Friday, June 8, 2001

Fiorentino's failed film

Linda Fiorentino says the producers of a now-defunct biographical film project about painter Georgia O'Keeffe added explicit nude scenes to the script without her approval. The accusation surfaced in a cross-complaint the actress filed Wednesday in response to a lawsuit from the German studio Art Oko Film, producers of "Till the End of Time."

Fiorentino claims the filmmakers altered the original script to include "unnecessary, prurient sex scenes emphasizing full frontal nudity" that she refused to perform. "Till the End of Time" was scheduled to begin filming last summer with Fiorentino as O'Keeffe and Ben Kingsley.

'Peanuts' creator honored

Congress awarded its highest civilian honor to "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz on Thursday, saying the comic strip characters created by the late cartoonist "embodied human potential." "We're humbled by this great honor in this most historic place," said Schulz's widow, Jeannie. Schulz, who was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, died in February 2000 at his home in Santa Rosa, Calif. The medal has an image of Schulz's face on one side. The other side features the entire Peanuts gang, including Charlie Brown and Lucy.

'Basic Instinct II' ends up in court

Sharon Stone has sued two producers claiming breach of a $14 million oral contract to reprise the murderous lead role in "Basic Instinct II," the defunct sequel to the sexy 1992 film that made her a star. She claims she turned down other film offers, even "moving to a health and fitness spa to achieve the physical effect requested by defendants."

The action seeks more than $100 million in damages from Andrew Vajna and Mario Kassar of C-2 Pictures, formerly Carolco Pictures. Stone's lawsuit claims she was promised $14 million in advance against 15 percent of gross receipts, estimated at $93.3 million, along with "her customary perks, billing and (script and co-star) approvals."

Bono urges debt relief

U2 lead singer Bono urged Harvard University's graduating seniors to do their part to help poor people in Third World countries. "The debts of the father are now the debts of the sons and the daughters," the Dublin native said Wednesday to a crowd of students, faculty and family members attending precommencement festivities.

Bono's connection to Harvard began in 1999 when he contacted economic professor Jeffrey Sachs to talk about debt relief for Third World countries. Bono has also enlisted the help of Bobby Shriver, Eunice Kennedy Shriver's son. "Sachs and I with my friend Bobby Shriver hit the road like some sort of surreal crossover act. A rock star, a Kennedy, a noted economist crisscrossing the globe like the Partridge Family on psychotropic drugs," Bono quipped.