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Today's buzz stories:
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Steven Spielberg's new war movie "Saving Private Ryan" is generating a large amount of feedback from audiences. CNN Interactive's message board on the movie is one of its most active, and America Online has also reported a surge of activity over "Saving Private Ryan" by fans eager to discuss their experience of the film.
"I thought that it was true to life, that it actually depicted the situation in a war and in combat," World War II veteran Joseph Alexander told CNN's Showbiz Today, commending Spielberg for his film. "And I thought it was great. I thought it was very educational at the same time." The movie starring Tom Hanks, Ed Burns and Matt Damon topped box office receipts after opening last weekend.
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Tennis greats played host to a couple of court jesters this past Monday night in Los Angeles, as comedy veterans Robin Williams and Billy Crystal played a charity match with tennis pros Andre Agassi and Patrick Rafter. Reba McEntire and Pierce Brosnan were among the stars enjoying the spectacle.
The match was declared a draw after Crystal injured himself, slightly tearing his calf muscle. Williams was none the worse for wear, though he says tennis is not his sport. "I'd rather ride a bike," Williams said. "I ride a bike long. I do good on a bike."
However, he added, the tennis match "was fun. It was nice just to be out here. It's wild. I've never been on a court like this."
BOSTON (CNN) -- A member of the 1950s revival group Sha Na Na has died. David-Allen Ryan, who was known as "Chico" Ryan when he sang and played bass with the group, died Sunday at the Mediplex nursing home in Beverly, Massachusetts. Ryan was 50 years old. The cause of death was not made public.
He and the band performed satirical versions of the hits of the '50s while decked out in gold costumes or black leather jackets. When he sang "Teen-ager in Love," fellow band members handed him a hanky as he wailed through the lyrics.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia (CNN) -- Rapper ODB was a no-show in court on Tuesday to face charges of shoplifting, prompting the judge to issue an arrest warrant for the founder of the popular Wu-Tang Clan. ODB, whose real name is Russell Tyrone Jones, is accused of stealing a $50 pair of Nike shoes from a Virginia Beach store on July 4, three days after he walked out of a New York hospital with gunshot wounds suffered during an apparent robbery at his apartment. No lawyer appeared to represent ODB, 29, in court on Tuesday.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) -- Tanya Tucker has filed a $300,000 federal lawsuit against Capitol Records, claiming the company neglected her latest album and paid too much attention to another artist. The suit does not name the other artist.
Tucker says in the lawsuit that her records were successful until "Complicated" was released in 1997. She said Capitol made her switch producers and did little marketing for the album. So far, 147,000 copies of "Complicated" have sold -- marking better sales than Tucker's 1995 album "Fire to Fire," which sold 104,000 copies, but worse than for her 1993 album "Soon," which sold 479,000 copies. A Capitol Records spokeswoman declined to comment Tuesday.
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