People & Entertainment

PEOPLE & ENTERTAINMENT

October 29, 2008|By From Sun news services

'Hairspray' sequel won't have John Travolta kicking up his heels anymore

Hold onto your beehives, Baltimore, John Travolta says he won't reprise his role as Edna Turnblad in the Hairspray sequel.

"I think once is enough," Travolta, 54, told the Sunday Herald Sun of Sydney, Australia. "I did it and I did it well, but I'm not a big sequel guy."

That's not what Perez Hilton recalls. On his Web site he notes these Travolta films: Look Who's Talking Too and Staying Alive.

The Hairspray sequel, written by John Waters, is projected for a summer 2010 release.

Well, of course

Disgraced track star Marion Jones will give her first post-prison interview to Oprah Winfrey.

Jones' appearance today on The Oprah Winfrey Show is to be her first interview since she was released Sept. 5 from a federal prison in Texas after completing most of her six-month sentence for lying about steroid use.

Jones, who was stripped of the three gold and two bronze medals she won in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, is to read aloud a letter to her children that she wrote from prison.

After years of denials, the sprinter admitted last October that she used a designer steroid known as "the clear" from September 2000 to July 2001.

Pause in the campaign

Besides his very own half-hour tonight on three of the four broadcast networks and some cable channels, presidential candidate Barack Obama will appear on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with host Jon Stewart.

The Democrat will tape his appearance via satellite during a campaign swing in Florida. The segment is scheduled to air at 11 p.m.

His Republican opponent, John McCain, will be interviewed on CNN's Larry King Live at 9 p.m.

TV's tops

CSI kept its hold on the top spot of TV ratings for the week of Oct. 20-26, according to Nielsen Media Research. The CBS drama had 19.5 million viewers.

The remaining most-viewed (in millions): Dancing with the Stars, ABC, 18.5; NCIS, CBS, 17.2; Dancing with the Stars Results, ABC, 16.4; Desperate Housewives, ABC, 15.9; World Series Game 4, Fox, 15.5; The Mentalist, CBS, 15.3; Criminal Minds, CBS, 15.0; World Series Game 1, Fox, 14.6; Two and a Half Men, CBS, 14.6.

Quick clicks

* CBS has crossed The Ex List off its schedule. The hourlong comedy about a woman (Elizabeth Reaser) searching for true love among her ex-boyfriends has been pulled from the network lineup, CBS said Monday. Its Friday time slot will be filled this week by a rerun of NCIS. There's no word whether CBS will return Ex List to its lineup in the future.

* Laurence Fishburne will make his debut as Dr. Raymond Langston on CSI on Dec. 11, according to tv.com. The episode is titled "19 Down" and was written by CSI executive producers Naren Shankar and Carol Mendelsohn.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS

Writer Dominick Dunne, 83.

Singer Melba Moore, 63.

Actor Richard Dreyfuss, 61.

Singer Randy Jackson, 47.

Actress Winona Ryder, 37.

Actor Ben Foster, 28.

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