NEWS BRIEFS: 'Cold Mountain' Too Hot

02/18/2004 at 11:16 AM EST

EDITED: The love scenes between Nicole Kidman and Jude Law in "Cold Mountain" are a little too hot for Chinese audiences according to that country's traditions, a spokesman for the state Broadcasting, Movie and Television Administration said. Scenes "not in accord with national conditions, not in accord with Chinese tradition and not in accord with Chinese customs" will be cut from the version shown in Chinese theaters, the Associated Press reports.

SETTLED: Shock rocker Marilyn Manson has settled a civil lawsuit stemming from a charge during a July 2001 concert in Detroit, AP reports. A security guard at the concert sued Manson for sexual assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress after the singer wrapped his legs around the guard's neck and gyrated against him. (Manson was only wearing a leather thong and pantyhose at the time.) The terms of the settlement were not revealed.


QUOTED: "I just wanted to let her know I have no problems and neither should she. We were friends." -- "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" star Lindsay Lohan, 17, on her public spat with former friend Hilary Duff, 16, on ABC's "Good Morning America," AP reports


CANCELED: "Angel" is dead. Executives for the WB drama said Tuesday that the supernatural thriller starring David Boreanaz would be ending after its fifth season. The "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" spinoff may enjoy new life if series creator Joss Whedon can find another network to resurrect the show, AP reports.

PURCHASED: The Walt Disney Co. has rescued Kermit and the rest of his Muppet pals, including Miss Piggy, from the auction block, AP reports. Disney, which has been trying to purchase the characters for years, picked up the Muppets for a reported $40 million to $60 million plus a share of future Muppet profits, according to Reuters. Just last year, Jim Henson's family paid about $89 million to take control of the company he had founded.

FILED: The Recording Industry Association of America filed five separate lawsuits against 531 unidentified Internet music file-sharers on Tuesday, reports Reuters. The RIAA hopes to identify people who download music through their numerical Internet addresses. The association was stopped from obtaining file-sharers' names from Internet Service Providers in December when an appeals court determined that Verizon Communications did not have to provide the RIAA with names of its users.

SELECTED: Pop star Tina Turner has landed the role of an Indian goddess in an upcoming Merchant-Ivory film, AP reports. Turner, who retired from the music life with her farewell tour four years ago, will star in "The Goddess." Turner, 64, previously appeared in "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome" with Mel Gibson.

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