Alex not so great ...
"Alexander" may be getting lukewarm reviews in the states, but filmmaker Oliver Stone believes the epic flick will get a better welcome among European audiences. Stone made his statement while at the Stockholm International Film Festival to pick up a lifetime achievement award and promote "Alexander," which was having its European premiere in Stockholm.
"I think one of the reasons I am being honored here in Sweden is that (Europeans) tend to see me a little differently than they do in the U.S.," Stone said Thursday.
He said the film "is not an easy movie, but then I've never made easy movies." His previous films include "JFK," "Born on the Fourth of July" and "Platoon."
Britney a mom? ...
Britney Spears pregnant?
Sure sounds that way, according to MSNBC.com. The newlywed singer has posted a message on her subscription-only fan site, in which she rhapsodizes over the joys of staying home and cooking, advocates having children while you're still young and proclaims that mothers shouldn't work outside the home. Spears recently announced that she was taking at least a few years off before touring again.
"A lot of people think you should wait till you're older to have kids," Spears writes. "I've had a career since I was 16, have traveled around the world and back and even kissed Madonna! The only thing I haven't done so far is experience the closest thing to God and that's having a baby. I can't wait!"
Bilge at the bottom . . .
"Baywatch" was voted the worst-ever U.S. television import in a British survey.
The same survey, which was released Thursday, ranked the 25 best U.S. imports, with "The Simpsons," "Dallas," "MASH," "24" and "The Larry Sanders Show" leading the pack.
"Baywatch," the sun-bleached saga of California lifeguards starring Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff, was once ranked the world's most popular program, with viewers in 140 countries.
Broadcast magazine's poll of about 20 TV program buyers acknowledged the appeal of the sexy "Baywatch" cast but said its scripts suffered from "mind-numbing predictability: beachgoer is saved from drowning."
The rest of the Bottom Ten: "The Anna Nicole Show," "The Dukes of Hazzard," "Wild Palms," "Manimal," "The Jerry Springer Show," "Knots Landing," "Falcon Crest," "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "Extreme Makeover."
Cameron resurfaces ...
His career afloat on the success of "Titanic" seven years ago, James Cameron has gone underwater, making 3-D documentaries about his deep-sea explorations.
But the director is finally surfacing and returning to science fiction with "Battle Angel," a three-dimensional movie set in the 26th century.
Cameron, who also directed "Aliens" and the first two "Terminator" movies, told the Associated Press he expects to start shooting in May or June. The film will take two years to make and will include about 1,500 visual effects shots.
"It's based on a series of graphic novels done by a Japanese artist called Kishiro," said Cameron, 50, whose "Titanic" won 11 Academy Awards including best picture and best director, and is the highest-grossing film of all time.