REQUESTED: Rosie O'Donnell, who anted up $10 million to produce the new Broadway musical "Taboo" (which critics labeled a boo-boo), says she will try to recover $8 million in legal fees from her battle with Gruner + Jahr USA, the publisher of her now-defunct Rosie magazine, reports the Associated Press. On Wednesday, the judge in the case indicated neither side will win any money. But a G+J attorney cautioned Thursday that the fight wasn't over. "The judge hasn't made any final ruling," Martin Hyman said on the "Today" show. O'Donnell, 41, had left the courtroom Wednesday saying she was glad the case was over and she would never mention the publisher's name again.
QUOTED: "You were a tall girl with curly red hair, and, frankly, I didn't see much hope." -- Dame Edna Everage (the drag creation of Barry Humphries), to fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman, at the American Cinematheque Awards, where Edna claimed to have discovered Kidman in a children's acting school
TREATED: Jerry Lewis, 77, has been hospitalized for several weeks trying to wean himself from a steroid medication he took for a life-threatening respiratory condition, reports AP. The comedian is trying to recuperate and strengthen his lungs at an undisclosed Las Vegas hospital now that he has stopped taking prednisone for pulmonary fibrosis. The medication caused him to increase in size. "He's slimming down to his normal weight," said agent Jeff Witjas. "This is all a good thing."
ESTABLISHED: "The Producers" broke its own previous box-office record on Sunday, when tickets went on sale for the limited, 14-week return of Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick to the show. Sales of more than 39,000 tickets totaled $3.5 million as of 10 p.m., making it the highest one-day take in Broadway history, according to The New York Times. The previous record, $3.3 million, was set the day after the Mel Brooks show opened in April 2001.
DRUBBED: The New York Post obtained an advance copy of Mel Gibson's controversial upcoming film "The Passion of Christ" and showed it to five people: a priest, a rabbi, a movie critic, a professor of religion and a random member of the public -- who liked it. The other four, however, felt it was overly violent and depicted Jews in an unfair (and, in three cases, contemptible) light. This had been the fear in several quarters, including by members of the Anti-Defamation League, who have been refused in their repeated requests to see Gibson's movie. "The Passion of Christ" is due for release on Ash Wednesday 2004. Gibson, 47, is still said to be editing the film.
DIED: Laurence A. Tisch, 80, the former CEO and chairman of CBS who also helped build the Loews hotel and movie theater chain, died of cancer Saturday in New York. During Tisch's penny-pinching 1986-95 regime at CBS, the network lost NFL coverage to FOX, fought off hostile takeover bids and scaled back CBS's once-stellar news division (whose journalists also complained that the carpet was seldom cleaned in the CBS building lobby). ... Broadway showstopper Dorothy Loudon, 78, who won a Tony for her hysterically funny turn as Miss Hannigan, the mean orphanage matron in 1977's "Annie," died of uterine cancer Saturday at a New York hospital, say friends. TV audiences first met her in 1962 when she replaced Carol Burnett on "The Gary Moore Show." (Ironically, Burnett later took Loudon's roles in the movie versions of "Annie" and the stage farce "Noises Off"). In the '80s, the bold and brassy Loudon was an annual fixture on the Tonys broadcast. "We've only begun to see what she can really do," Katharine Hepburn, Loudon's costar -- and admirer -- in 1981's "West Side Waltz," said of "Dottie" in 1988. "And I don't just mean comedy, but drama."