August 6, 1999
Today's buzz stories:
UNIVERSAL CITY, California (CNN) -- Steven Spielberg has hatched a story line for "Jurassic Park 3." But he won't be directing this one -- Joe Johnston has been assigned the job.
Universal and Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment are shooting to begin production early next year. The script is being written by Craig Rosenberg in close collaboration with Johnston, who directed "Jumanji" (1995) and this year's "October Sky."
Last year, Spielberg said he planned to direct the doings of the dinosaurs in the third "Jurassic" film. But as it turns out, he's got a schedule conflict -- he's to direct another large creature of the Hollywood jungle, Tom Cruise, in the "Minority Report" project, also planned for next year.
The "Jurassic Park" films -- "Jurassic Park" in 1993, and "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" in 1997 -- have earned more than $1.5 billion at the box office. The original grossed $913 million and the "Lost World" sequel earned more than $600 million.
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- 'Toon into this: FOX Television's series "The PJ's," created by Eddie Murphy, and HBO's "Animated Epics: The Canterbury Tales" won animation Emmys this week.
Ashley Potter and Les Mills earned individual achievement awards as animators for the "Animated Epics" episode "Leaving London." Joanna Quinn drew an Emmy for outstanding animator and production for the same series.
Ja'Net DuBois, who's heard as Mrs. Avery on "The PJs," was honored in the voice-over performance category.
NEW YORK (CNN) -- New York Gov. George Pataki has asked his counsel to advise him on requests that he intervene in a dispute between news organizations and state police.
The Associated Press and other news organizations are objecting to the state police department's use of press photos from Woodstock '99 rioters on a police Web site. Police posted the pictures without permission -- from AP, Syracuse Online and newspapers -- in an effort to get the public to help identify suspects in the rioting and alleged other infractions at the festival.
News outlets want the photos taken off the site. The argument of Louis D. Boccardi, AP president, and other journalists is that news photographers can be seen as proxies for police personnel. That's a break in the customary separation between newsgathering and law enforcement that news services say could lead to danger for newsgatherers.
Attorneys for the state police say the officers aren't violating copyright laws, so the photos will stay. Police say the photos have prompted some 150 e-mail messages.
Pataki's spokesman says the governor's counsel is reviewing the situation. To date, 39 arrests have been made on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to sodomy. The police have not said whether any of the arrests resulted from the pictures on the Web site. No arrests have been made in the five rapes reported at the event.
NEW YORK (CNN) -- The Artist formerly known as Prince has had luck with his latest copyright lawsuit.
His representatives say he has won a legal skirmish with a Swedish company to stop the use of his name, his image and his music without his consent.
Uptown Productions produces a fan magazine that had been selling unauthorized photographs and biographies of "the Artist" over its Web site. Uptown agreed July 28 to stop using his likeness and his copyrighted materials for any purposes other than those that are editorial.
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Friends and fans of Marilyn Monroe gathered on the 37th anniversary of her death Thursday to remember the woman known to some off-screen as Norma Jean.
"A star that glows that brightly had to dim faster than we would have liked, but we will remain forever in her afterglow," said Mickey Song, the hairdresser who combed Monroe's hair the night she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden.
Seventy-five people attended a memorial service at Westwood Village Memorial Park, where Monroe was buried in 1962. The service included remarks by Hollywood producer Stanley Rubin and photographer George Barris, who took the last pictures of Monroe on a beach in nearby Santa Monica. It ended with a tape of an eulogy by her late acting coach-mentor Lee Strasberg.
When it was over, the assembled throng paid their respects at Monroe's crypt, marked only by a metal plate giving her name and dates of birth and death and surrounded for the day by bouquets of flowers.
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