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  POSTED DECEMBER 7, 2003


'What Alice Found' Gets Limited Theater Release

Judith Ivey continues to receive rave reviews for her performance in the indy film What Alice Found.

The film is the directorial debut of A. Dean Bell and tells the story of a poor young woman is recruited by a friendly couple traveling in an RV into becoming part of the dark world of truck stop prostitution. What Alice Found was honored with a Special Jury Prize for Emotional Truth at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and has just received limited theatrical release

For more information on the film, including complete reviews, a theatrical release schedule, and some very entertaining photos of Judith Ivey in What Alice Found Official Website.

  POSTED DECEMBER 4, 2003


Hanging Out with Annie Potts

Annie Potts, a 1973 alumnae of Stephens College (a tiny, predominantly women's college just down the street from the University of Missouri), is spending a month on campus to teach drama students as well as act in the winter production of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music.

The Entertainment section of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch features a fabulous article on Annie and the work that she is doing this month at the school with students of all ages.

  POSTED DECEMBER 4, 2003


'Comfort and Joy' Debuts on LIFETIME

Dixie Carter makes her LIFETIME Original Movie debut this month in Comfort and Joy with Nancy McKeon.

McKeon, star of the hit LIFETIME series The Division, plays Jane Berry, a high-powered, single, career woman who is knocked unconscious in a car accident on Christmas Eve and wakes up as a married stay-at-home mom with two children. Dixie Carter portrays her feisty mother, Frederica, constantly meddling in her daughter’s life.

Comfort and Joy premiered December 1st on LIFETIME and airs again on December 5, 14 and 25. For more information and updates, visit dixiecarter.com and subscribe to Dixie's Official e-Newsletter.

**Sources: dixiecarter.com, LIFETIME Television Publicity.

  POSTED OCTOBER 2, 2003


Sheryl Lee Ralph's 13th Annual 'Divas Simply Singing'

Sheryl Lee Ralph is gearing up for this year's Divas Simply Singing, an annual benefit show of her creation that raises funds for Project Angel Food and the Black AIDS Institute.

First staged in 1991, the annual charity fundraiser has featured a long list of divas over the years, including Roberta Flack, Mary Wilson, Valerie Simpson, Chaka Khan, Teena Marie, Maureen McGovern, Melissa Manchester, Jane Olivor, Jody Watley, Tina Arena and Deborah Cox.

Among those headlining this year's event are former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, American Idol finalist Trenyce, disco-era hitmaker Linda Clifford, singer/actress Jenifer Lewis and actresses Loretta Devine and Victoria Rowell. Each diva will perform one song with the sole accompaniment of a concert grand piano. The concert will take place October 25th at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.

Tickets to the benefit are available at Ticketmaster or the event's website, Divas: Simply Singing!

  POSTED SEPTEMBER 24, 2003


Judith Ivey in 'Women on Fire'

Two-time Tony winner Judith Ivey will star in Women on Fire, a new play by Irene O'Garden at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York. Performances begin on Oct. 14 and continue until Oct. 25.

The work is described as "an evening that celebrates contemporary women, diverse in calling and character, each on fire in her own way, burning with pain, passion, fear, wisdom, faith, a sense of justice, and even the desire to shop."

Tickets can be purchased by calling Cherry Lane Theatre at (212) 989-2020.

**Source: Playbill.com.

  POSTED SEPTEMBER 18, 2003


Jean Smart Plays Real FBI Agent Candice DeLong

Jean Smart stars as an FBI agent who is torn between her professional work and her personal life in the movie Killer Instinct: The Files of Agent Candice DeLong at 9 p.m. Monday, October 6th.

LIFETIME's spine-tingling new Original Movie is inspired by DeLong's harrowing real-life experiences in the field. DeLong (Smart) is on the verge of retiring from the FBI so that she can spend more time with her son, when a serial rapist and murderer attacks one of her best friends. As a single working mom, she feels torn between her child's needs and avenging her girlfriend. Things get more complicated when she has to work the case with her married lover (played by A Martinez). Jean will be doing television interviews to promote the film prior to its premiere -- including one with Candace DeLong.

For more information, and details regarding Jean's upcoming interview schedule, visit her official site at Smart Stuff: Officially Jean Smart and subscribe to her Official e-Newsletter.

**Source: Smart Stuff: Officially Jean Smart. Synopsis courtesy of LIFETIME Television.

  POSTED SEPTEMBER 18, 2003


Annie Potts Rocks with 'Elvis'

Annie Potts is joining the cast of Elvis Has Left the Building, a romantic comedy from the director of My Big Fat Greek Wedding that will star Kim Basinger.

