NETSCAPE ARTICLE

8/27/04

Netscape.com has a short article about Jerry turning down KJ2, and his new season on Crossing Jordan. Thanks to robandchrismom at the Jerry O'Connell Fan Forum for the news!


BECK/SMITH HOLLYWOOD EXCLUSIVE
8-27-04

O'Connell Happy Without 'Jack,' With 'Jordan,' Pic
Jerry O’Connell has more than enough on his plate these days to worry about jumping back into action with that kangaroo, Jack.

“First Daughter,” which stars Katie Holmes as the President’s (Michael Keaton) offspring, is due to open Sept. 24. Jerry co-wrote the story and served as an executive producer on the frothy romantic comedy also starring Marc Blucas, and directed by Forest Whitaker. Meanwhile, Jerry’s loving his regular role on “Crossing Jordan,” which is soon to begin its fourth season.

He’s definitely not on board the sequel to the silly 2003 “Kangaroo Jack” flick that hopped off with close to a $90 million worldwide gross.

“I was all set to do the ‘Kangaroo Jack 2’ movie and I don’t want to pooh pooh the next film,” he explains, “but a lot of people were calling me talking ‘Kangaroo guy’ and it was a little tough to shake. So I thought, ‘You know what, I better just stop my luck there and cash in my check.’”

O’Connell adds that partner-in-slapstick Anthony Anderson also turned down the follow-up flick upon learning of his decision. “As a 30-year-old actor you only get a few years to really give people a sense of what you’re capable of. That’s what I’m trying to do with ‘Crossing Jordan,’” says Jerry, whose character, police detective Woody Hoyt, has thus far not acted on his obvious romantic sparks with Jill Hennessy’s medical examiner Jordan.

PHOTO GALLERY UPDATES

8/26/04

The following new sections have been added to the Photo Gallery:

  • Blue River
  • Celebrity Adventures Peru
  • Crossing Jordan

DETAILS MAGAZINE

8/26/04

The September 2004 issue of Details magazine (Matt LeBlanc on the cover) has a Perry Ellis photo spread featuring "the stars of NBC's hit dramas." The layout includes 4 full page photos of Jerry O'Connell modeling everything from suits to underwear. You may view the photos in the Photo Gallery - layouts & headshots section of the web site. Thanks to robandchrismom at the Jerry O'Connell Fan Forum for the news!

 

US WEEKLY MENTION

8/26/04

There is a brief mention and a photo of Jerry in the August 30th 2004 edition of US Weekly on page 65:

Babe Magnets

These guys keep low profiles - but always have A-list gal pals. Why do It girls find them so irresistible?

Life of the party - Jerry O'Connell

He has acted since childhood, but the Crossing Jordan star, 30, is just a regular guy. "He likes beer instead of Cristal," says a friend. "And he's an athlete - it's the same reason a hot girl would go for the quarterback." Another pal adds, "He's fun to hang around!"

  • Sarah Micelle Gellar, 27 Dated in 1999
  • Geri Halliwell, 32 Were hot for a few weeks in fall 2003
  • Giuliana DePandi, 29 Briefly engaged in 2003; split this summer [2004]
  • Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, 31 Linked to this month.

JERRY AND REBECCA ROMIJN GOSSIP

8/26/04

This gossip was taken from philly.com:

Entertainment
Posted on Wed, Aug. 25, 2004

Becca's new man

• Talking about canoodlings and couplings, Star mag says Rebecca Romijn-Stamos is dealing with her split-up with Whatshisname just fine: She's been dating Jerry O'Connell, the baby-faced cop on NBC's Crossing Jordan, whose baby-faced charm is such a killer, no potential mother-in-law could withstand his wiles. And the baby-faced thing is characterological, too: Star says he's gushing about his new gal like a kid with a new toy, braying to his Jordan castmates, "Isn't she beautiful?" every time he brings Becca to the set.

This gossip is from the San Francisco Examiner:

SCOOP
By Bill Picture | Staff Writer
Published on Thursday, August 26, 2004

She loves a parade

Rebecca Romijn-Stamos has reportedly been hanging around the set of NBC's "Crossing Jordan." A spy told Star magazine that newly single Rebecca (her husband John filed for divorce last week) is dating one of the show's stars, Jerry O'Connell, who, according to the source, loves parading the former model around in front of the cast and crew. "Each time he introduced her, he'd beam and say, 'Isn't she beautiful? Look how beautiful she is!'"

