Kimmel Show Pulled Over Remarks
Even though late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel apologized for joking that Detroit Pistons fans would burn down the city if their basketball team beats the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Final, ABC's yanked Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night, Reuters reports. "We made the decision that we felt was in the best interest of the show," ABC said in a terse statement. Network officials declined further comment, except to say that Kimmel returned to the airwaves as scheduled on Thursday. Issuing an apology on Wednesday, Kimmel said, "What I said about Pistons fans during halftime last night was a joke, nothing more. If I offended anyone I am sorry. Clearly over the past 10 years, we in L.A. have taken a commanding lead in post-game riots. If the Lakers win, I hope to overturn my own car," he quipped, referring to the riot in downtown Los Angeles four years ago following the Lakers' 2000 NBA championship. Detroit, too, has had a history of riotous celebrations following victories by its local sports teams, including the 1984 World Series victory by the Detroit Tigers.
Paris To Make Letterman Appearance
He finally got her. After months and months of asking, David Letterman finally got Paris Hilton to agree to come on his show, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Associated Press reports. Hilton is scheduled to make her first guest appearance Monday. The hotel heiress and star of Fox's reality show A Simple Life and its sequel A Simple Life 2: Road Trip was to appear on the late-night show last November, but scrapped all planned media appearances after the ubiquitous video showing Hilton and her then boyfriend Rick Salomon having sex hit the Internet. At the time, Hilton's spokesman said no slight to Letterman was intended; she just wanted to keep a lower profile.
Secrecy Continues in Jackson Case
The judge in Michael Jackson's child-molestation case drew a curtain of secrecy tighter around the allegations Thursday, continuing to seal not only grand jury materials but also the media's requests for release of unspecified evidence, AP reports. Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville expressed concern that "in the extraordinary, high-publicity environment of this proceeding, the integrity of the jury pool is threatened" by possible disclosure of evidence that may or may not be admissible at trial, AP reports. Attorneys representing media organizations including The Associated Press had recently petitioned the court to release names of co-conspirators as well as transcripts of the three-week grand jury hearings that led to Jackson's indictment.
Hip-Hop Mag Ordered To Pay Eminem's Legal Fees
U.S. District Judge Gerard Lynch ruled Wednesday that by publishing lyrics to two of rapper Eminem's early, racially charged songs, The Source had violated a December 2003 court ruling barring it from printing the full lyrics to the songs and ordered the hip-hop magazine to pay for the rapper's legal fees, Reuters reports. The Source said the songs, which Eminem wrote before achieving mainstream success, were racist and made the lyrics and recordings available on its Web site, prompting the rapper to file a copyright infringement suit. Lynch said the controversy surrounding Eminem, "his music, and his relation to black culture helps explain the bitterness surrounding what would otherwise be a straightforward copyright case." Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, is white.
TV Viewers Uptight Prior To Jackson's Wardrobe Malfunction
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said Thursday it was receiving tens of thousands of complaints about indecency on television and radio--months before Janet Jackson exposed her breast on the National Football League's Super Bowl championship game earlier this year. Reuters reports the FCC received 146,268 complaints about indecency or obscenity during the last three months of 2003, well before Jackson's Feb. 1 "wardrobe malfunction." After the incident, the agency said it received more than 500,000 e-mails alone, almost all complaining about it, while less than 1,000 urged the FCC not to take action against the singer.
Role Call: Elle Woods on B'Way
A writing team is set to bring the 2001 hit comedy Legally Blonde to life on the Broadway stage. Legally Blonde revolves around Elle Woods, Bel Air's favorite pink-clad blonde, who gets into Harvard Law School to win her ex-boyfriend only to discovers she has far more legal savvy than she ever imagined. The book of the upcoming musical will be written by screenwriter Heather Hach, with music and lyrics by the husband-and-wife team of Larry O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin.
Guylaine Cadorette contributed to this report.
