Jacko Slapped with $48 Million Lawsuit, Brad Pitt in Hospital after Africa Trip, Tom Cruise Shooting in Rome

Jacko Faces $48 Million Lawsuit
Michael Jackson has legal troubles, again. He may have beaten those child-molestation charges, but now he's been hit with a $48 million lawsuit. The breach-of-contract suit was filed by Prescient Acquisition Group, a New Jersey financial advisory firm, which says that Jackson owes the company $48 million for various financial services it has provided the pop star in recent months. The cost is associated with securing Jacko a loan to help pay off his $272.5 million debt to Bank of America. The firm also helped Jackson acquire complete control of his publishing trust, which manages the copyright to thousands of songs, including hundreds of Beatles compositions.

Brad Pitt in Hospital with Flu
Brad Pitt has been admitted to a Los Angeles hospital with flu-like symptoms. This comes a week after Pitt journeyed with his "pal" Angelina Jolie to Ethiopia in East Africa, where she adopted an orphaned baby girl. Pitt's publicist says he'll be okay. "He's fine. We think he has the flu," publicist Cindy Guagenti said. "They are just doing a couple tests." Meanwhile, we've always wondered why celebrities go to the hospital if they have the flu, rather than just suffering in bed watching Saved by the Bell reruns like the rest of us mere mortals. Maybe he just wanted to get Mr. and Mrs. Smith back in the headlines?

Tom Cruise Speeds through Rome on Next Mission
Tom Cruise was spotted whizzing on a speedboat in Rome, holding up a sign that says he really does love Katie Holmes. Oh, okay, he didn't have the sign with him (although he DOES love her, remember?), but he was whizzing around to shoot some scenes for Mission: Impossible 3. He was on the River Tiber, which was closed to other traffic for the day. Holmes was dockside, of course, kissing her man before his big scene. Lost and Alias creator J.J. Abrams is directing the sequel, which had been on hold while budget issues were sorted out. It will released on May 5, 2006 if you need to mark your calendar.

Blabber Bits
Tom Sizemore continues his troubles, skipping his latest court hearing and checking himself into rehab. Still, he's managed to avoid jail. Should we feign surprise to learn that Scarlett Johansson wanted to strip naked for her film The Island? But who can blame her -- Ewan McGregor was her costar.


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