Martha Stewart Wins Another Emmy
05/16/2005 AT 09:00 AM EDT
DEFENDED: Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas's final entry in the 28-year-old, six-film saga, proved a critical hit at its premiere this weekend at the Cannes Film Festival, with The New York Times saying that it's even better than the 1977 original. But some observers are saying that the adventure's war theme is critical of the current American intervention in Iraq. At a press conference, Lucas, who turned 61 on Saturday, said that he wrote the screenplay at the time of Vietnam, when Iraq wasn't even a thought. "But the theme I followed was how does a democracy give itself away to a dictator," he said. "I didn't think it would get quite this close (as it is today). I hope it doesn't come to this in our country. Maybe this will wake people up."
DESIGNED: Stella McCartney is joining veteran Karl Lagerfeld on the roster of fashion stars attached to the Swedish retailing giant H&M, with the British-based McCartney creating a 40-piece collection for selected stores in Europe and North America, H&M says on its Web site. This will be a one-time-only line. "Designing a one-off collection for H&M is one of the most exciting and innovative ways to introduce my clothes to a broader range of women," McCartney, 35, said in a statement. Unlike Lagerfeld, whose collection was co-ed, McCarney's label will be for women only.
PENALIZED: Rapper 50 Cent has been ordered by a Massachusetts judge to stay off drugs and take an anger management course in order to avoid jail time, say reports. The musician (real name: Curtis Jackson), 28, was charged with assaulting three women at a concert last year after leaping into the crowd. 50 Cent attended the hearing but managed to bypass waiting fans and photographers by slipping out of a side door of the courthouse. Other conditions of his penalty include making an educational anti-violence video; undergoing random drug testing for two years; paying the medical expenses of his three alleged victims; and not carrying a gun in Massachusetts.
SENTENCED: Radio personality "Crazy Cabbie," 36, will spend a year in prison for tax evasion after boasting about it on the Howard Stern Show, reports the Associated Press. The disc jockey (real name: Lee Mroszak) pleaded guilty in December to not paying taxes for three years beginning in 2001. Mroszak's crime was made more serious by his gloating about it to Stern fans, U.S. District Judge Gleeson said Friday as he sentenced Mroszak – who said outside the courtroom, "The judge was fair. I'm sorry that it happened, and I have to go take care of business now."