News Roundup: April 30


Top Story

Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee seem to be making a consolidated effort to contribute to a circus-like atmosphere in the custody fight over their two children. Lee is now seeking “primary physical custody” of Brandon, 6, and Dylan, 5, because Anderson‘s judgment is impaired, according to In a declaration filed April 9 in Los Angeles Superior court, Lee claims his ex-wife filed frivolous reports with the Department of Children and Family Services, alleging “serious misconduct” by Lee. How frivolous? Their oldest son scraped his face on the side of the Jacuzzi while playing with Lee at his Malibu home, and now Anderson is using the incident to try to restrict Lee‘s access to the children. A hearing to modify the custody provisions is scheduled for May 15.


Will Russian tennis vixen Anna Kournikova, who has not won a tournament in 101 attempts on the Women’s Tennis Asspciation tour, win her battle with Penthouse? The magazine claims its June issue contains topless photos of Kournikova; she says the photos are fake. And she’s suing to prove it, Reuters reports. Decide for yourself when the issue hits newsstands Tuesday.

Frasier star Kelsey Grammer has been ordered to pay his former talent agency $1.8 million in disputed commissions plus interest, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A federal court of appeals upheld an earlier decision from a Screen Actors Guild arbitration panel that maintained the Artists Agency was entitled to ongoing commissions from Grammer‘s television work after his contract expired in 1998 because the deals were negotiated while he was still a client.

Actress Tawney Kitaen, best remembered for wriggling around on the hood of a car in an ’80s Whitesnake music video, has pleaded innocent to charges of domestic violence, The Associated Press reports. A June 3 pretrial hearing on two misdemeanor charges–corporal injury on a spouse and battery–is set for Kitaen, 40. Her husband is Cleveland Indians’ pitcher Chuck Finley.

In the Biz

MGM and Bruce Willis‘ production company, Cheyenne Enterprises, have teamed up for a first-look deal for new movies and television projects from Stan Lee‘s POW! Entertainment, Variety reports. Superhero action pics already in consideration are The Femizons, The Double Man and Nightbird.

Director Tim Burton will direct Big Fish for Columbia Pictures, according to Variety. The film, an adaptation of the Daniel Wallace novel Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions, focuses on a complicated father/son relationship.

Tube News

After two successful seasons, HBO has decided to renew its funeral-home series Six Feet Under for another 13 episodes, Variety reports. The show won a Golden Globe for best drama in January and continues to be one of HBO’s top-ranked shows.

The series finale of Fox’s Ally McBeal, which airs May 20, will apparently feature former stars of the show, including Courtney Thorne-Smith, Lisa Nicole Carson and Gil Bellows, according to

Former ESPN sports anchor Craig Kilborn has signed a contract extension that will keep him on as host of The Late, Late Show for at least two more years, the AP reports. Viewership is up 25 percent in Kilborn‘s 12:35 a.m. time slot since he began hosting the show in 1999.

Music News

Paul McCartney won a court order Monday preventing Christie’s auction house from selling his handwritten lyrics to the song “Hey Jude,” according to the AP. The former Beatle claims the lyrics, which were expected to fetch up to $116,000 at an auction Tuesday, disappeared from his west London home.

The group Creed has been forced to cancel the remaining dates on their tour after lead singer Scott Stapp was injured in a car accident in the Orlando, Fla., area, the AP reports. Other details were not immediately known, but a spokesman for the band said, “We don’t want people to believe that this is a situation where Scott will not recover.”

Grammy winner R. Kelly says he will fight a third civil lawsuit that claims he had sex with an underage girl, the AP reports. Lawyers for Kelly, who has settled two similar civil suits in the past, said that “the cash machine is closed.”