Friday, February 28, 2003

Fans will pick 'Idol' poster

Los Angeles -- "American Idol" fans can vote for their favorite poster for the upcoming movie "From Justin to Kelly," which features the Fox talent-show winner Kelly Clarkson and runner-up Justin Guarini.

The film, scheduled for release April 25, is a scripted romance set during a spring break beach party.

Those interested in the poster contest can log onto the Web site and choose from three designs. The fan-favorite poster will be announced Tuesday.

Michael: Band Aid 2 lacks depth

London -- British pop singer George Michael, who has spoken out against a possible war on Iraq, has criticized plans by Lee Ryan of British boy band Blue to gather pop stars to record a protest song.

Ryan said last week he hoped to approach stars such as Justin Timberlake, Pink and Kylie Minogue for a song in the spirit of Band Aid, the 1984 record to aid Ethiopian famine relief.

But Michael, 39, said the prospective participants were too young and politically naive to carry it off.

"They make their money from singing the words of others, and so therefore the weight of something called Band Aid 2 would be incredibly slight," he told the British Broadcasting Corp.'s "Hardtalk" program broadcast Wednesday.

'Long Island Lolita' no more

Garden City, N.Y. -- Amy Fisher, who set off a frenzy of tabloid headlines a decade ago when she shot her lover's wife, celebrated the end of her parole by announcing her intention to work for causes aimed at keeping handguns away from minors.

"I committed a terrible crime when I was only 16 years old," Fisher writes in the Long Island Press, a free weekly where she has worked as a columnist since last summer. "Today I am 28, a mother and almost a stranger to that teenage girl who became known around the world as the 'Long Island Lolita.'"

Fisher was released from prison in 1999 after serving seven years for shooting Mary Jo Buttafuoco in the head. Fisher was having an affair with Buttafuoco's auto mechanic husband at the time.

Oprah goes back to basics

New York -- Oprah's Book Club is back, and this time she's sticking to the classics.

Oprah Winfrey, who announced last April she was suspending her club because she could not find any worthy books, revealed Wednesday she was bringing back her club after a 10-month hiatus. She said she had been reading works by William Shakespeare, William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway and wanted to celebrate these and other writers from the past.

The new club is tentatively titled "Traveling With the Classics."