It might have been early in the morning, but that didn't stop everyone from Dido to Moby to Evanescence's Amy Lee from showing up at the announcement of the 46th annual Grammy Award nominations this morning at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
OutKast, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams are tied for the lead with six nominations apiece. Missy Elliott, 50 Cent, Eminem, the Neptunes' Chad Hugo, Justin Timberlake, Ricky Skaggs, Evanescence, Luther Vandross and the late Warren Zevon are close behind with five noms each.
The four big categories--album of the year, record of the year, song of the year and best new artist--reflect the dominance of rap, hip-hop and R&B artists in mainstream music as well as the renewed popularity of rock music.
Up for album of the year are Missy Elliott's Under Construction, Timberlake's Justified, Evanescence's Fallen, the White Stripes' Elephant and OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.
Hip-hop duo's OutKast's single "Hey Ya!" will go head-to-head for record of the year against Black Eyed Peas' "Where is the Love?," Beyoncé and Jay-Z's "Crazy in Love," Eminem's "Lose Yourself" and Coldplay's "Clocks."
For song of the year, which goes to the songwriter as opposed to the recording artist, nominees are Linda Perry for Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful," Eminem and Luis Resto for Eminem's "Lose Yourself," Richard Marx and Luther Vandross for Vandross' "Dance With My Father," Avril Lavigne and the Matrix for Lavigne's "I'm With You" and the late Warren Zevon and Jorge Calderon for Zevon's "Keep Me in Your Heart."
Sean Paul, 50 Cent, Evanescence, Fountains of Wayne and Heather Headley will compete for the best new artist award.
The Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be telecast on CBS from 8-11:30 p.m. (EST/PST).
Here is a partial list of nominations (a full list of nominees is posted on Grammy.com):
Album of the Year
Under Construction, Missy Elliott
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Outkast
Justified, Justin Timberlake
Elephant, The White Stripes
Record of the Year
"Crazy In Love," Beyoncé Featuring Jay-Z
"Where Is The Love?," Black Eyed Peas featuring Justin Timberlake
"Lose Yourself," Eminem
"Hey Ya," Outkast
Best New Artist
Fountains Of Wayne
Song of the Year
Linda Perry for "Beautiful" (performed by Christina Aguilera)
Richard Marx and Luther Vandross for "Dance With My Father"
Avril Lavigne and The Matrix (Lauren Christy, Graham Edwards and Scott Spock) for "I'm With You"
Jorge Calderón and Warren Zevon for "Keep Me In Your Heart"
Jeff Bass, Marshall Mathers (aka Eminem) and Luis Resto for "Lose Yourself"
Best Rap Song (NEW!)
Calvin Broadus (aka Snoop Dogg), Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams for "Beautiful" (performed by Snoop Dogg Featuring Williams and Uncle Charlie Wilson)
Shawn Carter (aka Jay-Z), Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams for "Excuse Me Miss" (performed by Jay-Z Featuring Williams)
Mike Elizondo, Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent) and A. Young for "In Da Club" (performed by 50 Cent)
Jeff Bass, Marshall Mathers and Luis Resto for "Lose Yourself" (performed by Eminem)
Missy Elliott and Tim Mosley for "Work It" (performed by Elliott)
Best Rap Album
Missy Elliott, Under Construction
50 Cent, Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
Jay-Z, The Blueprint2 - The Gift & The Curse
Outkast, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Best R&B Album
Erykah Badu, Worldwide Underground
Blu Cantrell, Bittersweet
Aretha Franklin, So Damn Happy
Isley Brothers Featuring Ronald Isley aka Mr. Biggs, Body Kiss
Luther Vandross, Dance With My Father
Best Contemporary R&B Album
Ashanti, Chapter II
Beyoncé, Dangerously In Love
Mary J. Blige, Love and Life
Anthony Hamilton, Comin' From Where I'm From
R. Kelly, Chocolate Factory
Best Rock Album
Foo Fighters, One By One
matchbox twenty, More Than You Think You Are
Nickelback, The Long Road
Best Rock Song
Evanescence, "Bring Me To Life" (David Hodges, Amy Lee and Ben Moody)
Train, "Calling All Angels" (Charlie Colin, Pat Monahan, Jimmy Stafford and Scott Underwood)
Bruce Springsteen and Warren Zevon, "Disorder In The House" (Jorge Calderón and Warren Zevon)
