DAY ONE: Michael has been sighted! But without his new wife! Jackson made his first public appearance after marrying Debbie Rowe. He attended--alone--the Australian premiere of his short movie Ghosts in Sydney and made no public comment.
BARD JAM: Capitol Records will release a second soundtrack album for William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, with the movie score and dialogue from stars Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio.
2MANY: You knew this was coming: Tupac Shakur has been dead two months and already HBO, Quincy Jones and Jasmine Guy are all working on separate films about his life, with other projects likely to come.
NEW STORY: Prosecutors in Los Angeles have been trying to get Death Row Records chairman "Suge" Knight" put away for probation violation after a man said that Knight and others beat him up at a Las Vegas hotel. Now, the man, said to be an L.A. gang member, has testified that Knight was trying to help him--and that Tupac Shakur was the one assaulting him. Tupac was shot later that evening.
TASTE TEST: Fox pulled this Friday's episode of Millennium about a killer who stalks religious leaders, out of respect for the memory of Chicago's Cardinal Bernardin, who died Thursday.
STATUESQUE: Candidates to host the Oscars, says the Hollywood Reporter: Rosie O'Donnell, Billy Crystal and David Letterman.
ILLUSIONARY DEALS: Stan Winston, who won special effects Oscars for Jurassic Park, Terminator 2 and Aliens, made a movie-production deal with DreamWorks and may assist the company in theme-park development, too, says Daily Variety... CBS denied a report that it would sell a site to DreamWorks for a new studio, now that its original site near the ocean in L.A. looks iffy.
SOUNDS FAMILIAR: In the next project from Danny Rubin, screenwriter of Groundhog Day, an alien with the power to speed time up or slow it down helps bring a couple together romantically.
ANOTHER ROUND: Leaders of the booze business met with top officials of the Federal Communications Commission to discuss their intention to bring liquor advertising back to TV. The issue is reaching flambe stage in Washington.
DANS LA MAISON: Two singers from the French rap group NTM were sentenced to three months in jail for subversive lyrics such as "Kill the police" and "Let's go to the presidential palace and kill the old people."