People talk 2/4/03

Tuesday, February 4, 2003

Couple takes wedding photo case to court

LONDON -- Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones were "deeply distressed" when "stolen" photographs of their wedding appeared in a celebrity magazine, their attorney told Britain's High Court Monday.

Michael Tugendhat said the Hollywood couple were the victims of conspiracy by Hello! to snatch pictures of the wedding after an offer to buy them was turned down. They are suing the magazine for breach of privacy.

Hello! claims the pictures were offered on the open market and it was entitled to publish them.

Zeta-Jones, 33, and Douglas, 58, signed an exclusive deal with OK! magazine for pictures of their wedding November 2000 wedding in New York.

Actor recalls film work on space shuttle

PASADENA, Calif. -- Ben Affleck, who played an oil driller who goes into space to help save the world in "Armageddon," was glad he had to work Saturday so he could take his mind off the explosion of the shuttle Columbia.

The 30-year-old actor was busy doing interviews for his new movie, the comic-book adaptation "Daredevil," which opens Feb. 14.

"It meant that I wasn't glued to the television watching the endless coverage," Affleck told The Associated Press in an interview Sunday. "Because I'll get caught up, just sitting there staring at the TV all day. It gets me so, I don't know. I don't think it's good for you after a while."

Affleck co-starred in the 1998 blockbuster "Armageddon," about a team of oil roughnecks sent into space on souped-up shuttles to destroy an asteroid about to strike Earth. Parts of the movie were shot at NASA facilities, including some scenes aboard the Columbia itself, Affleck recalled.

Carson Daly named host of new awards show

NEW YORK -- Carson Daly will host the first-ever "TRL Awards," which take a wacky look at celebrity appearances on MTV's "Total Request Live."

The awards will be given out live on Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. EST, the new time slot for the afternoon video countdown show.

Viewers can long onto MTV's Web site to vote for winners now through Feb. 10.

Categories include Best Live Performance, the Most Revealing Moment Award and The Gridlock Award, for drawing the biggest crowds outside MTV's Times Square studio.

-- From wire reports

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