Basinger plays a Mary Kay consultant who is being pursued for the murder of several Elvis impersonators. Annie will play a successful Mary Kay rep who is a best friend of Basinger's character. John Corbett, Sean Astin and Denise Richards also star.

**Source: The Hollywood Reporter.

  POSTED SEPTEMBER 17, 2003


Delta Debuts On Broadway in 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'

Delta Burke makes her Broadway debut this month when she takes over the role of the villainess Miss Mears in the musical comedy Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Mrs. Meers is a corrupt former actress who dons Asian dragon-lady drag to sell orphan chorus girls to a white slavery ring. The juicy part earned Harriet Harris a Tony Award after she originated it for the Broadway run, which also opened with Sheryl Lee Ralph (see Issue #27).

Tickets for Thoroughly Modern Millie are available through Broadway.com.

**Source: Playbill.com.

  POSTED SEPTEMBER 17, 2003


LIFETIME Now Snags Dixie Carter

Dixie Carter, the only original 'Designing Woman' who hasn't headlined a LIFETIME original movie, has just finished filming Comfort and Joy with Nancy McKeon.

McKeon, star of the hit LIFETIME series The Division, plays Jane Berry, a high-powered, single, career woman who is knocked unconscious in a car accident on Christmas Eve and wakes up as a married stay-at-home mom with two children. Dixie Carter portrays her feisty mother, Frederica, constantly meddling in her daughter’s life.

Comfort and Joy is set to premiere in December on LIFETIME. For more information and updates, visit dixiecarter.com and subscribe to Dixie's Official e-Newsletter.

**Sources: dixiecarter.com, LIFETIME Television Publicity.

  POSTED SEPTEMBER 17, 2003


Jean Smart Returns to 'The District'

Jean Smart, who received an Emmy-nomination in 2001 for her appearance on CBS's The District (featured in Issue #13), returns to the role this season on a recurring basis.

Jean plays Police Chief Jack Mannion's (Craig T. Nelson) ex-wife, Detective Sherry Regan, with whom he has shared an on-again, off-again romance for years. Sherry, who returned in the season finale to help locate her missing ex, will be turning up early in the season to take a position as Superintendent of Detectives -- putting a crimp in Manion's budding new romance with Vanessa Cavenaugh (Jaclyn Smith).

The District airs Saturdays at 10pm ET/PT on CBS, with episodes featuring Jean tentatively set to air beginning October 11.

**Sources: Smart Stuff: Officially Jean Smart, CBS Television Publicity.

  POSTED SEPTEMBER 17, 2003


Delta is Typecast -- But As a Poodle!

Have you ever pictured Suzanne Sugarbaker as a white poodle? Well, get set -- you're about to.

Delta lends her voice to Barbara Ann, a poodle with Suzanne Sugarbaker-style values in MGM's Good Boy!, an action/adventure talking dog film with a sci-fi twist. The official description:
"Twelve-year-old Owen Baker (Liam Aiken) has been working as a dog-walker all summer, and his hard work has finally paid off -- he gets to adopt a dog of his own! But Owen gets more than puppy love when he discovers his new dog, Hubble (voiced by Matthew Broderick), is actually an interplanetary scout from the Dog Star Sirius. Thousands of years ago, dogs from Sirius came to colonize and dominate Earth. But rumors have spread across the galaxy that these Earth dogs have strayed from their original mission, and Hubble has been sent to investigate. Now Owen must help Hubble train a group of undisciplined neighborhood dogs to shape up for a visit from their leader, the powerful Greater Dane - and the fate of all Earth dogs hangs in the balance."

Good Boy! hits theaters nationwide on October 10th.

  POSTED SEPTEMBER 17, 2003


Julia Duffy Makes Another Silver Screen Appearance

Hot on the heals of her recent appearance in When Harry Met Lloyd: Dumb and Dumberer, Julia Duffy makes her second feature film cameo of the year in Intolerable Cruelty.

The film stars George Clooney as a slick Beverly Hills divorce lawyer who frames the wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) of a client to get him released from the marriage without a settlement. The wife vows to get revenge by marrying the attorney, aiming to take him to the cleaners in their own savage divorce, but what she doesn't expect is that she falls in love with him in the process.

Intolerable Cruelty also hits theaters nationwide on October 10th.

