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June 30, 2004

Barbie maker ordered to pay 1.8 million to sexy satirist

Los Angeles — Mattel Inc., the maker of Barbie dolls, has been ordered to pay more than 1.8 million dollars in fees and court costs to an artist who used the famous doll in his sexually provocative artworks, according to news reports Tuesday. The company sued Tom Forsythe of Utah for copyright infringement after the artist used the iconic doll in his work. The company lost the case after a federal court ruled that Forsythe had a constitutional right to parody the doll. Mattel was ordered to reimburse the Utah man who says he uses the big-breasted Barbies to criticize "the materialistic and gender-oppressive values" of society.

Pacino to star in football film

Los Angeles — Actor Al Pacino is teaming up with Matthew McConaughey and Rene Russo for an American football film, entitled Two for the Money, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In the film McConaughey will play a star college football player who is at the top of his sport until he blows out his knee during a game, forcing him to choose a new profession. He winds up getting into the sports gambling business where he is recruited by Pacino's character. Russo will play the wife of Pacino's character.

Streep to star in movie by Chinese opera director

Los Angeles — Oscar-winning screen star Meryl Streep will star in a new movie being made by Chinese opera director Chen Shi- zheng about a Chinese academic's gun rampage at a U.S. university, according to Daily Variety. The drama, Dark Matter, is based on the true story of a brilliant but disgruntled physics student from China who shot and killed six people at a university in the midwestern U.S. state of Iowa in 1991. Streep will play a wealthy university donor who befriends the student in the film that will also star Chinese actor Liu Ye and will begin production in the western state of Utah later this year. The film will tell the story of the student, Gang Lu, who dreamed of winning the Nobel Prize but felt thwarted by campus politics, leading to a bloody rampage in which he also killed himself.

Eastwood daughter gets own movie

Los Angeles — The daughter of screen legend Clint Eastwood is hoping to make her own name in the film world. Alison Eastwood has come on board to star in and produce the independent feature Raising the Dead, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The project centres on a restaurant manager (Eastwood) whose reunion with her siblings at their father's funeral brings out a dark secret. Eastwood has so far appeared in films directed by her father, such as Absolute Power and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. She also posed nude in the February 2003 issue of Playboy.

Sorvino in secret wedding

Los Angeles — Oscar winning actress Mira Sorvino, 36, has secretly married her boyfriend, waiter and budding actor Chris Backus, 22. According to news reports, the couple wed in secret on June 11, but urged family and friends to keep the news under wraps to allow them to enjoy the first few weeks of married life without being hounded by the press. The pair started dating a year ago after Backus took her order at the Hollywood restaurant he worked in. They wed at a Santa Barbara, California, courthouse in the first marriage for both of them.


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