News Roundup: Oct. 22


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Madonna‘s well-connected gal pal, former-model-turned-Miami-club-owner Ingrid Casares, and her partner, Chris Paciello, have sold their life rights to DreamWorks, which plans to turn their real-life stories into a feature film directed by Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry). Casares and Paciello were known in the ’90s for creating such celeb-studded hotspots as club Liquid on Miami’s South Beach. After Paciello was arrested in 1999 for a racketeering charge of felony murder and bank robbery relating to his involvement years earlier with the Bonanno crime family, speculation continued that he had created the Miami nightclubs as a front for continuing mob dealings, Variety reports. His cases are still pending. Paciello and Casares have structured deals that will allow them to be consultants as well as possible producers of the film.


Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain filled many notebooks with his thoughts when he was alive–but he may not have wanted the world to read them. Regardless, Newsweek reports publisher Riverhead Books paid the Cobain estate up to $4 million for the late grunge singer’s personal journals, in which he talks about everything from heroin addiction to the pitfalls of success, and will publish them in a book called Journals next month. Newsweek obtained excerpts and published them in their Oct. 21 issue. Wrote Cobain in one particular entry, “…The most violating thing I’ve felt this year is not the media exaggerations or the catty gossip, but the rape of my personal thoughts.”

The Associated Press reports 83-year-old Andy Rooney admitted he probably should not have said what he did about female NFL commentators–but he didn’t exactly apologize for his comments, either. During an interview on The Boomer Esiason Show earlier this month, Rooney stated he thought women have no business commentating from the sidelines at NFL games. “I wish I hadn’t included all women covering football, some are quite good,” Rooney told AP. “But most of the women are there because they’re good looking, not because they know the game.”


CBS has removed its TV movie The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron from the November sweeps due to scheduling problems. Airing the Enron movie Nov. 3 would have placed CBS ahead of the competition trying to get their own Enron films on the small screen, including the FX channel, but CBS will air the Bond flick The World Is Not Enough instead.

NBC has upped orders for the new dramas Boomtown and American Dreams, which have made Sunday nights a success story for the peacock network. However, NBC will axe the five-year veteran Providence in December because of its low ratings.


Growing tensions in Southeast Asia, particularly with the recent bombings in Bali and the Philippines, have halted several concert tours traveling there. Jazz guitarist George Benson and the rock groups Red Hot Chili Peppers and Oasis have canceled their dates in that region.

A man identifying himself as Kid Rock‘s personal assistant who was traveling on one of the rap rocker’s tour buses was charged with drug possession after a West Palm, Fla., concert Sunday. Kevin Joseph McMahon was the only person on the bus when authorities pulled it over after being tipped off that there was drugs onboard. The police found cocaine and marijuana, which McMahon admitted were his. He was released from the St. Lucie County Jail Sunday after posting $16,000 bond.