Boot for Brosnan? ...
In his nine years as Agent 007, Pierce Brosnan has survived every variety of ticking bomb and lethal babe. But his own mouth may have finally done him in: It looks more and more likely that Brosnan will be booted out of Her Majesty's Secret Service, reports the New York Daily News.
Over the past few months, Brosnan has been fencing with Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.
"They don't know what to do," Brosnan sniped in one interview. "They don't know how to move on. A sense of paralysis has set in."
Brosnan, with an option for one more Bond film, complained that the latest, "Die Another Day," was a tad "formulaic." He and Bond 21 screenwriters Andrew Neal and Robert Wade lobbied to cut back on special effects and return to the taut plots of creator Ian Fleming.
Now the producers have given Brosnan what he wanted -- the old Bond. Only they want a younger 007, so the 51-year-old Brosnan may be out.
Among the actors mentioned to replace him are Hugh Jackman, Heath Ledger, Colin Firth, Clive Owen, Jude Law, Ewan McGregor, Gerard Butler and Cuba Gooding Jr.
Ja Rule breaker ...
Ja Rule appeared in a Toronto court and was released on $7,500 bail on an assault charge.
The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, didn't enter a plea Monday on the charge of assault causing bodily harm. He's scheduled to return to Provincial Court Aug. 30 for a trial date to be set.
There is a court-ordered publication ban on the evidence, although police said earlier the charges stem from an incident at a Toronto nightclub on June 5.
Atkins, of Saddle River, N.J., signed autographs for fans outside court before driving away in a tinted car with his lawyer and two bodyguards.
According to his bail conditions, Atkins is not to consume alcohol while in Canada, contact the alleged victim and witnesses or be in the downtown entertainment district unless it's for work.
Getting bolder ...
Prince Charles and his companion, Camilla Parker Bowles, stepped out together at a reception celebrating the prince's charitable work.
The couple, whose relationship has grown increasingly open over the last few years, arrived together at St. James's Palace for the champagne reception Monday in honor of the Prince's Trust, a charity that helps underprivileged youngsters.
The prince saluted the trust's celebrity "ambassadors" from the worlds of music, drama and fashion, including "Pop Idol" winner Will Young, soul singer Jamelia and Queen guitarist Brian May.
Charles and Camilla, both of whom are divorced, have been cautious about launching their relationship in public since the death of Princess Diana in 1997. Parker Bowles has been increasingly seen at the prince's side, but joint appearances at official functions have been few -- because their relationship has not been formalized and out of deference to Charles's mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Moore on the way ...
The success of "Fahrenheit 9/1 1" is making Michael Moore's life a bit easier on his next film.
With "Fahrenheit 9/1 1" becoming the first documentary to cross the $100 million mark at the domestic box office, director Moore expects a smooth path on raising money to make "Sicko," his critique of health-maintenance organizations.
Moore would not provide details but said financing of his next movie was in the works, thanks to "Fahrenheit 9/1 1," which cost just $6 million to make.
"Clearly, if you make a movie that has this ratio of how much it costs to its gross, you're going to find an easy time making your next film," Moore said in a conference call with reporters over the weekend.
The idea for "Sicko" stems from a segment Moore did on his "The Awful Truth" TV show, in which he staged a mock funeral at an HMO for a patient denied an organ transplant he needed to survive. The HMO relented and paid for the transplant.