2001-09-08 / Columnists

The Hollywood Report: With Garissa Thompson

The Hollywood Report: With Garissa Thompson

Well hello there! Did you miss me? I’ve been away for a little bit, but I’m back with some more juicy Hollywood gossip. So, if you’re ready baby, let’s get to it.

Nicole Kidman continues her whirlwind tour to promote her recent thriller "The Others". She is in Madrid for the film’s Spanish premiere,

Span happens to be the home of the film’s director Alejandro Amenabar, incidentally directed Penelope Cruz in the Spanish film "Open Your Eyes". This film was a remade in the states, but the title was changed to "Vanilla Sky", starring Tom Cruise. You know I had to mention my baby Tom!

Courtney Love and Don Henley appeared in front of a California State Senate Committee on Wednesday to shed light on what they call the "indentured servitude" musicians are held to by record companies. The recording industry’s attorney said the issue is about honoring contracts.

Unknown artists usually sign seven-year deals with a promise to deliver six to eight albums. However, the record company can hold the artist to the contract until all albums are delivered, while at the same time requiring the artist have a gap of several years in between albums.

Ultimately, this extends the contract far beyond the original seven-year period, and at the same salary the artist earned as an unknown. The record companies maintain they take huge monetary risks on untested talent and that the deals are fair.

Laura Ziskin, the first female to take the reigns alone, will produce the 74th Academy Awards. Ziskin has worked as a writer, producer and studio executive. Most recently she completed "Spider-Man", starring Tobey Maguire, which is set for release in May 2002.

On September 5, Mariah Carey pulled out of her "20/20" interview with Barbara Walters, which was scheduled for Friday, September 7. Carey’s publicist said Mariah needed more time to rest and when asked if the singer had been re-admitted to the hospital, her answer was "no comment."

Paula Poundstone was in court again this week for a status hearing on charges that she allegedly committed lewd acts with a minor and child endangerment. Poundstone supporters greeted her as she walked into the Santa Monica, California Superior Court. During the proceedings, Judge Bernard J. Kamins continued Poundstone’s case until a preliminary hearing next week.

I was in Greenwich Village, in Manhattan, on Labor Day weekend, and I ran into two of my favorite celebrities, Mike Tyson and Ice-T. Young women surrounded "Iron Mike", and he was enjoying every minute of it. With all of the trouble he has been in with women, he needs to avoid them like the plague.

Ice-T was cruising down 6th Avenue in a gray Lamborghini. He was looking around as if to say, "Yo, that’s right, it’s me. Ice is in the house." He was styling and profiling, but baby, nobody does it better that yours truly. That’s it for this installment. I’ll see you next time, and remember, don’t be mean…pinch a Queen, honey.

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