It wasn't quite
Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, but last week British rocker Pete Doherty, the
former Libertines frontman, played an acoustic set for ex-con and former
heavyweight champ Mike Tyson in Manchester, England. Tyson, who was in town to
referee the World Cage Fighting Championships, and Doherty stayed at the same
hotel and reportedly spent an evening carousing at the bar. One thing led to
another, and Tyson asked his new pal to play a few songs. In return Tyson may
have given the 27-year-old tips on handling the media. Three days later
Doherty--accidentally, he says--kicked a reporter outside a London court, where
he pleaded guilty to possession of heroin and crack.
? Russell Crowe
has a new line: "Let's get into bed together and you'll respect me in the
morning." That's how the Aussie actor ended a speech to the shareholders of
the South Sydney Rabbitohs of Australia's National Rugby League--and it worked.
Crowe (right) and his business partner, Peter Holmes � Court, were approved as
majority owners of the club, which the 41-year-old Crowe has followed since he
was five. ( Crowe's group paid $2.1 million.) The Rabbitohs haven't won a title
in 35 years but, as one executive remarked, Crowe "gives us some
Bobby Moresco, who won an original screenplay Oscar, will write an adaptation
of New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica's new novel, Heat, about a Bronx
Little Leaguer who is accused of being older than he lets on. Moresco, 54, says
his childhood gave him valuable background for the story. "We lived in the
shadows of Madison Square Garden," he says. "I know what it's like to
grow up in New York with professional sports--your dream--right under your
nose." The book, which hits stores on April 11, may remind readers of a
certain real-life Bronx Little Leaguer who was disgraced in 2001. But Moresco
says, "[This] is not The Danny Almonte Story."
?Bad news for
those who just want Terrell Owens to shut up and catch footballs. The new
Cowboys receiver had his brother, Victor Stowes, write a rap song and the two
recorded it at TO's Atlanta studio. I'm Back, which bashes TO doubters ("To
the haters that said I wouldn't get my money/I'm laughing in your face ha-ha
that's funny") and gloats about his contract ("Some said I was gonna
sign just a one year deal/But I got what I wanted up front, 10 mil"), can
be bought at www.TerrellOwens.com. But TO has still more to get off his chest.
His second autobiography, which a spokesperson tells SI will be light on
details about his stormy Eagles tenure, is set to be published by Simon &
Schuster in July.... Director Peter Segal (The Longest Yard remake) plans to
tackle dirty referees in his next picture. The Refs, which is sure to do well
in the Seattle market, will tell the story of a group of slighted officials who
try to get revenge by fixing the Super Bowl.