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July 14, 2004

Superman director drops out

Los Angeles — Superman needs some direction. Charlie's Angels director McG has dropped out of the long- stalled project to bring the man of steel to the silver screen in a dispute with Warner Bros over the movie's 200 million dollar budget and its filming location, according to the Hollywood Reporter Monday. The report said that the studio wanted to film the movie in Australia while McG insisted that filming take place in New York. "When I flew to New York to scout, I became enamoured with our greatest American city," McG, whose real name in Joseph McGinty Nicol, said in a statement. "It was clear to me that this was Metropolis. As a filmmaker, I felt it was inappropriate to try to capture the heart of America on another continent. "I look at Superman as a character that embodies all that is beautiful about America."

Legendary blue movie set for revival

Brian Grazer
Los Angeles — Oscar winning producer Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind) will focus his skills on some beautiful bodies for his next project. According to Daily Variety, Grazer is set to produce Inside Deep Throat, which it describes as "a celebrity-studded, sexually graphic documentary that examines the cultural impact of the 1972 porn classic starring Linda Lovelace". The movie reveals how anti-porn crusaders ironically ended up ensuring the legendary success of the movie and its Mafia enforcers, and make it, in Grazer's words, "the most litigated, most profitable movie ever". The movie includes interviews with Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Carl Bernstein, Hugh Hefner, Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal and John Waters.

O'Donnell sails on gay family friendly cruise

New York — Former talk show host Rosie O'Donnell has launched a new venture: a cruise line catering to gay and lesbian families. The first cruise departed from New York for a week long cruise to Florida and the Bahamas. The comedian founded R Family Vacations with her longtime partner, Kelli Carpenter O'Donnell, to promote getaways that are gay family- friendly. Other upcoming trips include ski vacations, fishing trips and safaris. The couple married in San Francisco earlier this year. The duo are raising four children together and are strong advocates of gay marriage and adoption.

Bobby Brown jailed and released

Bobby Brown
Houston — R&B; singer Bobby Brown was jailed briefly on Sunday night on charges that he beat his singer wife Whitney Houston. He was released on a $2,000 bond several hours after turning himself in. In May, a judge had ordered there was enough evidence for Brown to stand trial on misdemeanour battery charges for allegedly hitting Houston in the face at their home near Alpharetta, a suburb north of Atlanta. Simple battery is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Normally on a first offence in domestic-violence cases, the charge is dismissed if the defendant undergoes counselling.

Schwarzenegger TV movie planned

Los Angeles — American cable TV channel A&E; is planning a biopic movie called see Arnold Run about the rise of Arnold Schwarzenegger from an unknown Austrian bodybuilder to the California Governor. According to the Hollywood Reporter Monday, A&E; is in negotiations with German actor Jurgen Prochnow (The English Patient) to play the role of a contemporary Schwarzenegger and has already signed up Roland Kickinger (Son of the Beach) to play a younger version of Schwarzenegger. The project is scheduled to begin shooting next month in southern California.

Sharon Stone is to revive most famous role

Los Angeles — Actress Sharon Stone is to revive her most famous role in a bid to jump start her flagging career. She will once again portray bisexual novelist and murder suspect Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct 2, a sequel to the 1992 original which earned her the reputation of one of Hollywood's sexiest ladies. Stone had been pushing a 14 million dollar lawsuit against the producers of the movie for allegedly repeatedly postponing production of a planned steamy sequel. But according to entertainment website E Online!, she has now dropped the lawsuit after being promised a similar sum in advance for appearing in the movie. According to the report no actor has yet been cast to co-star in the movie.

Apple sells 100 million songs online

San Francisco — Apple Computer Inc. said Monday that it had sold more than 100 million songs from its iTunes Music Store. The 100 millionth song, Somersault (Dangermouse remix) by Zero7, was purchased by Kevin Britten, 20, of Hays, Kansas on Sunday, the Company said in a press release. The music site, which features more than 700,000 songs available for download, claims to be the biggest legal music site in the world. The site is so far available to computer users in the U.S., Britain, France and Germany. The success of the store, one of the first to offer legal downloads, has come amidst a global crackdown on illegal song- swapping over the internet. "As we cross this historic milestone, we want to thank our customers, the artists and the music labels who have embraced our dream for iTunes," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO.

– Sapa-DPA

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