Entertainment News from August 2001
- Heartthrob actor Ben Affleck announces that he has checked himself into the Promises rehabilitation center for alcohol abuse. Robert Downey, Jr. and Paula Poundstone are also undergoing treatment at the facility.
- 'N Sync's new album, Celebrity, debuts to impressive numbers, selling 1.88 million copies in its first week of release. It's the second-biggest album debut in history, behind, yes, 'N Sync's No Strings Attached (2000), which sold 2.4 million copies in its first week on shelves.
- Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith marry at the 800-year-old Ballintubber Abbey in County Mayo, western Ireland. The Chieftains, an Irish band, entertains the guests at Ashford Castle.
- Actress Rebecca Gayheart is sued for wrongful death by the parents of Jorge Cruz, Jr. The 9-year-old boy died after she hit him while driving her Jeep Grand Cherokee in Hollywood on June 13.
- Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman show up for the L.A. premiere of The Others, the spooky film which Kidman starred in and Cruise produced. They do not arrive together, however. Kidman takes the stroll down the red carpet nearly one-half hour before her former hubby. Neither brings a date.
- George Lucas announces on his website that the next installment in his Star Wars prequel trilogy will be called Episode II: Attack of the Clones. The title refers to the Clone War that Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker's father fought in together.
- Oscar-winner Russell Crowe announces that for his next film project, he will be behind the camera. He plans to direct, write, produce, and possible star in the World War II film The Long Green Shore, about Australia's role in the war.
- Diva Mariah Carey leaves the undisclosed Connecticut hospital after a one-month stay following a physical and emotional breakdown.
- Johnny Knoxville, the star of MTV's controversial but popular original series Jackass, quits the show, which is then cancelled. The show, which features the host undertaking ridiculously dangerous stunts, such as setting himself on fire and jumping over a moving car, has sparked numerous protests and led to several copycat injures.
- The Hollywood Reporter reports that MTV flame Carson Daly has signed on to host NBC's Later, which has been on hiatus since the beginning of the year. TRL fans need not worry; he's not abandoning the gig that made him famous. He will have a much longer day, however.
- Survivor champ Richard Hatch allegedly pushes a former lover down a staircase after the man tries to force his way into Hatch's home. The altercation results in an arrest on domestic assault charges for Hatch, who then seeks—and receives—a restraining order against Glenn Boyanowski.
- Harrison Ford and his wife, screenwriter Melissa Mathison, have separated again. They reconciled a few months ago, after separating in November 2000.
- Rhythm-and-blues singer and actress Aaliyah (Aaliyah Haughton) dies in a plane crash. She was on the brink of becoming a superstar when a twin-engine Cessna crashes shortly after takeoff from the Bahamas. Eight others die in the crash. She had just shot a video on Abaco Island. Her recent self-titled album reached No. 2 on the Billboard album chart. She appeared in the 2000 film Romeo Must Die and in the upcoming Queen of the Damned.