TOP OF THE NEWS: Pamela Anderson Lee finally took the stand Wednesday in the $5 million lawsuit trial alleging that she bailed on a cable movie at the 11th hour. The actress immediately came under fire from plaintiff attorneys, who claim her decision to skip out on Showtime's Hello, She Lied cost producers millions. Lee, only on the stand about a half-hour Wednesday afternoon, will resume her testimony tomorrow.

FARRAH FEUD? A woman named Kristin Amber--or a pair of twins named Kristin and Amber (according to some reports)--has lodged a complaint with Los Angeles police against Farrah Fawcett. Amber alleges the former angel destroyed photos and stole $72,000 worth of clothing after finding nude photos of Amber (and sis?) at the home of a producer-boyfriend. LAPD would not comment. Through her publicist, Fawcett called the charges "completely unfounded and ridiculous."

NOT WANTED: After just two days as a TV-news commentator in Chicago, talk show host Jerry Springer quit, saying the criticism of him had grown too personal. A veteran anchor on WMAQ had resigned in protest before he started.

UP AND OUT: Lucie Salhany will step down as president of the United Paramount Network at the end of her contract in September. She has headed the fledgling network since 1994 but reportedly had a running battle with top brass.

REAL-LIFE FUGITIVE: A Cleveland judge agreed today to hear motions on June 2 that could reopen the case of Dr. Sam Sheppard, whose conviction for the murder of his wife in 1954 was the inspiration for The Fugitive television series and movie.

TV GUIDE: Ellen kept at least some of the audience that tuned in to watch her come out last week. The sitcom won its time slot Wednesday 12.7 rating and 20 share--down from the 23.4 rating and 35 share for last week's special...There's more foul language during the so-called "family hour," a conservative watchdog group said in a study Thursday. Sexual references in shows during that time have slipped, however, according to the Media Research Center.

FEELING FESTIVE: Bruce Willis and Demi Moore led the traditional procession up the red carpet yesterday to kick off the Cannes festival and the screening of his The Fifth Element...Director Mike Leigh (Secrets & Lies) told a press conference at Cannes that he enjoyed the festival's "sense of camaraderie since you all get to share in a celebration of film" unlike the Oscars, which he called "disgusting"...Liz Taylor called off plans to host an AIDS-benefit dinner at Cannes; doctors told her she should stay home.

LEGAL MAYHEM: A judge ruled that shock-rocker band Marilyn Manson must be allowed to play the Ozzfest '97 tour concert on June 15 at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Stadium officials had sought to ban the group on grounds of good taste.

RISKY BUSINESS: Folk-rock duo the Indigo Girls are selling tickets to a June 6 concert on pay-per-view television. Big acts like the Stones were disappointed with PPV a few years back but the venue seems to be making a comeback.

LIFE AFTER DEATH: James Woods will play the Vatican's ace vampire hunter in Vampires for Largo Entertainment. For all the casting news, see The Dotted Line.

PUCK IT UP: Disney plans another hockey movie. The Game is the story of a small-town team that ends up playing in the big leagues. David E. Kelley, who created Picket Fences for television, will produce. Any similarity to the studio's hit Mighty Ducks film series is purely intentional.

SUCK IT IN: Miramax, which brought us The English Patient, plans a documentary on the history of lingerie titled Bend Me, Shape Me and starring model Elle Macpherson.

UPRISING: Danny Glover seeks financing for a movie about Toussaint Louverture, who led the slave uprising that won independence for Haiti.

MAN OF MYSTERY: Mike Myers will host the 1997 MTV Movie Awards on June 7 in Santa Monica, to air on the cable net on June 12.

BETTER THAN CAKE: George Clooney's assistant produced a 51-minute film as a surprise birthday present for his 36th, featuring Jay Leno, Rosie O'Donnell,Jennifer Aniston, Anthony Edwards, Sherry Stringfield, Julianna Margulies, Quentin Tarantino and other celeb-buddies performed skits. But the dramatic hight point was a shot of Cameron Diaz baring her bosom in a deli, says Daily Variety.

  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share

We and our partners use cookies on this site to improve our service, perform analytics, personalize advertising, measure advertising performance, and remember website preferences. By using the site, you consent to these cookies. For more information on cookies including how to manage your consent visit our Cookie Policy.