Thursday, October 30, 2003

OKC conspirator's brother suing Michael Moore

James Nichols, the brother of Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, apparently wasn't thrilled that he came off like a nut in filmmaker Michael Moore's Academy Award-winning documentary, "Bowling for Columbine." Nichols filed a federal lawsuit against Moore on Monday alleging he was tricked into appearing in the documentary.

In the film, Moore steers the subject from the Oklahoma City bombing to gun ownership and gets Nichols to show him the gun he keeps under his bed. Nichols also contends in the lawsuit that Moore libeled him by linking him to the terrorist act, and accuses Moore of defamation of character, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Nichols' lawyer is asking for a jury trial and damages ranging from $10 million to $20 million on each of nine counts, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Lennox to perform 'Lord of the Rings' theme

Los Angeles -- Annie Lennox is taking a trip to Middle-earth.

The former Eurythmics singer will perform the theme song for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," the final chapter in the mammoth screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy about mythical hobbits, elves, wizards, dwarves and humans in a battle of good against evil.

The soundtrack, due out Nov. 25, will feature highlights from Howard Shore's score and Lennox's song "Into the West."

Courtney Love charged with drug possession

Actress-singer Courtney Love was charged with two felony drug counts Tuesday in a complaint that specified she illegally possessed painkillers.

Love surrendered voluntarily and was booked by Beverly Hills police, district attorney's spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said.

The charges stem from an incident earlier this month when Love, 39, was arrested and booked on two misdemeanor drug counts.

Hours after she was released, Beverly Hills police and paramedics were called to her home and took Love to a hospital for treatment of a drug overdose. The new charges relate to the overdose.

Chong likely to serve time

Pittsburgh -- A federal judge ruled that Tommy Chong's prison sentence for conspiracy to sell drug paraphernalia would likely stand and refused to release him from jail pending an appeal.

The 65-year-old actor and comedian, best-known for his portrayal of a drug-addled ne'er-do-well in the Cheech and Chong movies, pleaded guilty to conspiracy last spring and was sentenced to nine months in prison.

He reported Oct. 8 to begin serving his prison term. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab was dated Thursday.