Remember the too-good-to-be-true claims of Andrew Stimpson, who said last week that his body had been eradicated of HIV? A medical first? Well, turns out, as many suspected, Stimpson never had HIV in the first place.
“Frozen” on ice. Madonna has lost a plagiarism suit in which a Belgian songwriter accused the singer of lifting parts of his song “Ma Vie Fout L’camp (My Life’s Getting Nowhere)” and using them in her hit “Frozen” from 1998’s Ray of Light. A judge ruled that “Frozen” can no longer be broadcast or sold in that country. In other news, Madonna’s Maverick TV inked a deal to develop a Melrose Place-style soap for the LOGO network, Variety reported today. The soap will “follow the lives and loves of a group of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender friends and foes living in the same apartment complex” and is tentatively titled San Rafael.
Olivia Newton-John says she’ll never sell her skintight pants from Grease: “There’s no way I’d ever sell them. I mean, I might not be able to fit into them any more but I like to look at them and remember when I could.”
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the screenwriter who collaborated on a Theo van Gogh film about the sexual abuse of women in Muslim society has written a sequel, about the relationship between gays and Islam. Van Gogh’s throat was cut by a Muslim radical in the streets of Amsterdam in 2004 after their film was broadcast on television. (thanks jeff)