The White Stripes, "Seven Nation Army" (Jack White)
Nickelback, "Someday" (Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger, Ryan Peake and Ryan Vikedal)
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
The White Stripes
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Christina Aguilera, "Beautiful"
Kelly Clarkson, "Miss Independent"
Dido, "White Flag"
Avril Lavigne, "I'm With You"
Sarah McLachlan, "Fallen"
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Lil' Kim and Christina Aguilera, "Can't Hold Us Down"
Tony Bennett and k.d. lang for "La Vie En Rose"
Pink and William Orbit for "Feel Good Time"
Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples for "Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking"
Sting and Mary J. Blige for "Whenever I Say Your Name"
Best Pop Vocal Album
Christina Aguilera, Stripped
George Harrison, Brainwashed
Annie Lennox, Bare
Michael McDonald, Motown
Justin Timberlake, Justified
Best Pop Male Vocal Performance
George Harrison, "Any Road"
Michael McDonald, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
Sting, "Send Your Love"
Justin Timberlake, "Cry Me A River"
Warren Zevon, "Keep Me In Your Heart"
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Ry Cooder and Manuel Galbán for "Patricia"
Dave Koz, "Honey-Dipped"
Randy Newman, "Seabiscuit"
The Brian Setzer Orchestra, "The Nutcracker Suite"
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Bette Midler Sings, Bette Midler
Rosemary Clooney Songbook, Rosemary Clooney
The A Wonderful World, Tony Bennett and k.d. lang
As Time Goes By…The Great American Songbook: Volume II, Rod Stewart
The Movie Album, Barbra Streisand
Best Spoken Word Album For Children
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Eric Idle
Harry Potter And The Order of the Phoenix, Jim Dale
Prokofiev: Peter And The Wolf/Beintus: Wolf Tracks, Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev and Sophia Loren
Tell Me A Scary Story, Carl Reiner
Winnie-The-Pooh, Jim Broadbent
Best Spoken Word Album
Fear Itself, Don Cheadle
Lies And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair And Balanced Look At The Right, Al Franken
Living History, Hillary Rodham Clinton
Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection, Nikki Giovanni
When You Ride Alone You Ride With Bin Laden, Bill Maher
Best Female Country Vocal Performance
Patty Loveless, On Your Way Home
Martina McBride, This One's For The Girls
Dolly Parton, I'm Gone
Shania Twain, Forever And For Always
Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
Willie Nelson and Norah Jones, Wurlitzer Prize (I Don't Want To Get Over You)
Willie Nelson and Toby Keith, Beer For My Horses
June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash, Temptation
Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet, It's Five O'Clock Somewhere
James Taylor and Alison Krauss, How's The World Treating You
Best Country Album
Faith Hill, Cry
Lyle Lovett, My Baby Don't Tolerate
Willie Nelson and Ray Price, Run That One By Me One More Time
Willie Nelson, Live And Kickin'
Shania Twain, Up!
Compilation, Livin', Lovin', Losin' - Songs of the Louvin Brothers
In his feature film debut Eminem is Jimmy Smith Jr. a poor aspiring rapper living in a trailer park on Detroit's 8 Mile Rd.--the city's perimeter road which separates it from the 'burbs or more specifically the blacks from the whites. After breaking up with his girlfriend Janeane (Taryn Manning) Jimmy nicknamed "Rabbit " heads back to the trailer park to live with his mom (Kim Basinger) a lush with a penchant for bingo. He gets a day job in a factory so he can save enough money to get back on his feet but at night heads to the Shelter a hip-hop club where the city's best rappers "battle" each other in 45-second rounds of verbally abusive rhymes. Even though his friends including Shelter MC Future (Mekhi Phifer) believe in him Rabbit suffers stage fright and freezes like a deer in the headlights when it comes to competition time. But he realizes his entire future--and getting out of Detroit--rests on making it in the hip-hop world and cutting his own demo. To do so Rabbit must first find his voice and win a coveted battle. The battles whether you like hip-hop or not are worth the price of admission alone.
