RECORDING Controversy be damned. Not only is Alanis Morissette starring as God in Kevin Smith’s still-in-limbo ”Dogma,” but she’s also recording a new song for it. The tune, called ”Still,” will be included on her third album, which should be out next year.
WOODSTOCK INVESTIGATION TROUBLE The Associated Press is protesting the New York state police posting the news organization’s photos of Woodstock 99 looters on the police website without permission. The NYSPD put up 14 pictures (10 of them the AP’s) of concert goers trashing pay phones, breaking into ACE Hardware trucks, and destroying the ”Peace Wall,” hoping that site visitors will recognize the vandals and identify them. ”We have two concerns,” said New York City AP bureau chief Sam Boyle, who denied the use of the pictures. ”Violation of copyright and the journalistic separation from law enforcement.” However, the police department has ignored a cease-and-desist order from the AP’s lawyers. ”It was material that was already published,” said the department’s chief counsel, Glenn Valle. ”Its like walking around with the front page of the Daily News asking, ‘Do you recognize this guy?”’
SPLIT Robert De Niro has filed for divorce from his second wife, Grace Hightower, after two years of marriage. The couple has one son. Tune in tonight at 11:30 for Jay Leno’s inevitable ”You filin’ for alimony to me? I don’t see no one else around here, so you must be asking for alimony from me” joke.
CASTING The weaselly voices of James Woods and Steve Buscemi will be heard along with the hunky tones of Alec Baldwin in the animated feature ”Final Fantasy — the Movie,” which has the not-so-novel sci-fi premise of Earth doing battle with an encroaching alien force…. After only one year as a cast member of ”Saturday Night Live,” the Sandler-esque Jimmy Fallon has landed his first film role, as a music manager in Cameron Crowe’s untitled film on the 1970s rock life…. Anyone remember Jenny McCarthy? Well, she’s taking her goofy facial expressions off of hiatus and joining the horror spoof ”Scream if You Know What I Did Last Halloween,” with Shawn and Marlon Wayans. We’ll wait for the book.
RECOVERING Barry White will be lying back in his big groovy bed for some very sexy recuperation. White suffered from exhaustion after a grueling promotional tour for his new album, ”Staying Power,” and had to check into a San Diego hospital and postpone his joint tour with Earth, Wind and Fire for a month. The concerts will now begin on Sep. 10 in Boston, and the previous nixed seven shows will be rescheduled.
EXECUTIVE ANNOINTMENT Warner Bros. has appointed a successor to departing heads Terry Semel and Bob Daly: Current chief operating officer Barry Meyer will take over the music, film, and TV giant as chairman and CEO. Taking Meyer’s old position as No. 2 man will be Castle Rock chairman Alan Horn.
ARRESTED ”Moesha” costar Lamont Bentley was arrested late Saturday night for disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer after a charity basketball event he organized in his hometown of Milwaukee, according to the Associated Press. During the post-game party, a friend of Bentley’s was being taken away by cops under suspicion of disorderly conduct, and Bentley reportedly confronted the police by saying, ”If you arrest him, you better arrest me.” They did as directed; Bentley was later released on $450 bail.