AWARDS ALERT By now you’ve already memorized the list of Oscar nominees, but how about the Razzie Awards? That’s right, the trophy for Hollywood’s worst and dimmest were announced Monday. John Travolta’s brainchild ”Battlefield Earth” led the pack with eight nominations for the Golden Raspberry Awards, including worst picture, actor, screen couple, and supporting actors. Competing against ”Earth” are ”Little Nicky,” ”Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2,” and ”The Next Best Thing.” Leonardo DiCaprio (”The Beach”), Adam Sandler (”Little Nicky”), Arnold Schwarzenegger (”The 6th Day”), and Sylvester Stallone (”Get Carter”) join Travolta – who got a dual nod for ”Earth” and ”Lucky Numbers” – in the worst actor category.
As for the ladies, Kim Basinger also pulled a Steven Soderbergh with tag team nominations for ”Bless the Child” and ”I Dreamed of Africa.” Her competitors are Melanie Griffith(”Cecil B. Demented”), Madonna (”The Next Best Thing”), Bette Midler (”Isn’t She Great”), and Demi Moore (”Passion of Mind”). Winners, who receive a $4.27 trophy of a spray painted gold plastic raspberry atop a film canister, will be announced March 24, one day before the Academy Awards.
CASTING A listers Sandra Bullock and Ashley Judd are reteaming (remember ”A Time to Kill”?) for the ensemble adaptation of ”Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.” Ellen Burstyn is also in negotiations to star. Oscar winning screenwriter Callie Khouri (”Thelma & Louise”) will direct…. Rebecca Romijn-Stamos is in final talks to star opposite Antonio Banderas and Jean Reno (”Ronin”) in the noir thriller ”Femme Fatale.” Director Brian De Palma, who also wrote the script, has surprised many insiders who believed a more experienced beauty would land the leading role. A former model, Romijn-Stamos will play an ex con trying to escape her past life. Sorry ”Nikita” fans, Peta Wilson isn’t in the running.
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Move over, Will Ferrell. ”South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have finally chosen someone to play the president for their Comedy Central show ”That’s My Bush!” Timothy Bottoms, best known for playing Sonny Crawford in Peter Bogdanovich’s ”The Last Picture Show” and ”Texasville,” will now play the most famous Texan on earth: President George W. Bush. Although the producers have yet to cast the rest of the ensemble – including the role of Laura Bush – the sitcom will premiere at 10:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 4.
TUBE NEWS Fox loves its time warp sitcom ”That ’70s Show.” The network announced Monday that it’s renewing ”Show,” which debuted in 1998, through at least the 2002 - 2003 season. Starring Topher Grace and Laura Prepon, the series about six Wisconsin teens will get a chance to air more than 100 episodes during its guaranteed five season run. That’s enough bellbottoms, eight tracks, and pot smokin’ nostalgia to keep any 40 year old viewer happy.
OBIT Character actor Lewis Arquette – father of Rosanna, Richmond, Patricia, Alexis, and David, died of congestive heart failure at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 65. Born in Chicago, Arquette went to perform on Broadway and in the famed Second City comedy troupe. Arquette most recently played the Cardinal in ”Little Nicky,” but had roles in ”Best in Show,” ”Waiting for Guffman,” ”Scream 2,” and more than 50 other film and television projects.