A producer has sued Ozzy Osbourne and the rock musician's wife, claiming the couple stole the idea for their hit MTV reality series The Osbournes from him.
Plaintiff Gary Binkow said he met on several occasions with the couple and executives from Miramax TV between 1999 and 2000 to discuss "a real-life docu-sitcom" about their family, according to the lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The court papers include what Binkow said was a copy of his original treatment of the proposed series from January 2000, registered with the Writers Guild of America, the Hollywood Reporter reported Friday.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for breach of contract and fraud.
Lisa Vega, a spokeswoman for the family, said previously published reports have made it clear that Binkow was not the show's creator. MTV was not named in the lawsuit.
A second season of the popular show is set to begin shooting in a few weeks, with Sharon Osbourne beginning chemotherapy for cancer that she recently learned had spread beyond her colon.
On Friday, Osbourne said he's taking three weeks off from Ozzfest 2002 _ the annual summer tour that Sharon Osbourne created _ to be with his wife during her first round of treatment. The band System of a Down will replace him as the headlining act.
Lopez officially files for divorce
Jennifer Lopez has officially had enough of her 10-month marriage to dancer Cris Judd.
The actor-singer filed a divorce petition, citing irreconcilable differences, in Superior Court in Los Angeles on Thursday, a day after her 32nd birthday.
The couple separated June 2, and the divorce negotiations were "extremely amicable," said Lopez's lawyer, Dennis M. Wasser.
Couric: Journalists can do movies
Katie Couric, who cameos as a prison guard in the new Austin Powers flick, says it's okay for journalists to take roles in movies _ as long as they're not playing reporters on screen.
"A lot of newspeople play anchors or reporters _ or themselves _ on TV, and I think that can possibly blur the lines," Couric said at the New York premiere of Austin Powers in Goldmember.
"But I don't think anybody will get me confused with a prison guard of questionable sexual orientation."
Couric also said she's convinced this role will lead to other film opportunities: "Next, I'd like to play Scarlett O'Hara in the remake of Gone With the Wind."
_ From wire reports
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