Denzel, Venus, Beyoncé Lead BET Honors
SELECTED: Denzel Washington, Venus Williams and Beyoncé are among the nominees for the 2004 BET Awards, which honor musicians, actors and athletes. The awards are set to air on the cable network June 29 from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. Multiple nominees include Beyonce, OutKast, Usher, Alicia Keys and Ruben Studdard. A lifetime achievement award will be presented to the Isley Brothers, and Danny Glover will be honored for his humanitarian work. Actress Mo'Nique will serve as ceremony host.
SUGGESTED: Amber Brkich, 25, who took the prize on last Sunday's Survivor: All-Stars finale, says that viewers should vote for her fiance, 'Boston Rob' Mariano, 28, when it comes to doling out the next $1 million (which will be decided by a public poll). "I am going to vote for Rob. If you think about it, he outwitted, outplayed and outlasted every single person besides me," Brkich told TV Guide Online. "So why shouldn't he get it?" The new winner will be announced Thursday.
LAUNCHED: California first lady Maria Shriver, 48, is launching a line of Golden State gold and silver jewelry ranging from $18 to $170 and featuring state landmarks, with a portion of the proceeds to go to the California State Protocol Fund, reports the San Jose Mercury News. Los Angeles designer Jill Schiff, a friend of Shriver's, created the handmade jewelry, which features such sites as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Hollywood sign and Yosemite National Park. The bracelet got so much attention when Shriver wore it that she decided to sell similar jewelry, with profits going to a worthy cause, said her spokeswoman, Terri Carbaugh.
BORN: It's another boy for Tracey Gold, 35, who played Carol Anne Seaver on the ABC sitcom "Growing Pains." The actress gave birth to Aiden Michael Marshall on Saturday at Tarzana Hospital, in Southern California, according to a statement from her publicist. Gold and her husband, Roby Marshall, have two other sons, 7-year-old Sage and 5-year-old Bailey, said the rep.
SETTLED: "Unfaithful" Oscar nominee Diane Lane, 39, has settled a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the Intermedia production company, according to her agent and Intermedia. Lane, 39, sued the company in Los Angeles Superior Court in July 2003, alleging it had agreed to pay her $3.5 million to star in "Me Again" in a "pay or play" agreement. Such an agreement specifies that the actor or actress will get paid whether the movie is made or not. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
RATED: Cult director John Waters's new movie, "A Dirty Shame," starring Tracey Ullman (as a sex addict-concussion victim), Selma Blair and Chris Isaak, has been rated NC-17, even after an appeal for a lower rating, says the Hollywood Reporter. This could deprive the comedy of a hefty slice of its potential audience. So far, this year has seen only two NC-17 movies, "Young Adam," with Ewan McGregor, and director Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Dreamers," which have earned a paltry $310,000 and $2.5 million respectively. No comment yet from Waters, 58.
PLANNED: Miramax Films chiefs Bob and Harvey Weinstein plan to buy back provocative filmmaker Michael Moore's documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" – after the parent company, Disney, reputedly blocked Miramax from releasing it because of the film's anti-Bush content. Under the deal, the Weinsteins would have to find a third-party company to release the film, rather than distribute it themselves.
VISITED: Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld made a surprise trip to Iraq Thursday aimed at containing the prisoner abuse scandal and reassuring U.S. troops there that the controversy has not weakened public support for their mission, say reports. Rumsfeld, 71, told reporters traveling with him that Bush administration lawyers are advising the Pentagon not to publicly release any more photographs of Iraqi prisoners being abused by U.S. soldiers.
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