- The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Will Smith and Barry Sonnenfeld have agreed to put the kibosh on plans for a Muhammad Ali film. Sony plans to keep the project in development, with another director and star.
- Veronica's Closet's Wallace Langham is arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery and committing a hate crime. The charges stem from a Sept. incident in which he allegedly verbally and physically attacked a gay tabloid reporter. Langham,
who plays a sexually ambiguous character on the sitcom, claims the unidentified reporter made rude comments to Langham's girlfriend, and he was defending her.
- Waking Ned Devine's Ian Bannen dies in a car crash in Scotland. He was 71. His other film credits include The Flight of the Phoenix, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, Braveheart, and Hope and Glory.
- People magazine once again looks to the silver set for its pick of the “Sexiest Man Alive,” thus honoring 50-year-old Richard Gere. Last year the magazine chose Harrison Ford, who was 56 at the time.
- The latest in the Carmen Electra-Dennis Rodman saga has the two being arrested on domestic violence charges following a fight in a Miami Beach hotel.
- Jerry Seinfeld's publicist confirms that he and Jessica Sklar are engaged to be married. Seinfeld, 45, and Sklar, 28, met last summer. At the time, she was newly married to Broadway producer Eric Nederlander.
- Mary Kay Bergman, the voice of nearly all the female characters on South Park, kills herself in her California home. She also voiced characters in Beauty and the Beast and The Iron Giant, and was the official voice of
- Brandy Norwood, the singer and star of UPN's Moesha, undergoes treatment for dehydration at a hospital in Southern California.
- Jay Moloney, once a rising star among Hollywood's talent agent elite hangs himself in his Los Angeles home. He represented several A-list celebrities, including Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Uma Thurman. He fought substance abuse for years,
despite stints in rehab centers.
- Regis Philbin finally dishes out a million bucks on his wildly popular quiz show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. IRS employee John Carpenter takes home by far the biggest jackpot ever awarded on a gameshow.
- Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston set the rumor running at full throttle when the pair show up at a Sting concert, with Aniston sporting a big, shiny diamond on her left hand. Aniston and Pitt join Sting on stage to sing a song about a Vegas wedding. The
actors' agents both agents deny it is an engagement ring.
- Toy Story 2 dominates theaters over the Thanksgiving-weekend and shatters box-office records. In its opening five-day weekend, it grossed a whopping $80.8 million. Last year's A Bug's Life previously
held the record, which was $45.7 million.