Top Story: Cameron Diaz Suit Begins
Charlie's Angels star Cameron Diaz is seeking an injunction to keep photos of her taken at a private modeling session over 10 years ago from being released. The Associated Press reports the actress claims in the suit that photographer John Rutter forged her signature on a release, and that she never gave permission for the photos to be publicized. AP reports Rutter told the news program Inside Edition he had contacted Diaz's lawyers to offer them the photos before he sold them to any media outlets, and that after the lawyers offered to buy them his Venice, Calif., apartment was raided. A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office confirms the investigation and claims to have seized "evidence" from Rutter's residence as part of the investigation. "In the lawsuit, Diaz claims she did not sign a photo release and that the release produced by the photographer is a forgery. A criminal investigation is pending," the spokesman informed Reuters, although the photographer has not yet been charged with a crime.
No Monkeyface for Douglas, Zeta-Jones
Director Stephen Frears told Reuters during an interview Tuesday that plans for his racetrack heist pic Monkeyface starring Hollywood couple Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas have collapsed. The pic had been scheduled to begin shooting in later this year but Frears said the stars couldn't do a deal. "I thought it was going to be a nice little treat, something to look forward to," Frears, who worked with Zeta-Jones on the 2000 film High Fidelity, added. "So this is sad."
Douglas, Zeta-Jones Return to Court Over Wedding Pics
In other Douglas and Zeta-Jones news, lawyers for the couple return to London's High Court today to seek damages from celebrity magazine Hello! for printing unauthorized photographs of their elaborate 2000 wedding, Reuters reports. In April, they won a legal battle against Hello! for publishing the pics three days before official shots appeared in rival magazine OK!, with which they had signed a $1.6 million exclusive deal.
Madonna To Star in Gap Campaign
In an attempt to lure shoppers in their 30s and early 40s, the Gap has recruited pop icon Madonna as the new face for their fall multimillion-dollar ad campaign. A spokeswoman for the Gap told AP the campaign also features rap star Missy Elliott--but refused to give further details. Madonna is also set to do some tie-ins with Gap to promote her children's book, The English Roses, due out Sept. 15. The campaign, set to break July 28.
"Mr. Ray" Sues Finding Nemo Makers
Children's entertainer Mr. Ray filed a lawsuit in New York's federal court against Walt Disney Co. and Pixar Animation Studios Inc., claiming a manta ray named "Mr. Ray" in the animated feature Finding Nemo is destroying his reputation. Mr. Ray, whose real name is Ray Yodlowsky, is known in parts of New Jersey for his songs "Kalien the Alien" and "Roy G Biv." He alleges the use of the "Mr. Ray" name would "obliterate and destroy Plaintiff's reputation" and the market for his products, Reuters reports. He is seeking $10 million from Disney and Pixar.
Zombie Signs Comic Book Deal
Rob Zombie has signed a deal with MVCreations and CrossGen Entertainment for the release of his new comic series, Rob Zombie's Spook Show International. According to Launch.com, the first story in the six-issue, horror-based comic miniseries begins with the evil Zombie freed from his eternal slumber. The second issue deals with several subplots from Zombie's recent movie House of 1,000 Corpses, and the third issue combines strip clubs, kidnapping, espionage and monsters. The first issue will be released October 29.
Rosanna Arquette Develops ABC Comedy
Rosanna Arquette has signed with ABC Family to develop a yet untitled half-hour scripted comedy based on her life. According to Variety, the show will star Arquette and her real-life best friend Kimberly Beck Clark as they try to balance their Hollywood lifestyles with motherhood. The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course scribe Holly Goldberg Sloan is set to write the series.
Roseanne Barr Makes Reality TV Debut
She's back! Installments of the 13-episode The Real Roseanne Show are set to debut at 9 p.m. Aug. 6 on ABC. According to the AP, the show chronicles Roseanne Barr's efforts to start a new cooking program called Domestic Goddess and features her munching doughnuts with celebrity friends, including Sandra Bernhard. Domestic Goddess will begin running on ABC's Family cable channel following the six-week series run.
Simon Cowell Signs $2 Million Book Deal
American Idol judge Simon Cowell has signed a $2 million deal with Random House for a book about the hit TV talent show. I Don't Mean to be Rude, But..., co-authored by his older brother, British journalist Tony Cowell, is set to be published Dec. 2 in the United States and Canada. According to Reuters, the book will provide an insider's view of American Idol and will chronicle Cowell's 25-year career as a manager and executive in the recording industry.
