ELISABETH SHUE (Leaving Las Vegas) was so serious
about soccer as a teenager in the 1970s, she played in a boys' league since
there was no girls' league in her part of New Jersey. A fictionalized version
of her story is told in the new film Gracie. Produced by Shue and her brother
Andrew (Melrose Place), the movie also deals with her family's attempt to cope
with the death of her older brother. "We feel it's a wonderful story that
people can learn from," Shue (above right, with star Carly Schroeder) told
the Chicago Tribune.... Who wouldn't want to watch a TV show in which Vanilla
Ice runs the risk of being gored by a bull? Figuring the answer was
"nobody," the Country Music Television network greenlit Celebrity Bull
Riding Challenge, featuring the rapper, actor Stephen Baldwin and Rocket
Ismail, among others. The show, hosted by cowboy Ty Murray, debuts on Aug.
10.... The Food Network has found the perfect judge for a chocolate bake-off:
Chocolate Thunder. On July 17 former NBA center Darryl Dawkins will appear on
The Next Food Network Star, where he'll drop some chocolate knowledge on eight
contestants vying for their own show.