NPR's Terry Gross receives Murrow award

Posted: May 17, 2003

Terry Gross, host of National Public Radio's Fresh Air, was awarded the 2003 Edward R. Murrow Award at the Public Radio Conference in New Orleans.

Gross, who hosts the show from Philadelphia's WHYY-FM (91), is known for her provocative interviewing style. Her work was cited for its "probing questions, revelatory interviews and unusual insights." The award also recognized her for fostering the "growth, quality and positive image of radio."

Gross, who has hosted the show since 1975, when it began as a local interview and music program, said the honor "is more than I ever imagined."

FOR THE RECORD - CLEARING THE RECORD, PUBLISHED MAY 20, 2003, FOLLOWS: The information that appeared in an item about American Idol finalist Josh Gracin in Saturday's "Newsmakers" column should have been credited to MTV.com.

"When I started in public radio all I really hoped for was the opportunity to keep working in it," she said.

The hourlong weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues has been in national syndication since 1987. According to Gross, the show's greatest asset is how it illuminates difficult issues. During times of crisis its focus is "to provide explanatory journalism by informed experts who are good explainers," she said.

'Reloaded' is loaded

The Matrix Reloaded grossed a record $42.5 million on its opening day Thursday.

"To put that in context, that's the largest one-day opening in the history of the movie business," AOL Time Warner CEO Dick Parsons said at the company's shareholder meeting yesterday. AOL Time Warner owns Warner Bros., the studio that produced the movie.

The one-day start puts The Matrix on track to break the box office record for an opening weekend - quite a feat for an R-rated movie. Last year's PG-13 Spider-Man holds that record with $114.8 million in ticket sales. The most an R-rated movie has ever earned in its debut is 2001's Hannibal, which took in $58 million.

J.Lo sued

Jennifer Lopez is being sued for $3 million by a director who says the entertainer stole his idea for a movie adaptation of Bizet's opera Carmen.

We know what you must be thinking: Who could possibly steal Carmen, which has been remade by everyone from Cecil B. DeMille (1915); to Otto Preminger, whose 1954 melodrama Carmen Jones starred Dorothy Dandridge in the lead role; to MTV's 2001 "Hip-Hopera" version, starring Beyonc Knowles.

But Adam Shankman, who directed Lopez in the 2001 comedy The Wedding Planner, claims that he told J.Lo about his idea to cast her in the romantic tragedy, and that Lopez passed it off as her own idea in a meeting with Universal Pictures.

Huffs a rep for Lopez: "I'm surprised that anyone would have the audacity to claim intellectual domain over a property as well known as Carmen."

J.Lo isn't the only superstar accused of stealing an idea lately. Madonna and her husband, Brit director Guy Ritchie, are in the middle of a lawsuit brought by a man who claims he was not compensated for suggesting the couple's dreadful, Razzie-winning remake of Italian director Lina Wertmuller's Swept Away. A California Superior Court judge is considering whether to dismiss the case.

Bad break for Berry

A-list actress Halle Berry was rushed to the hospital after breaking her arm on the set of her new horror flick, Gothika. The TV show Extra reports that the X2: X-Men United star was shooting a "physically challenging scene" when something went awry. She was treated and released at a Montreal hospital.

'Idol' finalist's marching orders

American Idol finalist Josh Gracin is back in Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he will resume his duties as a Marine supply clerk after his recent discharge as a TV star.

The would-be country singer says he's happy to get back to an organized life after the chaos that defined his life on Idol. "It's such a pain to . . . sit and basically wait for people who are totally unorganized," the 22-year-old lance corporal said. Was it as painful as your rendition of "Jive Talkin'," Josh?

Stork report

Brooke Shields, 37, who posed pregnant for the cover of Vogue's April issue, gave birth to a girl at a New York hospital Thursday morning. It's the first child for the former Suddenly Susan star and hubby Chris Henchy, a former writer-producer for Spin City.

Call 215-854-5797 or contact newsmakers@phillynews.com.

E!Online and Inquirer wire services contributed to this column.

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