Aug 25, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Chris Rock hosts the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards Thursday in New York. Billing him as the “master of comic disaster,” an MTV promo promises that Mr. Rock will “wreak havoc on the music industry.” Celebrity guests will include Drew Barrymore, Pamela Anderson and P. Diddy. Musical performers include Christina Aguilera, Coldplay, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Metallica, Good Charlotte and 50 Cent.
That Foxy Franken
Comedian, author and political provocateur Al Franken will occupy the liberal’s chair on CNN’s “Crossfire” on Monday and Tuesday, facing off with conservative Tucker Carlson. Mr. Franken knows something about facing off with conservatives. Late last week, a federal judge in New York denied a request by Fox News Channel for an injunction to block distribution of his new book, “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them,” subtitled “A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right.” Fox trademarked the phrase “fair and balanced” in 1998. U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin ruled that Fox’s claim was “without merit, both factually and legally.”
Dave’s milestone
“Late Show With David Letterman” will mark 10 years with CBS on Saturday. Since the show was not in production the past two weeks, there has been no hint of how the occasion will be marked. A CBS publicist said they would decide when everyone returns this week, but nothing is officially in the works. If anyone needs gift suggestions, traditionalists suggest tin and/or aluminum gifts, while modernists suggest leather.