This appeared at vogue.co.uk:

REBECCA ROMIJN-STAMOS is enjoying the single life since her split from actor John Stamos in April. The supermodel, who announced that her five-year marriage was over in April this year, was rumoured to be dating publishing director Andy Turnbull in June. However, now she has turned her attentions to another actor: Jerry O'Connell. According to PAGESIX.COM, Victoria's Secret model Stamos has been spotted walking hand-in-hand and smooching with the Scream 2 star in various New York hotspots. (August 25 2004, AM)

Finally, this gossip appeared in Ted Casablanca's "The Awful Truth" at E! Online:

August 26, 2004

Holding hands already were...

Jerry O'Connell and Rebecca Romijn, clutching sweaty palms while strolling along Seventh Avenue. Chelsea. InWhySee. Pre-rainstorm (not to mention pre-divorce papers for Ms. Stamos), this gushy couple were walking a brown poodle. My, what a change of heart for both! Mr. O'C. was casually clad in jeans and a gray tee, while R2 wore a red tee and a white lacy miniskirt, with a blue bandana ovah her hair. And sunglasses, natch. Who is she fooling, though?

NEW CROSSING JORDAN PHOTOS

8/18/04

NBC Media Village has 3 new photos of Jerry in scenes from upcoming episodes of Crossing Jordan. Thanks to Chen for passing the news along.

Photo #1: Jerry O'Connell as Woody Hoyt
Photo #2: Woody, Devan, and Macy
Photo #3: Woody, Devan and Macy

 

INTERVIEW AT ESPN

8/18/04

This Interview with Jerry was posted at epsn.go.com. He discusses Fencing, Fellow NYU Alumni Neil Diamond, and "First Daughter". (Editorial Note - Jerry may have been stretching the truth a bit when crediting the Bush twins for being his 'reason' for writing the "First Daughter" script. Jerry sold the original screenplay in March of 1999 before G.W. Bush was elected to office. Perhaps they could have been inspiration for subsequent rewrites of the script?)

10 Burning Questions: Jerry O'Connell
By Shane Igoe
Special to Page 3

"Even if we play so far above our heads that our noses bleed for a week to 10 days; even if God in Heaven above points his hand at our side of the field; even if every man, woman and child joined hands together and prayed for us to win, it just wouldn't matter because all the really good-looking girls would still go out with the guys from Mohawk because they've got all the money! It just doesn't matter if we win or if we lose. It just doesn't matter! It just doesn't matter!"

-- Tripper Harrison (Bill Murray)
"Meatballs" (1979)


Who would have thought these campy words would inspire a starry-eyed six-year-old from New York City to propel himself onto the national stage of both sport and film?
On the big screen, you may know Jerry O'Connell as Vern, the meatball-sized kid in the 1986 hit movie adaptation of Stephen King's "Stand by Me"; or as "Cush," the brash quarterback who disses Jerry for that rat, Sugar, in "Jerry Maguire"; or even as boy-genius, time-traveling Quinn Mallory from TV's "Sliders."


But what you may not know is that the real-life Jerry O'Connell is a gifted athlete and one-time nationally-ranked fencer who placed seventh at the Junior Olympics, and was subsequently recruited to lead New York University's highly-regarded sabre fencing squad of the early 1990s.


Despite his athletic success and nostalgic classics, O'Connell remains a down-to-earth guy who remembers the '86 Mets and reveres the movie "Meatballs."
In 10 Burning Questions, he offers fencing pointers (skewering the likes of Orlando Bloom and Darth Vader), acting anecdotes, and even pokes a little fun at himself.


1. How did you get introduced to the sport of fencing?

Jerry O'Connell: I grew up in New York City, so sports like football and baseball were tough to come by because you couldn't find too many diamonds and fields. Both of my parents worked, so to keep me off the streets, they took me to fencing once a week. When it came time to apply to college, the movie "Goodfellas" had just come out and I was a big Scorsese fan, so I really wanted to go to NYU film school. I had been to the Junior Olympics for fencing and did really well, placing seventh. The NYU fencing coach, Steve Mormondo, who was at the Olympics himself, approached me and asked where I wanted to go to college. I said, "NYU." It was the only school I applied to and where I happened to go.

