WEEK IN REVIEW: Rosie's S.F. Wedding
ROSIE HITCHED: “We really did. We got married.” That’s what comedian and former talk-show host Rosie O’Donnell told reporters after coming out of San Francisco’s City Hall with her new wife, Kelli Carpenter. O’Donnell married her longtime girlfriend Thursday in a brief ceremony in San Francisco, where more than 3,300 gay and lesbian couples have tied the knot since Mayor Gavin Newsom ordered City Hall to start providing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
JANET DUMPED: Janet Jackson’s malfunctioning wardrobe may go down as one of the costliest items of clothing ever. The Super Bowl halftime stunt has now cost Ms. Jackson the lead role in “Lena,” a TV biography of “Stormy Weather” vocal legend Lena Horne. Horne reportedly refused to cooperate with filmmakers while Jackson was involved. Whether the film now gets made remains to be seen.
‘PASSION’-ATE OPENING: Movie goers felt strongly enough about Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” to make it one of the biggest midweek openings ever. The film has raked in nearly $27 million in its Ash Wednesday debut. The movie has been criticized for its violence (and some say anti-Semitism), but that apparently hasn’t stopped people from going to see it. Not bad for a film that’s in Latin and Aramaic with English subtitles.
DEPP’S SAG UPSET: Johnny Depp’s turn as drunken pirate Jack Sparrow proved to be a favorite among his acting peers, as the Screen Actors Guild named him best male actor award on Feb. 22, beating out such Oscar frontrunners as Sean Penn (“Mystic River”) and Billy Murray (“Lost in Translation”). It was the only real upset during the 10th annual SAG awards, as shoo-in Charlize Theron (“Monster”) was named best actress and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” scored best ensemble.
JANET’S FAULT, PART II: Shock jock Howard Stern says he’s a victim of the fallout from Janet Jackson’s Boob-gate, or so he claimed. On Wednesday Clear Channel Communications, one of the country’s largest radio-station chains, announced it was yanking Stern’s off-color show off its stations in six metropolitan markets. Clear Channel claimed Stern had violated the company’s zero-tolerance policy toward indecency. On Thursday, Stern received some unexpected encouragement from conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who publicly worried about any government involvement with on-air standards.