PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS
The 28th Annual People's Choice Awards are in the books, leaving Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts with more trophies for the mantel -- Hanks with a pair of awards for favorite motion picture actor and favorite dramatic motion picture and Roberts with her eighth favorite motion picture actress award.
"Shrek" won for favorite motion picture, and Eddie Murphy won for favorite motion picture star in a comedy.
As determined by the Gallup polling organization, the people's choice for favorite TV drama series was "ER," and the choice for favorite TV comedy series was "Friends."
There was a tie between Kelsey Grammer of "Frasier" and Ray Romano of "Everybody Loves Raymond" for favorite male TV performer. Jennifer Aniston of "Friends" was named favorite female TV performer. "My Wife and Kids" won for favorite new TV comedy series, and "Alias" won for favorite new TV drama series. Damon Wayans of "My Wife and Kids" and Reba McEntire of "Reba" won for favorite male and female performers in a new TV series.
"Survivor: The Australian Outback" won for favorite reality-based TV program, and "Days of Our Lives" won for favorite daytime drama series.
(Thanks to UPI Hollywood Reporter Pat Nason)
Philadelphia-born pop singer Cara Jones is a huge hit in Japan. Now she's hoping for similar success in her native land. This Wednesday, "Spit It Out" -- the lead track from Jones' latest album "Now" -- will be featured in the opening scene of the hit WB television show "Dawson's Creek."
While with Warner Music, Jones' Japanese fans pushed her into the Top 20 twice, while songs penned by Jones have hit the Top Three. She was the voice of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, and can be heard on GPS systems in Jaguar and Lincoln automobiles.
(Web site: carajones.com)
"The Fantasticks" closed Sunday at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York's Greenwich Village after a run of 42 years, making it the longest running show in American theatrical history and the second longest running stage show in the world.
Only "The Mousetrap," a dramatization of an Agatha Christie murder mystery, has had a longer run. The London show is in its 49th year and shows no signs of slowing down.
The show had been limping along for years, dependent almost completely on tourists for its audience -- a source that dried up after the twin towers disaster less than a mile away from the theater. When the curtain came down its final time Sunday evening, "The Fantasticks" had played 17,162 performances.
Scores of actors and actresses who started out in the cast of "The Fantasticks" have gone on to win the top awards for stage, film, and television performances. They include Jerry Orbach -- the original El Gallo -- who's currently starring in TV's "Law and Order."
(Thanks to UPI's Frederick M. Winship in New York)
KEMAL ATATURK BIOPIC
Good news for Turkey from the West Coast. Hollywood has decided to go ahead with a film about Kemal Ataturk, based on the Lord Kinross biography. The project had been on the drawing board for some time, and was originally to star Antonio Banderas, but was derailed by protests from anti-Turkish lobbies, in particular by American-Armenians.
(From UPI Hears)