LEGAL WEB: Marvel Entertainment Group has filed suit against six film and television production companies, attempting to wrangle rights to one of its signature characters, Spider-Man. The comic company--struggling to recover from a 1996 bankruptcy--says all of the defendant's agreements have expired.
STILL GOT GAME: Public Enemy has reunited for its first album in four years--the soundtrack to Spike Lee's He Got Game. The disc is due April 28.
NITPICKER'S PARADISE: A Paramount executive last week publicly acknowledged that the cowardly portrayal of First Officer William Murdoch in Titanic did not jibe with the actual seaman, who is noted in historical record as a hero.
HDTV COMETH: The Big Three networks have all announced plans to begin broadcasting HDTV programming beginning this November. The new digital broadcasts were mandated by the FCC.
VICTORY: Michael Jackson has won his slander suit against a man who said he'd seen a video of the star having sex with a boy.
JACKO ADD: Jurors ordered the writer to pay Jackson $2.7 million. The singer had sued for $100 million.
SNEAK PEEK: Godzilla lays eggs (literally) in its upcoming big-budget movie, sources tell the Los Angeles Times.
MORE EGGS! Jane Seymour will help out with Monday's Easter egg roll at the White House. Watch it live on Earthlink's cybercast.
JAIL BAIT: A Canadian distributor had made a bid to to release too-hot-to-handle Lolita in the U.S., Daily Variety says.
HAING JURY: Another jury verdict returned in the Haing S. Ngor murder trial. One more to go before they're all read.
ON THE ROCKS? Liam Gallagher and Patsy Kensit are on the outs less than a year into their marriage, British media reports.
STAR WARS SYNDROME: The Big Chill to get the rerelease treatment in August--in honor of its 15th anniversary.
MO' MOTOWN: The bestselling Big Chill soundtrack also to be reissued, remastered and packed with extra cuts.
FUN BUNCH: Luciano Pavarotti, the Spice Girls and points in between to sing for Liberia at a June benefit concert in Italy.
PLAY BALL: Eddie Vedder will do lead vocals on "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at a T.B.A. Chicago Cubs game, Wall of Sound says.
SMOKE OUT I: Boyz II Men open their latest tour April 29 in Nashville. Each show will open an anti-smoking video.
SMOKE OUT II: The Indigo Girls will perform April 27 in New York to protest a record label funded by Virginia Slim cigarettes.
EASY LISTENING: Elvis Costello and Sheryl Crow among those at a tribute to composer Burt Bacharach Wednesday in New York.
NEW ZOO REVUE: The USDA is investigating a rash of animal deaths at Disney's new Animal Kingdom park in Orlando. Twelve animals have died since September.