Hollywood Digest

By PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter


HBO was the dominant player when the Directors Guild of America announced the nominees for its 2002 TV awards Thursday, taking eight of the 15 nominations.


NBC was second with three nominations, followed by CBS with two. ABC and PBS had one each.

HBO's Golden Globe-winning comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm took three of the five nominations in the comedy series category. The premium channel's "Sex and the City" was also nominated along with NBC's "Will & Grace" -- for which veteran comedy director James Burrows received his 19th DGA nomination.

In the drama series category, HBO took three of the five nominations -- two for "The Sopranos" and one for "Six Feet Under." NBC's "The West Wing" took the other two nominations in the category.

HBO only managed one of the five nominations in the musical variety category, for "Robin Williams Live on Broadway." CBS took two nominations in the category, for "Late Show with David Letterman" and "The 56th Annual Tony Awards."


PBS was nominated for "From Broadway: Fosse" ("Great Performances: Dance in America"). And ABC was nominated for "The 74th Annual Academy Awards" -- which represented director Louis J. Horvitz's 9th DGA Award nomination.

Winners will be announced March 1 at the 55th DGA Awards ceremonies in Los Angeles.


Steven Spielberg is reportedly in final talks to direct Tom Hanks in "Terminal," a comedy about a man who gets stranded at an airport and winds up living there.

Spielberg has previously directed Hanks in the World War II drama "Saving Private Ryan" and the current box-office hit "Catch Me if You Can."

"Terminal" involves an Eastern European immigrant whose passport is voided when his homeland disappears from the map as a result of war -- so he just takes up residence at the airport where he was stranded.


The Hollywood Reporter said Friday that Toni Collette is in talks to join the cast of "Connie and Carla," actress-writer Nia Vardalos' follow-up to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."

Collette, who most recently appeared in "The Hours" and "About a Boy" was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for "The Sixth Sense." Michael Lembeck ("The Santa Clause 2") is directing "Connie and Carla."


The movie -- described as a cross between "Tootsie" and "Some Like It Hot" -- is about two dinner-theater performers who are forced to go into hiding as drag queens in Los Angeles.


John Prine will receive the "Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to Songwriting" at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in London Monday.

Prine -- who happens to be president of his own record label, Oh Boy Records -- is expected to be on hand to pick up the award in person. Radio 2 will broadcast the show, and the proceedings will also be available online following the ceremony (


Hey, Dexter Jackson, you just won the Super Bowl -- what are you going to do now?

Most years, the Super Bowl MVP hollers back at the camera, "I'm going to Disney World!" Or Disneyland, depending.

Disney normally contracts ahead of time with MVP prospects to tape the moment immediately after the game, but this year they apparently didn't have Jackson on their list of possible MVP winners -- so he was not available to take part in the magic moment.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety joked with reporters that he would go to Six Flags instead, and sure enough, he's going to Six Flags Magic Mountain in Southern California on Saturday.


Park officials have arranged for Jackson to spend some time at the park with some young fans from the Boys and Girls Club.

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