Saturday, September 1, 2001
Bowie, 'P. Diddy' collaborate
David Bowie and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs are working together on a remake of Bowie's song, "This Is Not America."
The song, retitled "American Dream," will be on the soundtrack of the new film "Training Day," starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke.
Bowie said he wanted to see the film before making a commitment. After he saw it, he was ready.
"I said, 'I'd love to get involved.' ... And Sean I think felt much the same ï¿½ that this looked like a really good piece of work to work on. So we decided to get together and collaborate on it."
Combs describes the song as having "a techno, hip-hop funk-type feel" with Bowie bringing in some soul-rock.
Cast member not so 'Charmed'
"Charmed" cast member Greg Vaughan was arrested for investigation of drunken driving after he was pulled over for speeding, police said.
The 28-year-old actor was stopped Thursday morning in Hollywood.
"He was speeding and straddling the lane," police spokeswoman Victoria Diaz said.
A breath test showed Vaughan had a blood alcohol level of .08, the legal threshold for making an arrest, Diaz said. Vaughan was booked for investigation of drunken driving and released pending a court appearance, police said.
Vaughan plays construction worker Dan Gordon on the popular WB show.
INXS in love with Transylvania
Members of the Australian band INXS got their fangs into some serious shopping while in Transylvania for a concert, a newspaper reported.
The five band members bought woolen sweaters and T-shirts with Vlad the Impaler's portrait during a visit Wednesday to Bran Castle, the daily Ziua reported. The site is popularly known as Dracula's castle.
The legendary Dracula portrayed in Bram Stoker's 1897 book is based on Vlad the Impaler, a 14th-century Romanian prince known for his penchant to impale his enemies on spikes.
INXS, Cyndi Lauper and UB40 were scheduled to perform during the three-day "Golden Stag," which opened Wednesday in Brasov.
Fired accountant sues Cher
Jury selection has begun in a lawsuit accusing Cher of firing an accountant for noting labor violations, including the hiring of illegal immigrants, during construction of the entertainer's Malibu mansion.
Salvatore Sampino sued Cher in July 2000, alleging wrongful termination. He said he was fired in May 2000.
"All I can say is the truth is the truth. I'll defend myself in there," Cher said before entering court Thursday.
Cher and her attorneys have denied the accusations, saying Sampino wasn't fired but quit. They also say he was never employed by Cher but by Artemis Design and Consulting, the principal contractor on the home.