- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 23, 2003

‘Scarface’ the series

Brian De Palma’s iconic gangster film “Scarface” will be reborn as a television miniseries.

USA Network will create a television version of the 1983 film, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The film reaffirmed its pop culture relevancy in recent weeks with a theatrical rerelease and a two-disc anniversary edition. The Hollywood Reporter says the DVD version has sold more than 2 million copies so far.

The tale of Tony Montana, memorably portrayed by Al Pacino, may be expanded to include new storylines or simply revisit the events of the violent film itself.

A four-hour edition of the film aired on USA Oct. 12 and earned huge ratings — 3.6 million total viewers.

Hilton jilts Dave

Paris Hilton won’t be visiting “The Late Show with David Letterman” this week as originally planned.

The suddenly shy socialite, the star of an upcoming Fox reality series “The Simple Life,” was to swing by Mr. Letterman’s studio Wednesday. But the publicity generated by a steamy sex tape featuring Miss Hilton, which recently hit the Internet, is causing her to change her schedule.

A spokesman at Dan Klores Communications, the public relations firm that represents Miss Hilton, said the 22-year-old was scrapping all planned media appearances to promote her new TV show, according to the Associated Press.

The heiress to the Hilton Hotel fortune co-stars in the upcoming Fox series in which she and Nicole Richie, Lionel Richie’s daughter, live on a farm for a few weeks. A two-part premiere airs Dec. 2-3.

The spokesman said no slight on Mr. Letterman was intended. He added that Miss Hilton wants to keep a lower profile because of the extraordinary amount of attention she’s received from her now-ubiquitous Internet porn video.

Miss Hilton said last week that she was “embarrassed and humiliated” that a homemade sex video she shot three years ago with then-boyfriend Rick Salomon has been making the rounds online, the AP reports.

UPN’s ‘Model’ search

UPN is bringing back supermodel Tyra Banks and her beautiful friends next year for a second dose of “America’s Next Top Model.”

The new season, airing each Tuesday, begins Jan. 13.

Miss Banks, a Victoria’s Secret spokesmodel who created the series, returns as the head of the show’s judging panel.

Helping her select the stunners from the merely gorgeous will be former supermodel Janice Dickinson, the senior fashion editor for Jane magazine, plus guest judges.

Waitress Adrianne Curry, 20, of Joliet, Ill., became the series’ first winner in July, edging out Shannon Stewart, 18, a student from Franklin, Ohio, and Elyse Sewell, 20, a clinical researcher from Albuquerque, N.M.

Ten women were initially chosen as finalists, with one eliminated each week by the panel of judges.

Next year’s winner will earn a chance at a Revlon modeling contract — as well as countless viewers telling her, “you’re pretty, but not that pretty” from the comfort of their couches.

More ‘Monk’

ABC is bringing back “Monk,” the curious, quasi-comedy which began its life on USA Network, beginning early next year.

The Emmy Award-winning show’s second season will debut Jan. 17.

“Monk” stars Tony Shalhoub, who this year won an Emmy for the title role, as an obsessive-compulsive detective.

On the new season, the death of his wife shatters Monk’s life, fueling his disorder and causing his star to drop within the San Francisco Police Department. The condition costs him his job, so he turns to private consultation work. Meanwhile, his irrational fear for germs, heights and crowds pose a challenge, but he muddles through with the help of his nurse, Sharona (Bitty Schram).

Spade ‘Rules’

“Just Shoot Me’s” David Spade will join ABC’s “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter” as part of the network’s efforts to replace the late John Ritter, Reuters News Agency reports.

The actor-comedian will portray a relative of the family at the center of the comedy for a multiple-episode arc. The show has undergone a major transformation this season following the sudden death of star John Ritter in September.

It is still undetermined whether Mr. Spade will do two or three episodes, a spokeswoman for producer Touchstone TV said last week. Mr. Spade is being courted by several networks to develop a starring comedy vehicle, but the deal with ABC and Touchstone at present only covers his services on “8 Simple Rules.”

The show, which dealt with the death of Mr. Ritter’s character in an episode that aired earlier this month, is on production hiatus until after Thanksgiving.

Production on Mr. Spade’s episodes will probably begin next month, a network spokeswoman told Reuters.

Mr. Spade first gained fame with his 1990-96 stint on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” He segued into a co-starring role on the NBC sitcom “Just Shoot Me” from 1997-2003. More recently, he has starred in the feature films “Joe Dirt” and “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star.”

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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