The Hollywood Minute
March 8, 1996
Web posted at: 7:30 p.m. EST
From Entertainment Correspondent Dennis Michael
HOLLYWOOD, California (CNN) -- What's a Grammy worth? Ask Alanis Morissette. The singer's album "Jagged Little Pill" returned to the top of the Soundscan Album Sales Chart after Morissette won four Grammies at the 38th annual Grammy Awards.
Daily Variety reports that actor Alec Baldwin has four films in his future. "Ghost of Mississippi" is scheduled to be his next project, to be followed by "Second Nature," "Bodies Electric," and the generically designated "Cop Comedy."
In other casting news, Daily Variety reports Arnold Schwarzenegger is still actively interested in playing the bad guy, Mr. Freeze, in "Batman and Robin." However, the chances of Schwarzenegger taking on the role may be in for a nosedive as he is also committed to another project, called "Wings of Eagles." If Schwarzenegger gets frozen out, Variety reports Bruce Willis may be a possible replacement.
George Hamilton and his ex-wife, Alana, are leaving the daytime schedule. Rysher Entertainment has pulled the plug on "George and Alana" due to low ratings. Daily Variety reports the show will continue in production until the end of the month.
Wesley Snipes is out of "Sandblast." The actor had to drop out of the desert thriller because of schedule conflicts. According to Daily Variety's Dish Column, Eddie Murphy, who was connected to the film earlier, also had to bail out, leaving Warner Brother's looking for another star.
Ozzy Osbourne is reorganizing his touring schedule. The heavy metal veteran had to postpone shows in Nevada and Arizona because of a respiratory infection. He'll pick up the shows next month. Osbourne won a Grammy on February 28 for Best Metal Performance and Vocal.
"ER's" Noah Wyle hopes to help some people avoid illness in real life. The actor became the spokesman for the Skin Cancer Foundation after an episode of "ER" in which he spotted a skin cancer on a patient.
The artist formerly known as Prince is now the artist formerly booked at the Palace. Officials at the Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit say the Purple One was supposed to have a show there on March 19, but now he has canceled. The show is apparently a warmup for a concert tour that Mr. Unpronounceable Symbol has planned for the summer.
Whitney Houston will be mistress of ceremonies for the ninth annual Kid's Choice Awards to air on the Nickelodeon Television Network in mid-May. Houston has been nominated for the Kids Choice Hall of Fame.
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