Sunday, September 1, 2002
Carey wins song-writing suit
Los Angeles ï¿½ Mariah Carey and a team of songwriters did not steal the work of two other composers when she recorded the song "Thank God I Found You," a federal judge has ruled.
Songwriters Seth Swirsky and Warryn Campbell sued Carey two years ago, claiming her song was actually a copy of their composition "One of Those Love Songs."
Carey's song was included on the 1999 album "Rainbow."
Unknowns cast in JFK Jr. movie
Los Angeles ï¿½ Two unknown actors will play John F. Kennedy Jr. and actress Daryl Hannah, who dated Kennedy, in an upcoming TBS movie.
Kristoffer Polaha will play the son of the late U.S. president in "America's Prince: The JFK Jr. Story," based on Christopher Andersen's 2000 biography, "The Day John Died," TBS said Friday.
Polaha has appeared in TV episodes of "Angel," "Roswell" and "That's Life."
Tara Chocol, whose credits include episodes of "Sex and the City," "ER," "Judging Amy" and "The Practice," will play Hannah.
The movie is scheduled to air this December or in January 2003.
Earlier, TBS announced that Jacqueline Bisset would play Kennedy's mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Portia de Rossi would portray Kennedy's wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.
Film fest to honor Scorsese
Casablanca, Morocco ï¿½ Movie directors David Lynch, Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola will be guests of honor at next month's Marrakech International Film Festival.
Scorsese, who filmed scenes for "The Last Temptation of Christ" and "Kundun" in Morocco, will be given the country's highest award, the Wissam alaouite, by King Mohammed VI at the Sept. 18-22 festival, organizers said.
Scorsese's upcoming 1860s mob tale, "Gangs of New York," stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis and Cameron Diaz.
Presidential contender plans book
New York ï¿½ Another possible presidential candidate has a book deal. Sen. John Edwards has signed to write about his years as a lawyer in North Carolina.
"The work will be a combination of courtroom drama and personal struggle that combine to give an important lesson about the power of individual citizens, the strength of family and the meaning of justice," said a statement issued Friday by publisher Simon & Schuster.
The book, not yet titled, is scheduled for release in 2003.
Edwards, a North Carolina Democrat, has been widely cited as a possible presidential candidate in 2004.
Other possible contenders with books coming out include Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota, former Vice President Al Gore and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, a Democrat from Connecticut and Gore's running mate in the 2000 campaign.