News Roundup: June 5


Top Story

Two-time Oscar winner and all-around nice guy Tom Hanks will be receiving the American Film Institute’s 30th Life Achievement Award. Hanks‘ friend Steven Spielberg will present him the award at the ceremonies on June 12. Some coming to the show at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood include Steve Martin, Tim Allen, Jim Carrey and Helen Hunt. The tribute will air June 24 on USA Network.


Singer Wyclef Jean and 10 others were arrested for disorderly conduct during a protest against school funding cuts on New York’s City Hall on Tuesday. Thousands of teachers, students and politicians turned out to denounce the proposed funding cuts, The Associated Press reports.

A federal judge has ruled that actress Jennifer Aniston‘s lawsuit against the publishers of the magazines Celebrity Skin and High Society may go forward. The Friends star is suing them for publishing a photo of her sunbathing topless in her backyard. The trial date is set for July 2.


Didier Fischer, a left-wing French politician, called for a ban on the Scream trilogy Wednesday after a 17-year-old boy said the violent teen-slasher films inspired him to stab a 15-year-old girl to death. Reuters reported that Fischer, who is a candidate in next week’s parliamentary elections, said in a statement, “I call for the immediate withdrawal from sale and public rental across the national territory of any videotape, DVD disc and any other form of distribution, including on the Internet, of the film Scream.”

Tube News

Here we go again. ABC Family has picked up a new reality show for the summer, The Last Resort. Four couples on the brink of separation go to a Hawaiian resort to work with relationship coaches to try to resolve their differences. By the final episode, they’ll decide whether to stay together or not. Oh, goody.

Music News

British musician Dave Stewart, who formed the ’80s band The Eurythmics with pal Annie Lennox, has decided to create his own record label. Called Artists’ Network, the label will nuture acts that don’t fit into the traditional mass-produced pop culture mold. “I remember in 1986, the head of our record company changed in America, and this man came in from Hertz rent-a-car and that was a sign of…the way things have become: a corporate face to a creative business,” Stewart told Reuters.

First the Osbournes, then Anna Nicole Smith, now…Oasis? The famously foul-mouthed Brit poppers Oasis are the latest to want to jump on the celebrity reality show bandwagon. Singer Noel Gallagher has told the Web site that he’d like cameras to film his life at home. An Oasis spokesperson says footage of the band on the tour bus has already been released on DVD and there would be more to come.