WEEK AHEAD: Beyoncé Goes South for VMAs
SUNDAY, AUG. 29: Say hola to Miami (and goodbye to New York and L.A.) for this year's MTV Video Music Awards, which will take place in Florida for the first time in the show's 21-year history. And forget limos: Stars will make their red-carpet entrance by boat. Lovebirds Jay-Z and Beyoncé, along with Usher, OutKast and No Doubt, lead the pack of nominees. Kanye West, Yellowcard and Jessica Simpson are set to perform, and her hubby Nick Lachey, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Dave Chappelle and Jennifer Lopez will serve as presenters. The show airs live on MTV.
The Paul Hamm gymnastics controversy, Svetlana Khorkina's diva posturing, Michael Phelps's gold rush, and Kerri Walsh and Misty May's stunning volleyball win – these are some of the memorable moments of the 2004 Olympiad in Athens, which comes to a close Sunday night. Expected to attend the closing ceremony: Phelps, still high off his six-medal win. But the Hamm brothers won't make the party: They're taking their gymnastics act on the road with the 2004 Rock 'n Roll Gymnastics Championship Tour, which starts Aug. 31 at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn.
MONDAY, AUG. 30: New York City will welcome an onslaught of delegates (and protesters) to the Republican National Convention, which will take place through Sept. 2 at Madison Square Garden. While the DNC had Ben Affleck and Barack Obama in Boston, the RNC has Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rudy Giuliani. New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Sen. John McCain are among the night's first speakers and, ultimately, President George W. Bush will accept the Republican nomination on the final evening Thursday night.
Meanwhile, across the East River in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi, Venus and Serena Williams and Wimbledon sweetheart Maria Sharapova will be among the pros hitting the courts for the U.S. Open, running through Sept. 12. The grand prize? The men's and women's U.S. Open singles champions will earn $1 million each, with the possibility of earning up to $1.5 million based on their performances.
And finally, in TV news, former Dateline anchor Jane Pauley is heading to daytime with the premiere of her new syndicated talk show. If the promos are any indication, Pauley will showcase a goofier, more accessible version of herself: (Her slogan: "Familiar Face. Brand New Place. Jane is Coming to Daytime." Think of it as Pauley Light.) As Pauley writes on her Web site, "I look forward to a long-running conversation with women."