POLICE PROBE 'INDIANA JONES' THEFT MYSTERY
Computers and photographs related to the production of director Steven Spielberg's highly anticipated "Indiana Jones" film have been stolen, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday.
The paper said DreamWorks Pictures SKG, the studio co-founded by Spielberg, had asked local law enforcement to investigate. It quoted Spielberg's spokesman as saying the director was concerned the thieves might try to sell the materials.
"We want to warn the media that anything that is offered is stolen property," Marvin Levy told the paper. "We know it is out there."
Levy said the crime had occurred fairly recently, but did not know any specifics.
"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," the fourth movie in the adventure franchise, will be released next summer, 19 years after the last installment in the series.
Harrison Ford returns in the title role, joined by rising star Shia LaBeouf and Australian actress Cate Blanchett.
DreamWorks has a distribution deal with Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc.
FAMILY GUY GETTING SUED FOR COPYRIGHT
A publishing company that owns the rights to "When You Wish Upon a Star" filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday in New York against Fox and the producers and creator of "Family Guy" over an episode they claim infringes on the rights of the classic tune.
The lawsuit filed by Bourne claims that the ditty, "I Need a Jew"sung by the show's patriarch, Peter Griffin, in the episode "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein"is a "thinly veiled copy" of the song made famous in Disney's 1940 classic "Pinocchio."
Griffin sings the song in a elaborate musical production after deciding he needs to hire a Jew to handle his money.
The episode was set to air in 2000 but wasn't broadcast until 2003, when it was shown on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. The defendants include creator Seth MacFarlane, the show's composer Walter Murphy, Fuzzy Door Prods. and Cartoon Network.
"If you listen to the structure of the lyrics, the song, the name of the episode and how (Peter's) singing out the window to the stars, there's no question they were using the song," Bourne's attorney Paul Fakler said.
Said Fox TV: "We have not yet seen the complaint and have no comment at this time."
Comedian Carol Burnett filed suit this year after "Family Guy" lampooned her in an episode. That lawsuit was dismissed.
PHILIPPINOS ANGRY AT 'DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES'
A scene in the season preem of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" that used Philippine medical education as a punchline prompted angry calls from viewers, an online petition demanding an apology and criticism from Philippine officials.
In the episode that aired Sunday, Teri Hatcher's character, Susan, goes in for a medical checkup and is shocked when the doctor suggests she may be going through menopause.
Susan responds: "OK, before we go any further, can I check these diplomas? Just to make sure they aren't, like, from some med school in the Philippines?"
Viewers called the network to complain, but the number of callers wasn't available, an ABC spokesman said Wednesday. As of Wednesday evening, however, more than 30,000 names were attached to an online petition seeking a network apology.
"A statement that devalues Filipinos in health care is extremely unfounded, considering the overwhelming presence of Filipinos and Filipino Americans in the medical field," the petition read in part.
The episode even became an international incident, with reports on it topping Philippine news shows and drawing newspaper headlines as officials in the country registered their displeasure.
ABC responded with a statement Wednesday.
"The producers of 'Desperate Housewives' and ABC Studios offer our sincere apologies for any offense caused by the brief reference in the season premiere. There was no intent to disparage the integrity of any aspect of the medical community in the Philippines," the statement said. "As leaders in broadcast diversity, we are committed to presenting sensitive and respectful images of all communities featured in our programs," it concluded.
In Manila, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said he was writing the producers of the show to seek an apology and note the country's "vehement protest." Senior cabinet member Eduardo Ermita told reporters that an apology should be sought "on behalf of our Filipino professionals."
ABC said Wednesday that it may edit the episode.