And there's nobody the "Doll Parts" crooner wants to ache more than British filmmaker Nick Broomfield.
But it looks like despite her best threats, Love won't be able to stop Broomfield from showing a national audience his Kurt and Courtney documentary--a film that not only tracks her marriage to Kurt Cobain but also contains interviews with Love's estranged father and a suspicious private investigator, both of whom speculate about the boisterous Hole singer's involvement in the Nirvana frontman's 1994 death.
Despite several intimidating legal letters from Love's attorney, San Francisco's Roxie Theater, and its distribution arm, Roxie Releasing, plans to show the film in 15 big cities nationwide starting April 3, according to spokesman Elliot Lavine.
After premiering February 27, Lavine says Kurt and Courtney has been the most commercially successful film the Roxie has ever presented, breaking the house record by taking in $40,000 over 10 days (popcorn money for Titanic, but righteous bucks for an indie theater).
The fact that the film is being presented at all has to be gratifying for Broomfield, whose initial screening attempts were thwarted in January after Love's lawyers threatened Sundance Film Festival honchos with a copyright-infringement suit if they ran the picture.
They also warned the fest folks they'd be liable for the damage allegedly caused to Love's reputation by "false and malicious statements" made in the film alleging she was part of a conspiracy to kill her hubby. Cobain's death was officially ruled a suicide.
Ultimately, Broomfield was able to get the small, alternative film festival Slamdunk to screen the film.
As for the licensing issue, Love's attorneys claimed Broomfield didn't have the rights to two songs he put into Kurt and Courtney--Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Hole's "Doll Parts."
So Broomfield simply removed the troublesome tunes, even conferring with record company EMI to make sure he wasn't using any unlicensed music. He was then able to talk Roxie Cinema into its local run.
So isn't Roxie--which claims it's received several threatening letters in recent weeks, warning the theater to stop running the picture or face a defamation complaint by Love--scared of court and Courtney?
"We're not really too concerned," says Lavine, "but we're always keeping our eye on the fax machine." Lavine calls it a "perfectly releasable and playable film."
Perhaps Love attorney Michael Chodos--who has refused to discuss the matter with the media--agrees. According to the San Francisco Examiner, Chodos decided to call off any legal action after seeing the film himself.
Publicists for Love refused to comment on the matter.