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Star's topless photos banned from media

LOS ANGELES, California

Actress Jennifer Aniston's lawyers have threatened to sue tabloids and celebrity magazines if they publish paparazzi photographs of the star sunbathing topless at her home, documents showed yesterday.

Aniston's attorneys, in a letter posted on The Smoking Gun Web site, said they had sued the photographer, Peter Brandt, for invasion of privacy for taking the pictures either by trespassing on her property or employing a high-powered lens.

The photographer, Peter Brandt, told Reuters that he had not yet been served with the lawsuit but believed he obtained the pictures legally from a public sidewalk - not on Aniston's property - and had not yet sold any of them.

"I've been in this business for 25 years and I don't do anything illegal," he said. "I was 300 yards (274 meters) away and anybody on that hillside could have seen her."

Brandt said he staked out Aniston's home trying to get pictures of her with Vince Vaughn and never expected the actress to emerge from her house without a shirt on.

"I was not trying to get a photo of her topless, that was not on my mind at all," he said. "I'd rather she not come out topless. Then I wouldn't have this (lawsuit)."

Rai eyeing Hollywood

BOMBAY, India

Indian actress Aishwarya Rai says finding work in Hollywood is no easy task - even for one of Bollywood's most recognizable leading ladies.

"People overseas are aware of me, but haven't seen enough of my work to be able to perceive me as anything but relatively new to their world," Rai said.

The former Miss India recently wrapped up filming "The Last Legion," an epic about a Roman warrior, played by Colin Firth, who must protect a young Caesar as the Roman Empire crumbles.

Although she is not the lead in the movie, Rai agreed to take part "because you want visibility or (to) be part of a great team or work with a director or you want (a) foot in the door."

'Sassy Girl' remake

LOS ANGELES, California

A U.S. producer has bought the rights to produce an American version of the sentimental South Korean comedy hit "My Sassy Girl," Variety reported yesterday.

"My Sassy Girl" tells the story of an improbable love between a dull-witted college student and a capricious, tart-tongued girl.

The U.S. version will be directed by Gurinder Chadha, the British writer and director of the 2002 hit "Bend It Like Beckham."

Bad marriage hurts

CHICAGO, Illinois

There is even more proof that an unhappy marriage is bad for your health, researchers reported yesterday.

The stress that comes from discord appears to slow the initial production of a blood protein that is key to healing wounds, the report from Ohio State University said.

"Couples who demonstrated consistently higher levels of hostile behaviors ... healed at 60 percent of the rate of low-hostile couples," said the report. The authors said there is already a sizable body of research showing that marital disagreement causes adverse health impacts ranging from high blood pressure and depression to the ability to cope with heart disease and heart failure.

Powerful women

LOS ANGELES, California

Anne Sweeney, president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, has been chosen the most powerful woman in Hollywood for the second straight year by The Hollywood Reporter.

Judy McGrath, chairman and CEO of MTV Networks, was ranked second, and Stacey Snider, chairman of Universal Pictures, was third.

TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey, ranked No. 8, is the only performer on the list.


Updated : 2020-12-03 13:16 GMT+08:00