plus, Dennis Rodman's stalker is accused, and All Saints land a movie deal
STALLED John Woo’s ”Mission Impossible” sequel may not happen after all. Preparations for shooting ”Mission Impossible 2,” starring Tom Cruise, in Sydney, Australia, have reportedly stopped, and crew members have been sent home with the March 20 start date postponed indefinitely. Paramount Studios says the film may begin production again in April.
ARREST ALERT California prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for Dennis Rodman‘s accused e-mail stalker, Marie Boguszewski, a Chicago-area woman who threatened to kill three of Rodman’s publicists. Boguszewski, 36, allegedly called and e-mailed Rodman’s agent Dwight Manley hundreds of times, asking for a date with the bad-boy basketball player. When Manley refused to forward her messages, Boguszewski, who is presently awaiting trial in Illinois on an unrelated charge of aggravated assault, allegedly threatened to kill Manley and two of his associates.
CASTING England’s OTHER all-girl band is making a movie: All Saints singers Melanie Blatt and Nicole and Natalie Appleton (three of the four members) have secured starring roles in the 1960s gangster film ”Honest,” cowritten and directed by former Eurythmics member Dave Stewart. The three, ahem, singers said at a London press conference that Shaznay Lewis, the fourth Saint, decided not to join in the film. Stewart, who is making his directorial debut, said about the project, ”It is absolutely nothing like the Spice Girls.”
LEGAL BRIEFS Cher‘s former manager Bill Sammeth filed a lawsuit Monday claiming that he had a deal to receive 15 percent of the profits from Cher’s current hit album, ”Believe.” Sammeth, who worked with Cher for more than 22 years and is even credited and given thanks in ”Believe”’s liner notes, says he was fired just days before Cher’s appearance at the Super Bowl last January for no apparent reason. He seeks an undisclosed sum for compensation and legal fees.
STAGE-BOUND Britain’s hit 1998 comedy ”The Full Monty” is being written into a stage musical by veteran Broadway playwright Terrence McNally (”Love! Valor! Compassion!”) and music composer David Yazbek. Jack O’Brien, who directed Broadway’s ”Damn Yankees,” is on board to direct. The musical will make its theatrical debut at San Diego’s Old Globe in January, 2000.
AWARDS ALERT Sean ”Puffy” Combs was awarded an honorary ”Distinguished Alumni” degree from his alma mater, Howard University, last weekend. Puffy, who was a business major at Howard for two years before leaving to work for Uptown Records, donated $500,000 to create a scholarship fund in his and his mother’s name at the University…. Queen Elizabeth II honored former James Bond actor Roger Moore and singer Tom Jones yesterday with the Order of the British Empire award. Moore, 71, was recognized not for his years playing 007, but for serving nearly 10 years as special ambassador to UNICEF, the United Nations’ children’s charity organization. Jones, 58, was awarded for his contributions to music and entertainment.
BORN ”King” of talk Larry King and his wife, Shawn Southwick-King, had their first child last night. Baby Chance Armstrong King was born weighing 7 pounds 6 ounces. Chance is 64-year-old King’s fourth child and 38-year-old Southwick-King’s second.
OBITUARY Comic actress Peggy Cass, known for her Tony Award-winning role as the naive unwed mother Agnes Gooch in the Broadway and film versions of ”Auntie Mame,” died of heart failure yesterday in New York City. She was 74.