PASSAGES: 'N Sync Off Lawsuit Hook
DISMISSED: A federal judge in Los Angeles has ended a lawsuit against 'N Sync that had been filed in December 2000 by puppet-makers Sid and Marty Krofft, who sought damages for infringement of copyright, reports the Associated Press. The Kroffts claimed that 'N Sync program and backstage passes featured a likeness of the creations that the puppeteers developed for the group's "Bye Bye Bye" performance at the American Music Awards in September 2000 . . . FIRED: British actor Henry Goodman, who took over for Nathan Lane as Max Bialystock in the smash Broadway musical "The Producers" on March 19, was canned from the production after the Sunday matinee, less than a month in the role, reports Variety. Max's understudy, Brad Oscar (who normally plays the crazy playwright in the show), is expected to take over the role permanently beginning with Tuesday night's performance. Steven Weber shall continue in the part of timid accountant Leo Bloom, originally created in the show by Matthew Broderick. Goodman was reportedly dismissed for not getting laughs in the surefire comedic role . . . OPENED: Jennifer Lopez, 31, unveiled her new Latin-themed, family-style restaurant, Madre's, in Pasadena, Calif., on Friday night, reports the Associated Press, which said that Nicole Kidman was in attendance at the festivities. Reportedly, J.Lo spent a lot of last week preparing the kitchen . . . REMEMBERED: Nearly 600 people gathered for a solemn Evensong church service at St. James's Episcopal Church in Los Angeles this weekend to remember the Queen Mother Elizabeth, who died March 30 at age 101. Those attending, reports AP, included expatriates living in Southern California and British film director Ronald Neame ("The Poseidon Adventure"), 90, who delivered the eulogy. "She worked tirelessly on dozens of causes," he said, according to the AP . . . SLAPPED: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rebuked Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency for exaggerating the number of Oscar nominations its clients received, reports the L.A. Times. On March 22, CAA took out congratulatory trade paper ads trumpeting that 32 of its clients had received Oscar nominations -- except that half of the listed clients weren't nominated. "It seems prudent to nip this form of enthusiasm in the bud, lest CAA or another even more enthusiastic entity decide next year to celebrate its clients by awarding several dozen of them not just nominations but actual Oscars or Congressional Medals of Honor, or Nobel Prizes," said the trade ad that the Academy itself took out in reaction to CAA's deed. No comment from the agency.
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