Archive for Friday, December 1, 2000


December 1, 2000


Everything old is new again

Eddie Murphy is in talks with Columbia to do a movie based on the old TV series "I Spy." The show, which ran from 1965 to 1968, was Bill Cosby's showbiz breakthrough, as he co-starred with Robert Culp.

Three of the four Monkees Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork will mount a 15-city tour in March. Mike Nesmith, never at ease with the reunion biz, took a bye. That TV show ran from 1966 to 1969.

Celebrity blotter

David Spade's personal assistant allegedly tried to rob the star of TV's "Just Shoot Me" in his L.A. home and attacked him with a stun gun. The attacker fled Spade's home, but hours later David Malloy, 29, was arrested and held on $50,000 bail on burglary and weapons charges.

Alice Cooper's suburban Phoenix home was burglarized last weekend while the singer was out of town. More than $6,400 in duds, shoes and video cameras were gone, plus four of Cooper's gold records.

The Whitney and Bobby show

Bobby Brown says he and Whitney Houston had so much fun performing together at a recent Las Vegas concert that they plan on doing a joint tour next spring.

"I'm really looking forward to that," Brown said before Tuesday's tribute to Paul Robeson at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. "She's making me sing and I'm making her dance, so it's a beautiful combination."

Brown, who spent about two months in a Florida jail this year for violating his parole on a 1996 drunk driving conviction, said he's a changed man. He plans to build centers for underprivileged kids. "I have to do things that are different now," Brown said. "Since my life is different, my days are different, I have to do something different." Asked how he has changed, Brown said: "I'm a better-built brother, most definitely."

Helping hand for a hospital

Kevin Bacon and Meryl Streep are backing a plan to sell a nonprofit hospital in their neighborhood to a for-profit company. The celebrities were among those at a news conference Wednesday held by those who say selling the debt-ridden Sharon, Conn., Hospital is the only way to ensure it remains a full-service facility.

Streep said her four children have gone to the hospital numerous times for a variety of injuries and ailments.

"I should endow a bed there because we're there so often," the actress said. "Happily, everything has always turned out well."

The hospital is $16 million in debt. Its proposed sale to Essent Healthcare of Nashville, Tenn., requires approval from the state Office of Health Care Access and Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

Hospital trustees approved the plan in June.

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