On May 2 in L.A., movie director Adam Shankman, 38, sued Jennifer Lopez, 32, for $5 million for allegedly stealing his idea to adapt the opera Carmen into a film. Shankman claims that while directing Lopez in 200l's The Wedding Planner he told the actress she would be ideal to play Carmen but that Lopez then pitched the concept to Universal herself. A rep for Lopez says they have not yet seen the suit.
Fox News senior correspondent Geraldo Rivera, 59, and his former producer Erica Levy, 28, will wed on Aug. 10 in New York City. It will be the fifth marriage for Rivera, the first for Levy.
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, 42, married Michelle Moyer in a small civil ceremony on May 13 in Newport Beach, Calif. The couple have two young children. It's the first marriage for Moyer and the third for Rodman, who was divorced from actress Carmen Electra in 1998 after five months of marriage.
Former Eight Is Enough star Adam Rich, 34, was placed on three years' probation on May 16 in L.A. after pleading no contest to charges of driving under the influence last December (PEOPLE, Jan. 13, 2003). Rich must also pay $1,600 in fines and participate in a 60-day treatment program. A rep for Rich had no comment.
Law & Order
On May 16 in L.A., actor Marcus Chong, 34, who played the freedom fighter Tank in The Matrix, sued Warner Bros. for allegedly backing out of a written contract to have him reprise his role in The Matrix sequels. Chong also accuses the studio of intentionally publishing false statements about him, including one that claims he is a terrorist. A rep for Warner Bros, (whose parent company, AOL Time Warner, also owns PEOPLE) said they could not comment on a pending lawsuit.
Donald Parfitt, 44, a fork-lift operator, pleaded guilty to stealing pages from the upcoming novel by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, on May 14 in Lowestoft, England. Parfitt, who claims he found the pages in a parking lot in eastern England, was arrested on May 7 after The Sun newspaper told police it had received a call from Parfitt offering three chapters of the book, which is scheduled to hit bookstores on June 21, for $40,000. A lawyer for Parfitt said his client was "a decent, hardworking man" who regretted not returning the pages immediately.
Emmy-winning actor Robert Stack, 84, who starred as federal agent Eliot Ness in the classic TV series The Untouchables (1959-63), died of heart failure at his L.A. home on May 14. The actor underwent radiation treatment for prostate cancer last fall. Stack, whose portrayal of an alcoholic in 1956's Written on the Wind earned him an Oscar nomination, was also the host of TV's Unsolved Mysteries from 1989 to 2003.