WEEK IN REVIEW: Germans Refuse Cruise
05/07/2004 at 01:00 PM EDT
TOM'S TURNDOWN: The German Parliament has given a loud "nein" (that would be "no") to the thought of any film crews cruising into its historic Reichstag for Mission: Impossible 3., despite the wishes of star an co-producer Tom Cruise, 41. A spokesman for Parliament President Wolfgang Thierse told Reuters: "The building is not available as a film location, and we refuse point blank every request to use it as such. ... It is about maintaining the dignity of the parliament."
HUNKS TEAM: George Clooney and Matt Damon will team for a film version of ex-spy Bob Baer's 2002 nonfiction bestseller See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Solider in the CIA's War on Terrorism, to be directed by Stephen Gagham (Traffic), The Washington Post reported. The political thriller, which will shoot in D.C. in August, will feature Clooney, who turned 42 on Thursday, as Baer, and Damon, 33, as an oil trader.
COURTNEY CLAIM: Courtney Love, 39,tested positive for cocaine when she was arrested last October and is now negotiating a deal to resolve drug charges in that Los Angeles arrest, prosecutors say. Under a deal presented to the former Hole singer, charges against her will be dropped if she completes drug treatment, said Jerry Baik, an assistant supervising attorney with the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, who called the plan "a great idea for her because she can probably benefit from the program."
IDOL IDYLL: Even though the third American Idol won't be chosen for three more weeks, the top 10 finalists – Fantasia Barrino, Diana DeGarmo, Jasmine Trias and La Toya London, as well as those who have already been voted out, Amy Adams, Camile Velasco, Jennifer Hudson, John Stevens, Jon Peter Lewis and George Huff – are planning a combined summer North American tour to play 48 cities, kicking off July 14 in Salt Lake City and concluding Sept. 26 in San Jose, Calif.
DIVA DENIED: Martha Stewart, 62, lost her attempt for a new trial when a federal judge ruled that the domestic diva was fairly tried the first time out. Her sentencing date (for lying to federal investigators) is still set for June 17. In a 23-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum said allegations that juror Chappell Hartridge concealed a previous arrest on charges of assault are "extremely unfortunate," but did not justify granting a new trial, reported Reuters.