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CHART ATTACK Madonna really is turning into a Brit. The Material Girl’s new funk/ dance single ”Music” entered and topped the British pop charts Sunday, making it her second No. 1 hit of the year, after ”American Pie.” ”Music” is the first single released from Madonna’s upcoming album of the same name, which comes out Sept. 19. Madonna now has 10 songs on her discography that hit No. 1 in Britain. That’s news she can use for baby Rocco’s ”The Year You Were Born” scrapbook.
CASTING Cameron Diaz is negotiating to join Tom Cruise and Penélope Cruz in ”Vanilla Sky,” Cameron Crowe‘s next film, which starts production this fall. Diaz would play a supporting role in the love story for Cruise and Cruz. ”Sky” reteams writer/ director Crowe with his ”Jerry Maguire” star, who will also produce the Paramount drama with his CW Prods. partner Paula Wagner…. Jackie Chan is in talks with Disney to star in the superhero action comedy ”Stretch Armstrong,” based on the elastic action figure from CAP Toys Inc. The movie, which has not been greenlit and has no director attached, will be written specifically for Chan. The martial arts actor would play an uptight Chinese spy who discovers a secret formula that provides him with unlimited stretching powers.
AWARDS Bruce Willis won the second Emmy of his career on Saturday, when the creative portion of the prime time awards were announced. Willis, who grabbed a leading actor award in 1987 for ”Moonlighting,” snagged this year’s trophy for his guest role as Ross’ girlfriend’s father on ”Friends.” Jean Smart won best guest actress in a comedy series, for her turn as Frasier Crane’s high school crush in ”Frasier.” In the drama category, James Whitmore and Beah Richards won for their stints on ABC’s ”The Practice.” ”The West Wing,” which grabbed four creative Emmys, helped NBC lead the tally with 14 awards, followed by HBO with 12. ABC and Fox each received 9, while CBS trailed with 5. The prime time awards are Sept. 10.
LEGAL BRIEFS Victoria Beckham (a.k.a. Posh Spice) and her husband, pro soccer player David, plan to sue author Andrew Morton (”Diana: Her True Story”) for libel if his tell all biography is allowed to print, according to London’s Sunday Mirror tabloid. A British High Court judge is scheduled to rule tomorrow whether Morton’s ”Posh and Becks: A Marriage” can be published. The Beckhams claim their former bodyguard Mark Niblett breached a confidentiality agreement by providing Morton with information about their relationship.
TV DEAL ”Saturday Night Live” veteran Cheri Oteri, who recently announced plans to leave the sketch series, signed a development deal with CBS to create her own half hour comedy show. The deal promises Oteri a 13 episode paycheck even if the series, scheduled for fall 2001, doesn’t air. CBS beat out NBC and Fox to sign the diminutive comedian, best known for her ”SNL” characters (Arianna the Spartan cheerleader) and impressions (Barbara Walters, Judge Judy).
‘SURVIVOR’ NEWS The show was one thing, but the ”Survivor” soundtrack isn’t quite as compelling. Just ask Franklin Sullivan III, the lead guitarist of the Grammy winning rock band Survivor who plans to ask a federal court in Chicago next month to order a preliminary injunction against CBS Corp. and TVT Records. Sullivan hopes to prevent the trademarked name ”Survivor” from appearing on the soundtrack, which hits record stores tomorrow, even though a judge refused to issue a temporary restraining order last Thursday. Sullivan’s attorney Annette McGarry told Reuters: ”Mr. Sullivan has rights to the famous trademark ‘Survivor’…. We are confident that Mr. Sullivan will be the ultimate winner.” If not, he could always audition for ”Survivor II”…. From one SEAL to another: On his weekly radio show last Friday, Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura praised ”Survivor” contestant Rudy Boesch. ”It’s amazing how Rudy and I come from the same background,” Ventura said on his program. ”Me and Rudy say it like it is regardless if you like it.” Ventura and Boesch were both at a Navy SEAL reunion in San Diego this weekend.
OBITS Carl Barks, the cartoonist who drew Donald Duck comic books for 30 years, died on Friday in his southern Oregon home. He was 99 and suffering from leukemia, the Walt Disney Co. announced. While many assume Walt Disney himself drew the Donald comics, it was Barks who drew the quacking character and invented Scrooge McDuck, who went on to become one of Disney’s big screen figures. When Barks retired in 1966, he began to paint portraits of Disney characters, many of which sold for more than $200,000…. Douglas Allen Woody, a former bassist for the Allman Brothers Band, was found dead in a New York City motel Saturday morning. According to NYC police, a maid discovered Woody’s body, which showed no visible signs of trauma. The cause of death is currently listed as ”unknown.” Woody, 44, was a member of the Allmans from 1989 to 1997, when he left with the group’s slide guitarist Warren Haynes to form a trio called Gov’t Mule. With drummer Matt Abts, Gov’t Mule released several albums.