It wasn’t too far from heaven when Oscar nominee Julianne Moore, 42, wed director Bart Freundlich, 33, in New York City the weekend of Aug. 23. The pair has two children, Cal, 5, and Liv, 1.
The Rolling Stones had to postpone the first U.K. concert on their Forty Licks tour Aug. 23, after Mick Jagger (below) came down with the flu. The Glimmer twin returned to the stage Aug. 24 in London.
Things got uncomfortably up close and personal for Robert Redford, 66, on Aug. 20 after two former employees at his Catalyst Film Works sued him over a $750,000 severance agreement. Jeff Kleeman and Eric Greenfeld claim the Oscar winner paid them only $250,000 from an October 2001 termination settlement and are asking the actor to pay the remaining $500,000. Redford’s rep had no comment because he had yet to see the complaint…. Fox News Network dropped its lawsuit against Al Franken Aug. 25 after its injunction to block the liberal satirist’s use of ”fair & balanced” in the title of his new book was dismissed a few days earlier. The judge ruled that Franken’s use was a parody, protected by the First Amendment…. ”You gotta suck da head on dem der crawfish!” On Aug. 20, the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that Grammy-nominated rapper Mystikal had not violated any copyrights when he used that and another bayou-ism on his 2000 hit single ”Shake Ya Ass.” The suit was brought by the manufacturer of Cajun in Your Pocket, an electronic toy that plays phrases not unlike those used in the song…. Actor and onetime hunk Erik Estrada (below) filed suit against White Tiger Films in L.A. Aug. 15, claiming the company, which canceled a movie deal, still owes him a promised $75,000. White Tiger could not be reached for comment.
Nearly 11,000 hope fuls converged on NYC’S Jacob K. Javits convention center last weekend for American Idol auditions AI’s largest turnout thus far. Winner Ruben Studdard’s advice to the wannabes? ”Just keep dreaming.”
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On Sept. 13, Michael Jackson will host 250 lucky couples at Neverland, his 2,600-acre California estate. A fifth of the $5,000 price of admission will go to nonprofit groups. The remaining money, according to a source, covers the cost of the event, which includes rides and a dinner. White gloves, we presume, are optional.
Eighties metal band Great White was ordered to pay $7,000 by OSHA for their involvement in a fire that claimed 100 lives in a West Warwick, R.I., club last February. The owners of the venue, the Station, were fined $85,200 for one ”alleged willful” violation and six less-serious charges, including inadequate safety planning and use of a highly flammable foam. An attorney for the band says, ”We’re in the process of discussing our options.” The owners’ lawyer did not return calls.
Phish bassist Mike Gordon, 38, was charged with misdemeanor child endangerment and trespassing Aug. 11. According to police, the jam-band musician and a 9-year-old girl were found in an enclosed boathouse behind the stage of the Jones Beach, N.Y., amphitheater where the Grateful Dead were performing. Though Gordon and the girl’s family issued a statement calling the incident ”an unfortunate misunderstanding,” the musician must appear in a New York court Sept. 29…. Even as Bobby Brown, 34, dined with wife Whitney Houston, 40, in an Alpharetta, Ga., restaurant, the police were watching his ”every little step.” After a tip from a diner, they nabbed the star Aug. 22 for allegedly violating the terms of his probation. At press time, he was still being held in the DeKalb County jail.