People And Places

PEOPLE AND PLACES

December 13, 2004

In the News

`Hello!' to appeal Douglas/Zeta-Jones ruling Celebrity magazine Hello! plans to appeal a court ruling ordering it to pay more than $1.9 million to a rival for printing unauthorized photos of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, a lawyer for the magazine said.

Last year, a judge at the High Court in London ruled that Hello! had breached the Hollywood couple's commercial confidentiality by publishing snatched photos of their November 2000 wedding.

Douglas and Zeta-Jones had signed an exclusive deal with rival magazine OK! for rights to pictures of the nuptials at New York's Plaza Hotel.

Judge John Lindsay awarded the couple token damages of $28,000, but said OK! was owed more than $1.9 million for commercial damage to its expected exclusive coverage.

Jackson and accuser's fingerprints

Fingerprints belonging to both Michael Jackson and the boy accusing him of child molestation were found on pornographic magazines seized from Jackson's Neverland ranch last year, the Santa Barbara News-Press reported Saturday, citing sources it did not identify.

If the reported evidence is admitted during Jackson's trial, prosecutors would be expected to argue that the fingerprints were proof that Jackson showed the boy pornographic literature before molesting him. But the defense could question whether the entertainer knew the boy had been leafing through the magazines.

Willis' donation

Bruce Willis stole the show at the Friedman Airport Authority meeting in Hailey, Idaho, last week, offering to donate a portion of land he owns at the eastern end of Camas County to help build a new airport.

Willis' property along Highway 20 is part of one of three sites being considered. The offer was unexpected, airport authority Chairwoman Mary Ann Mix said.

The actor, whose screen credits include the Die Hard movies, Pulp Fiction and The Sixth Sense, pitched his plan because he was worried about safety conditions at the current airport.

Springer to tackle radio

Trash TV king Jerry Springer will begin hosting a three-hour weekday radio talk show next month.

Springer, a former Cincinnati mayor and Democrat who may be interested in running for statewide office in Ohio, will start the show on Cincinnati's WSAI when the Clear Channel station switches from oldies music to liberal talk. He said last week that he wants to syndicate the show nationally.

They Said It

"I can think of no one more relevant and credible in the hip-hop community to build upon Def Jam's fantastic legacy and move the company into its next groundbreaking era."

ANTONIO "L.A." REID, chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group on naming rapper Jay-Z the new president and chief executive of the Def Jam label

"Millions of people feel that Martha got a raw deal."

TV producer MARK BURNETT, announcing Martha Stewart's new syndicated show to premiere next fall. Stewart is in federal prison for lying to investigators about a stock sale.

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