the superstar director intends to get the picture into theaters by this Dec. 23, says the Hollywood Reporter. The production, which has not been titled, was to have started shooting last year when Spielberg reportedly halted pre-production to bring in Angels in America playwright Tony Kushner to tackle the script. Spielberg then shifted into War of the Worlds, starring Tom Cruise, which will open June 29.
SOLD: Items for sale in the John and Jackie Kennedy memorabilia collection at Sotheby's New York exceeded pricing expectations, with a doorstop fetching $4,800 and one of JFK's rocking chairs going for $96,000, reports New York's Daily News. As a sample of how strong the demand is, a sugar bowl that the auction house anticipated going for $100-$150 instead went for $7,200. Tuesday's first day in the three-day sale took in $1.7 million. The estimate take had been $1 million.
WON: Yusuf Islam, the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens, said on Tuesday he's won substantial damages from Britain's Sun and the Sunday Times newspapers, which had alleged he supported terrorism. "I am delighted by the settlement which helps vindicate my character and good name," he said, according to Reuters. The Islamic singer, 57, was traveling on a flight from London to Washington when it was diverted to Bangor, Maine, last September. He was then deported from the States when the U.S. Homeland Security Department said his name turned up on U.S. "no fly" lists because of activities they said could be potentially linked to terrorism.
HONORED: Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock has won the first-ever Writers Guild of America award for documentary feature writing. The Oscar-nominated film followed Spurlock as he gained 25 lbs. and apparently jeopardized his health by eating only at McDonald's for an entire month.
PENNED: Denzel Washington, 50, has written the foreword to the upcoming trade paperback version of author Wil Haygood's In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr., to be published in April. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the birth of the entertainer, who died of throat cancer in 1990. In his essay, Washington not only claims the book "changed my life" with its revelations of "all the sacrifices that had to be made (for Davis) to live and to endure such a life," but says he optioned the film rights to the tome and plans to bring it to the screen with A Beautiful Mind producer Brian Glazer. "It will make (a) great, inspiring movie," writes Washington.
NAMED: Carlee, a 70-lb. German shorthaired pointer, 5, of Westtown, N.Y., was named Best in Show at the Westminister Dog Show at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night, beating some 2,500 competitors for the prestigious pooch prize. Carlee's handler, Michelle Ostermiller, also led last year's winner, Josh, a Newfoundland. She called the latest victory "a thrill."
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