Tuesday, October 7, 2003

MTV renews vows with shows

New York -- Television's guiltiest pleasure, "Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica," is coming back for a second season.

MTV announced Monday that it has renewed the reality series, which follows pop singers Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson as they muddle through married life.

The series has made the 23-year-old Simpson infamous for her inability to do even the most basic housework and for her dippy-blonde moments.

"Is this chicken, what I have, or is this fish?" she asked Lachey, 29, in the show's first episode. "I know it's tuna, but it says 'Chicken by the Sea."'

Also Monday, MTV announced it was bringing back "Doggy Fizzle Televizzle," Snoop Dogg's variety show, for a second season next year. On the series, the 31-year-old rapper-actor performs sketches as various characters, pulls pranks, interviews celebrities and introduces guests.

Tennis stars welcome daughter

Las Vegas -- Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi won't have to look far if they want to play mixed doubles. Already the parents of a boy, they now have a baby girl.

Jaz Elle Agassi was born Friday at Valley Hospital in Las Vegas, said Todd Wilson, a spokesman for Agassi Enterprises Inc.

The tennis stars married in October 2001 and their first child, son Jaden Gil, was born that month.

The two began dating after each won the French Open in 1999. Graf retired that year; Agassi is still playing and ranked No. 4 in the world.

Theater will be fit for 'King'

Wellington, New Zealand -- Fans of director Peter Jackson are lining up to buy a seat in a movie theater where the world premiere of the third "The Lord of the Rings" film will be screened in December.

Wellington's Embassy Theater Trust said Monday it had accidentally tapped into worldwide interest in the trilogy when it advertised its sponsor-a-seat program on a fan Web site.

People from Japan to the United States and Canada have been sponsoring a seat in the theater currently being refurbished for the premiere of "The Return of the King," the third movie.

Already, 613 of the total 748 sponsored seats have been snapped up, some for as much as $1,104.

Payment gives the seat owner the right to a name plaque, showing they helped rebuild the 1920s classic cinema. However, sponsoring a seat doesn't mean they get to sit in it for the premiere.

Twist of fate

New York -- Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, whose "We're Not Gonna Take It" has become the anthem for Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign, says the actor-turned-politician actually inspired that hit 1984 record.

Twisted Sister's 1984 best-selling album, "Stay Hungry," was inspired by a Schwarzenegger book Snider read in the early 1980s. Schwarzenegger also starred in a 1976 movie with the same title.

After the album sold millions, the group sent Schwarzenegger a commemorative plaque. So when Schwarzenegger's campaign contacted Snider for permission to use "We're Not Gonna Take It," Snider, who wrote the tune, didn't hesitate to say yes.