News Roundup: June 12


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Following their wedding at a castle in the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, Paul McCartney and his wife, Heather Mills, jetted off for their honeymoon. The two were married in a ceremony at San Salvator’s church that was attended by some 300 guests–including Ringo Starr, Chrissie Hynde, Dave Gilmour and Steve Buscemi–who were brought to the media-shielded estate via coaches and helicopters. Stella, Mary and James, McCartney‘s children from his late wife Linda, were also in attendance. Mills wore a gown she created with designers Eavis & Brown and carried a bouquet of two peonies and 11 McCartney roses, named in honor of the ex-Beatle, for the ceremony that was described as joyful and moving, BBC News reports.


A settlement was made on the ninth day of Woody Allen‘s trial in which he accused former business partner Jean Doumanian and her boyfriend and business partner, Jacqui Safra, of cheating him out of $12 million from eight movies since 1993. According to The Associated Press, Allen‘s lawyer issued a statement saying, “The parties have reached a business resolution of the dispute. The case is over.” Terms of the settlement were not revealed.


MGM has sold off some foreign rights to director John Woo‘s World War II epic Windtalkers starring Nicolas Cage, Variety reports. The studio has reportedly raised between $30 and $35 million by selling the film’s rights in Japan, Italy and France. Windtalkers, the opening of which was postponed following Sept. 11, carries a negative cost of $115-$120 million.

Spyglass Entertainment has acquired the film rights to the 1960s cartoon series Underdog, Variety reports. The cartoon, which debuted on NBC in 1964, focuses on an inept watchdog that is transformed into a superhero after being accidentally exposed to an experimental elixir.


Fox-based Prometheus Entertainment is shopping a revival series of Playboy After Dark to cable networks, Variety reports. The show will be a throwback to the original 1969 late-night variety series that featured jazz musicians, comics and soul singers in a fake penthouse pad. Hugh Hefner will host the weekly hourlong series, with initial production taking place at the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, Calif.

Working women, rejoice. Talk-show guru Oprah Winfrey will star in the primetime show Oprah After the Show debuting Sept. 16 on the Oxygen cable channel, the AP reports. The show will be taped each day after her syndicated talk show and will air weeknights at 7:30 p.m. Eastern and be rerun at 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., and at 8:30 a.m. the next day. Winfrey said she would kick off her shoes, take questions from the audience and see where the conversation goes.


BMG Music has completed the acquisition of Zomba Music Group, whose key labels include Silverstone, Volcano, Jive Electro and Britney Spears‘ label Jive, the AP reports. German music giant Bertelsmann AG owns BMG, which already operates labels like Arista, J, Windham Hill and La Face, with artists ranging from Whitney Houston, Pink and the Dave Matthews Band.

A Grateful Dead reunion concert planned for Aug. 3-4 in East Troy, Wis., about 30 miles southwest of Milwaukee, has hit a snag. Clear Channel Entertainment, the promoters for Terrapin Station – A Grateful Dead Family Reunion, has been denied a permit by a county highway committee because of concerns that the county’s 80 sheriff deputies could not handle the expected draw of some 200,000 fans. Only 35,000 are allowed in the Alpine Valley Music Theatre.