WEEK AHEAD: Michael Moore at the Movies
SATURDAY, JUNE 19: It's showtime at the Apollo – for the past 70 years and counting. Denzel Washington, Willie Nelson and Natalie Cole are among the stars celebrating the venerable New York City theater in Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem, a celebrity-studded two-hour special on NBC. The evening, also featuring Ashanti, Bob Dylan and Harry Connick Jr., will pay tribute to the theater, which first opened its doors in 1934 and is now a federal landmark. The event will benefit the Apollo Theater Foundation.
MONDAY, JUNE 21: Will the top-seeded Williams sisters (Serena's ranked No. 1, Venus is ranked No. 3) crush the competition – and ultimately face each other – at Wimbledon? Will boy-wonder Andy Roddick knock defending champion Roger Federer off his perch? How will nine-time champion Martina Navratilova fare? Find out when the 121st Grand Slam tournament kicks off and continues until Sunday, July 4. One player who won't be in on the action this time around: Andre Agassi. He opted to sit out the grass-court competition due to an injured hip.
Also in England, Johnny Depp will be getting into character as everybody's favorite candy man, Willy Wonka, as he reteams with his Edward Scissorhands director Tim Burton to begin filming a new big-screen version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Pinewood Studios. No telling whether this new incarnation will be an everlasting classic like 1971's Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder, but this new version promises a more in-depth look at the golden-ticket-wielding Charlie Bucket and his family.
TUESDAY, JUNE 22: Get ready for the "uplifting" second season premiere of Nip/Tuck, FX's hit series about a pair of plastic surgeons – Sean (Dylan Walsh) and Christian (Julian McMahon) – struggling with their own personal flaws. Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave joins the cast – and her daughter, Joely Richardson (who play's Sean's wife Julia) – for three episodes as Sean's domineering mother. If you missed the first season of N/T, you're in luck: It was recently released on DVD in all its goriness (the blood, the fat-sucking, oh my!) with some extras thrown in.
FRIDAY, JUNE 25 You can't buy the kind of advance publicity Michael Moore has received for his controversial anti-Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11. Now see if the movie, which scored the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, lives up to the hype when it hits theaters. Even before its release, the controversy continues: Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury has slammed Moore for using the similar name without getting his permission, and Moore is contesting the movie's "R" rating. But something tells us the debate about the movie is just beginning.