Country artist Alan Jackson will soon rock more than the jukebox. He’s about to sign a $10 million publishing-rights deal — one of the biggest in Nashville history — with Warner-Chappell Music. A spokesman for Jackson maintains, however, that the singer remains a down-home guy. ”What he misses most is being able to go down to Wal-Mart unrecognized and check out the new fishing lures.”…Add Macaulay Culkin to the list of high-profile talent to defect from ICM. Culkin — who, along with his brother Kieran, signed with the William Morris Agency — follows in the footsteps of True Lies director James Cameron and Sharon Stone, both of whom have yet to sign elsewhere.
Tom Cruise has filed a $10 million lawsuit against Philips Interactive Media for ”(using) Cruise’s likeness and persona in TV commercials advertising Philips’ Magnavox CD-i video recorder.” The suit argues that the commercials create ”the impression that (Cruise’s) career is on the wane, so that he has been forced to license his likeness.”…NBC has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to investigate whether Fox Broadcasting’s ownership by the Australian-based News Corp., headed by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, violates the FCC’s regulations on foreign ownership of stations.
Ending months of speculation, supermodel Cindy Crawford, 28, and spouse Richard Gere, 45, have announced they’re breaking up after three years of marriage.
Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, 28, was found guilty in Los Angeles on Dec. 2 of three charges of pandering but was acquitted of selling cocaine to an undercover cop. Fleiss, free on $75,000 bail, faces three to eight years in jail. She will have a sentencing hearing on Jan. 20. Her lawyer plans to appeal.
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, 46, hospitalized in London on Dec. 2, and diagnosed with an ulcerated esophagus. ”I am told this is something only time and nature can heal,” said Webber in a statement.
Fox Network star Martin Lawrence finally announced his coming nuptials to Patricia Southall, a former Miss Virginia. ”It will be a large wedding,” says his spokeswoman. ”But beyond that, everything is still being worked out.” The couple, who, according to the spokewoman, are longtime friends, will marry Jan. 7 and plan to live in Los Angeles.
An 8-pound-6-ounce boy, Rio Kelly Lujan, born to actress Sean Young and husband, actor Robert Lujan, in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Nov. 22. ”They’re both extremely happy and exhausted,” says Young’s spokeswoman. ”She said it’s the most unbelievable feeling of immediate bonding.”…A 6-pound-14-ounce girl, Emily Marie, to Gloria Estefan and husband Emilio in Miami on Dec. 5. ”Emilio almost passed out when he was in the OR,” says a spokeswoman, ”but we got him air and cold water, and he was able to make it back in to cut the cord.”…A 6-pound-6-ounce girl, Satchel Lewis Lee, to director Spike Lee and wife, attorney Tonya Lewis, in New York on Dec. 2. Says Lee, ”It’s better than the Knicks winning an NBA championship.”