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March 6, 2004

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Jackson: Stunt was accident

New York -- Echoing her on-stage partner, Janet Jackson says her breast exposure during the Super Bowl halftime show was a "costume accident."

"It was not intentional. It was a costume accident," Jackson tells Ebony magazine for its April issue in her first interview since the now-infamous Feb. 1 performance.

"It was an accident," she says. "That was basically it."

Timberlake has said that when he reached for Jackson's top, exposing her right breast, it was a "wardrobe malfunction."

Jackson is headed back to network television on April 10 as the host and musical guest of "Saturday Night Live."

LeBron may hit big screen

Akron, Ohio -- Fans who flock to see LeBron James star on the basketball court may soon be able to see him on the big screen in a movie directed by Spike Lee.

The popular Cleveland Cavaliers rookie is in talks with Lee to develop a movie, James' agent, Aaron Goodwin, said Friday.

"We're still in the planning stages," Goodwin said. "We don't have a script yet. We have a production team in place. Spike has been interested for months now, and LeBron is excited about the project."

Playwright wins freedom award

Aspen, Colo. -- Playwright and poet August Wilson was awarded the Freedom of Speech Award during the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.

Cartoonist Garry Trudeau, who presented the award Thursday, called Wilson "the most influential playwright of our time."

Wilson won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for his 1987 play "Fences." He's working on the 10th play in a cycle that depicts the black experience during every decade of the 20th century.

"This emboldens me in my search for the limitations of my art," he said while accepting the award.

He said he had only a few opportunities while growing up in the Hill District of Pittsburgh: the "opportunity to die young, the opportunity to buy some dope and the opportunity to go to jail."

He credited his courageous mother and a colony of artists, poets and painters for shaping his sensibilities.

'Super Size' director not laughing

Aspen, Colo. -- For all the one-liners about McDonald's trimming Supersize servings from its menu, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock doesn't think fat is anything to joke about.

Spurlock directed "Super Size Me," a dark comedy that skewers America's fast-food culture. The film is being shown at the 10th U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, which will run in Aspen through Sunday.

"Super Size Me" chronicles Spurlock's experience of eating only fast food for a month -- breakfast, lunch and dinner. Spurlock gained 24 pounds and his cholesterol soared 65 points in the 30-day experiment.

"My film is about corporate responsibility and individual responsibility," he said. "The company says they're doing their part. Now people have to do their part. People who go to these stores need to realize what they're putting into their mouths."

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