Music superstar Garth Brooks is being sued for allegedly limiting seating for wheelchair-bound fans so that attractive women can sit in the first two rows, The Associated Press says.
Brooks' attorney denies the allegations, saying people in the front rows are generally Brooks' friends.
A Seattle judge ruled Friday that the complaint can proceed to trial but said Brooks' liability is limited because he has no control over concert operations at the Key Arena in Seattle.
Joanne Lawrence says that Brooks and his promoters violated the U.S. Americans With Disabilities Act at several concerts in 1998. Lawrence, the head of Disabled Veterans Have Rights, Too, has filed similar lawsuits against the TacomaDome and Ticketmaster after a Brooks show in 1993.
A FROZEN 'TWIN': Pop singer Celine Dion said in a televised interview Sunday night that she has a second fertilized embryo at a fertility clinic in New York and hopes to give her soon-to-be-born son a "twin," Reuters reports.
According to the interview on Quebec's TVA TV network, the egg was frozen five days after conception. She expects to deliver her son with husband Rene Angelil on Valentine's Day.
SCOTLAND GREETS MADONNA: Madonna arrived at Inverness Airport in Scotland today in anticipation of her Friday wedding to British director Guy Ritchie.
The Queen of Pop was wearing a long brown tartan overcoat and dark check trousers as she stepped from her private jet with her fiance, 4-month-old son Rocco and 4-year-old daughter Lourdes.
Mel Gibson's been a post-apocalyptic anti-hero, a half-cocked cop and a rich guy at war with kidnappers. But can he beat the redcoats? Can he beat George Clooney?
It's a historic showdown of sorts at the box office this weekend. Gibson's "The Patriot" and 's "The Perfect Storm" are the first two films with $100 million budgets, gigantic marketing campaigns and big buzz to face off over a summer holiday (namely, July 4 or Memorial Day).
Already, "The Patriot" has the competitive edge. The Revolutionary War action flick opened Wednesday and scored $5 million. But that doesn't guarantee a hit -- last summer, "Wild Wild West" opened on a Wednesday too, with a nice $7 mil, and we know what happened to that one.
Oh, and let's not forget the cute lil' animated moose and squirrel in "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle," who also figure into this weekend's flicks mix.
Here's a scouting report of the B.O. race ahead:
"The Patriot" THE PATRIOT (See the trailer) The skinny: The guys who made "Independence Day" deliver another Fourth of July blockbuster, but this time instead of Randy Quaid vs. the aliens it's Mel Gibson vs. the Redcoats. Guess who wins? The upside: "Conspiracy Theory" aside, Mel's been a pretty reliable box office commodity over the years, and "Godzilla" aside, director-producer team Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin have had a steady stream of formulaic hits. The downside: The American Revolution ain't exactly commercial material. Remember "1776"? And when they start hiring Yanks to play Australians, drop us a line.
"The Perfect Storm" THE PERFECT STORM (See the trailer) The skinny: Rugged, handsome types George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg ignore the weatherman and go fishing on the (perfectly) stormy seas, with melodramatic results. Based on a real-life incident. The upside: It's this year's "Twister," with a disaster drama interwoven with love stories. The special effects by Industrial Light & Magic are killer. The downside: In case no one's noticed yet, Clooney hasn't exactly had a big hit since being elevated to the leading-man circle. Can you say "Batman and Robin"? "Out of Sight"?
"The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle" THE ADVENTURES OF ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE (See the trailer) The skinny: "Hey, Rocky! Watch me pull a rabbit outta my hat!" 'Nuff said. The upside: Evil Russkies Boris and Natasha (Jason Alexander and Rene Russo slip out of the cartoon world and become three-dimensional villains. If nothing else, it's an interesting premise and a good cast, including Robert De Niro as Fearless Leader. The original 'toon voices of Bullwinkle Moose and Rocket J. Squirrel return. The downside: The Cold War is long since over and done with, and Bullwinkle was never really all that cool to begin with.
Meanwhile, all the other recent summer money-makers will continue to make money, albeit less than last week: "Me, Myself & Irene," "Chicken Run," "Shaft," "Gone in 60 Seconds,"M:I-2," "Big Momma's House," and the list goes on.
Looks like another "Saturday Night Live" reunion is in the making. Today's Daily Variety says Will Ferrell, aka the "SNL" guy from those laff-riot comedies "A Night at the Roxbury" and "Superstar," is slated to join Mike Myers in "Dieter," a big-screen project inspired by Myers old skit "Sprockets."
The story will follow Myers' suggestively kinky German talk-show host Dieter as his beloved pet monkey gets kidnapped. Ferrell will play his American cousin who is enlisted to find the missing monkey.
GIRL TROUBLE: "Dawson’s Creek’s" Katie Holmes will join Tom Sizemore, Tim Allen and Rene Russo in "Big Trouble," a Disney comedy about a group of people whose lives are interrupted by a nuclear scare. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Holmes will play Russo’s daughter.
Let's hear it for the old guy who in this movie comes off sexier than his buff young accomplice (Dermot Mulroney). OK the old guy happens to be the gracefully aging icon Paul Newman -- as a feisty heistmeister who dodges a long prison sentence and then teams up with his equally conniving rest-home nurse (Linda Fiorentino) on a bank job gone wrong. "Where the Money Is" is breezy suspenseful and as much a love story as anything else -- if you call mentoring a new life in crime a kind of love. The mission-improbable caper is no more or less entertaining than a "Rockford Files" rerun but the film's swerving joyride takes its real thrills from the great escape that Fiorentino's Bonnie Parker makes from a dead-end life in the married lane.
Newman still hasn't lost it and as Henry Manning he doesn't miss any nuances in the edgy balance between streetwise wariness and amiable rapport with his sultry new colleague. The steam-powered Fiorentino has forged her career by making danger look casual and this is her most alluring work since "The Last Seduction" added another zero to her salary. Her chemistry with Newman a flirty twist on the idea of honor among thieves is really what makes this movie worth seeing. Mulroney is serviceable as the dim but lovable hubby a supporting role that's more foil than fully etched character.
We can all thank director Marek Kanievska for deciding not to have the May-December duo end up in the sack and leaving them simply professional cohorts. The director's admirable sense of comic timing works all the better by not letting the laughs get in the way of his leads' exploration of their characters -- although there's no denying the limits of this frothy genre. Perhaps Kanievska's greatest feat here is allowing Newman to retain his dignity in close-up.