According to Eminem whose real name is Marshall Mathers III this film is part real and part made-up. But his character gets a complete Hollywood makeover here and it's glaringly easy to discern fact from fiction. 8 Mile's Rabbit for example is concerned with gun violence (Eminem was arrested twice in 2000 for weapons violations for which he received probation). And when a coworker starts harassing one of Rabbit's gay coworkers he breaks into a defensive rhyme: "Why you f***ing with the gay guy G? You're the one with the HIV." Audiences longing for a compassionate and caring version Eminem won't be disappointed. In his big screen debut Eminem is convincing and hardly afraid to show a soft and vulnerable side. He's a rapper and lyricist at heart however and his spiels often take on a cadence similar to his rap style. As Rabbit's buddy Future Phifer is solid and their relationship on screen is believable and endearing. Brittany Murphy is also great as the skanky Alex whose plan is to get out of Detroit by sleeping with all the wrong people. Basinger however delivers a bland performance as the drunk mom whining about her teen boyfriend's lack of sexual prowess.
Director Curtis Hanson scored Oscar nods for Best Picture and Best Director and won Best Adapted Screenplay in 1997 for the drama L.A. Confidential which is one reason there is more than a bit of buzz surrounding 8 Mile. The film is good but it's not Oscar worthy. Hanson paints a gritty and realistic portrait of the Murder City circa 1995 but the film's problem lies with the story written by The Mod Squad scribe Scott Silver. For one week viewers get a voyeuristic peek into Rabbit's life: he beats people up works hard has sex gets beaten up and sometimes raps. It's a stagnant view that never seems to go anywhere. While we know what happens to his mom--she wins big at bingo washes her hair and does the groceries--we never find out what happens to Rabbit. We can't even assume the film leaves off where Eminem's career starts because it's not a biopic. But despite the weak story Hanson commands a strong performance from Eminem and showcases both the rapper's newfound acting abilities and his musical talent. Considering the film's strength lies in Eminem it's surprising there weren't more musical performances from the Grammy-winning rapper.
Poetic, of the rap group Gravediggaz, died Sunday in Los Angeles after a two-year battle against metastatic colon cancer, Launch.com reports. Poetic, whose real name was Anthony Berkeley, was 35. The cancer was diagnosed in 1999, after Berkeley collapsed in a recording studio. He was given only four months to live. He continued to record with Gravediggaz, and will be featured on the group's Aug. 23 release, Nightmare In A-Minor. He is survived by his wife, Dee Dee Hill.
Composer James Bernard, best known for his work with Britain's Hammer film studios, died Thursday in a London hospital, People magazine reports. The cause of death was not disclosed. He was 75. Mr. Bernard composed musical scores for such Hammer horror yarns as 1957's The Curse of Frankenstein and 1968's The Devil Rides Out. He also won an Academy Award in 1951 for Best Motion Picture Story for Seven Days to Noon, which he co-wrote with Paul Dehn. Mr. Bernard is survived by a sister.
The flu has forced Melissa Etheridge to cancel all scheduled album and book signing appearances through July 27, Launch.com reports. She is expected to be back on her feet in time to kick off a tour on Aug. 6 to promote her new album Skin. Etheridge also just published a new memoir, The Truth is…: My Life in Love and Music.
Rapper Eminem's estranged wife, Kimberly Mathers, was arraigned Monday on a charge of drug possession in Mount Clemens, Mich., The Associated Press said. Police reportedly found a "white powdery substance" in the back of a patrol car in which Mathers had been questioned, AP said. Mathers' attorney denied that the drugs belonged to her. Mathers, who filed for divorce from Eminem in March, is on probation for a charge of driving under the influence.
The truth must still be out there. Chris Carter, creator and executive producer of The X-Files, will remain with the series through the end of the next season, according to the Hollywood Reporter. David Duchovny departed the show last season after appearing in a limited number of episodes, and Gillian Anderson reportedly intends to leave when her contract expires at the end of the next season.
