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Stephen King faces nine months of recuperation

Plus, U2 makes a political stand, and a judge dismisses a $100 million lawsuit against Jerry Seinfeld

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RECUPERATING Stephen King won’t be able to jump out of the bushes and say ”Boo!” anytime soon: He just underwent a second operation after being struck by a van on Saturday, and doctors say he faces at least nine months of physical therapy before he’s back in perfect condition. His laundry list of injuries includes a fractured pelvis, right hip, two ribs, a right leg broken in two places, a bruised lung, and a minor scalp injury…. Isabel ”Chabeli” Iglesias, the 28-year-old daughter of singer Julio, was severely injured when she was thrown from an automobile in Los Angeles after a two-car collision. Her father’s publicist said she was in ”excellent condition,” although police initially said her injuries were more serious.

SPEAKING OUT U2’s Bono and The Edge joined Perry Farrell, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Live Aid founder Bob Geldof at the G-8 summit of world leaders in Cologne, Germany, to petition for the elimination of all $200 billion of the Third World debt, according to MTV News. The musical do-gooders presented a petition that said these countries could never have viable economies with that debt hanging over them. The G-8 members agreed to erase $70 billion in IOU’s, and said they’d work on the rest in the future.

COURT REPORT Apparently it was much ado about nothing: A New York state supreme court judge has thrown out the $100 million lawsuit filed against Jerry Seinfeld by his high school friend Michael Costanza, who claimed he was humiliated because the ”Seinfeld” character of George was based on him, and portrayed as a loser. The judge not only tossed out the case, but issued Costanza and his lawyer $2,500 sanctions each for wasting the court’s time…. Where is the love in Branson? Wayne Newton has filed a $20 million countersuit to Tony Orlando‘s April charges that Newton locked him out of their jointly owned Missouri theater, owing Orlando revenues and costing him future income, according to the Associated Press. Newton’s new suit claims that Orlando misled him when they made the initial deal as to how many people he could really attract to his shows, and accuses Orlando of spreading false claims about him in his press interviews.

CASTING John Cusack is cowriting a bank-heist film for him to star in with his ”Bullets Over Broadway” director, Woody Allen. ”The Man Who Robbed the Pierre” is based on the true story of a master thief who enlisted his old cell mate to make off with $10 million in jewelry from a New York hotel in 1972. Allen is apparently becoming increasingly interested in purely acting (or at least the paychecks therefrom), because he’s pushed the start date of his annual fall project off until spring to accommodate the Cusack film…. Taye Diggs, Juliette Lewis, and James Caan have joined Ryan Phillippe and Benicio Del Toro in ”The Way of the Gun,” a thriller about the kidnapping of a surrogate mother pregnant with a wealthy couple’s baby. ”Gun” is the directorial debut of ”The Usual Suspects” Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie.

TALK WHO? E! has bequeathed the ”Talk Soup” host chair that is soon to be vacated by John Henson to comedian Hal Sparks. Sparks isn’t exactly a familiar face: His on-camera roles have included some guest roles on ”Lois and Clark” and ”Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” He’ll begin on July 5, after Henson’s July 2 goodbye show.

ON DISPLAY Well, it ain’t exactly Babe Ruth’s cap, but Tim Robbins donated the baseball uniform he wore in the 1988 movie ”Bull Durham” to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. It will be part of an exhibit of movie outfits that include uniforms worn by Geena Davis in ”A League of Their Own,” Ray Liotta in ”Field of Dreams,” and Robert Redford in ”The Natural.”

GOING HIGH-TECH EMI has become the first major record label to embrace (or give in to) the Internet. It has announced a deal with Liquid Audio to digitize all of its music to be sold and downloaded off the net, so customers can buy albums or select individual songs to burn their own mix discs. (As opposed to the controversial MP3 format, music played via Liquid Audio is copyright- protected.) EMI, which distributes musicians ranging from the Beastie Boys to Garth Brooks, will start its library immediately, and songs will be available by the end of the year, according to Reuters.

ARRESTED Huey DiFontaine, the frontman for Fun Lovin’ Criminals, lived up to his band’s name when he was arrested in New York City last Thursday for smoking marijuana on a street corner, and was kept in jail for 24 hours. ”(Huey’s) crime was neither violent, nor did he harm anyone,” the band’s manager told MTV News.