News Roundup: Sept. 24

Top Story

In an interview with Britain’s Sun newspaper, singer Elton John said he still finds women attractive, although he says its unlikely he’ll ever sleep with one again. The last time John, 54, had sex with a woman was with his ex-wife, Renate Blauel, 13 years ago. He is currently “very happy” in an eight-year relationship with 38-year-old film producer David Furnish.

In Courts

Michael Moye, co-creator and executive producer Married…With Children filed a complaint file on Friday to Sony Pictures Entertainment for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud, Reuters reports. Moye also claims he was cheated out of at least $8 million in profits.

In General

The owner of the British Entertainer chain, Gary Grant, is refusing to stock Harry Potter merchandise claiming it is anti the teachings of the Bible and fearing it will bring children to the occult, the British paper Daily Telegraph reports. “My concern is that children start off with something quite innocent which can get out of hand,” Grant said.

Paramount Pictures has given Star Trek: Nemesis the green light to start production, says Reuters, and will hit theaters in late 2003. The film is expected to feature the crew from the Star Trek: Next Generation TV series and cast of the last three films in the franchise, including Patrick Stewart as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard.

Readers of the British Empire magazine have voted Star Wars and its sequel, The Empire Strikes Back as the top two films of all time in its poll. Among the other winners were Robert De Niro as top actor, Julia Roberts as top actress and Steven Spielberg as best director.

Music cable channel MTV has pledged support to a documentary-style series titled Sorority Life about the day-to-day life of a sorority on a U.S. college campus, Reuters reports. Creator Sergio Myers told Daily Variety that he wants to “get in there and look at how more than 100-year-old tradition has been somehow preserved.”

The game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire will soon have a cartoon version as the game show’s British creator teams up with a Los Angeles animation firm, calling it The Adventures of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: The Animated Series, says Reuters. The cartoon will be targeted at kids and families, launching game show winners on a journey to exotic locations.

Former Emmy-winning NYPD Blue star Jimmy Smits has inked a new seven-figure multi-deal with ABC to executive produce and star in a drama or comedy series project targeted for a fall 2002 release. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Smits had a series development deal with ABC following his departure from the cop drama in 1999, but nothing ever came of it. Smits next stars in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and is also set to reprise his role in the 2005 release of Star Wars: Episode III.

Michael Jackson‘s label, Sony Music, has recording his latest single “You Rock My World” using an anti-PC technology to stop Internet “file swapping,” reports. Jackson‘s long-awaited single will be released on Oct. 7. “Jackson is the world’s biggest selling artist and this, I believe, should be a considerable help to sales,” said a spokesman for retailer HMV.