plus, 'Gods and Monsters' and Bill Murray win Indie awards, and Leonardo DiCaprio is honored as one of the Worst of the Year

By Josh Wolk
Updated March 22, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST
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LAWSUIT Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are preparing to sue the Star and the National Enquirer tabloids for a couple of stories sparked by their upcoming sexy thriller, ”Eyes Wide Shut.” The Star reported that the late Stanley Kubrick had hired two sex therapists to help the couple be more erotic onscreen, but the Cruises maintain they never met the quoted psychologists. Meanwhile, the Enquirer claimed the couple frequented sex shows and checked out S&M photos to get in the swing of things, and that Kubrick urged them to take Ecstasy. ”We are dismayed that someone would attempt to tarnish Stanley Kubrick and his final film with totally untrue claims,” said a joint statement released by Warner Bros. and the couple’s publicist. ”Our recourse is to file lawsuits and see them through to the end. Their 15 minutes of fame will cost them dearly.”

THE OTHER AWARDS ”Gods and Monsters” may have nabbed only one Oscar (best adapted screenplay), but it had quite the rout at Saturday’s 14th annual Independent Spirit Awards, collecting honors for best picture, actor (Ian McKellen), and supporting actress (Lynn Redgrave). ”The Opposite of Sex,” which was completely snubbed for nominations by the Academy, was honored for best screenplay and first feature. Also collecting awards were Ally Sheedy for ”High Art” and director Wes Anderson and star Bill Murray for ”Rushmore”…. Honoring the WORST Hollywood has to offer on Saturday were the Razzies. ”Burn Hollywood Burn: An Alan Smithee Film” won Worst Film kudos, and its screenwriter, Joe Ezsterhas, received four awards on his own. Also named at the ceremony were the Spice Girls (collectively named Worst Actress for ”Spice World”), Bruce Willis (Worst Actor for ”Armageddon,” ”Mercury Rising,” and ”The Siege”), and Leonardo DiCaprio (worst couple for playing twins in ”The Man in the Iron Mask”).

POSTPONED Garth Brooks‘s new and more poppy album will hit stores 30 to 60 days later than its originally scheduled May 4 release date. Capitol Records said it needed more time for ”proper setup.”

RECOVERING George Jones has been released from the hospital following his car accident on March 6. The singer suffered from a punctured lung and lacerated liver, and police are still investigating whether he had been drinking when he drove into a bridge abutment.

Eyes Wide Shut

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