He isn't afraid of large audiences, and he isn't afraid of a major brawl, either ... in court, of course. English superstar Elton John is suing a top accounting firm and his former accountant for $29 million John says is missing from his music empire, Reuters reports.
Rather than getting involved with all the boring details of how to spend and invest his money, John's lawyer says that the 53-year-old pianist entrusted the firm with that job until he noticed $29 million of it was missing.
John is expected to testify in the British court as a witness.
SPICE GIRLS SET RECORD: Mark another victory for girl power. The Spice Girls have made history in Britain by becoming the first female group to have nine No. 1 singles on the British charts, Reuters reports. The group's hit "Holler/Let Love Lead the Way," went straight to the top of the charts and is the first single off their upcoming album "Forever." Only Madonna, Cliff Richard, Elvis Presley and the Beatles have had more No. 1 singles on the British charts. "Forever" hits stores Nov. 6.
SPANISH ROCK PIONEER DIES: Manolo Munoz, considered to be one of the fathers of Mexico's Spanish rock music, died of a stroke Sunday, Reuters reports. Munoz, 59, was among a handful of Mexican singers who brought U.S. rock into Mexico and re-released it in Spanish. The singer released 80 albums and made three films in his 42-year career.
REJOICE! MORE MEGADETH ALBUMS: Hard rock band Megadeth has found its sanctuary with a new label. The band has signed a five-record deal with British media company Sanctuary Group, Reuters reports. Megadeth had suffered from decreasing sales with their former label, EMI's Capitol Records. Sanctuary's stable of bands also includes Iron Maiden, the British heavy metal group that flourished in the '80s.
BRIT AND A BRIT? She didn't e-mail him, she promises. Teen pop queen Britney Spears is denying reports that she's been e-mailing Britain's Prince William, Reuters reports. ``I really don't know where these stories come from,'' the 18-year-old said. And just in case her boyfriend, 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake is reading, she also said: ``I love Justin. We've been around each other since we were kids so we know each other very well.''
TRIBUTE TO CARNAHAN:Singer Sheryl Crow has a soft heart for politicians -- especially when they're from her home state. She's scheduled to headline a concert to honor late Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan, The Associated Press reports. Carnahan's plane went down Oct. 16, killing him, his son and his chief campaign adviser. Crow is planning on inviting other musicians to join her on stage Friday at the Pageant Club, a small venue just outside St. Louis. Proceeds will benefit the Missouri Children's Trust Fund.
Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz have unwrapped their plans to co-star in "The Mummy 2," set to begin shooting this spring for a May 2001 release. The dynamic duo will reprise their roles as rugged hero Rick O'Connell and love interest Evelyn Carnahan.
Both actors had been expected to return to action after Universal received a commitment from "Mummy" writer-director Stephen Sommers six months ago. Also returning to the fold is co-star John Hannah. Daily Variety reports that it's his first $1 million deal.
Fraser's expected to receive somewhere in the $12.5 million range, up from the $5 million he collected for the first installment. The actor's most recent payday was $10 million for 20th Century Fox's update of "Bedazzled." The new story will follow the entombed terror as it resurfaces in London. The script reportedly includes a 9-year-old son for Fraser and Weisz's characters who shares his father's knack for adventure. The studio says possible locations for the shoot include Egypt, Morocco and London.
MORSE GETS 'LIFE': "The Green Mile's" David Morse is ready to be taken hostage in the Taylor Hackford-directed "Proof of Life." Morse will co-star with Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe and David Caruso. It's the third Castle Rock Entertainment film for the actor, after "The Green Mile" and "Extreme Measures." The story involves a hostage negotiator (Crowe) who falls for the wife (Ryan) of the person (Morse) he's hired to save.
'LOVE RETURNS' FOR BARRYMORE: Drew Barrymore's latest romance is an adaptation of Robert Nathan's 1958 book "So Love Returns." Variety notes that the "Ever After" star has signed on to direct and headline the supernatural love story after obtaining the rights from the author's estate.
The story involves a writer who can't get over the death of his wife. He isolates himself from the world and his two kids. But then he meets a magical woman (Barrymore in the flesh) who appears out of the sea to help him recover.
Barrymore will produce the feature with Middle Fork Productions, after passing on studios that wanted to turn her character into a mermaid. Budget for the indie project is $5 million.
STONE'S BROADWAY INSTINCT: Sharon Stone might be ripe for Broadway. The "Casino" star is considering a role in David Mamet's "Boston Marriage," with Variety reporting that she's already met with "The Iceman Cometh" stage director Howard Davies about the project. The sexy star could be just the right enticement. The play's involves two lesbians at the turn of the century.
TARANTINO THE ACTOR: "Pulp Fiction" director Quentin Tarantino will flex his thespian chops once again (after flopping in the Broadway play "Wait Until Dark") in a cameo for the Adam Sandler flick "Little Nicky." Sandler stars as the son of Satan in the pic, while Tarantino plays a blind preacher whom "senses" Sandler's presence.