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News Roundup: July 15

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Jul 16, 2001 | 9:27am EDT

In Court

Rap artist Beanie Sigel was charged with assault for attacking a man on the South Philadelphia street from which he derived his hip-hop moniker, police told Reuters on Saturday.

Connie Stevens has appealed a reversed $4.3 judgement made by the San Francisco State Supreme Court against her former manager, Norton Styne, who in 1998 claimed the singer owed him royalties from sales of her cosmetics line on the Home Shopping Network. Stevens is testifying that Styne was an unlicensed agent at the time, violating the state's Talent Agencies Act, The Associated Press reports.

Awards

The Indian film Sandstorm, based on the true story of a low-caste woman who was gang-raped for criticizing child marriages, won the best feature film award at Zanzibar's Festival of the Dhow Countries on Saturday, the Associated Press reports. Directed by Jag Mohan, the heroine of the film seeks justice against the group of upper-caste men who raped her, confronting sexism and political opportunism in the Indian judiciary.

At an inaugural annual festival in Rochester to celebrate the accomplishments of women in film, Jackie Brown star Pam Grier will be presented with a career achievement award on Oct. 20, Friday's Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported.

In General

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon helped sponsor a contest to help produce an aspiring script writer's film, then documented the process for Project Greenlight, a 13-episode documentary debuting on HBO in December. According to the Associated Press, the documentary includes uncensored, behind-the-scenes arguing about budgets and script revisions with Pete Jones, a Chicago insurance salesman, who was selected from more than 7,000 entrants for his script Stolen Summer.

The members of 'N Sync offered the Backstreet Boys' A.J. McLean their condolences while he spends 30 days at a rehab clinic for depression and alcohol abuse. "I really don't know what to say about that, except for, you know, I hope he gets better," Chasez said in a telephone press conference Friday, SonicNet.com reports. "It's kind of sad that he's got a problem like that, and I wish the guy the best. I hope he pulls it together. At least he's admitted to himself that he has a problem. And that's pretty much the first step."

Folk musician Joan Baez has canceled her appearance at the Singer Songwriter Weekend festival on July 21 because of her sister's life-threatening cancer. According to AP, the festival, sponsored by WXPN-FM, the public radio station at the University of Pennsylvania, will continue with other performers, including Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer.

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