Stars feud over oil spill deal
Kevin Costner may have been helping BP figure out one way to clean up the gulf oil spill, but Stephen Baldwin is suing mad he didn't get a piece of the action. He filed a lawsuit against Costner for allegedly tricking him into selling his shares in the company that builds the filtering machines. The Louisiana-based federal case says that in April, Baldwin met with Costner to become a 10 percent partner backing a device that separated oil from water, which was developed way back during Waterworld, TMZ reports. Baldwin alleges Costner and his partners hid a deal worth $52 million to sell the invention to BP. They then acted like Costner had already sold off his shares while he was still invested, specifically to get Baldwin to sell his shares so they could make even more money, he says. Baldwin is seeking unspecified damages, but $5.2 million sounds about right, wouldn't you say? To be fair, it wouldn't be the first time Baldwin's made a bad choice. Did you ever see Earthstorm on SyFy? Yeesh.
Pauly D signs on for spinoff show
For some reason, likely because TV execs live in some alternate dimension in which good taste is the inverse of reality, Paul DelVecchio of Jersey Shore is getting his own spinoff for sure. It was just a rumor back in September, but there's no escape now. Next thing you know, Snooki will be writing a book. Variety says Pauly D has signed a contract for a show focusing on his music career, with a pilot already having been shot. "At the heart of Jersey Shore is the unique and genuine cast, and Pauly D truly embodies both qualities," MTV programming chief Chris Linn says. "We know viewers are curious about his life away from the shore, and we look forward to exploring new possibilities around that." Here's a new possibility: You set an example by not making any more shows that glamorize young people acting like idiots.
'Spider-Man' resumes after injury
The show must go on up on Broadway, where the unlucky musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was cleared to resume performances Thursday. The cast must have loved that. The New York state Department of Labor made sure safety protocols for the show's 38 aerial stunts were in place, the AP reports, despite at least one vocal complaint from an actor. Tony Award-nominated Adam Pascal had tweeted that creator Julie Taymor "should be charged with assault" after Monday's accident, in which stuntman Christopher Tierney was injured in a fall leading to internal injuries and the need for back surgery. It was the fourth such incident since the $65 million show opened production. Pascal begged off that remark, saying, "I want to clarify that I'm not calling for the arrest of anybody. But I don't know how many people have to be hurt before it gets shut down." He should know, since he fell 15 feet during a production of Aida in 1999.