- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 16, 2007

Suit says Jacko owes back-o fees

Michael Jackson’s former entertainment lawyers have filed a lawsuit claiming the pop star owes them more than $113,000, Associated Press reports.

The law firm Lavely & Singer of Los Angeles says Mr. Jackson agreed in arbitration last year to pay it $180,000 in three installments. Mr. Jackson failed to make the final payment of $113,750 before the July 31 deadline stipulated in the settlement, the firm says in a complaint filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

A message left for Mr. Jackson’s publicist, Raymone Bain, wasn’t returned immediately.

A judge last month ordered Mr. Jackson, 48, to pay more than $256,000 in legal fees to another firm that handled some side issues during his 2005 child molestation trial. He was acquitted of child molestation charges in the case.

Brosnan’s new song and dance

James Bond star Pierce Brosnan will swap guns for ABBA songs this month when he begins filming a Hollywood version of the hit musical “Mamma Mia,” Agence France-Presse reports.

Hopes are high that the film — which revolves around a young girl who’s about to get married and decides to track down the father she never knew — will repeat its stage success. The show, created in 1999, uses the hits of the Swedish supergroup ABBA.

According to published reports, Mr. Brosnan, known best for his slick portrayal of 007, will play one of the possible dads and also will sing. Meryl Streep will play the mother. Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is producing the film, which is scheduled to be screened next year.

You can own a piece of Elvis

The Honky Tonk Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn., which represented the sale of three prime pieces of real estate once owned by Elvis Presley and his family members — including the sale of his 1956 Memphis home on Audubon Drive — has three more properties up for grabs that surely will interest die-hard fans of the King.

On the list:

• A home acquired by Elvis for his father, Vernon, and lived in by his future wife, Priscilla, upon her arrival from Germany.

• The Killeen, Texas, home in which Mr. Presley lived during his stint with the Army.

• The 270-acre farm in Fayette County, Tenn., where Elvis and his dad occasionally engaged in target practice. The working hay and cattle farm has been considered as a potential concert site as well as a private estate for an A-list celebrity.

The Honky Tonk Hall of Fame is a touring edutainment exhibit based company. Organizers claim that it features one of the largest private collections of country music memorabilia in the United States.

Strike 2 for Mr. Lou

Lou Diamond Phillips’ second marriage is over.

The actor’s nearly 11-year marriage to Kelly Phillips was dissolved July 30, according to a Los Angeles Superior Court filing. The two will share custody of their three daughters, the syndicated entertainment TV show “Extra” reported Tuesday. Eddie Michaels, Mr. Phillips’ publicist, declined comment, AP said.

Mr. Phillips, 45, has starred in dozens of TV shows and films, including “La Bamba,” “Stand and Deliver” and “Young Guns.” He divorced his first wife, Julie Cypher, in 1990 after she left him for singer Melissa Etheridge.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports.

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