THE WEEK AHEAD: Super-Hype in Houston
01/30/2004 AT 02:27 PM EST
HUT, HUT: The New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers may be the main event at Sunday's Super Bowl XXXVIII (airing live on CBS from Houston's Reliant Stadium), but there's plenty of super-hype to keep even non-fans entertained: NFL films will shoot the gridiron event in 3-D, and pre-game and halftime performers include Beyonce Knowles, Aerosmith, Willie Nelson, P. Diddy, Janet Jackson, Kid Rock and MTV sweetheart Jessica Simpson. If music isn't your thing, some barely-clothed models will be duking it out in a full-contact "tackle" football game as part of the pay-per-view Lingerie Bowl. And NBC will offer its own fabulous counter-programming: A three-hour marathon of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy."
PARIS ON TAPE: Haven't gotten your fill of Paris Hilton? If your answer is a resounding "no," you're in luck. The "Simple Life" star will make a guest appearance on the Monday, Feb. 2, episode of NBC's "Las Vegas," in which she'll play the gold-digging fiancee of a high roller, played by former "Beverly Hills, 90210" star Brian Austin Green.
BOBBY FACES MUSIC: Bobby Brown has a lot of 'splaining to do in court on Wednesday, Feb. 4, when he attends a preliminary hearing for charges that he abused wife Whitney Houston. Though the two were recently spotted kissing and canoodling (they sipped green sour-apple martinis and Budweisers at an Atlanta restaurant on Jan. 22, PEOPLE reported), things were less than tender when Houston called police on Dec. 8 from the couple's home near Alpharetta, Ga., alleging that Brown had struck her on the left side of her face. Police reported at the time that Houston had a bruised cheek and a cut inside her upper lip. With battery charges against Brown, he faces up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
'TABOO' GOES KAPUT: Nothing – not even Boy George or Rosie O'Donnell's $10 million – could save the Broadway show "Taboo," which makes its final exit on Sunday, Feb. 8, after only 100 performances. Despite the show's critical drubbing and poor ticket sales, the Queen of Nice tells PEOPLE in its latest issue that "Taboo" was her "salvation" during her difficult trial over her Rosie magazine. She still hopes to create a film version of the show and release a soundtrack. As for Boy George, who plays fashion designer Leigh Bowery in his semi-autobiographical musical, the former pop star already has another gig lined up: He'll provide commentary at design team Heatherette's fashion show on Thursday, Feb. 12, as part of New York City's Fashion Week.
AND FINALLY ... The 46th annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS Sunday, Feb. 8, from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. In addition to performances by the White Stripes, Sting, the Foo Fighters and Justin Timberlake, expect an all-star funk-off featuring OutKast, Parliament Funkadelic and Robert Randolph and the Family Band. (Feel free to shake it like a Polaroid picture.)