MTV is throwing itself a 20th birthday bash, and Mariah Carey, Billy Idol and TLC are invited to help blow the candles. The music network will hold its MTV20: Live and Almost Legal on Aug. 1 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. The concert, headlined by Carey, will air live on MTV and MTV2 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The concert also will cut to performances by Aerosmith, Busta Rhymes and Depeche Mode to be televised live from their respective tours. MTV VJs old and current, including Martha Quinn and Carson Daly, will host.
Who knew the Insane Clown Posse had such rabid fans? Safety concerns forced police to stop the rap group's Sunday concert in Toledo, Ohio, after 100 fans rushed the stage, The Associated Press reports. Some of the group's equipment was destroyed during the incident.
A letter that one record executive will always regret sending to Madonna will go on auction Wednesday in London. Record executive Jimmy Lenner sent the undated rejection letter to tell the future Material Girl that she was "not ready yet," Reuters reports. The online auction of Madonna memorabilia also will include stage bras.
U2's Bono thanked French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin on Monday for efforts made by France to write off the debt to 34 of the world's 41 poorest nations, BBC News reports. The singer supports Drop the Debt, which campaigns for the cancellation of debt owed by developing countries.
Napster will use new digital encoding technology for its planned subscription-based service, the controversial online song-swapping service announced Monday. The technology would allow Napster to recognize and play copyright-protected music files.
Doubts linger about the potential success of Elton John's worldwide pay-per-view online concert special, to be held Tuesday from Turkey. Internet users apparantly are wary of coughing up the $10 fee because the concert will only be available to those with Internet connections of 100K or faster, BBC News reports. John's 1½ hour solo concert, which will include songs from his new album, also will be available online for one week after it airs live.
Controversial rapper Eminem will not have to do too much research when he makes his film debut. He will play a troubled young rapper in urban Detroit struggling to make it big.
Curtis Hanson, who directed films such as Wonder Boys and L.A. Confidential, will helm the still untitled film for Universal Pictures.
"I saw here an opportunity to make a serious movie about the emotional struggles of contemporary adolescents in this country," Hanson told Variety on Thursday. "This captures the angst, insecurity, frustration and anger, search for direction and identity."
The film, written by Scott Silver (The Mod Squad), focuses on a troubled kid who finds his voice in hip-hop. He, like Eminem, lives in a predominantly black neighborhood in Detroit.
Eminem's publicist could not be reached for comment.
Eminem already seems to be ahead of the game when it comes to acting. He is known for portraying himself in different roles, such as the rapper Eminem, the chainsaw-wielding alter ego Slim Shady, the rapper, or his plain self, Marshall Mathers III.
That is perhaps what makes Hanson so enthusiastic in helping the rapper to hone his acting chops.
"Working with actors is what I like best about directing and Eminem is an extraordinarily gifted artist, one who's already shown an ability to project personas and identities," Hanson told Variety.
Imagine Entertainment principal Brian Grazer and Interscope Records president Jimmy Iovine will produce the film. The record label also will release the film's soundtrack.
The film is set to begin pre-production in the fall.
This is not the first project in which producers have had Eminem in mind. Warner Bros. wanted to pair Eminem with fellow rapper DMX in a crime drama called Lazarus. Eminem also is expected to make a cameo appearance in the comedy The Wash, starring Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre., MTV reports.
Eminem remains the center of attention because of his lyrics-considered by some as hateful and homophobic-his recent guilty plea to carrying a concealed weapon, and most recently his divorce proceedings.
Eminem is contesting child support payments, saying that the sum is too much, The Associated Press reports. He has a daughter, Hailie Jade, with estranged wife Kimberly. The two agreed to share custody in March.
On May 21, The Macomb (Mich.) County Friend of the Court agency suggested that Eminem pay $142,480 a year in child support, shell out $156 per week toward health insurance, and assume 90 percent of any child care costs.
But Kimberly Mathers, who is unemployed, says she wants more money. Her attorney, Robert Feldstein, said in legal documents said the sum recommended was "inadequate and inequitable."
Court records suggest Eminem may have a gross income of $2.7 million per year, AP reports.
Attorneys for both parties will hold a hearing on Thursday, June 7, before Probate Judge Antonio P. Viviano to discuss this matter.