Some updates on stories PopWatch has covered recently:
1. Is Harvey Keitel going to replace Mandy Patinkin on Criminal Minds? The Hollywood Reporter says he’s in talks to take over the crime drama from Patinkin, who mysteriously quit the show last month. But CM fansite Criminal Minds Fanatic has posted what it says is a statement from producer Ed Bernero, saying that a Keitel hire probably isn’t going to happen, though an announcement of Patinkin’s replacement should be coming soon. Just as well; did you really want the Bad Lieutenant (pictured) heading up an elite TV crimefighting team?
2. Looks like Michael Slezak’s petition drive to keep the Mr. Big character (and actor Chris Noth) out of the Sex and the City movie has failed. Sorry, man.
3. AT&T blames a third-party vendor for snipping Pearl Jam’s anti-Bush lyrics from a webcast of the band’s Lollapalooza performance. The company apologizes for what it calls a violation of its own free-speech policy and says it’s negotiating with the band to stream the unedited performance on its Blue Room site. (You can see the unexpurgated clip on Pearl Jam’s own site.) Show of hands: Who is willing to take AT&T at its word, accept the company’s apology, and feel reassured that that there will be no similar free-speech violations in AT&T’s future offerings?