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WEDDINGS

Sopranos star and pop singer Jamie-Lynn Sigler, 22, has something new to sing about: She wed her manager, A.J. DiScala, 32, July 11 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and will take his last name.

CONTROVERSIES

Someone wasn't ready for this jelly: After Beyonce got bootylicious on the steps of Grant's Tomb live on NBC for Macy's Fourth of July celebration (right), an outraged Frank Scaturro, president of the Grant Monument Association, wrote NBC, calling her performance ''patently inappropriate.... At that location, a certain decorum should have been observed.'' Responds NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks: ''It was meant as a tribute, and no disrespect was intended.''... Romance turned to murder mystery earlier this month after a piece of wardrobe jewelry was stolen from the Winnipeg set of Miramax's Shall We Dance, starring Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere. Having last been used as part of costar Susan Sarandon's costume, the glass necklace turned up July 2 in the nearby hotel room of the murdered and dismembered Robin Robert Greene, 38. Manitoba police believe Greene stole the necklace, but have ruled out any link between the murder and the prop.

ARRESTS

Lynda Obst, 53, was arrested for alleged marijuana possession at the Austin airport, July 6. The producer of such movies as Sleepless in Seattle and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days was released after six hours on a $1,500 bond.

COURTS

Next! After settling with Spike Lee over its name, Spike TV's parent company Viacom and Marvel Comics' Stan Lee were sued July 9 by Florida dancer Janet Clover. She claims that the animated stripper/superhero Erotica Jones character, voiced by Pamela Anderson on Spike TV's Stripperella, is a ''theft'' of her persona. She asks that the net cease broadcasting the show. Viacom had no comment. Lee's office did not return calls.... On July 14 in Los Angeles, Exorcist screenwriter William Blatty and director William Friedkin settled their breach-of-contract suit against Warner Bros. for an undisclosed amount. The duo sought roughly $10 million in revenue from 1973's The Exorcist and its 2000 rerelease.... Don't mess with this angel. Cameron Diaz, 30, filed a legal action to prevent the release of photos taken at ''a private modeling session'' a decade ago, according to her publicist. The nature of the photographs is not known, but according to the statement, Diaz is claiming her signature is forged on the release form and ''a criminal investigation is pending.''

DEATHS

Buena Vista Social Club frontman Compay Segundo (left), 95, who rose to fame thanks to his rich voice and Wim Wenders' 1999 documentary about the Cuban group, reportedly of kidney failure, July 13, at his home in Havana.... Jazz legend Benny Carter, 95, among the first African-American composers to work on Hollywood films (including 1943's Stormy Weather), after being hospitalized for a respiratory ailment, July 12, at Cedars-Sinai in L.A.... Comedy scribe Eliot Wald, 57, who also brought together Siskel and Ebert in 1977, of liver cancer, in L.A., July 12. -- Sumeet Bal, with additional reporting by Josh Young

Originally posted Jul 25, 2003 Published in issue #720 Jul 25, 2003 Order article reprints
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