Friday, April 9, 2004
'Grace' gives birth to son
Los Angeles -- Now it's "Will & Grace" -- and baby.
Debra Messing, co-star of the NBC sitcom, gave birth to a son Wednesday. The baby weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces and was 19 inches long, publicist Annett Wolf said Thursday. It's the first child for Messing and her husband, screenwriter Daniel Zelman.
Messing, 35, was unable to appear in this season's final four episodes of "Will & Grace." She stars opposite Eric McCormack in the show about a straight woman and her gay best friend.
Last week, NBC announced that Messing's doctor had asked her to stay off her feet for the remainder of her pregnancy, which led to her absence from the season's final installments.
'Queer Eye' sets sights on women
New York -- Fashion-challenged women will get their due when a companion to "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" arrives on Bravo.
Set to debut next year, the distaff spin-off of Bravo's smash series will be set in Los Angeles, where a team of gay stylists will be dispatched to help their female charges look, feel and live better.
Just how closely the 13-episode series will mirror the show that inspired it is yet to be determined, but the basic makeover in such problems areas as food and wine, grooming, fashion, interior design and culture will likely be similar.
Duchovny sees 'X-Files' revival
Los Angeles -- David Duchovny expects that Mulder and Scully will ride again one day.
Duchovny said a second big-screen installment of "The X-Files" remained in the works. Though he doesn't know the plot, Duchovny said "X-Files" creator Chris Carter had signed off on the story premise.
Duchovny starred as alien-hunting FBI agent Mulder for seven full seasons of "The X-Files," worked part-time for an eighth season and returned for the series finale at the end of season nine.
He and co-star Gillian Anderson, who played Mulder's skeptical partner, Scully, also starred in the 1998 movie version of "The X-Files."
Johansson talks up 'SpongeBob'
New York -- Scarlett Johansson will be the voice of Mindy, the mermaid daughter of King Neptune (Jeffrey Tambor) in "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie," set to hit the big screen Nov. 19.
SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg tells Entertainment Weekly in its April 9 issue that Johansson "really likes cartoons."
"She told me she's a huge 'Ren & Stimpy' fan, too," he said.
Hillenburg said Alec Baldwin, who voices a hit man named Dennis who's hired by plankton to kill SpongeBob, "actually did it over the phone from New York, so it was pretty easy for him."
So Baldwin literally phoned it in?
"I wouldn't say that about his performance," Hillenburg laughed. "He might be mad if we said that. Technically, it was like he was in another booth in the studio."