  POSTED AUGUST 6, 2003


Valerie Mahaffey Graces 'Seabiscuit'

Fans of Valerie Mahaffey (Malone, Women of the House) can catch her on the silver screen in the box-office hit Seabiscuit.

Seabiscuit the true story of a former bicycle repairman, Charles Howard (Jeff Bridges), who made his fortune introducing the automobile to the American West, and who owned a small, knobbly-kneed horse called Seabiscuit. Howard teamed up with a half-blind ex-boxing prize fighter, Red Pollard (Tobey Maguire), who became the horse's jockey and a former "mustang breaker" Wild West performer called "The Lone Plainsman" (Chris Cooper) who became the horse's trainer. As the United States struggled through the Great Depression, people around the country followed with rapt interest of the Seabiscuit story, leading to his win of the Horse of the Year honors in 1938.

Mahaffey, who plays Charles Howard's wife, appears in several scenes opposite Jeff Bridges throughout the film's first half. Seabiscuit is currently in theaters nationwide.

  POSTED AUGUST 6, 2003


Burke Fights to Keep Cypress Gardens Open

Delta Burke has filmed a public service announcement urging others to help preserve Cypress Gardens, one of Florida's oldest theme parks which closed in April after struggling financially. The goal of the announcement is to rally support for Cypress Gardens, one of Delta's favorite attractions, before a pair of meetings in Tallahassee that could determine the park's future. State officials were scheduled to meet first on Aug. 20 to hear presentations on possible state purchases. Gov. Jeb Bush and the Florida Cabinet will vote Aug. 26 on whether to buy the park.

Meanwhile, Delta and husband Gerald McRaney have joined McRaney's brother, Buddy, in opening a warehouse in Collins, Mississippi for imported, hand-painted furniture. The Best Little Warehouse in Mississippi is now open at 105 Arrington St., half a block north of Main Street.

  UPDATED AUGUST 1, 2003


'Designing Women Reunion' on LIFETIME!!

**NOTE: The Designing Women Reunion is scheduled to re-air on LIFETIME Television on August 8 at 7:30pm ET/PT and on LIFETIME Real Women network on Sunday, August 31, at 4:30pm ET/PT.

At long last, LIFETIME Television has brought the original Designing Women cast back together for one special night of laughs and memories!

Produced by Designing Women director and executive producer, Harry Thomason, the special features Delta Burke, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts, Jean Smart, Meshach Taylor and series creator/producer Linda Bloodworth -- all together to share their favorite and funniest moments from the series.

The Designing Women Reunion was taped in Los Angeles on June 4th in front of a live audience and marked the first time the cast has all been together in twelve years.

The Designing Women Reunion aired on LIFETIME Television on July 28th, and Belled will be keep fans informed of any scheduled re-airings. For details and more information, visit the Reunion Page at Designing Women Tribute.

  POSTED AUGUST 1, 2003


Annie Potts Does 'Love Letters'

Kentucky native Annie Potts recently returned to her home state to star in A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters at the Horse Cave Theatre in Horse Cave.

This was Annie's second consecutive year of performing Love Letters at the Horse Cave Theatre, with last summer's performance raising about $55,000 for the not-for-profit, professional theater.

  POSTED JULY 29, 2003


Julia Duffy in Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'

Julia Duffy is currently appearing in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night as part of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival at California Lutheran University.

Duffy stars with Julia Coffey (pictured) as part of a polished ensemble cast. With its riot of mistaken identities, cross-gendered disguises and mismatched amorous intrigues, the production is particularly well-suited to a midsummer evening's outdoor romp -- and the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival delivers a splendid one amid its leafy park venue.

The production closes August 3. For more information, call (805) 493-3455.

**Photo credit: Brian Stethem

  UPDATED JUNE 28, 2003


LIFETIME Has Delta & Mac -- 'Going for Broke'

Real-life husband and wife Delta Burke and Gerald McRaney are teaming for a LIFETIME original movie tentatively titled Going for Broke.

Based on a true story, the film centers on a working mother and wife (Burke) who, soon after moving to Reno, Nev., with her husband (McRaney) and two kids to run the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, finds herself hooked on gambling and ends up embezzling more than $100,000 from the chapter to pay off her debts. Going for Broke reunites Burke with LIFETIME after starring in the cable network's 2001 telefilm Dangerous Child.

"We are thrilled to be working with Delta again and very excited to have Gerald on board as well," said Trevor Walton, LIFETIME's senior vp original movies. "This is a gripping story, and the natural chemistry between Delta and Gerald will add another exciting dimension."

