People & Entertainment

PEOPLE & ENTERTAINMENT

November 11, 2008|By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES

'SNL' goes country, inviting singer Tim McGraw to host the show on Nov. 22

Tim McGraw's spokeswoman said he will host Saturday Night Live on Nov. 22, joining a short list of country stars to host the show.

Garth Brooks was the last one, and that was back in 1999. Other country singers to host SNL include Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton.

McGraw says he isn't exactly known for playing comedy in his movies, but fans who come to his concerts know he has a sense of humor.

Hanging out with Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon might help. McGraw appears with them in the holiday comedy Four Christmases, coming out this month.

His many hits include "Live Like You Were Dying," "Where the Green Grass Grows" and his latest, "Let it Go."

An 'ER' extra

Dr. Mark Greene died six years ago on ER. But the good that he did lives on - on television and in real life.

Anthony Edwards reprises the character in a flashback at 10 p.m. Thursday on NBC, and Greene's return will help build a 250-bed hospital in Africa. The hospital is the cornerstone of the Shoe4Africa charity.

Edwards didn't want pay for his guest shot. Instead, Warner Bros. donated $125,000 to the hospital. Steven Spielberg matched that money, and ER executive producer John Wells kicked in $50,000.

"You're given a great gift when you have success as an actor," said Edwards, 46. "And the only way to pass it on is if it's something you genuinely care about. That's what people pick up on. So I've been lucky that way."

ER, one of television's greatest hits, is in its 15th and final season. Edwards said his appearance is a thank-you to the audience.

At 'Captain America' helm

Joe Johnston, whose credits include Jurassic Park III and Jumanji, has been signed to direct the adaptation of The First Avenger: Captain America, Marvel Studios announced yesterday.

The movie is scheduled for release May 6, 2011, the same weekend that Marvel scored a blockbuster this year with Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr. Iron Man 2 comes out May 7, 2010.

Quick clicks

* Knight Rider is going into the shop for some serious work, shedding three of its cast regulars - Bruce Davison, Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Yancey Arias - and shifting its focus so Michael (Justin Bruening) and KITT will help ordinary people who are in a jam. "We're moving away from the terrorist-of-the-week formula and closer to the original," executive producer Gary Scott Thompson tells The Hollywood Reporter. Thompson says he and his fellow writers are "making it a show about a man and his car going out and helping more regular people, everymen."

* ABC will devote all of its prime time Jan. 21 to the return of Lost, showing two one-hour episodes preceded by a synopsis to update viewers on the story, the network said yesterday. The drama was last seen May 29, an action-packed finale with an exploded freighter, a stabbing and a boat rescue. The show will air regularly at 9 p.m. Wednesdays.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS

Comedian Jonathan Winters, 83.

Singer Marshall Crenshaw, 55.

Actor Stanley Tucci, 48.

Actress Demi Moore, 46.

Actress Calista Flockhart, 44.

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, 34.

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