Top Story: Cameron Diaz Suit Begins
Charlie's Angels star Cameron Diaz is seeking an injunction to keep photos of her taken at a private modeling session over 10 years ago from being released. The Associated Press reports the actress claims in the suit that photographer John Rutter forged her signature on a release, and that she never gave permission for the photos to be publicized. AP reports Rutter told the news program Inside Edition he had contacted Diaz's lawyers to offer them the photos before he sold them to any media outlets, and that after the lawyers offered to buy them his Venice, Calif., apartment was raided. A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office confirms the investigation and claims to have seized "evidence" from Rutter's residence as part of the investigation. "In the lawsuit, Diaz claims she did not sign a photo release and that the release produced by the photographer is a forgery. A criminal investigation is pending," the spokesman informed Reuters, although the photographer has not yet been charged with a crime.
No Monkeyface for Douglas, Zeta-Jones
Director Stephen Frears told Reuters during an interview Tuesday that plans for his racetrack heist pic Monkeyface starring Hollywood couple Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas have collapsed. The pic had been scheduled to begin shooting in later this year but Frears said the stars couldn't do a deal. "I thought it was going to be a nice little treat, something to look forward to," Frears, who worked with Zeta-Jones on the 2000 film High Fidelity, added. "So this is sad."
Douglas, Zeta-Jones Return to Court Over Wedding Pics
In other Douglas and Zeta-Jones news, lawyers for the couple return to London's High Court today to seek damages from celebrity magazine Hello! for printing unauthorized photographs of their elaborate 2000 wedding, Reuters reports. In April, they won a legal battle against Hello! for publishing the pics three days before official shots appeared in rival magazine OK!, with which they had signed a $1.6 million exclusive deal.
Madonna To Star in Gap Campaign
In an attempt to lure shoppers in their 30s and early 40s, the Gap has recruited pop icon Madonna as the new face for their fall multimillion-dollar ad campaign. A spokeswoman for the Gap told AP the campaign also features rap star Missy Elliott--but refused to give further details. Madonna is also set to do some tie-ins with Gap to promote her children's book, The English Roses, due out Sept. 15. The campaign, set to break July 28.
"Mr. Ray" Sues Finding Nemo Makers
Children's entertainer Mr. Ray filed a lawsuit in New York's federal court against Walt Disney Co. and Pixar Animation Studios Inc., claiming a manta ray named "Mr. Ray" in the animated feature Finding Nemo is destroying his reputation. Mr. Ray, whose real name is Ray Yodlowsky, is known in parts of New Jersey for his songs "Kalien the Alien" and "Roy G Biv." He alleges the use of the "Mr. Ray" name would "obliterate and destroy Plaintiff's reputation" and the market for his products, Reuters reports. He is seeking $10 million from Disney and Pixar.
Zombie Signs Comic Book Deal
Rob Zombie has signed a deal with MVCreations and CrossGen Entertainment for the release of his new comic series, Rob Zombie's Spook Show International. According to Launch.com, the first story in the six-issue, horror-based comic miniseries begins with the evil Zombie freed from his eternal slumber. The second issue deals with several subplots from Zombie's recent movie House of 1,000 Corpses, and the third issue combines strip clubs, kidnapping, espionage and monsters. The first issue will be released October 29.
Rosanna Arquette Develops ABC Comedy
Rosanna Arquette has signed with ABC Family to develop a yet untitled half-hour scripted comedy based on her life. According to Variety, the show will star Arquette and her real-life best friend Kimberly Beck Clark as they try to balance their Hollywood lifestyles with motherhood. The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course scribe Holly Goldberg Sloan is set to write the series.
Roseanne Barr Makes Reality TV Debut
She's back! Installments of the 13-episode The Real Roseanne Show are set to debut at 9 p.m. Aug. 6 on ABC. According to the AP, the show chronicles Roseanne Barr's efforts to start a new cooking program called Domestic Goddess and features her munching doughnuts with celebrity friends, including Sandra Bernhard. Domestic Goddess will begin running on ABC's Family cable channel following the six-week series run.
Simon Cowell Signs $2 Million Book Deal
American Idol judge Simon Cowell has signed a $2 million deal with Random House for a book about the hit TV talent show. I Don't Mean to be Rude, But..., co-authored by his older brother, British journalist Tony Cowell, is set to be published Dec. 2 in the United States and Canada. According to Reuters, the book will provide an insider's view of American Idol and will chronicle Cowell's 25-year career as a manager and executive in the recording industry.
Role Call: Pirates Sequel Sets Sail, Brody Joins Shyamalan's Woods
Walt Disney Co. has made sequel arrangements with cast members Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski for a sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which bowed in theaters last week. According to The Hollywood Reporter no specific story line has yet been set ... The star-studded cast of director M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming thriller The Woods just keeps growing. Osc
On Aug. 5, the talent of America will put themselves out there for fame or humiliation--again.
That once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a shot at success will roll around for the third time as American Idol judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson preside over auditions for the show's third season, set to air in January.
The tryouts will begin in Los Angeles on Aug. 5 and move on to Houston on Aug.13, Atlanta on Aug. 20, and New York on August 25. The exact locations will be announced within the next couple weeks and the dates are subject to change.
The stakes provided by the FOX series are high--a recording contract, the prestigious title of American Idol and instant recognition.
Participants are lured by the remarkable sales of the past American Idol winners. MTV.com reports that season one winner Kelly Clarkson's Thankful debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart, selling over 1.2 million copies. Last season's winner Ruben Studdard is finishing recording his album and is heading on tour with second-place victor and crowd-pleaser Clay Aiken.
An impressive 38 million viewers watched the second season finale, when Studdard defeated Aiken for the Idol title.