2. The swords of fencing are the foil, the epee and the sabre. What's the difference in terms of competition?
For foil, the only target you can score points on is the torso, crouch, chin, and neck. In epee, everything is a target -- from the tip of your toes to the last hair follicle on your head. And for sabre, everything from the waist up is a target -- even your head.
Now, epee and foil swords have a point at the end of their blades. To score, you have to actually register that point against a special metal jacket and a light goes off. In sabre, there is no point, so there's a lot of slashing.Sabre is really swashbuckling, "Pirates of the Caribbean" stuff. It's really tough for me to go see "Pirates of the Caribbean" and watch these guys fence with swords. I'm like com'on ... I could spank these guys! Why did (Jerry) Bruckheimer give this role to Orlando Bloom? Com'on, he sucks!

2b. What is the difference between fencing gear, a beekeepers suit, and a straight jacket? That's some intimidating garb.
Yeah it's a lot a gear. Luckily when you go to college, they pay for the gear, so you don't have to go it alone. It can be expensive.
Everything has to be white and you can't have any skin showing. Socks and boots have to be pulled up to your knees. Fencing is sort of trying to stay aristocratic. I'm waiting for it to make the move tennis made a few years ago, where competitors don't have to wear white all the time. Fencing can afford to spice things up a bit.

3. Who do you like in the Olympics? What countries look to be USA's toughest competition?
All of these the guys who are in Athens right now ... I grew up fencing with them. I read about Cliff Bayer and Keeth Smart, who will probably win a medal over there. And of these guys were guys who I beat up on!
It's tough because fencing is predominately a Hungarian, Russian, Polish ... an Eastern European sport. Training is hard-core. Everything is real old-school and it's all about work ethic.
Going to the fencing stalls for four-to-five hours a night, five days a week was part of me. But, not anymore. I'm not going to kid you though. There is a part of me -- it's a crazy long shot -- that thinks, 'Wow, I would love to have a comeback.'
(Editor's note: The United States won it's first medals in fencing in 20 years on Tuesday. Mariel Zaqunis took home gold and Sada Jacobson won the bronze in the women's sabre competion. )

4. Another performer, Neil Diamond, also attended NYU on a fencing scholarship. In your opinion, which is Diamond's gold standard: "Sweet Caroline," "Cracklin' Rosie," or "I am, I said"?
Yeah! I see him at all the alumni events. Hmm ... actually, I have to go with "Coming to America." It is a karaoke classic. If you throw that on, everybody is dancing.
But it's funny. I went to a couple of fencing alumni meetings and found myself sitting right next to Neil Diamond! It's hysterical. And you know, I don't know when it happened, but the two most famous NYU alum -- out of their fencing program -- are me and Neil Diamond. I mean, who'd have thought that I'd be rubbing elbows with him. My mother is very proud! I have a picture of him and her.

5. Did you have any sports idols growing up?
I've got to tell you, being in New York in 1986 (when the Mets won the World Series), just changed everything. It was a life-changing experience. Honestly, if you were a kid between the ages of 10 and 15, and you lived in New York in 1986, you really believed anything was possible.

6. Who would win in a sword fight: Jerry O'Connell or Darth Vader? O'Connell or Inigo Montoya from the "The Princess Bride"?
Aw, dude, I would whoop Darth Vader! I mean, honestly, I would have him calling me his Daddy! He'd be taking off his helmet going (in a Darth Vader voice) "Jerry, you are my father!"
As far as Inigo, you know what, he had a pretty good motivation factor. Actually, I talked a lot of trash in fencing and a lot of people didn't like me because of it. Fencing is a dignified sport, and oftentimes when I scored a big touch I'd say, "You killed my father prepare to lose!"
People did not like trash talkers in fencing. I actually had a lot of yellow cards against me, and a few touches awarded to the other side. Most people in fencing are pretty dignified and classy, so I'd throw something in when I scored a touch. I'd be like, "Get the (bleep!) out of here. Get that stuff outta here."

7. In "Stand By Me" we witness an infamous puking scene. Did you ever get butterflies before a match or do you get a nervous stomach before performing?
I'm sure. I still get nervous. Honestly, I always think about that "Meatballs" scene -- when Bill Murray gives the "It just doesn't matter" speech. I swear to you, a lot of people rent "Hoosiers" and look for that clapping scene, or "Rocky" to watch him running up the steps, but I go right to "Meatballs." That speech ... that always helped me out.

8. You starred in Mariah Carey's "Heartbreaker" video. Who is tougher to work with, and who is the bigger diva: Mariah Carey or Kangaroo Jack?

