PLAYED: Justin Timberlake gets into the swing of things in the golfing video game Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005, due in stores Oct. 21, reports MTV News. A character called the Hustler was modeled after the musician and created under his supervision for the game, the seventh installment in Woods’s series. Also on the video: Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and John Daly, as well as veteran greats Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer.
RATED: Joey, the Friends spinoff with Matt LeBlanc continuing his role of dim but lovable Joey Tribbiani, attracted 17.9 million viewers in its Thursday premiere, according to preliminary Nielsen numbers, and it posted the highest adults 18-49 demographic score of any non-sports show since last May’s sweeps. The NBC show’s real test is expected to come this Thursday, when it goes up against CBS’s Survivor: Vanuatu. Meanwhile, Meanwhile, the 90-minute Thursday premiere of The Apprentice attracted 14.3 million viewers, about 4 million fewer than last season’s debut.
DIED: Broadway lyricist Fred Ebb, 76, whose shows (with composer John Kander) included Chicago and Cabaret and whose songs included “New York, New York,” died of a heart attack in his Manhattan apartment Saturday. Sunday’s performance of Chicago at New York’s Ambassador Theater was dedicated to him.
DISSOLVED: Madonna’s plan to air one of her concerts on CBS has fallen through, the Associated Press reports. The star, 46, wanted the special to air for more than two hours and be commercial-free, said CBS entertainment spokesman Chris Ender. The network wasn’t willing to give up more than two hours of its prime-time schedule and insisted on commercials.
WON: Roger Federer, from Switzerland, overpowered Aussie Lleyton Hewitt, 6-0, 7-6 (3), 6-0, to win the U.S. Open on Sunday. This is Federer’s third major title of the year. On Saturday, Svetlana Kuznetzova beat another Russian, Elena Dementieva, in the women’s final.
CANCELED: Alicia Keys and British violin act Bond have canceled concerts in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta after Thursday’s deadly suicide attack on the Australian Embassy, AP reports. A spokesman for promoter Java Musikindo said Saturday that both acts were due to play Jakarta next month but have pulled out due to the bombing, which killed nine people and wounded more than 170.
TALLIED: Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil: Apocalypse, the sequel to 2002’s zombie thriller Resident Evil, was this weekend’s box-office champ, easily topping the No. 2 movie, Cellular, with Kim Basinger, the Associated Press reports. Otherwise, business was sluggish at the movies. The weekend s Top 10 movies, according to studio estimates, were as follows:
1. Resident Evil: Apocalypse, $23.7 million
2. Cellular, $10.6 million
3. Without a Paddle, $4.6 million
4. Hero, $4.4 million
5. Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, $2.93 million
6. Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, $2.90 million
7. Vanity Fair, $2.74 million
8. Collateral, $2.70 million
9. Napoleon Dynamite, $2.65 million
10. Paparazzi, $2.60 million