Judas Priest steps up attack on “Rock Star”

Two months before the release of Rock Star, starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston, members of the heavy metal band Judas Priest are distancing themselves from the film. Reportedly based on an August 1997 New York Times article about how Tim “Ripper” Owens, who played in a Priest cover band, wound up actually singing with the group, the movie now makes no mention of the group. “It really has nothing to do with us anymore,” Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton told the Canadian entertainment Web site JAM! “This film had a good story to start with initially, but it has gone off and become a Hollywood fantasy. … We want nothing to do with it.” Last month MTV News reported that Warner Bros. and Bel Air Entertainment altered the story after members of Priest demanded creative control.”