WEEK IN REVIEW: Tom, Nic Link for Suit
UNITED AGAIN: Although their acrimonious divorce became final more than a year ago, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman teamed up Wednesday to sue the national cosmetics chain Sephora USA, claiming the company used their images in a Valentine’s Day 2001 ad without their consent, the Associated Press reported. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims Sephora’s “Celebrity Scents” ad campaign created the misleading impression that Cruise, 40, and Kidman, 35, “used, preferred, endorsed or sponsored Sephora’s products.” The suit seeks $15 million in damages against the chain’s French owner, Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton.
ROSIE UNPLUGGED: Rosie O’Donnell pulled the plug on her namesake magazine Wednesday, following an extended battle with the magazine’s publisher, Gruner + Jahr, over the publication’s editorial direction. “In the end, I decided that I could not participate in a magazine that bears my name when I could not be assured it would reflect my vision, values and editorial direction,” O’Donnell, 40, said in a prepared statement. The end of Rosie, however, might not be so simple. Gruner + Jahr USA Publishing is said to be considering its legal options against O’Donnell, who also may countersue.
RYDER DATE: After plea-bargain talks collapsed, a judge on Wednesday set an Oct. 7 trial date in the shoplifting case of Winona Ryder, 30, who faces four felony counts related to a December incident at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. Reuters reported that negotiations between prosecutors and defense lawyers had fallen apart. One of her attorneys, Shephard Kopp, told reporters: “Winona Ryder is looking forward to the chance to prove herself innocent of all the charges.” Ryder has pleaded not guilty to charges of grand theft, second-degree burglary and vandalism, as well as possession of a prescription narcotic.
OSBOURNE WIN: MTV’s “The Osbournes” was named outstanding nonfiction reality program during last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which are mainly technical honors dispensed eight days before the main event, the primetime Emmys. Ozzy Osbourne’s wife Sharon, one of the show’s producers as well as one of its stars, accepted the award at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The Osbourne matriarch mentioned her husband in her acceptance speech, saying, “Ozzy, I love you.”
VOIGHT ERASED: Angelina Jolie, whose legal name was actually Angelina Jolie Voight, has a new name. She’s dropped the Voight, thanks to a Sept. 12 ruling by a Los Angeles County judge. The 27-year-old actress, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2000 for “Girl, Interrupted,” filed her request on July 3 in Santa Monica court, citing a desire to match her legal name with her professional one, according to court documents. It’s also no secret that the “Tomb Raider” star has been publicly feuding with her father, Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight, 63.