Role Call: Pirates Sequel Sets Sail, Brody Joins Shyamalan's Woods
Walt Disney Co. has made sequel arrangements with cast members Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski for a sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which bowed in theaters last week. According to The Hollywood Reporter no specific story line has yet been set ... The star-studded cast of director M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming thriller The Woods just keeps growing. Osc
HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 14, 2000 - TV fame, wealth and a chance to indulge in your darkest impulses. What more could anyone ask? Well, that's at least what The Mole" wants you to think. And for those without the slightest idea, it is ABC's own copycat version of "Survivor" -- where 10 real-life people must figure out who among them is the titular "mole" planted by the show, while they complete a series of "Road Rules"-esque tasks around the globe. As with other reality gameshows, someone wins a million bucks at the end.
Seizing the chance to deceive and infiltrate a show which is based upon the idea of, well, deception and infiltration, I trotted down to the show's open call casting Saturday at Café Tu Tu Tango on the touristy Universal CityWalk, just north of downtown Hollywood.
Upon arrival, I was given an application, a pen, a numbered sticker and a place in line - which, fortunately, wasn't much of one to begin with (with only about 30 people when I got there).
The form is like a personal ad, soliciting information about your height, weight, and eye color and asking you to rank yourself from 1 to 10 (1 being the highest) on attributes ranging from sense of humor to leadership skills to mountain climbing, and so on.
To make things interesting, some questions required written answers. For example, one asked me to "describe yourself" (my answer: "don't know how"); another asked for my worst quality ("I like to curse"); yet another wanted to know why "The Mole" should pick me ("because I could be your Colleen!").
Teen mallrats and tourists-shoppers cast "loser" or "this is sooo L.A." looks my way, as I filled out the application and fought a splitting headache (which, I was convinced, would turn into a heat stroke) at the same time.
The guy in front of me told a curious onlooker that we were "lining up to see Arnold Schwarzenegger." Then he turned around and explained, "the less people know about this, the better. Just trying to eliminate all the competition, you know."
"Whatever," I shrugged. The helpful "Mole" hopeful was an aspiring actor hoping for a gig and a break. So was the guy standing behind me who, during our idle chit-chat, admitted that work has been "hard to come by."
"The Mole" Not everyone there was an actor. One woman I talked to hates her job and was just looking to be delivered from her humdrum life, or the young out-of-towner who was lunching at a restaurant in the mall and just happened to come across the tryout. And then there was me, a self-planted mole looking for a story.
After some 45 minutes, 20 of us (a group of 20 at a time) were ushered into the restaurant. More waiting, with 4 people being called in every 10-minutes or so for a one-on-one "conversation" where we were encouraged to "be yourselves."
Tick tock, tick tock. The gang of four I belonged to was finally called. I was assigned to a 20-something with perfect hair and a perfect smile.
When all is said and done, my "conversation" clocked in at around 5 minutes. And true to ABC's word, the meeting was informal and casual. They didn't ask me to do backflips or jump through burning hoops. The questions were a mix between the socially generic variety ("what do you like to do" and "how was it when you traveled to so and so back in so and so," etc) and the personal reflection, Barbara Walter-type ("what's your greatest achievement so far;" and "if you could wipe out anything from the past, what would it be?")
My only disappointment was that they never asked me what my greatest strength was. And as a result, my prepared answer of "I am a team player!" went completely unused.
The interview closed with a firm handshake and the promise that he'll "jog down some notes about our conversation."
Admittedly, the audition process was a much more human experience than I had expected. And what I mean by that my interviewer at least mustered up enough energy to make it seemed like he was actually interested in what I was saying.
And as I bid sweet adieu to the casting people and wish others like me luck, it began to dawn on me: I should have said that I would feed all the hungry people in the world when they asked me what I would do with my million dollar winning.
Client Starr Scott, wife of former NFL player Bart Scott, wants a purple alligator Birkin bag in time for a baby shower; a mom and her two daughters search for wedding outfits.
Episode 2. Be Wary of Clients with Whips
A socialite changes themes and refuses to set a budget; a CEO fitness freak needs a new wardrobe in time for a trade show; a fashion hoarder seeks advice.
Episode 3. This Isn't Brain Surgery, It's Fashion
Amy is hired by a celebrity caterer to create a new signature look. Meanwhile, the relationship between Devorah and Barbet hits a snag when she brings her clothes that go against her PETA-inspired ideology.
Episode 4. May the Best Shopper Win
Season 1 ends with celebrity wife Gianna Palminteri hiring Derek to find something new to wear for her Web site launch; and a New York City socialite brings in Barbet, Gregg and Tayler to shop for her.