WEEK IN REVIEW: Pam's Legal Woes, 'Ally' Gets Cross-Dressed
'ALLY' GAINS CROSS-DRESSER: The wacky plots of FOX's "Ally McBeal" are about to get even wackier with the announcement that Dame Edna Everage (the alter ego of male actor Barry Humpries) will guest star on several episodes. The Aussie Dame Edna will reprise a role she played earlier in the season, as a nutty woman who led a class-action lawsuit over annoying sales calls. No more details about Everage's role have been revealed.
GOLDEN GLOBE NODS: "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" isn't just scoring big at the box office since its release on December 19. It's also among the best dramatic film nominees for the Golden Globes, along with "In the Bedroom" (starring Sissy Spacek) and "A Beautiful Mind" (starring Russell Crowe). The Golden Globes, which will be presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on January 20 on NBC, are often considered a strong predictor for the Academy Awards, handed out in March. Other nominees include Nicole Kidman (best dramatic actress for "Moulin Rouge), Denzel Washington (best dramatic actor for "Training Day") and "Sex and the City" (nominee for best TV musical or comedy series).
BOWIE GOES SOLO: Famed rocker David Bowie, 54, decided to leave the world of corporate rock and roll behind and start his own independent record label, ISO. Bowie had been feuding for years with executives at Virgin Records and chose not to renew his contract with the company. On his official Web site, he explained about his bold move, "I've dreamed of embarking on my own set-up for such a long time and now is the perfect opportunity." Bowie's not the only artist signed to the nascent label - he already has two other artists on the roster, whom he's declined to name.
KATIE'S NEW DEAL: "Today" show cohost Katie Couric, 45, got media circles buzzing with the news that she'll stay on as one of the popular morning gabfest's anchors for the next four-and-a-half years, at a salary that published reports say may be the biggest in TV news to date. Couric reportedly could be earning as much as $16 million in both cash and stock in NBC parent General Electric. It's no surprise that NBC was anxious to keep her happy, as "Today" is its most profitable show and chipper Couric, who's hosted it since 1991, is a valued asset. "I would love to stay at the 'Today' show as long as they want me, and as long as I feel like I'm doing fun, exciting work," she told the Associated Press.
COBAIN'S MOM MAD: Wendy Fradenburg Cobain O'Connor, the mother of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, responded to recent attempts made by her son's former Nirvana bandmates, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl (now of the Foo Fighters), to get Courtney Love, Cobain's widow, thrown off a board that controls Nirvana's business affairs (and has its hand in an upcoming boxed set of the band's songs), by saying she was "shocked and disgusted," according to Reuters. O'Connor, who receives financial assistance from Love, also called Novoselic and Grohl "liars and crooks." This is yet another chapter in the vitriolic feud between Love and the musicians. Recently, Love blocked the release of the boxed set, originally scheduled for an October release, and Novoselic and Grohl countersued her.