Going for Broke premieres July 14 on LIFETIME.

  UPDATED JUNE 28, 2003


Annie Pockets a 'Posey' -- and a 'Summer' Flick

LIFETIME continues to dominate our news -- this time snagging Annie Potts to topline the original telepic Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story, based on the true story of a mother's crusade to save teenagers from Internet predators.

Defending Our Kids: The Julie Posey Story premieres July 21 on LIFETIME.

Meanwhile, Annie has also signed to appear with Rachel Wood and Jonathan Jackson in the New Line feature Heart of Summer, about a small-town girl spending her summer in New York studying at a performing arts school which exposes her to a whole new world and way of life outside the sheltered existense and social circles she's always known. The film is being directed by Annie Potts' husband, James Hayman.

  POSTED MAY 29, 2003


Character Actor Felice Orlandi Passes Away

Belled Online would like to send best wishes and heartfelt condolances to Alice Ghostley, whose husband of 51 years, actor Felice Orlandi, died of complications from lung cancer on Wednesday.

A prolific character actor, Orlandi made his film debut in 1955 as a gangster in an early Stanley Kubrick movie, Killer's Kiss. Other film credits include Humphrey Bogart's last film, The Harder They Fall, The Pusher, Bullitt, They Shoot Horses Don't They, Catch-22 and Another 48 Hours, starring Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte. His first TV part was in Naked City in 1958. His last was in a 1985 episode of Tales from the Darkside. In between, he had guest roles in such shows as Hogan's Heroes, Wild Wild West, Streets of San Francisco and Hill Street Blues.

After a stint in the Army Air Force, Orlandi studied drama in Pittsburgh, where he met Alice Ghostley, who was singing at a local nightclub. They met again in New York City, where both were pursuing show business careers and were married in 1951.

Orlandi spent the last 13 years writing scripts for movies and television. He was 77.

  POSTED MAY 16, 2003


Ray McKinnon Directs His First Feature Film

Actor-turned-director Ray McKinnon (Dwayne Dobber, DW), who won the 2002 Oscar for best live action short film for The Accountant, has cast Billy Bob Thornton to star opposite his wife, Lisa Blount, in his latest film, titled Chrystal.

Written by McKinnon, Chrystal centers on a rural woman whose convict husband returns home from prison only to see that the vacancy in her life left by the death of her child years earlier becomes even more acute. The couple's company, Ginny Mule Productions, is developing the movie, which will be McKinnon's first feature.

**Ginny Mule Productions.

  POSTED MAY 16, 2003


'Alice' Finds Judith Ivey

Judith Ivey has received rave reviews for her performance in the independent film What Alice Found, which has premiered at both the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival.

The film is the directorial debut of A. Dean Bell and tells the story of a poor young woman is recruited by a friendly couple traveling in an RV into becoming part of the dark world of truck stop prostitution. What Alice Found was honored with a Special Jury Prize for Emotional Truth at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

  POSTED MARCH 21, 2003


Patricia Heaton Joins Neil Simon to Remake 'Goodbye Girl'

Two-time Emmy winner Patricia Heaton is in final negotiations to star in TNT's upcoming small-screen remake of Neil Simon's classic feature The Goodbye Girl -- re-creating the Oscar-nominated role originated by Marsha Mason.

Mason nabbed an Oscar nomination for her 1977 turn as the woebegone divorcee sharing her New York apartment with a struggling actor, and Heaton told Variety she's both "ecstatic and nervous" about stepping into her shoes. "When my agent at UTA brought up the possibility, I didn't dare entertain it," she said. "I just love that movie, and Marsha Mason was incredible. And for anyone who loves theater, Neil Simon is an icon."

Playwright Simon has signed on to rewrite and executive produce the new The Goodbye Girl, which is set to begin production this summer. The role of the would-be actor -- originally played by Richard Dreyfuss -- has not yet been cast.

**Sources: People.com, Yahoo News.

  POSTED MARCH 21, 2003


Judith Ivey in 'The Women of Lockerbie'

Previews begin tomorrow for the Off-Broadway production of The Women Of Lockerbie starring Judith Ivey. The play, written by Deborah Brevoort and directed by Wilson Milam, is based on actual events and follows two New Jersey parents on their trip to Lockerbie, Scotland, where their son perished aboard Pan Am Flight 103 seven years prior. In search of closure, the couple find the women of the town who attempt to recover the victims' clothing, which are being held by the U.S. government, and return them to the families of those who died.

