Top Story: Law Firm Sues Suge Knight
The law firm of Kopple and Klinger sued rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, who is currently serving a 10-month prison term for a probation violation, claiming he has not paid them nearly $142,000 for services provided, The Associated Press reports. The lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges Knight has sold or transferred at least four properties in the Los Angeles area for little or no compensation to friends to "hinder, delay or defraud" his creditors. According to AP, Knight's publicist, Jonathan Wolfson, said he hadn't seen the lawsuit and declined to comment.
Sex Author Comes Out With New Book
Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell takes a darker look at the world of sex in her new novel Trading Up. Reuters reports the book tells the story of anti-heroine Janey Wilcox, a Victoria's Secret model who sleeps with men to get ahead and befriends women solely for the same purpose. "Janey figured she might as well use sex as a weapon and enjoys using sex as a power over men. But the interesting thing about the book is it shows that using sex as a power over men doesn't really work anymore," Bushnell told Reuters during a recent interview. "Relationships (with men) don't last forever any more; it really is about female bonding."
The O.C. TV Week's Most Valuable Player
Although the power blackouts on Thursday and Friday wreaked havoc with Nielsen Media Research's number crunching and are not included in Nielsen's official weekly totals for week of Aug. 10-17, Reuters reports CBS and NBC were the top networks for the week. The big success story, however, was Fox's soap drama The O.C, whose viewership increased by 21 percent in its second week on the air. CBS won the week, averaging 8.4 million viewers followed by NBC (7.7 million); Fox (6.2 million); ABC (5.2 million); the WB (2.4 million); UPN (2.2 million). The top shows were: Who Wants to Marry My Dad? NBC; Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS; 60 Minutes, CBS; King of Queens, CBS; CSI: Miami, CBS; Big Brother, CBS; For Love or Money, NBC; Law & Order: Criminal Intent, NBC.
Revisit to Woodstock Canceled
The Ben & Jerry's concert One World One Heart Festival, scheduled to play at the original Woodstock site this weekend, has been canceled due to lack of interest, AP reports. "An economic downturn coupled with an unexpected slump in the music industry" forced cancellation of this year's event, says a statement on the company's Web site. Only 1,000 of the 30,000 tickets had been sold, USA Today reports. Tracy Chapman and LeAnn Rimes had been scheduled to headline the festival.
Club Owners, Band Fined in Club Fire
Owners of the Rhode Island nightclub The Station and the band Great White were fined $85,200 and $7,000, respectively, by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Wednesday in connection with a deadly blaze caused by pyrotechnics that killed 100 people Feb. 20. AP reports legal experts believe this decision will pave the way for the six other wrongful death suits filed by the families of the victims. "It's not absolute proof of negligence, but it will be used as evidence to illustrate negligence," David Yas, editor of Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly, told AP. "I don't think it's appropriate," band attorney Ed McPherson told AP. He also said the band couldn't have known about the safety conditions of the club.
Cowgirl Reeves Dies at 101 Falling Off Horse
Talk about dedication. Legendary Texas cowgirl Connie Reeves, who taught riding for 70 years at her Waldemar Camp for Girls, 70 miles northwest of San Antonio, Tex., died Sunday at the age of 101 after being thrown from her favorite horse, Dr. Pepper, Reuters reports. Her famous motto was "Always saddle your own horse."
Role Call: Pitt, Jolie Hook Up in Smith, DMX Flick Gets Distributor
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will team up to star in the thriller Mr. and Mrs. Smith. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jolie is replacing the departing Nicole Kidman who couldn't do the film due to scheduling problems. The story revolves around a bored married couple who find out they are enemy assassins hired to kill each other…The DMX-produced pic Never Die Alone has found a home at Fox Searchlight Pictures, who picked up the distribution rights. LAUNCHMusic.com reports the film stars hip-hopper DMX as a gangster whose murder is witnessed by a journalist (David Arquette) and whose life is told in flashbacks from a journal he kept when he was alive.
His Fab Four once invaded America with their brand of moptop pop. Now he's about to do the same to Japan.
The John Lennon Museum -- the first of its kind in the world dedicated to the ex-Beatles guitarist -- opens today in Yono, Japan, a small town 15 miles north of Tokyo, Reuters reports.
The museum features more than 130 items that once belonged to Lennon, including family photos, handwritten lyrics, his wire-rimmed glasses and his first guitar.
Most items on display were donated by Yoko Ono, known primarily as Lennon's widow but who is in fact an artist and musician in her own right.
The idea of the museum was conceived and carried out by Ono. And as strange as it might seem at first, the decision to build a John Lennon shrine in Japan is really not that far-fetched.
"John had so much love for this country," Ono said in a press conference. "His son Sean is half-Japanese, and we somehow felt we were bridging the gap between East and West."
The museum is set to open to the public on Monday, which would've been Lennon's 60th birthday.
Lennon was shot and killed outside his New York apartment almost 20 years ago by Mark David Chapman, who on Tuesday was denied parole for the killing.