BEACHED: Can't work on that bathing suit tan in court, Pam. But that's just where former Baywatch co-star Pamela Lee is likely headed--again. This time, she's being sued by her former lawyer for $28,000-plus in unpaid fees. Lee recently won a breach of contract lawsuit brought against her by a movie production company.
RAISING ELLE: Supermodel Elle Macphereson called a press conference today to "clear the record" in the case of two men accused of trying to extort money from her by using stolen nude photos as bait. For the record, Ms. Macpherson says she doesn't know the men--one of whom claimed to be a former lover--and that she plans to publish the since-returned, in-the-buff pics in an upcoming book she's authoring.
GETTING THEIR MTV: World music group Jamiroquai topped the list of MTV Video Music Awards nominees announced today in New York--they're up for the silver spaceman statuettes in 10 categories. Beck and Nine Inch Nails were other multiple-nominees. Comedian Chris Rock hosts the 14th annual awards show September 4 from Radio City Music Hall.
COSBY TRIAL: Autumn Jackson is a greedy extortionist, said a prosecutor; Autumn Jackson is a naive young woman, countered her defense. Those were the two takes presented today as Jackson's trial for allegedly trying to extort $40 million from entertainer Bill Cosby wound down in closing arguments.
VERSACE UPDATE: A solemn, yet star-studded, memorial service today in Milan, Italy, for slain designer Gianni Versace...Meanwhile, ballistic experts say the gun used to kill Versace one week ago today was the same weapon used in two other murders allegedly committed by most-wanted fugitive Andrew Cunanan.
DISHING CABLE: Another victory today for satellite TV companies in their ongoing turf war with cable. Federal regulators ruled that a small Kansas town can't tell consumers where they can, and can't, install satellite dishes.
ANCHOR STAYING? Tom Brokaw has signed a five-year, $35-million contract to stay in the NBC fold, TV Guide reports. The Nightly News anchor had been wooed hard by CNN. Still, NBC says it doesn't have a deal yet with Brokaw and terms the TV Guide story "pure speculation."
TARSES WATCH: It's looking more and more like the TV industry will have ABC Entertainment president Jamie Tarses to kick around a little longer. The embattled executive, scheduled to meet the press tomorrow, is still making deals--including stealing Something So Right, the Mel Harris sitcom, from NBC for ABC. And as Tarses told reporters yesterday: "I'm staying."
ON SECOND THOUGHT: Tenor Luciano Pavarotti now says it's "all garbage"--he can read music, denying newspaper reports to the contrary. Pavarotti says "all singers" read the piano and voice parts of a musical score.
BATTLE OF THE EXES: Jerry Lewis' first wife is suing her ex for what she says is her fair share of profits from the Eddie Murphy remake of The Nutty Professor. Lewis, who created the original movie in 1963, earned $1.4 million on last year's version. Patti Lewis says she's entitled to at least $600,000 under terms of their divorce. The couple split in 1980.
MAGIC KINGDOM: Boycotts, schmoycots. Disney's profits jumped 18 percent in the last reporting quarter, the company announced today. Booming theme parks and hit movies, including Hercules, are credited with the surge.
CLOWNS ON DEFENSE: More controversy for rap duo, the Insane Clown Posse. Only days after the group left Disney's Hollywood Records for Island Records, its new label is hearing complaints from Christian activists over the song, "Hellalujah." Disney pulled the Posse's debut album from store shelves last month for offensive lyrics.
FILM BOYCOTT: An activist organization is urging Hollywood to write out North Carolina. It wants producers to avoid pouring their film dollars into the state. The group, called Citizens Against Discrimination, is angry over what it calls "anti-gay resolutions" adopted by several counties there.
NEW CLUE: Missing screenwriter Gary DeVore (Running Scared)--who disappeared last month after leaving actress Marsha Mason's guest house in New Mexico, bound for California--apparently made it as far as Arizona on his interstate drive. Police say they have security camera footage that shows DeVore there. But what became of the writer after that remains unknown.
STAR WARS: It's unclear why she's gone, but the bottom line is Claudia Christian is gone. She won't be aboard Babylon 5 as Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova when it returns for a fifth season on TNT. Producers say Christian wanted more money; Christian says she "did not create this mess."
FAMILY AFFAIR: Jason Bateman will carry on the family primetime tradition, reportedly being cast as Bob Newhart's son in the fall CBS sitcom, George & Leo. Bateman's older sister, Justine, recently exited Men Behaving Badly. For all the casting news, see The Dotted Line.
BITE AGAIN: Relive the thrill, horror, and overall yuckiness, of Mike Tyson's infamous feast on Evander Holyfield's ears when ABC rebroadcasts the fight in primetime on August 7.
TECHNO FEVER: Too much of a (reputedly) good thing? Between now and October, the states will play host to three Lollapalooza-style music fests devoted to techno. That tally, by the way, doesn't include Lollapalooza, which itself features a trio of techno acts--Prodigy, Orbital and The Orb.
CLASSICAL BEATLE: A 75-minute symphony composed by Paul McCartney will be premiered by the London Symphony Orchestra and chorus at London's Royal Albert Hall in October. Standing Stone is McCartney's first solo symphonic work.