Plus, the controversy over 'Dogma' heats up, and Jewel promises a silent night

By Josh Wolk
June 17, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT
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SPEAKING OUT First Jerry Falwell’s magazine attacked Tinky-Winky, and now it’s coming after Lilith Fair. A senior editor from Falwell’s magazine, National Liberty Journal, warned parents in an article that the all-female tour promotes birth control and abortion and celebrates lesbian imagery. He also pointed out that Lilith was the name of a demonic character in the Bible (Adam’s first wife before Eve), and that can only mean trouble. Terry McBride, Sarah McLachlan’s manager and one of the tour directors, told the Associated Press that the name was chosen to represent equality, and not to turn kids to the dark side. As for the other complaints, McBride said that the Fair simply invites organizations like Planned Parenthood to set up booths, but beyond that has no relationship with them. ”Lilith Fair gets criticized every year,” said McBride. ”(Falwell)’s going to criticize. So be it. I can only point out the truth.”

RELIGIOUS FEUD The fight over Kevin Smith’s controversial film ”Dogma” is just heating up. The Weinstein brothers — who purchased the movie from their own Miramax to distribute through a new independent company after parent company Disney was uncomfortable with the religious satire — have sent a letter to the Catholic League, threatening to hold it responsible for any violence that may occur during protests of the film. The New York-based Catholic League has vowed to speak out against what it considers to be a blasphemous movie, but it had never threatened violence, according to Reuters. Of course, Miramax’s salvo has only enraged the group further. ”The Catholic League protest of ‘Dogma’ will now proceed with even more vigor than ever before. Fascistic attempts to silence us will never win,” said League President William Donohue in a statement. The League now plans to buy a full-page ad in the New York Times demanding that Disney no longer work with the Weinsteins.

SEASONS GREETINGS Because she’s sensitive to your holiday needs, Jewel is recording a Christmas album for release after Thanksgiving. She’ll sing many of the classics, including ”Silent Night.”

CUT SHORT Limp Bizkit’s guerrilla concerts are getting shorter and shorter. After being shut down on Sunday after 20 minutes playing outside in Boston, the band showed up in Detroit Tuesday afternoon to play on a rooftop and were stopped by the cops after only a song and a half, according to MTV News. One more surprise show is planned for Chicago: Hopefully they can make it past turning on their amps.

CASTING Rupert Everett will star as the boyfriend of a murdered rock star who teams with the musician’s biggest fan (Kathy Bates) to solve his murder in ”Unconditional Love.” P.J. Hogan, who directed Everett in ”My Best Friend’s Wedding,” will helm.

REEL DEALS Tom Hanks is producing a pilot for HBO called ”Lloyd, What Happened?” based on Stanley Bing’s novel about an executive’s climb up the corporate ladder. Harold Ramis will direct…. John McNaughton (”Wild Things”) will next direct the naughty comedy ”Speaking of Sex,” which follows a couple whose marital therapy takes a nonhealing turn when the wife has an affair with the therapist.

UN-CASTING Ally Walker is expected to bail out of her NBC drama, ”Profiler” after three seasons. According to Variety, the network isn’t too upset, and is looking at it as an opportunity to revamp the flailing show with either a new protagonist or a new actress playing Walker’s role. If she does leave, she may appear on the first four shows of next season.

ON THE ROAD With his book ”Bootleg” a best-seller, Damon Wayans is feeling pretty confident about his sense of humor. Now he’s decided to film the last four shows from his current stand-up comedy tour and turn it into a concert movie, which he’ll finance himself, according to Marilyn Beck’s gossip column. He was originally supposed to tape a show for an HBO special, but decided to go all the way because ”I’m at my peak as a stand-up.” He’s hoping to film those last gigs at the Long Beach Arena in California, where Richard Pryor shot his first concert film.

LAWSUIT HBO has been advertising its sports-agent comedy ”Arliss” with a parody of the current MasterCard $300 million ”priceless” campaign, and MasterCard is not amused: The company is suing HBO for ”willfully misappropriating” its copyrights and trademarks, according to the Associated Press. In the MasterCard ads, a group of items are shown with their cost, until a very touchy-feely experience is shown (say, a group of kids attending their first baseball game), along with the word ”priceless.” The ”Arliss” ads show the different sums that an agent can make off his various deals, and ends with ”Having no scruples: Priceless.” An HBO spokesman said that ”the ads are clearly a parody and a permissible form of creative advertising…. We are certain HBO will prevail in this matter.”

HONORED Can I hear a ”Yeehah”? Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty, and singer-songwriter Johnny Bond are the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. They will be officially inducted during the Country Music Association awards on Sep. 22.

BURIED The ashes of Greta Garbo, who died in 1990, were finally buried Wednesday in Stockholm, Sweden. As could be expected, it was a private ceremony: The family of the hermitic star announced that it would be on Thursday, but secretly held it the day before to fool the press.