Gwen Stefani and her band No Doubt filed a lawsuit against video game maker Activision Publishing Inc., developer of the Guitar Hero series, claiming misuse of their images in the new Band Hero. The suit alleges the company went too far with character manipulation so that the band appears to be singing songs by other musical acts, resulting in “a virtual karaoke circus act.” The company says it has a valid written agreement for the group’s participation in the game. The musicians are seeking unspecified damages and ask that Activision be banned from using band members’ likenesses to perform other artists’ songs. â¢ After missing four voluntary court dates, actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, finally posted bond Nov. 5 for felony charges of skipping out on a $10,000 hotel bill. The Santa Barbara D.A. was proceeding with extradition measures to bring the pair to California prior to the bond posting. (They live in Texas.) Quaid, 59, and his wife, 46, were arrested in Marfa, Texas, Sept. 24 after allegedly running out on a bill at the exclusive San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, Calif., last summer. Evi, who initially resisted arrest, later accused the arresting officer of corruption, taping a sign to a truck. (The officer is suing Evi for defamation.) The couple’s Texas attorney Rod Ponton says their bill has been paid in full and that the charges don’t fit the alleged crime. The Quaids are due in court in Santa Barbara Dec. 15.
The divorce of Usher, 31, and Tameka Foster Raymond, 38, was finalized Nov. 4 by the Fulton County, Ga., Superior Court, legally ending their two-year marriage. The couple have two sons, Usher Raymond V, 23 months, and Naviyd Raymond, 11 months.
On Nov. 3 Kate Winslet won more than $41,000 in a libel suit against Britain’s Daily Mail. The paper claimed in a Jan. 30 story the actress, 34, was “misleading the public” about her fitness regimen.
White Collar actress and former Saved by the Bell star Tiffani Thiessen, 35, and her husband, artist and actor Brady Smith, 37, are expecting their first baby next May.
Dennis Hopper recently confirmed he has prostate cancer. The actor, 73, is undergoing treatment through a special program at the University of Southern California, he tells PEOPLE. “I’ve had prostate cancer for 10 years,” says Hopper. “I’m doing a thing at USC. So far, so good.”
KAREEM’S CANCER BATTLE
Basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 62, revealed he is suffering from chronic myeloid leukemia. Abdul-Jabbar, who is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and currently a coach with his former team the L.A. Lakers, was diagnosed late last year with blood cancer after a test revealed an elevated white-blood-cell count. “Having lost one of my closest friends to a different, highly aggressive form of leukemia, I knew how serious my diagnosis was,” said Abdul-Jabbar. “My own life expectancy became a question mark.”