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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ George Lucas’ film company is suing a firm that sells a computer instructional program called ″Templates of Doom,″ saying it violates a copyright on his Indiana Jones movies.
Lucasfilm Inc. filed the suit Friday in U.S. District Court against Solar Systems Software.
Jones, a mythical archaeologist and adventurer played by Harrison Ford, was the central character in Lucas’ ″Raiders of the Lost Ark″ and ″Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.″ ″Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade″ is due out in May, the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit said Lucasfilm has a trademark for the ″Temple of Doom″ name and design, and used it to sell products like puzzles, books, comics and video games.
The ″Templates of Doom″ package pictures a character resembling Jones wearing a snap-brim fedora, leather jacket and shoulder bag, the suit said. The program teaches people how to use financial spreadsheet programs, said Lucasfilm lawyer Neil Shapiro.
The suit seeks $50,000 for alleged copyright infringements on each Lucasfilm trademark product, plus damages equal to three times the profits from the computer program, and a court order prohibiting future infringements. It did not list the total number of alleged infringements.
Peter Antoniak of San Bruno, identified in the suit as owner of Solar Systems, did not return a telephone call Monday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country entertainer Rosanne Cash, the oldest daughter of Johnny Cash, has given birth to a girl.
Carrie Kathleen Crowell was born Monday, a week overdue, weighing 8 pounds, 2 ounces, CBS Records spokesman Fletcher Foster said. Miss Cash is married to singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell.
Miss Cash is the first female country music soloist to have four consecutive No. 1 singles from one album with ″King’s Record Shop,″ Foster said. The singles include ″The Way We Make A Broken Heart,″ ″Tennessee Flat Top Box,″ ″If You Ever Change Your Mind,″ and ″Runaway Train.″
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country music star Waylon Jennings was ″doing just fine″ after 3 1/2 hours of triple bypass heart surgery, a hospital spokeswoman said.
″There was no evidence of a heart attack,″ Bridget Dolan, the Baptist Hospital spokeswoman, added after Monday’s operation.
The 51-year-old singer, who had an angioplasty in October, was hospitalized Sunday morning after having chest pains while traveling to a concert in Bristol, she said.
Jennings’ wife, singer Jessie Colter, and son were with him at the hospital, and the entertainer was in good spirits before surgery, Ms. Dolan said.
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Actor Gary Busey is reported in fair condition eight days after he suffered a nearly fatal head injury in a motorcycle accident.
Busey, 44, had been listed in serious condition since last week.
″He continues to show daily progress and all-around positive improvements,″ Ron Wise, spokesman for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said Monday. ″He’s doing everything he should be doing and it continues to support the belief that he will make a complete recovery.″
Wise said Busey is able to walk a bit, sit on a couch and ″is communicating better. His grogginess is clearing more each day.″
No date has been set for his release, he said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The film company put together by pop music seductress Madonna has signed a two-year, five-picture deal with Columbia Pictures.
Madonna, who formed Siren Films in January 1987, will star in most, if not all, the movies, said Siren vice president Carol Lees.
Lees said the first project will be a musical. No details or financial terms were disclosed.
The Columbia deal, confirmed by the studio Friday, doesn’t pre-empt projects Madonna has in development at Universal and Warner Bros., Lees said.
Madonna won critical acclaim and box office success in ″Desperately Seeking Susan″ and appeared with husband, Sean Penn, in the box office bomb ″Shanghai Surprise.″ She recently starred on Broadway in David Mamet’s ″Speed-The-Plow,″ and has a new album, ″Like a Prayer,″ due in February.
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PHOENIX (AP) - A model who is suing former New York Jets defensive end Mark Gastineau for palimony says actress Brigitte Nielsen, Gastineau’s current partner, asked her to drop her claim.
Jodee Dominici sued Gastineau on Nov. 3, claiming he broke promises and lied to her during their three-year relationship.
She said she was talking to the 32-year-old Gastineau on the telephone earlier this year when Miss Nielsen, the ex-wife of actor Sylvester Stallone, got on the line and said Ms. Dominici shouldn’t ask for money.
″She told me, ’I didn’t ask for anything from Stallone,‴ Ms. Dominici said.
The advice attributed to Miss Nielsen would not be out of character for the Danish actress, who ″did not ask for anything from Mr. Stallone,″ according to publicist Joel Brokaw of Los Angeles.
Ms. Dominici’s lawsuit says she gave up a modeling career and her education for Gastineau, and seeks $480,000 in compensatory damages and $200,000 in punitive damages. The 23-year-old Phoenix woman says she met Gastineau in February 1985 and lived with him for three years until January.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Rolf Benirschke, former star place-kicker for football’s San Diego Chargers, will replace Pat Sajak as daytime host of the game show ″Wheel of Fortune,″ NBC has announced.
Benirschke will begin taping Wednesday pending completion of contract details, the network said Monday. Benirschke’s shows will premiere Jan. 9.
Sajak is giving up the daytime program to be host of a late-night CBS talk show that debuts Jan. 9. He will continue to to be host of the syndicated nighttime version of ″Wheel.″
Benirschke, 33, who retired last year as the Chargers all-time leading scorer, was one of 30 finalists for the ″Wheel″ job, said officials for Merv Griffin Productions, the show’s producer.
Benirschke, who survived a serious digestive ailment while playing with the Chargers, said Griffin saw him five months ago on a Los Angeles talk show discussing his health problem and was impressed with his demeanor and courage.
″I never thought this would happen,″ Benirschke said. ″People had to convince me that I needed to consider this. It’s a brand-new part of my life and I’m looking forward to it.″