Plus, news about Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee, Courtney Love, Tom Cruise, Cameron Crowe, Will Smith, Russell Crowe, Joss Whedon, and others

By Gary Susman
Updated December 21, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST
Credit: Tom Green and Drew Barrymore: Lisa O'Connor/ZUMA Press

LEGAL BRIEFS After all of Drew Barrymore and Tom Green‘s hoax weddings in the year before they married for real in July, it’s no wonder that news of their divorce seems equally hard to believe. In the divorce papers Green reportedly filed on Monday, he said the couple had been separated since Dec. 11. But a day after that, in an interview with Access Hollywood, Barrymore said, ”I am so lucky, it’s sickening. I want to puke all over myself,” adding that she and Green had watched one of her old movies together (”E.T.”) the previous night. A few days later, on Sunday, London’s The Mail newspaper ran an interview in which Barrymore said, ”With Tom, I feel totally relaxed, which is such a relief. Tom is one of the first people to be in my life who believes in permanence. When I saw he wanted to believe in it with me, I was willing to take a risk.” And she was still wearing her wedding ring Monday night, hours after Green’s filing, at a benefit for World Trade Center victims in New Jersey. Yesterday, however, Barrymore finally issued a statement saying, ”Yes, it’s true we have decided to part. I love Tom very much. He has always been a great friend, and that won’t change.” Her new spokeswoman added, ”I’ve only worked with Drew for the past six weeks, but I don’t think the breakup is a hoax.”…

Pamela Anderson failed to convince a Los Angeles judge to change her custody agreement with Tommy Lee to require a monitor for his visits with their sons. She claimed he had been drinking and acting hostile around Brandon, 5, and Dylan, 3. ”He says he wants to see the kids more so I just say show up for the times that he’s scheduled to visit them instead of canceling most of the time,” she told reporters at the courthouse. But the judge sided with Lee, who told reporters, ”I’m a great, great dad. And that’s why I’m here. To make sure that I’m in their lives.” The judge did order Lee to stop letting the children ride with him on his motorcycle and asked both parents to stop badmouthing each other in front of the kids. Anderson vowed to continue her legal battle, and another hearing is scheduled for March 19….

Courtney Love has responded to an open letter by Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, her estranged partners in the limited liability corporation that manages Nirvana‘s assets, with an open letter of her own. Love sued the two former members of late husband Kurt Cobain‘s band in May, alleging financial mismanagement. Last week, Grohl and Novoselic countersued and wrote an open letter to fans, complaining that Love’s actions showed she was trying to further her own career at the expense of Nirvana’s legacy. Love’s new letter reads, ”The partnership agreement that exists now was forced upon Kurt’s heirs. The ‘partnership’ has proved to be unworkable and we’re addressing the situation now to make sure the next Nirvana releases are of the quality the fans deserve and that future generations of Kurt’s family have control of the name.”

REEL DEALS Tom Cruise used the platform of a ”Vanilla Sky” press conference in Singapore yesterday to denounce movie bootleggers as ”thieves” whom he and his colleagues in Hollywood are trying to thwart. Describing the threat of piracy, which is still an issue in Singapore despite a government crackdown earlier this year, Cruise said, ”We want to make movies, and in order to do that they have to be able to pay for themselves. So we’re doing everything we can to try to curb it and to limit it.” Also at the news conference were Cruise’s on- and off-screen girlfriend, Penélope Cruz, and director Cameron Crowe, who noted that the same digital technology that allows pirates to download movies off the Internet also makes it easier for more people to become filmmakers. ”In the future, everybody is going to be a director,” he said. ”Somebody’s got to live a real life so we have something to make a movie about.”…

Will Smith has run away from ”Runaway Jury,” leading the project to be thrown out of court for a second time. Producers New Regency have been trying to adapt the bestselling John Grisham legal drama for years, but the film fell apart the first time shortly after real-life anti-tobacco cases rendered the plot obsolete. The defendant was changed to gun manufacturers, with Mike Newell (”Four Weddings and a Funeral,” ”Donnie Brasco”) coming aboard to direct and Smith in talks to star, but when those talks fell apart Monday, so did the project. A New York Post report claims that what killed the deal was Grisham’s refusal to accept the casting of Smith, though Smith’s spokesman told the Post that Grisham’s objection wasn’t the reason. ”Will Smith wasn’t ready to commit to the project,” the spokesman said. ”There were differences of a creative nature. There were too many issues that were not acceptable.”

A Beautiful Mind

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