PASSAGES: Gwyneth, Jude Together Again
CAST: Two former leads from “The Talented Mr. Ripley” — Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow — will costar in the big-budget science-fiction thriller “The World of Tomorrow,” slated to go into production in late February in London, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The project is meant to have the retro spirit of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” say producers, with a story that follows a reporter (Paltrow) and pilot (Law) on their adventure. First-timer Kerry Conran is set to write and direct.
DIED: Glenn Quinn, 32, the visionary half-demon Doyle on the first season of The WB’s “Angel,” died Dec. 3 of unknown causes, the Associated Press reports. The Irish-born actor was perhaps best known as the unwanted son-in-law on the ’90s sitcom “Roseanne,” on which his character ran off with daughter Becky over the loud protests of parents Roseanne and Dan.
CANCELED: It’s over for the apparently jinxed Guns N’ Roses tour, the group’s first in nearly a decade, MTV News reports. The decision to end it all came after the band canceled its scheduled stop at Philadelphia’s First Union Center Friday night because lead singer Axl Rose failed to appear. It was the second no-show in a month. Health issues are being blamed, says AP.
HURT: “Crocodile Dundee” star Paul Hogan, 63, was recovering in a Sydney, Australia, hospital Monday due to a slipped disc he sustained while moving furniture, reports AP. The hospital issued a brief statement saying the actor would be back on his feet within a few weeks and asking that his privacy be respected.
ENGAGED: Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, 29, and soccer star Mia Hamm, 30, are planning to tie the knot “within the next two years,” they tell the Boston Herald. Garciaparra, a two-time American League batting champion, proposed to Hamm, the top scorer in the history of the U.S. women’s national team, over Thanksgiving, when he got down on one knee and popped the question. Hamm’s 1995-2001 marriage to Marine helicopter pilot Christiaan Corry ended in divorce.
REVIVED: The British rock band Oasis returned to the stage in Wales on Sunday to finish a European tour after a Dec. 1 brawl in a Munich bar forced two shows to be canceled, Reuters reports. Frontman Liam Gallagher, 30, lost two teeth in the fight, leaving him unable to sing in two scheduled German shows. But a band spokesman said Saturday that dentists had repaired the damage.
REQUESTED: Yoko Ono, 69, called for peace and global solidarity on Sunday, the anniversary of the murder of her husband, John Lennon, in New York 22 years ago. “Even little children sing the song ‘Imagine,’ which shows John’s spirit is living all around the world even 22 years later,” Ono, who is in Tokyo participating in a concert honoring Lennon, told the Kyodo news agency.
HONORED: Actress Elizabeth Taylor,70, actor James Earl Jones, 71, singer-songwriter Paul Simon, 61, Broadway musical star Chita Rivera, 69, and conductor James Levine, 59, were feted at this year’s 25th anniversary Kennedy Center Honors Sunday night in Washington. “You have given us very fond memories,” President Bush told all of them. John Travolta, 48, saluted Taylor at the formal ceremony, admitting to her and the crowd that he once had a dream about the negligee she wore in the movie “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” “You weren’t wearing it,” he explained. La Liz laughed.