Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Tots no match for Harry Potter
London -- There'll be no wave of the magic Harry Potter wand for the 3-year-old students of a ballet school in southern England.
Choreographer Valerie Le Serve said Monday she was forced to change a 10-minute segment based on the adventures of the boy wizard and his friends after author J.K. Rowling's agent pointed out a contract with movie giant Warner Bros. that bans rival productions.
Le Serve said she wrote to Rowling's London-based agent, Christopher Little, as a courtesy and was surprised to receive a letter banning her from going ahead with the amateur event in Worthing, West Sussex.
Warner Bros., which produces the hit "Harry Potter" movies based on the books, has rights over any live theatrical or musical production until 2007.
Andre 3000 says 'Ya!' to cartoon
Atlanta -- Andre 3000, one-half of the chart-topping hip-hop group OutKast, is developing a potential series project with Cartoon Network, reports CNN.
The musician is hashing out ideas for a half-hour special pegged for the cable channel's "Adult Swim" block. If Andre 3000 and Cartoon Network are happy with the results, the channel will green-light the special for series treatment.
While still in the early stages, the project is expected to be inspired by the rapper's life or possibly his alter ego, Johnny Vulture, the guitar-playing wild man seen in OutKast's video for the Grammy-winning hit single "Hey Ya!"
Director marries leading lady
Los Angeles -- Actress Kate Beckinsale and "Underworld" director Len Wiseman were married in a small weekend ceremony at the lush Bel-Air Hotel.
The couple recited wedding vows Sunday. It was the first marriage for both.
Beckinsale's films include "Van Helsing," "Underworld" and "Pearl Harbor."
Wiseman, a music video director for En Vogue and Megadeth, made his feature-film debut with last fall's "Underworld." He's now working on an untitled sequel with Beckinsale again in the starring role.