Top Story: Grace Under Fire Creator Sues Show
Grace Under Fire creator Chuck Lorre sued production company Carsey-Werner-Mandabach Tuesday, claiming he was underpaid for his work on the ABC sitcom. The comedy, which focused on the “trailer trash” life of former standup comedian Brett Butler, aired from 1993 to 1998. According to the Los Angeles Superior Court suit, Lorre, who served as executive producer for the first season, lost millions of dollars because of payments made to cast and crew members who were sexually harassed and verbally abused by Butler. Although the lawsuit did not offer details of the alleged harassment and abuse but claims Lorre claims Carsey-Werner settled them by paying “substantial” settlements to those who complained. Butler‘s manager, Mark Burg, disputed the allegations against the actress and said she is still friends with people who worked on the show, Reuters reports.
Jack Osbourne Doing Well in Rehab
In an interview with US Weekly magazine, Kelly Osbourne said her brother Jack is in “good spirits” after admitting himself into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic last week. Kelly said she and her family had had no idea how serious her 17-year-old brother’s problems were before he checked into the clinic on April 23. “He’s doing very well and we’re all very proud of him,” she told the magazine. “He’s in really good spirits.”
Tom Arnold Sued for Sexual Harassment
Tom Arnold, former NBA player John Salley, and others involved with Fox Sports Network’s Best Damn Sports Show Period are being sued for sexual harassment by a show hairstylist, the AP reports. Lisa Brescher’s lawsuit alleged that Arnold and Salley made unwelcome sexual advances towards her. Brescher, 29, claims Arnold took her off her “lucrative Sunday shift” when she filed a sexual harassment complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
T2 Goes High Definition
Artisan Entertainment and Microsoft Corp. unveiled Monday T2: Extreme DVD–the first DVD to be released especially for digital high-definition computer and television monitors. Reuters reports the two-disc DVD contains a standard DVD of Terminator 2: Judgment Day and a second that contains a high-definition version of the film to be played on a computer DVD-ROM drive and high-end monitors. The two-disc set hits stores on June 3.
Treasure Planet Finds Riches on Home Video
The home video debut of Disney’s animated feature Treasure Planet sold more than 1 million VHS and DVD units on its first day in release. One major retailer who asked not to be identified told The Hollywood Reporter he believes Treasure Planet is likely to exceed its nearly $40 million domestic box office gross within the first week of release. The film, which cost a reported $140 to make, was a high-profile bust last year in theaters.
Madonna’s America Life No. 1
Madonna‘s new album, American Life, opened at No. 1 on this week’s Billboard charts. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album sold 241,000 units its first week in stores–a respectable amount but still far below the 420,000 units her last release, Music, sold three years ago. Rapper 50 Cent came in at No. 2 with Get Rich or Die Tryin’, followed by Kelly Clarkson, who slipped to No. 3 with her debut album, Thankful.
Berry Makes “Beautiful People” List
X2: X-Men United star Halle Berry made People magazine’s annual list of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World”– for the seventh time. Also appearing in this year’s issue are celebs Julia Roberts, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Ryan Seacrest, singers Norah Jones and Usher, and basketball player Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs. The issue hits newsstands Friday.
Role Call: Ben and Jen May Play Boston Sleuths, Turturro Joins Latest King Adaptation
Alan Ladd, who is currently producing An Unfinished Life starring Jennifer Lopez, told Variety the singer/actress may co-star with Ben Affleck in his next project, Gone, Baby, Gone for Paramount. Affleck is writing the script for the pic, in which he will also star and possibly direct. The pic revolves around two Boston private eyes who investigate a series of mysteries. Ladd said J.Lo would play Affleck‘s partner … John Turturro is set to star opposite Johnny Depp in Columbia Pictures’ Secret Window, Secret Garden for writer/director David Koepp. The pic is a thriller based on a Stephen King novella about a psychotic stranger stalking a writer he claims stole his story but changed the ending. Maria Bello, Timothy Hutton and Ving Rhames are in negotiations to join the cast.