MUST SEE MTV Baby, she’s back! Britney Spears’ new video, ”Stronger,” debuts on MTV tomorrow (4:30 p.m.) after postproduction glitches delayed its premiere two weeks ago. The clip has sparked particular interest among fans and industry watchers because it arrives on the heels of Britney’s breakout (of her clothes) performance on the MTV Video Awards. And it’s directed by Joseph Kahn, who also helmed videos for Sisqó’s naughty ”Thong Song” and Faith Hill’s ”The Way You Love Me,” in which she goes from country sweetheart to leather clad dominatrix. ”Stronger” will air during the net’s ”Making the Video” program, which looks behind the scenes at video shoots. Expect to see a midriff baring Brit in assorted black, Stevie Nicks style getups, sporting fake butterfly tattoos, grabbing her crotch, kicking chairs, and spouting such witticisms as ”it’s all good” and ”let’s do this.” What’s next? Christina Aguilera shooting a video on the set of HBO’s ”G String Divas”? – Craig Seymour
TALK Relax. Even though she’s threatened to leave, Oprah isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The queen of daytime talk has signed a new two year contract that will keep ”The Oprah Winfrey Show” on the air through the 2003 to ‘04 season. ”I’m finally at a point in my life where I’m doing the kind of shows I’ve always wanted to do, helping people see themselves more clearly and to make choices that lead to more fulfilled lives,” Winfrey said. And fortunately, we also get to see her very clearly on the cover of O magazine each month.
LEGALESE Ousted Third Eye Blind member Kevin Cadogan is taking legal action against his former bandmates. The guitarist has filed a lawsuit claiming that he was promised half ownership of the group back in 1993. But as Blind grew in popularity, the bulk of the wealth went to their founder, lead singer Stephan Jenkins, he claims. Cadogan also says he cowrote 14 of the songs on their two multiplatinum albums, ”Third Eye Blind” and ”Semi Charmed Life.” ”My clients do not believe there is any validity to any of Mr. Cadogan’s claims,” the group’s attorney Stephen Kroft told the Associated Press.
UNIONS Surprise! Certain members of the press are certain that Madonna and Guy Ritchie are preparing for matrimony. Though no official announcement has been made, Us Weekly claims in this week’s issue that the couple has already sent out wedding invites for a ceremony in December. The magical moment is supposed to take place at a Scottish castle. But the Material Mom’s publicist, Liz Rosenberg, has dismissed the rumors, saying that the pair is merely planning a ”family vacation.” The castle is just perfect for a family of four.
HONORED People Magazine named Brad Pitt its sexiest man alive – again. Thank goodness: This has been keeping us awake at night for months.
CASTING Somebody’s getting ready to write a big check for Julia Roberts. The $25 million star is in negotiations to join Pitt in the upcoming flick ”Replay,” according to Variety. The film deals with a 43 year old man who dies of a heart attack and reawakens to find himself back in college. He then has to correct his life’s mistakes. This is when he learns that being the sexiest man alive isn’t everything…. Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore have signed on to appear in the comedy ”The Duplex.” The movie is about a couple who have the opportunity to move into a gorgeous apartment in New York – if only they can find the will to bump off its tenant, a little old lady. Sounds more like a documentary on the woes of finding an apartment in the Gritty City to us.
MUSIC HISTORY For years Michael Jackson has taken second place to the Eagles in terms of all time popularity. No more. As of Halloween, ”Thriller” has matched the ’70s band’s ”Greatest Hits” collection in total sales, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. The Jackson effort is now on par with the Eagles’ 26 million.
TV NEWS Fans of ”Beverly Hills, 90210,” rejoice! Bad girl Tiffani Thiessen is in negotiations to return to TV, with her own ABC series, Variety reports. The pilot, tentatively titled ”Something About Tiffani,” focuses on a beer guzzling fatty who ditches her fiancé at the altar. She then leaves the country for several months, returning home 70 pounds lighter. Upon seeing the new and improved Tiffani, her three male roommates have no idea what to do. Sounds like an awesome vehicle for Jenny Craig commercials!