11/02/2004 AT 8:00 AM ET
SPECULATED: James Bond’s current alter ego, Pierce Brosnan, 51, said at an entertainment awards ceremony in Dublin when asked who should replace him in 007’s shoes: “I’ll give it to Colin Farrell. He’ll eat the head off them all.” Farrell, 28, is soon to be seen in Oliver Stone’s Alexander. Brosnan also said he is discussing a potential collaboration with director Quentin Tarantino, possibly a remake of the Ian Fleming 007 novel Casino Royale, Reuters reports. “We have discussed things, Quentin and I, but I don’t know if it’s going to be that particular project,” Brosnan said.
DEFENDED: One week after an embarrassed Ashlee Simpson turned Saturday Night Live into Saturday Night Lip Sync, a rep for Eminem is denying rumors that the rapper lip-synched his performance on the show over the weekend. His rep, however, tells New York’s Daily News that Em “was rapping live” to “a backing track of his own vocals” during one song. “It’s hip-hop,” said spokesman Dennis Dennehy. “Artists sample their own voices all (the) time.”
SPLIT: By her own volition, Brandy has left Atlantic Records, which has been her record label for her entire career, reports Billboard. No details of the change have been provided, other than that it was instigated by the R&B star, 25, whose four albums on Atlantic have sold more than 8 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. She is said to be talking to other labels, as well as preparing some TV projects, including a 2005 comedy series for FOX.
SHELVED: NBC’s much-hyped, computer-animated comedy Father of the Pride has been pulled from the schedule for November sweeps, according to the network. The show, about a family of lions who perform in Siegfried & Roy’s Las Vegas act, has been a major disappointment for NBC, ranking 42nd in the ratings, the Associated Press reports. Meanwhile, another Vegas-related program, Rob Lowe’s CBS drama dr. vegas, has also lost its gamble with audiences. The show, which is Lowe’s second attempt at leading a series since leaving The West Wing in 2003, ranked 58th in last week’s ratings, and has been pulled indefinitely. CBS said a repeat of Without a Trace would air in place of vegas this week.
DONATED: The Da Vinci Code novelist Dan Brown, 39, and his siblings, Valerie and Gregory, have made a $2.2 million donation to New Hampshire’s Phillips Exeter Academy, where their father, Richard Brown, taught mathematics for 35 years, the school has announced. The gift will help provide students with computers and other high-tech equipment. Dan Brown, who still lives in Exeter, N.H., graduated from the academy in 1982 and later taught English there.
KILLED: Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, 47, who made a controversial film about Islamic culture recently, has been shot dead in Amsterdam, Dutch police say. Police arrested a man in a nearby park after an exchange of gunfire and the suspect is now said to be in a hospital. Van Gogh (a descendant of Vincent Van Gogh), had received death threats after his film Submission, on violence against women in Islamic societies, was shown on Dutch TV.
SNEAKED: Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, starring Renee Zellweger, will open in 500 theaters a week before its wide release into 2,500 theaters on Nov. 19, its studio has announced. The move is said to be in response to the onslaught of potential holiday season blockbusters, such as The Incredibles, The Polar Express and The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie – though only Bridget is rated R.