Spike Lee:
Pissed Again And
He's Not Alone

   Director Spike Lee is really pissed off again, and this time we can't blame him.    In a letter published in the Hollywood Reporter, the outspoken director attacked "The Patriot" starring Mel Gibson.
   "'The Patriot' dodged around, skirted about or completely ignored slavery," he said. "When talking about the history of this great country, one can never forget that America was built upon the genocide of Native Americans and the enslavement of African people."
   Adding historical fact to the fiction of the movie is the actual morality of the man who Mel Gibson portrays. Lee points out that equally outraged British historians recently revealed that the supposed hero of "The Patriot" was reported to have raped female slaves and shot at Native Americans for sport.
   Some hero.


Martin Lawrence:
He's Gonna Need A bigger Wallet

   Martin Lawrence is nearing Eddie Murphy sized paydays.
   The star of the hit comedy "Big Momma's House," is close to receiving his biggest pay day ever.
   Lawrence has signed to star in the 20th Century/New Regency film "Black Knight" for $16.5 million and sources say he may earn as much as $20 million for "Blue Streak 2" and "Bad Boys 2."



WILL STRIKES SHUT DOWN
HOLLYWOOD IN 2001?

   The Los Angeles Times recently observed that current strikes by AFTRA and SAG against TV commercial producers and cable rebroadcasts could widen to include widespread walkouts against top movie studios and television production companies next year -- a situation that could wreak financial devastation within the entertainment industry.
   The newspaper called attention to an item appearing in the Writers Guild of America's July newsletter advising members: "Now is not the time to be buying the biggest house or the nicest car you can possibly afford. If you have a TV staff writing job, begin putting money away now. If you make a feature deal, bank every penny you can."
   Likewise, Warner Bros. president Alan Horn told the Times, "We're accelerating the process [of developing pictures] and trying to schedule starts well in advance of a potential strike."
   Jack Kyser, chief econmist for the Los Angeles County Econonic Development Corp., told the newspaper, "If [the unions] go out on strike, it would dent our economy by a lot. It would definitely drag down our overall growth rate."


O.J. Simpson
Won't Pay A Dime!

   In response to the questions of "Today" show co-host Katie Couric, O.J. Simpson vowed that he would never make good on the $33.5 million judgement he owes the family of ex-wife and murder victim Nicole Brown.
"I will never pay a dime of that verdict," Simpson told Couric. "I didn't commit the crime. I don't believe I owe anything."



Janet Jackson:
Cleared of Prescription
Drug Charges -- For Now

   A Los Angeles judge recently dismissed a lawsuit brought against Janet Jackson and her former boyfriend of 13 years, Rene Elizondo, Jr by her former cook, Ricardo Macci.
   Macci claims that Jackson used his name for several drug prescriptions without his knowledge. In his suit, he claimed that Jackson and her former boyfriend had a hepatitis B vaccine, an antidepressant and an appetite suppressant all prescribed using his name in order to maintain her privacy.
   Macchi had asked that the defendants be prohibited from using his name in the future and that he be awarded damages and restitution for defamation of his reputation. The judge, however, disagreed.
   Macchi's lawyer said he plans to appeal.


Health Community Determines Entertainment Violence Effects Children --DUUHH!

   In a statement released by the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry the group said:
   "The conclusion of the public health
community, based on over 30 years of research, is that viewing entertainment violence can lead to increases in aggressive attitudes, values and behaviors, particularly in children."
   DUH! It took the medical community 30 years to figure out that parents knew all along?