updated 09/05/2003 AT 1:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/05/2003 AT 12:40 PM ET
JUSTIN SHAKES: Ronald McDonald, move over. Justin Timberlake is McDonald’s’ man now. The pop singer has signed a deal with the fast-food chain to star in a global advertising campaign aimed at re-connecting the flagging business with its core group of younger customers. Reuters reported that Timberlake, 22, will sing in a series of new ad spots with the tagline “I’m lovin’ it,” which will debut in the U.S. Sept. 29. No financial details were announced.
PIERCE POUNCES: Pierce Brosnan, 50, has won legal control of the Internet name www.piercebrosnan.com in a ruling by a United Nations panel in Geneva, Switzerland, the Associated Press reported. The decision, made by arbitrators from the World Intellectual Property Organization, followed complaints from Brosnan that his domain name was being used illegally and in bad faith by Alberta Hot Rods, of Alberta, Canada, which Brosnan’s side claimed was linked to a celebrity Web site featuring ads and bios of some actors – but nothing about Brosnan.
KOBE CASE: Attorneys for Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, 25, have subpoenaed the medical records of the accuser in his rape case. In requesting the records, the defense team is apparently seeking details about when the young woman was hospitalized in February after police determined she was “a danger to herself,” said Reuters. Bryan has denied raping the woman – who worked as a concierge at a posh Colorado resort he had visited in late June – and called their encounter consensual.
LYNCH BOOKED: Despite admissions that her memory of the events that propelled her into the national spotlight is spotty, former PEOPLE covergirl Jessica Lynch has struck a $1 million deal for a book that will tell the story of her capture and rescue in Iraq, the Associated Press reported. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced Tuesday that the former prisoner of war will write “I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story.” Her collaborator will be former New York Times reporter Rick Bragg, a Pulitzer Prize winner.
‘BAT’ BOYS: The bat shoes once occupied by Michael Keaton, George Clooney and Val Kilmer are about to hear the patter of new little feet – but whose will they be? According to the Hollywood Reporter, some of Hollywood’s hottest hunks reported for a casting call to test for the title role in the next “Batman” movie, which is scheduled to start shooting in February under the direction of English filmmaker Christopher Nolan. Among the contenders: Jake Gyllenhaal, Christian Bale, Joshua Jackson (“Dawson’s Creek”), Cillian Murphy (“28 Days Later”), Henry Cavill (“I Capture the Castle”) and Eion Bailey (HBO’s Sunday night feature “And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself”).