These days, Rebecca Romijn is Jerry O'Connell's leading lady.
I've got to tell you that "Kangaroo Jack" has made me popular. Now, all of the guys I work with don't want to hire a Princess Bell or the Teletubbies for their kids' birthday parties, they expect me to show up as Kangaroo Jack. So I get to make a little extra cash on the side.

9. As Frank Cushman you played a hotshot, young QB who held out for the big bucks in "Jerry Maguire." As a New York Giants fan what do you think about Eli Manning's $20 million signing bonus? Is he worth it? And who should start, Manning or Warner?
If you want to talk breeding, Eli Manning is worth every penny. I mean, Peyton is "the man" and a lot of people believe that, pound-for-pound, he's the best quarterback ever. I've been watching a lot of the preseason, and I don't want to offend the Manning family, but in his first year, I would throw Warner in there first and see how he does. Warner tends to be a little injury prone. So we'll see if he makes it through the season until Eli's ready. The great thing about Warner is that he doesn't care if he's the one holding a headset, he just wants to win. It's going to be an exciting year for the Giants.

10. You just wrote and produced your first film, "First Daughter," which comes out next month starring Katie Holmes. Which first daughter is your favorite? Jenna or Barbara Bush?
Yeah, it comes out September 24th. I love both those girls. They're the reason I wrote that script. I mean, I looked at those two girls and I thought, 'I would love to party with those two girls.'

And then I met them at a party, and they were both so nice and cute -- they really are -- and I thought it'd be great to write a script. In fact my first script was actually about two sisters and it got a little too "Bush" like, so I just made it about one daughter. It was pretty exciting though. And it was a lot of fun being in those casting sessions and getting to choose between Katie Holmes and a bunch of other girls. Good times, good times.

Shane Igoe is a writer/producer. His first book entitled "Taking the Hill : 100 Presidential Pitches from Opening Day 1904 - 2004" debuts next year. He can be reached at sigoe@youie.com.


JERRY, REBECCA ROMIJN, AND GIULIANA DePANDI MENTION IN AWFUL TRUTH

8/12/04

This gossip appeared in Ted Casablanca's "The Awful Truth" at Eonline.com (Thanks to RobandChrismom for the heads up):

The Awful Truth
August 12, 2004

He Said/She Didn't

Funny thing. When Giuliana DePandi and Jerry O'Connell went their separate ways, Mr. O. got heavyweight nasty and actually attempted to forbid my fave Italian-American anchor doll from returning to their coupledom gym, Equinox. Sniff, sniff. (What? Is he cheap? Ha!) Ah, but at Giuliana's new locale, Josh Duhamel wipes the sweat off her bra...I mean brow.

These days, Jerry-poo has a spankin'-new activity partner, the sexually adventurous Rebecca Romijn--no more Stamos. The two tragically single types were caught at the Greek ovah the weekend, fancying the musical wonders of Al Green--talk about bumpable music!

J.O. was clad in a pinstriped gabardine summer suit, while R2 had cheeky Las Vegas on the mind, 'cause this ballsy gal pranced in wearing a sequined mini and a very cropped, very backless bright pink halter top. John Stamos, what say you? Hey, have you called Giuliana yet? Imagine the concoctions in that Italian-Greek kitchen!

There were no lip-smacking locks to be had (that my Los Feliz desk could observe, at least), but there was certainly a lot of contact between this newly minted duo. They shared a bottle of wine. Jerry yawned throughout the performance. Perhaps Jare's current chica wasn't as stud-stimulating as the last one? Never mind.

"FAT SLAGS" UPDATE

8/12/04

According this recent press release in The Mirrior, "Fat Slags" should be released in the UK by the end of this year.

Thursday 12 August 2004

SLAGS IS A GOER

IF Geri Halliwell had been hoping to avoid an awkward red carpet encounter with ex-boyfriend Jerry O'Connell at the premiere of Fat Slags, she's in for a nasty surprise.

There were cruel whispers that the long overdue film, in which they both star, was going to go straight to video, but we hear it will be coming to a cinema near you before the end of the year.

The film - which is based on the Viz comic strip and also stars Naomi Campbell - was due for release at Easter.

The delay has been due in part to endless reshoots. Even the ending had to be filmed again to make it more appealing to audiences.

A spokesperson for the film: "We want to get the release date right - but it will be out before the end of the year."

Geri will be delighted.

