- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 6, 2005

Peet in, Tomei out


Amanda Peet will replace Oscar winner Marisa Tomei in Neil LaBute’s “This Is How It Goes” at the Public Theater in New York.

Miss Tomei, last seen on Broadway in “Salome” and “Wait Until Dark,” left because of “personal family reasons.” The female lead in the highly anticipated show has proved pesky to fill. Renee Zellweger was originally sought for the role, before Miss Tomei was finally drafted.

Miss Peet — known for supporting roles in such films as “Something’s Gotta Give” and “The Whole Nine Yards” — will join Ben Stiller and Jeffrey Wright in the production. Public producer George C. Wolfe will direct the play. Previews begin Thursday and opening night is March 27.

In “This Is How It Goes,” Mr. LaBute trains his eye on a small American town for what is billed as a “new tale of manipulation, exploitation, race and infidelity,” through “the story of an interracial love triangle.”

Miss Tomei won an Academy Award for her performance in “My Cousin Vinnie.”

Cher: I got used, babe

Associated Press

Singer and actress Cher is suing Warner/Chappell Music Inc. for breach of contract on claims that it failed to pay royalties estimated at more than $250,000.

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, alleges that the music publisher has not paid song and performance royalties for the last four years.

The other plaintiffs include Chastity Bono, the daughter of Cher and her late husband Sonny Bono, and Christy Bono, Mr. Bono’s daughter from his first marriage.

Other plaintiffs are Mary Bono-Baxley and her children Chianna and Cesare Bono.

A phone call to Edward Adler, a spokesman for Time Warner Inc., which owns Warner/Chappell, seeking comment was not immediately returned.

Singing duo Cher and Sonny Bono had reached written agreements in 1965 and 1966 for recording services with York Records and Atlantic Recording Corporation that required the companies to pay royalties and provide an accounting of the payments, the suit said.

Warner/Chappell, which acquired Atlantic, breached those contracts, the lawsuit claims.

Beauty treatment

New York Daily News

Vogue editor Anna Wintour got a face full of dessert Saturday at the Paris fashion shows, when an animal-rights protester hit her with a tofu pie.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which is at odds with Miss Wintour’s support for the fur industry, claimed responsibility for the incident.

Miss Wintour was not hurt by the attack and reportedly joked that tofu may be good for the skin.

Vogue magazine declined to comment.

Sorry 2005

E! Online

Ruben Studdard is singing the blues.

The “American Idol’ winner is suing his godfather and former business adviser for allegedly mismanaging $246,000 in income, according to court documents.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in Jefferson County Circuit Court in Alabama, accuses Ronald Edwards of wrongly withdrawing $90,000 from Mr. Studdard’s account between July 2003 and February 2004 without obtaining the singer’s approval.

Mr. Studdard also claims that Mr. Edwards and SEZ Inc., his Birmingham-based entertainment and marketing firm, tallied up big charges on the Velvet Teddybear’s credit cards as well as additional expenses worth another $156,000.

Mr. Studdard won the Fox talent show in May 2003.

Glennon Threatt, an attorney for Mr. Edwards, says the dispute centers around an oral contract made when Mr. Studdard was competing in “Idol’s” second season. According to Mr. Threatt, Mr. Edwards traveled with the budding R&B star, paid Mr. Studdard’s rent and legal fees and obtained cars for him.

Mr. Studdard’s attorney, Victor Hayslip, acknowledges there was no written agreement, but claims Mr. Edwards’ power of attorney was not an authorization to withdraw money.

Mr. Threatt, meanwhile, says Mr. Edwards will file a countersuit this week over the soured deal between Mr. Studdard and his godfather. Perhaps it was an offer they both should have refused.

Compiled by R. Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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