Doug Christie's wife, Jackie, knows she has an image problem; that's what
happens when you're known for exchanging I-love-you hand signals with your
husband during games and fighting one of his opponents ( Lakers forward Rick
Fox). But the couple (below) insists Jackie isn't a pugilistic control freak,
and they hope their reality show will prove it. The 18 episodes of Committed:
The Christies, which premieres on the BET "J" network on Oct. 5, will
be culled from two years of shooting that continued after Doug was cut by the
Mavericks last season. (He hopes to find another NBA job this year.) "We're
just a traditional couple," says Jackie. She does admit that she'll cover
her eyes for one airport incident certain to make the show. "I was
overreacting to something," she says. "And it could end up being pretty
will dance again, and there's nothing the NFL can do about it. As grand marshal
of Cincinnati's Oktoberfest--the world's second largest, after Munich's--the
Bengals' wideout will lead a crowd of 500,000 in the annual World's Largest
Chicken Dance on Saturday. There's one problem: Johnson never read the fine
print in his contract and, until last week, didn't know about the dance.
("Oh, my goodness," he gasped when informed by a reporter.) It's too
late for Johnson to renege. Fest organizers have named a signature dish in his
honor: the Chad Johnson Cream Puff.
? Jack Nicholson
dons a Red Sox cap for no one, not even Martin Scorsese. During filming of the
Boston-based drama The Departed (in theaters on Oct. 6), the seven-time
Oscar-nominated director asked the three-time Oscar-winning actor to wear a
Boston hat for his role as a Beantown mob boss. Alas, Nicholson (right), who
was born in New York City and raised in Neptune, N.J., is a Yankees fan--he
likes Jason Giambi, whom he calls "my kind of biker guy"--and insisted
on wearing New York headgear instead. Scorsese relented, and Nicholson's wife
in the movie (played by Kristen Dalton) sports a Sox chapeau. The implication,
says Nicholson: "Domestic conflict."
?When Dwayne (the
Rock) Johnson landed the role of juvi football coach Sean Porter in Gridiron
Gang (out on Sept. 15), he knew he wouldn't have trouble getting into
character. "I drew from all of the greats I've played under," says
Johnson, who was a defensive lineman for two years at Miami. "[Former
Hurricanes staffers] Dennis Erickson, Greg Marks and Tommy Tuberville--I
borrowed from their intensity and their passion." At the L.A. premiere on
Sept. 5 Johnson huddled with one more coach: USC's Pete Carroll, who showed up
three days after a win over unranked Arkansas. Johnson, whose alma mater had
lost to Florida State the night before, questioned Carroll about the Trojans'
soft scheduling. "When you're [ Miami], you choose to play Florida State
Week 1 every year," Johnson says. "But who did Pete pick?