NEWSMAKERS: Electra Lawsuit

Carmen Electra might be eye candy to some, but the model-actress doesn’t like the way Candie’s Inc. has made her look.

The former “Baywatch” actress filed a lawsuit against the perfume and shoe company, saying that it used her name and image improperly on its Web site after a four-month ad campaign with her and ex-husband-basketball player Dennis Rodman, Reuters reports. The suit filed on Tuesday in federal court seeks unspecified damages.

HERE COMES SANTA GERE: Call him Santa Gere. Business owners in Kittanning, Pa., a small town 35 miles from Pittsburgh, are being asked to keep their Christmas decorations up through March to film Richard Gere‘s newest film “The Motherman Prophecies.”

So it looks like the holiday season will be extended this year thanks to the actor. Filming is scheduled to begin in February, according to The Associated Press.

In the film, Gere plays a journalist who investigates the legend of a man who could fly.

MORIARTY IN COURT: Talk about turning the tables. Actor Michael Moriarty, who played prosecutor Ben Stone on NBC’s “Law & Order,” was in a Canadian court to face charges of assault, AP reports. Moriarty, 59, is accused of striking a woman last month in a restaurant.

He appeared in court without a lawyer and told the judge that an unidentified woman would represent him. He wasn’t asked to enter a plea but is expected to be back in court for another hearing on Thursday.

THEY’RE BAAACK! It looks like these wives might be up for renewing their vows. Daily Variety reports that Paramount is preparing with producer Scott Rudin to film a sequel to their 1996 hit comedy “The First Wives Club.”

Negotiations are currently under way to bring back its stars, Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton. If all goes as planned, production for the sequel might start in March.

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