News Roundup: Dec. 19

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Tuesday, Drew Barrymore finally issued a statement following the news that her estranged husband, Tom Green, filed for divorce in Los Angeles. She said, “We have decided to part. I love Tom very much. He has always been a great friend, and that won’t change.” Barrymore, 26, was unable to respond Monday as she was on a plane to Canada to start her next film, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, directed by George Clooney. The news of the divorce filing did not surprise Barrymore, her publicist stated.

A judge ruled against modifying the joint child custody arrangement between V.I.P. star Pamela Anderson and her ex-husband, Tommy Lee, despite her claims that he’s an unfit father to Brandon, 5 and Dylan, 3. Lee claims to be a great dad, while Anderson asserts that he cancels most of his scheduled visits with his kids. Anderson stated she would appeal the decision in order to do what’s best for the children.

In General

First she sued. Then they sued. Now Courtney Love is taking former Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl to the court of public opinion, asking on her Web site that releases made in the name of Nirvana “are of the quality the fans deserve and that future generations of Kurt’s family have control of the name.” It was signed–no joke–“the family of Kurt Cobain.”

Winona, Winona, Winona. One former security staffer at a ritzy hotel told’s Jeannette Walls that Winona has lifted things before. “It wasn’t just towels and bathrobes and the usual stuff. Things like silverware were missing. Decorative things, too, like vases, anything that wasn’t nailed down.” But, he added quickly, “nothing was illegal. We just put it all on her bill.”

Ron Howard‘s A Beautiful Mind, starring Russell Crowe, leads the Broadcast Film Critics Association nominations with five nods. Also honored were Lord of the Rings, In the Bedroom and Shrek. Winners will be announced in an awards ceremony Jan. 11.

Sheryl Crow, Creed and ‘N Sync are just some of the top-name performers to head up the medal ceremonies at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Each night of the games, which runs from Feb. 8 to 24, will feature a free concert from a different performer.

Emeril should stick to cooking and leave the comedy to the professionals. Or at least, that’s what NBC thinks. The peacock network has put his eponymous sitcom Emeril on the chopping block, after being on hiatus for several weeks. The official announcement will likely come at the end of the week, when NBC releases their schedule for the new year.

Say what you will, but MTV’s popular series Jackass and its obnoxious star Johnny Knoxville will be getting the big screen treatment. MTV is in a deal to develop a feature film of the show to go along with (at least) three TV specials for release in 2002.

The movie trailer for rapper-turned-actor Eminem‘s new film 8 Mile High will be hitting theaters Friday, reports. The film centers around a young white man whose searching for his identity in a predominately black neighborhood. It also stars Kim Basinger and Brittany Murphy.

The almost seven-decades old Joan Collins is set to say “I do” for the fifth time–to a man 32 years her junior. Collins, 68, is set to marry Peruvian theater company director Percy Gibson, 36, whom she met while on tour with a production of Love Letters. The wedding will take place in London, sometime in February.

The Library of Congress’ National Film Registry has inducted 25 films into its repertoire including Steven Spielberg‘s Jaws (1975), Planet of the Apes (1968), The Sound of Music (1965) and Hoosiers (1986).