News Roundup: June 17


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It takes a lot of power to fuel one of Britney Spears‘ concerts. Just ask the folks at the Texas Tech arena in Lubbock, Texas. After performing only two songs, the pyrotechnic effects and explosions caused a major power failure in the arena, and management had to cancel the show. To the audience’s jeers and boos, Spears could only say she was sorry before walking off the stage, The Associated Press reported.


First it was her films, then it was her music, then her clothing line. Now, J.Lo has decided to create her own line of greeting cards, T-shirts, posters, calendars and such to be sold in record stores and other retail outlets. Lopez has signed this exclusive merchandising and licensing deal with the San Francisco-based Signatures Network.

Sir Mick Jagger–has a nice ring to it. Jagger, 58, will be among a few artists who will be knighted later this year. The Rolling Stones front man’s official knightly title will be Sir Michael Philip Jagger. Yeah, sounds much more dignified.

Sky News has reported Elizabeth Hurley‘s former love Steve Bing flew to London to be secretly tested for DNA, which will prove whether he is the father of Hurley‘s 2-month-old son, Damian. The actress has been demanding Bing take the test since he publicly said he didn’t believe he was the father.


Wrestling star Hawk is taking the lead from his colleague The Rock. Hawk is in negotiations to star in X-Men 2 as the mutant Colossus, a good guy trying to help save the X-Mansion. Who would have thought the World Wrestling Federation would be a breeding ground for movie action stars?

Aussie hunk Hugh Jackman is looking at portraying the fabled vampire hunter Van Helsing in his next film, titled Van Helsing, oddly enough. The story follows the intrepid and determined Van Helsing as he is summoned to Eastern Europe to rid the world of evil, including Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man. Now, if only Abbott and Costello were still alive.

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And we thought film executives had a tough time finding new and original material to make movies about–ABC has decided to develop a biopic about the girl band the Go-Go’s, highlighting their rise to stardom in the ’80s MTV boom. The project could be ready for February sweeps 2003.

Todd Bridges, the troubled former kid star of Diff’rent Strokes, has landed an acting gig on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless. Bridges is going to stretch his acting abilities and play a character named Juice, a “real out-and-out bad guy,” AP reports. He’ll make his first appearance on the show July 12.