The limited Off-Broadway engagement is set to open April 2 for a run through May 11. For tickets to The Women of Lockerbie at the Theatre @ St. Clement’s, 423 West 46th Street, call (212) 279-4200. For more information, visit the co-presenters websites at www.thenewgroup.org and www.womensproject.org.

Ivey has also been cast in a new production of Noel Coward's Fallen Angels alongside Annette Bening. The play about two women sitting, drinking and waiting for the same man is slated to premiere this Fall.

**Source: Playbill.com.


  POSTED MARCH 21, 2003


Delta Does St. Patty's with the Sweet Potato Queens

Honorary Sweet Potato Queen Delta Burke recently appeared in Jackson, Mississippi to ride on a float in Mal's St. Paddy's Day Parade with Jill Conner Browne, author of the Sweet Potato Queens books on which Delta's new sitcom pilot is based.

Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. also presented the key to the city to Delta, who attended the ceremony with her husband, Mississippi-born Gerald McRaney.

Sweet Potato Queen wannabes from across the country gathered for the annual parade and ball at which Jill Conner Browne made a guest appearance before her "court." With more than 2,000 chapters worldwide, the Sweet Potato Queens have cult status among middle-aged women who've read Browne's books or visited her Web site at www.sweetpotatoqueens.com.

**Source: The Clarion-Ledger.


  POSTED MARCH 21, 2003


Valerie Mahaffey Appears Off-Broadway

Valerie Mahaffey joins Lynn Redgrave, Kathleen Chalfant, Daniel Davis, Christine Ebersole, Brenda Wehle and Frances Sternhagen to star in the collection of Alan Bennett one-act plays being presented Off-Broadway under the title Talking Heads, at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York. The production begins March 22.

The works are broken up into Program A and Program B (three plays each) and are offered at a discount of $100 when bought together. The characters in the plays include a minister's wife questioning the existence of God and finding Him in the arms of an Indian shopkeeper in Bed Among the Lentils; a reclusive woman who finds her way out into the wide world in Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet; a nosy spinster who winds up in jail after pushing into business not her own in A Lady of Letters and the middle-aged Graham, still living with his mother, who is put out by an old suitor who comes to claim her in A Chip in the Sugar. Television viewers may remember the series as an often repeated feature on PBS.

**Source: Playbill.com.


  POSTED MARCH 14, 2003


Annie Potts Returns to Network TV!

After taking a year off from television, Annie Potts has signed to a new pilot series called Stuck In the Middle With You.

The NBC series will feature Annie as the matriarch of a family struggling to stay part of the middle class.



  POSTED MARCH 3, 2003


Hal Holbrook Signs to ABC Drama

A new drama series for ABC, The Street Lawyer, has signed Hal Holbrook to the role of a senior partner. Based on John Grisham's book about an attorney who leaves his high-priced firm to work for the less fortunate, The Street Lawyer will star Eddie Cibrian (Third Watch) and feature Mario Van Peebles as the head of a legal aid clinic.


  POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2003


The WB is Still 'Sweet' on Delta

Delta Burke has just received another title -- The WB has crowned her "Sweet Potato Queen".

It's no secret that 'The Frog' has been scrambling to find a series vehicle for Delta, and now they've cast her as the lead in Sweet Potato Queens, a comedy based on the series of books by Mississippi writer Jill Conner Browne. The books are a mixture of memoir, humor, self-help and cook book -- explaining how women can go about becoming perfect Southern belles for the new millennium. Sweet Potato Queens will center on a Southern woman (Burke), a mother of a teenage daughter who works at a local bar where she holds monthly meetings of the all-woman Sweet Potato Queens club.


  POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2003


Vote for Jan Hooks in the 10-10-220 Poll!

Kudos to all those fans who emailed us that they spotted Jan Hooks in the latest commercial for 10-10-220 Long Distance service!

Jan appears with the Dallas Cowboys' Emmitt Smith in the latest promo from 10-10-220, and interestingly enough, the 10-10-220 website offers the opportunity for fans to vote for their favorite 10-10-220 television spots and celebrities. So far, Jan Hooks is trailing the pack, which only mean DW fans don't know about the poll yet!

So be sure to visit the 10-10-220 Screening Room and show Jan Hooks some love!


  POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2003


Jean & Richard to Star in 'Audrey's Rain' for Hallmark

Jean Smart will star in the lead role of Audrey’s Rain, a two-hour Hallmark Channel Original world exclusive movie slated to premiere Mother’s Day 2003. Co-starring with Jean will be two-time Emmy Award-winner Carol Kane (Taxi) as Audrey’s best friend Missy and Jean's husband, Richard Gilliland (J.D., Designing Women).