E! NEWS LIVE - BEHIND THE SCENES OF CROSSING JORDAN

8/10/04

According to RobandChrismom at the Jerry O'Connnell Fan Forum, Jerry will be featured on E! News Live the evening of Wednesday August 11th for a behind the scenes look at Crossing Jordan. (Episode repeats at 12:00 noon pacific on Thursday the 12th). Thanks for the info!

JERRY AND REBECCA ROMIJN SIGHTING

8/10/04

This Jerry and Rebecca sighting was taken from the Philadelphia Daily News:

Posted on Tue, Aug. 10, 2004

TATTLE
gensleh@phillynews.com

You’ve got to really want a corned beef sandwich to go out for one at 6 in the morning.

But maybe that’s not what “X-Men” scorcher Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and “Crossing Jordan’s” Jerry O’Connell were hungry for at Jerry’s Deli in Studio City, Cal., as dawn broke last Friday.

Maybe they wanted a little tongue. After a heavy makeout session in the parking lot outside Jerry’s (co-owned by Internet babe Cindy Margolis and hubby Guy Starkman), Rebecca and Jerry tried to buy some wine, but Jerry’s bar was closed. So the disappointed couple — she’s recently separated from John Stamos, he’s recently disengaged from E!’s Guiliana DiPandi — went back to the car, went back to pawing each other, then took a breath to drive off.

FIRST DAUGHTER COMING TO THEATERS

8/10/04

First Daughter, a movie written and produced by Jerry O'Connell, will be coming to theaters September 24, 2004. For more information visit foxmovies.com. You can also view the trailer at apple.com. Thanks to JimLin for the information.

First Daughter

Starring: Katie Holmes, Marc Blucas, Michael Keaton, Amerie Rogers,
Genre: Comedy, Romance
MPAA Rating: PG (for language, sexual situations and alcohol-related
material)

Plot Summary: Samantha Mackenzie (Holmes) wants what every college
freshman desires: to experience life away from home and parents. But
it's not going to be easy, because home for Sam is The White
House and
her dad (Keaton), is the President of the United States. Despite her
fishbowl existence, Sam meets and falls for James (Blucas), the
Resident Advisor in her dorm. As romance blossoms, Sam discovers her
new beau is a secret service agent assigned to protect her.


US WEEKLY ARTICLE

8/7/04

Jerry O'Connell is featured in the August 16, 2004 issue of Us Weekly. Read the interview and view photos of Jerry's home in the "Interviews" section of the web site. For those of you who have seen E! Celebrity Adventures, note the framed photo of Jerry and Charlie in Peruvian gear on Jerry's piano. And for those of you who caught a glimpse of Jerry and Charlie's childhood self portraits in "MTV Cribs," you can now see a clear photo of the O'Connell's early artwork.

Thanks to Karribear at the Jerry O'Connell Fan Forum for the Us Weekly news!

JERRY C0-STARRING IN "THE ALIBI"?

8/7/04

According to this report from Entertainment Tonight, Jerry is one of the cast members of the upcoming movie "The Alibi" starring Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. No word yet at Internet Movie Data base on Jerry's involvement with the movie.

Here is an excerpt from the article at et.tv.yahoo.com:

What's Rebecca's 'Alibi'?

August 5, 2004

Need a good alibi? REBECCA ROMIJN could. She's heating up the big screen as a tempting grifter caught up in a murder case in 'The Alibi.' Tonight on ET, our own MARK STEINES catches up with the fun-loving 'X-Men' and 'Godsend' star in an exclusive interview!

"It's got this very stylized, film noir quality and this really cool tone," Rebecca says about the star-studded flick, which also stars SELMA BLAIR, HENRY ROLLINS and JERRY O'CONNELL.

 

SLIDERS DVD REVIEW AND FREE DVD GIVEAWAYS

8/2/04

Sliders season 1&2 is now available on DVD from Universal. Visit the Sliders Dual Dimension Edition web site for more details on DVD features and a synopsis.

DVDTalk.com has an excellent review of the Sliders DVD, with screen captured photos. Here is an excerpt from the review:

Jerry O’Connell has a great line about fans of the show that I really liked: “Science Fiction fans are like a beautiful woman: Ya gotta treat her right. You gotta bring her flowers, you gotta treat her with respect. Because the second you disrespect her, she’s out the door.”

FREE DVD GIVEAWAYS

 

MONTHLY TV SCHEDULE

Go to TV NOW to get the current U.S. television schedule for Jerry O'Connell's movies and TV shows.

 

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