New Cruise Gig, Game Trounces Emmys
SPOKEN: Tom Cruise, 39, will narrate Imax Corp.’s new film, shot by 25 astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station and scheduled to debut early next spring. “Space Station” was shot by specially designed 3-D space cameras between December 1998 and July 2001 and takes viewers from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center to the International Space Station, orbiting at 17,500 miles per hour, some 220 miles above the Earth . . . RATED: Not only did the Arizona Diamondbacks clinch a nail-biting game-7 victory over the New York Yankees in the World Series Sunday night, they also handily beat the Emmys. Fox’s broadcast of the final game averaged 39.1 million viewers, making it the most watched World Series seventh game since the Minnesota Twins beat the Atlanta Braves in 1991, according to preliminary figures from Nielsen Media Research. By comparison, the unusual November presentation of the 53rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards on CBS, twice postponed by world events, drew a mere 17.1 million viewers, one of its lowest-rated telecasts in recent years. Last year’s broadcast on ABC averaged 21.8 million viewers . . . SOLD: DreamWorks Home Entertainment’s animated feature “Shrek,” featuring the voice of Eddie Murphy, among others, generated an estimated $110 million in VHS and DVD sales to consumers during its first three days on store shelves, topping box-office receipts for the Walt Disney Co./Pixar’s animated theatrical release “Monsters, Inc.” during the same weekend frame, says the Hollywood Reporter . . . DECLINED: Wheelchair-bound sci-fi sage Arthur C. Clarke, 89, says that a crippling post-polio syndrome has forced him to turn down an invitation for a gala dinner in his honor at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. “I can no longer face overseas travel, and in fact, hope never to leave Sri Lanka again,” the “2001: A Space Odyssey” author in videotaped message to the November 15 gala. The celebrity guest list for the dinner, hosted by the Space Frontier Foundation, includes actor Tom Hanks, director James Cameron, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Dennis Tito, the first space tourist.