Hilary Duff's Song about Lindsay Lohan?
updated 11/09/2004 AT 12:45 PM EST
•originally published 11/09/2004 AT 08:00 AM EST
ARGUED: CBS network parent Viacom has sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission protesting the government's $500,000 fine for Janet Jackson's exposed nipple during the Super Bowl, calling it "entirely illogical." The company says no one knew Justin Timberlake was going to rip off Jackson's top, and it wants the FCC to reduce the fine – the largest ever leveled against a television broadcaster. Viacom also argued that the ruling was a violation of the First Amendment right to free speech and that the brief flash of Jackson's breast was not necessarily indecent.
DENIED: The wildly successful, yet controversial flick Fahrenheit 9/11 won't be up for a Golden Globe, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The Michael Moore movie runs afoul of the award show's rules, which preclude documentaries from competing. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which administers the Globes, will however, consider another controversial flick – Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. The film, most of which is in Aramaic, can't be considered in the best drama category, but can run in the foreign language category. Nominations for the 62nd annual Golden Globe Awards will be announced Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed in a Jan. 16 ceremony.
SURFACED: Yet another woman is alleging that she had an affair with Bill Clinton – this time in her lawsuit against a Quaker organization she once worked for, where she says she was harassed, the Boston Globe reports. Myra Belle (Sally) Miller claims that when her employers at the West Chester Meeting of Friends learned of her alleged affair with the former president, photos of "elderly and scantily clad men" were placed on her desk, "unsolicited religious literature" was given to her and co-workers implied she was a "fallen woman." The suit, filed in federal court in Philadelphia in late October, also says the group encouraged her to wear long skirts and less makeup, stole her mail and vandalized her car. Miller, who is not a Quaker, was the group's director or fund-raising and public relations. Miller, who was Miss Arkansas in 1958, claimed she had a three-month relationship with Clinton while he was the state's governor.
PENNED: Following in the literary footsteps of her mother, Lourdes Leon, 8, the daughter of Madonna, has written a holiday tale for Christmas Stories, an anthology that will raise money for Britain's Teenage Cancer Trust, say reports. Fourteen other celebrities have also contributed to the book, including Sarah Ferguson and Sharon Osbourne, who wrote about her bulldog Lola. Madonna's first children's book, English Roses, sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide.
CAST: England soccer captain David Beckham, 29, is set to kick off his film career with a $100 million movie trilogy called Goal!, about a player from Los Angeles who signs for British club Newcastle United, reports Variety. He will play himself and be seen in all three segments of the trilogy. … In other movie news, Rosario Dawson, 25, who is about to be seen in Alexander with Colin Farrell, has signed to play Mimi in the movie version of the Broadway musical Rent, to be directed by Christopher Columbus (Harry Potter), The New York Times reports. Also considered for the movie is Taye Diggs, 33, who starred in the original New York production – and whose TV series, Kevin Hill, has been given a full season pickup by UPN, says New York's Daily News.
PRESENTED: ASCAP and BMI dispensed their annual country music honors Monday in Nashville as a prelude to Tuesday night's 38th annual Country Music Association Awards. Among the winners, Toby Keith was saluted as BMI's songwriter-artist of the year, and Chris DuBois and Neil Thrasher shared ASCAP's songwriter of the year honor, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Brad Paisley was named ASCAP songwriter-artist of the year for "Celebrity" and "Little Moments." The Alan Jackson hit "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," was named country song of the year.
BUSTED: Grammy-winning rapper Murphy Lee (real name: Tohri Harper), 22, was arrested after police pulled him over for an expired license plate and found marijuana in his Mercedes, authorities in St. Louis tell the Associated Press. Lee's attorney, Scott Rosenblum, declined to discuss the charges Monday, saying only that Lee expects to plead not guilty during a court appearance next month.
UPHELD: A Montana judge has ruled in favor of outgoing NBC anchor Tom Brokaw in his attempt to keep additional big-game hunters from using land bordering his ranch, AP reports. As a result of Judge Randall Spaulding's decision, the Montana Board of Outfitters revoked 10 hunting permits. "We're very happy with the decision," said Brokaw, 64, who is slated to turn his anchor desk over to Brian Williams within a month.