The Hollywood Minute
'Asteroid' hits pay dirt for NBC
From Correspondent Dennis Michael
"Asteroid's" ratings on NBC were a big blast. An estimated 50
million viewers were tuned in to watch the first night of the
NBC mini-series, giving it the highest movie ratings of the
The rock group Blur is the latest band to release its music
not only on the airwaves, but on the Internet. A segment of
the British band's recent concert will be broadcast on the
Internet later this week utilizing the new Real Audio
software for bitstream video over the Web. The Blur concert
will be the first RealVideo Internet broadcast.
Country singer Ty England is a father yet again. The singer
had a son born Valentine's Day afternoon in Nashville. The
boy was named Levi Wyatt England.
"The Cotton Club" will soon be returning to a theater near
you. Columnist Army Archerd reports producer Robert Evans is
working on a documentary about the making of the
controversial 1984 movie, with scenes never before put into
007 no more ... Former Bond Timothy Dalton tells the
Philadelphia Inquirer that he's glad he let his "license to
kill" expire. Dalton, currently seen in the comedy "The
Beautician and the Beast," says he was glad when ads for
"Goldeneye" began to appear with Pierce Brosnan as James
Bond. Dalton says his decision to quit the Bond franchise
after just two films was "the most sensible decision" he
Actor Blair Underwood is getting a call to the director's
chair. The former "L.A. Law" star will helm "Mac with
Cheese," a romantic comedy in which he will also star. Daily
Variety reports the film was written by Underwood's brother
Frank. Shooting begins this summer.
Kenny Loggins has plans for Oscar night. The singer will
perform "For the First Time," a nominated song from the film
"One Fine Day." It won't be Loggins' first trip to the
Oscars; he was nominated in 1984 for the title song from
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