Audrey’s Rain is the story of a single woman whose sister commits suicide, leaving Audrey with two motherless children to look after. Audrey already mothers her mentally challenged adult sister. The addition of looking after her niece and nephew puts Audrey on emotional overload until a long-lost love reappears. Rediscovering love and an essence for living allows Audrey to break free from the emotional baggage of her family’s tragedies to embrace life, love and family in earnest.

Audrey’s Rain began production in February and is scheduled to premiere Mother's Day on the Hallmark Channel.

**Source: Smart Stuff: Officially Jean Smart


  POSTED FEBRUARY 22, 2003


'Sordid Lives' Hits Video & DVD

Sordid Lives -- featuring Delta Burke and an all-star cast, has finally been released on video and DVD.

Based on a play by award-winning playwright Del Shores, the film puts a comedic twist on a story of unconditional love, acceptance and "coming out" in a Texas family. Sometimes it takes a death to bring a family together -- in this case, the death of Grandma Peggy who was carrying on an illicit affair with a married man in a seedy Texas motel. It was the motel sink that got her when she tripped on G.W. Nethercott's (Beau Bridges) wooden leg. Her death brings home her grandson (Kirk Geiger), a struggling gay actor who must now face coming out to his family -- a group of wacky, trailer trash Texans who are constantly feuding.

For more information on Sordid Lives, visit the Belled Feature or the Official Sordid Lives Site. Video and DVD are available at multiple locations, including Amazon.com.


  POSTED FEBRUARY 1, 2003


Jean Smart to Perform 'A Night at Sardi's'

Jean Smart will be part of a star-packed benefit for The Alzheimer's Association February 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Hosted by Jason Alexander, the association's 11th annual "A Night at Sardi's" will feature will feature a host of stars singing tunes from the famed Broadway musical Hair.

Jean will be joined by the talents of David Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves, Peri Gilpin, John Mahoney, Megan Mullally, Eric McCormack, Lea Thompson, Bruce Vilanch, Sharon Lawrence, Donovan Leitch, Karla De Vito, Hattie Winston, Yvette Freeman, and Leeza Gibbons.

"A Night at Sardi's" will benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Tickets for the event are priced at $300 and $500 and can be purchased by calling Events Unlimited at (310) 996-1188.


  POSTED FEBRUARY 1, 2003


CBS Puts 'Queens Supreme' on Hiatus

After airing only three episodes, CBS has put its new courtroom drama, Queens Supreme on hiatus for February Sweeps. There is no word yet on whether the series will be returning. The episode "Mad About You" featuring a previously-reported guest appearance by Judith Ivey has yet to air. For more information on Queens Supreme and how to show support for the series, visit its TVTome page.


  POSTED JANUARY 22, 2003


Ivey Brings 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' Back to the Stage

Houston's Alley Theatre is currently offering an Edward Albee double feature - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, starring two-time Tony winner Judith Ivey, and the regional premiere of The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?. Perhaps the play for which Albee is best known, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? takes place in the home of George and Martha, an unlikely couple living in mordant, uproarious antagonism. After a late-night college faculty party, the two entertain a young married couple, introducing them to an extraordinary type of fun and games. But before the drunken night is through, there are harsh self-revelations for all. Texas-born Ivey stars as the monstrous Martha opposite James Black, Ty Mayberry and Elizabeth Bunch. Directed by Alley artistic director Gregory Boyd, the production opened January 15th on the Large Stage and runs through February 8th.

For information on tickets and showtimes, contact the Alley Theatre.


  POSTED JANUARY 22, 2003


Julie Hagerty on the Silver Screen

Fans of Julie Hagerty can catch her on the big screen in the recently released comedy A Guy Thing starring Jason Lee, Julia Stiles and Selma Blair.


  POSTED JANUARY 22, 2003


Meshach Taylor Helps Choose America's 'Pet Star'

Meshach Taylor joins a panel of celebrity judges on Animal Planet's Pet Star, an outrageous pet-trick competition hosted by The Other Half's Mario Lopez. From rats that play basketball and a flag-raising groundhog to roller-skating birds and a butt-surfing dog (seeing is believing), Pet Star brings extraordinary animals to the center stage where they compete for fame, fortune and $25,000 in cash and prizes.

Pet Star premieres Friday, Jan. 31, at 8 p.m. ET. For more information, visit Animal Planet.com.