Thursday, May 15, 2003
An 'SNL' homecoming
New York -- He's played Beldar Conehead, Elwood Blues and Fred Garvin, male prostitute. But this Saturday, you can call Dan Aykroyd host.
Aykroyd, an original "Saturday Night Live" cast member, returns to the sketch comedy show this weekend to serve as host for the first time. His appearance on the season finale is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. CDT Saturday on NBC, Sunflower Broadband Channels 8 and 14.
The 50-year-old actor and comedian was on "SNL" from 1975-80, and he made his name with original characters and impressions of Richard Nixon.
A Texas legend
Austin, Texas -- The Texas Senate honored Willie Nelson, with state Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos calling the singer a "true legend." The room erupted into cheers and applause.
"This Texas treasure has talked the talk and he's walked the walk, and we thank him for allowing us to celebrate stages and stages of his life today in the Texas Senate," Barrientos said.
Barrientos gave him a Texas flag that was flown Friday over the Capitol and an official gavel that read: "To Willie Hugh Nelson, a Texas legend, happy birthday."
Nelson turned 70 on April 30.
No evil intention
New York -- CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves was caught uttering the world's worst quote -- and he realized it instantly.
Moonves was talking to reporters Wednesday about the CBS two-part movie, "Hitler: The Rise of Evil," which is scheduled to air Sunday and Tuesday.
"We're very proud of 'Hitler,"' Moonves said.
"The miniseries!" he quickly amended, as the audience laughed. "Don't put that quote in. That's a career-ender right there."
CBS received some criticism for making a movie about one of history's greatest villains. But a Jewish leader who had been critical, Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League, praised the film after seeing it for providing a powerful history lesson.
Pumped up on video games
Los Angeles -- "Pumping Iron," the video game?
It could happen, according to bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-video-game-enthusiast Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The action star is promoting his new movie, "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," due in theaters July 2. He also stars in an Atari video game based on the movie that will be released this fall.
It's the first time Schwarzenegger has contributed his likeness and voice to a video game.
Now that he's indicated his willingness to appear in video games, the 55-year-old said companies were approaching him with ideas, including a pitch to make a game based on the film that launched his career, the 1977 weightlifting documentary "Pumping Iron."
"That is actually a great idea," Schwarzenegger said. "Two companies came to me with that idea to make it interactive, to have pose-offs."