Courtney Love is turning up everywhere

Courtney Love is turning up everywhere

Though Hole’s much-delayed album is still months from arriving in stores, Courtney Love is provoking plenty of discussion, especially in the pages of the “New Yorker.” Responding to a June 6 column in the magazine’s “Critic at Large” section, actor (and Love’s unofficial beau) Ed Norton lashed out at director Nick Broomfield for his portrayal of the musician-turned-actress in his documentary “Kurt and Courtney.” Norton’s letter to the editor lambastes the “New Yorker”‘s writer for “simply capitalizing…on Broomfield’s tabloid trash by repeating it.” (Not everyone hated the film: EW movie critic Owen Gleiberman gave it an A-, calling it “sensational.”)

Love, 33, has seen her share of negative publicity recently: Still pending is the lawsuit brought against her in May by an “L.A. Weekly” columnist, who alleges that Love assaulted the journalist, who was trying to take the star’s photo at a fashion show. Meanwhile, the music press has pointed out that it’s been four long years since Love’s band, Hole, released its album “Live Through This.” The quartet’s much-delayed follow-up, “Celebrity Skin,” now has a September 8 release date. Why the wait? “It just took a while longer to make a perfect record,” explains Geffen publicist Jim Merlis, who is quick to deny rumors that the band had to rerecord weak tracks.

On a brighter note, Love’s acting career continues to bloom. The rave reviews she won for playing Althea Leasure in 1996’s “The People vs. Larry Flynt” have reportedly won her a plum new role: Love will star opposite Jim Carrey in the Milos Forman-directed biopic about the late comedian Andy Kaufman, “Man on the Moon,” which begins shooting later this month. — Gary Eng Walk