CAST: Kate Bosworth has apparently won the role of Lois Lane in Bryan Singer’s new Superman movie over such other contenders as Claire Danes, Linda Cardellini and Michelle Monaghan, says the Hollywood Reporter. Bosworth will costar opposite Brandon Routh, who was already named the new Man of Steel. The villain of the piece, Lex Luthor, is to be Kevin Spacey, who currently stars with Bosworth in his film bio of ’60s singer Bobby Darin, Beyond the Sea. Long in the works, the Superman movie is finally set to start flying before the cameras in March. That same month, in Florida, John Travolta and James Gandolfini will start filming Lonely Hearts, based on the true story of detectives who captured a couple known as the “Lonely Hearts Killers,” who found their victims through newspaper personal ads, Variety reports.
PLEADED: Former Growing Pains actress Tracey Gold pleaded guilty to drunk driving Thursday, the Associated Press reports. The 35-year-old ex-sitcom star was arrested in September for driving under the influence of alcohol when her SUV, carrying her husband and three children, overturned. Gold, who will be sentenced March 21, faces up to a five-year prison term, but Deputy District Attorney John Vanarelli said the actress would likely be placed on probation.
NIXED: FOX TV has rejected a Super Bowl ad that flashes a bit of skin – namely actor Mickey Rooney‘s backside, USA Today reports. In the ad for the cold remedy Airborn, the 84-year-old actor is relaxing in a sauna when a man sitting near him coughs, which causes Rooney to jump up and run out, flashing his bare behind for a moment. A FOX Sports spokesman says they company’s standards department deemed the ad “inappropriate for broadcast.” In a statement, Rooney says he’s angry about the decision: “There’s nothing sensual about the brief exposure of my backside, and it’s not gratuitous. … It’s a fun spot, and the public deserves to see it.”
SET: Listen Up stars Jason Alexander and Malcolm-Jamal Warner will co-host Sunday’s 31st annual People’s Choice Awards on CBS, with Alexander telling the Associated Press about the gig: “My good friend Jerry Seinfeld had the greatest quote. He said these things are a no-win situation: If you really screw it up, you’re a complete jerk. If it goes brilliantly, all you get is they ask you to do it again.” Scheduled presenters include Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey, Ellen DeGeneres, Josh Duhamel, William Shatner and Prince.
REVIEWED: Kathie Lee Gifford’s theatrical venture, Under the Bridge, a family musical based on Natalie Savage Carlson’s 1950s children’s book, opened Off Broadway Thursday night, with a book and lyrics by Regis Philbin’s former cohost and music by David Pomeranz. The story is about a Parisian hobo who decides which children get to live under a bridge on the Seine. The New York Times took aim at its cliques and gagged on its sugary sweetness, but the Daily News and, even more so, the Wall Street Journal admitted to a begrudging respect for Gifford’s efforts, often finding her lyrics to be clever.
RATED: ABC earned its highest Wednesday night ratings in more than two years with the first new installment of Lost since Dec. 8 (this one averaged averaged 21.6 million viewers) and the fourth-season debut of Alias (15.8 million). On the other networks, NBC’s Law & Order, with 14.3 million viewers, bettered CSI: NY, with 12.2 million, for second place, according to a preliminary Nielsen count.
REVEALED: Former President Nelson Mandela, 86, announced at a news conference in his Johannesburg home Thursday that his eldest son, Makgatho Mandela, 54, had died that day of AIDS-related complications, saying the only way to fight the disease’s stigma was to speak openly about it. “Let us give publicity to HIV/AIDS and not hide it, because the only way of making it appear to be a normal illness, just like TB, like cancer, is always to come out and say somebody has died because of HIV,” Mandela said. Makgatho was admitted to Linksfield Park Clinic last month, and his father said he had been unaware of his son’s illness when he began lobbying for more openness about the pandemic some three years ago.
DIED: Doors manager Danny Sugerman, 50, who befriended the members of the legendary L.A. rock band as a youngster and spent the rest of his life tending to its legacy, died at his home on Wednesday after a battle with lung cancer, reports Reuters. Sugerman co-wrote (with journalist Jerry Hopkins) the best-selling 1980 Doors memoir No One Here Gets Out Alive and served as a technical adviser on Oliver Stone’s 1991 movie The Doors, which starred Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison.
DISMISSED: Aaliyah’s label, Blackground Records, cannot sue the video producer that arranged the 2001 airplane flight from the Bahamas in which the singer was killed, a Manhattan appeals court ruled, saying that only the singer’s parents had a right to sue for her wrongful death. The court said the parents, Michael and Diana Haughton, did so and were compensated.
ROCKED: Protests are flaring up over the announcement that rap-rocker Kid Rock is going to perform at the “America Rocks Today: A Call to Service” concert at the Jan. 20 inauguration of President Bush in Washington. “What in the world are these people thinking?” asked Donald Wildmon, chairman of the American Family Association in Tupelo, Miss. “This is the biggest slap in the face to the Christian conservatives.” Rock, 34, was formerly engaged to Pamela Anderson but is now said to be dating adult-movie actress Jessie James. Bush’s daughter Barbara is the event’s co-managing director, reports New York’s Daily News, which, when seeking comment, was told by inauguration organizers that Rock’s appearance is not confirmed.