Top Story: Grammy Performance Angers American Indians
American Indian groups across the country were offended by OutKast's Grammy performance of their hit song "Hey Ya!" Sunday, The Associated Press reports, in which singer Andre "3000" Benjamin wore Indian feathers and war paint, while women danced around a giant green teepee. The San Francisco-based Native American Cultural Center is calling for a boycott of OutKast, which won three Grammys at the show; Arista, their record company; the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the organization that sponsors the Grammys; and CBS, the network that aired the show, AP reports. Indianz.com has also launched an online petition calling for an apology from Benjamin. "I don't think you meant to offend, but you hurt us," wrote a petition signer named Megan Jones. "Please acknowledge our feelings and apologize." AP reports CBS issued an apology on its Web site that stopped short of saying Benjamin's performance was insulting to the 2.3 million American Indians in the country. Benjamin and Antoine "Big Boi" Patton, the other half of OutKast, have not yet commented.
Ross Did Time in Connecticut
After being sentenced to two days in jail on a drunken driving conviction, Diana Ross apparently fulfilled her obligation, serving the time in upscale Greenwich, Conn., where the singer lives, AP reports. The details about when and for how long she stayed at the Greenwich Police Department were not available. It also wasn't known specifically how she was housed, AP reports.
ABC Picked Up Simpson, Stamos Pilots
ABC has picked up six comedy pilots, including untitled shows starring MTV's happy Newlywed Jessica Simpson and TV's Full House star John Stamos. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Simpson will play Jessica Sampson, a fictional version of herself. The pilot revolves around a hardworking female producer of a primetime newsmagazine show whose world turns upside down when Sampson signs on to do part-time work as an on-air reporter. The Stamos project revolves around a guy on a date, with the show's entire season taking place over the course of the day's events.
Seacrest Gets Dees' Old Spot
American Idol's Ryan Seacrest is taking over the radio airwaves in Los Angeles, replacing longtime L.A. morning radio personality Rick Dees, AP reports. Seacrest will host the KIIS-FM radio show from the same Hollywood studio he uses for his new syndicated live TV talk show, On-Air with Ryan Seacrest, which will also be the name of the radio show. Seacrest recently replaced Casey Kasem on the syndicated "American Top 40" radio countdown.
Anthony's Paternity Claim Disputed
The attorney for Elizabeth Leyva--a Miami woman who claims singer Marc Anthony is the father of her two-month old child--believes Anthony may have cheated on a paternity test. Reuters reports Anthony's lawyers say the test has cleared their client of any paternal claims, but Leyva's attorney said that Anthony submitted his DNA sample to the lab rather than have it drawn there. Anthony's wife, Dayonara Torres, filed for divorce last month, demanding alimony and child support for the couple's two young sons. Leyva has said she only wants Anthony to "recognize that's his baby."
Dixie Chick Adds Another to the Nest
Dixie Chick Natalie Maines is expecting her second child with her husband, actor Adrian Pasdar, AP reports. The couple, who were married in 2000, have a 2-year-old son, Jackson Slade Pasdar. Maines didn't announce a due date but did speculate going on tour with the Grammy-winning country trio. "Can you imagine the next tour for us? Five kids (or more) backstage? Oh, the thought is just exhausting," a statement on the group's Web site said. Martie Maguire, the fiddle and mandolin player in the group, announced in November she is expecting twins. The third Chick, Emily Robison, has a 1-year-old son.
Eminem's Ex-Wife in More Trouble
Eminem's ex-wife, Kimberly Mathers, was sentenced to serve at least a month in jail Thursday for using cocaine while on probation, AP reports. Mathers, who's been the target of some of the rapper's songs, admitted a week ago to her probation agent that she was using cocaine, the Michigan Department of Corrections told AP. Mathers was sentenced Jan. 21 to two years' probation after pleading guilty to charges of possessing 25 grams or less of cocaine and failing to give adequate space to an emergency vehicle. The charges came from a June, 2003 traffic stop in Michigan.
NBC To Air Diana's Secret Tapes
Audio and videotapes that the late Princess Diana secretly recorded during her ill-fated marriage to Prince Charles--and were the basis of Andrew Morton's 1992 tell-all bestseller Diana: Her True Story--will get their first public airing next month on NBC, the network announced on Thursday. The two-hour documentary, Princess Diana: The Secret Tapes, will also feature interviews with some of Diana's closest friends and confidants, Reuters reports. The special two-part broadcast is set for Mar. 4 and Mar. 11.
Emmy-Winning Producer Colesberry Dies
Robert Colesberry, best known for co-creating and executive producing HBO's The Wire as well as producing films Mississippi Burning and The Natural, died Monday in New York from heart surgery complications. He was 57.
Gladiator star Russell Crowe has officially announced his engagement to his longtime Australian girlfriend, singer Danielle Spencer. Reuters reports the 38-year-old Oscar winner, armed with a dozen white roses, proposed to Spencer after returning to Australia in November. Crowe made an impassioned declaration of love to Spencer last month when he announced he was taking an extended hiatus from Hollywood, telling the press: "Let me clarify something. I am in love with Danielle Spencer but I don't get to spend nearly enough time with her...I feel a great need to wake up with her as many days of my life as I can." The couple plans to tie the knot in mid- to late 2003, Reuters reports.
Rocker Tommy Lee has put his upscale 7,400 square foot Malibu home up for sale for $3 million, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. In July 2001, a 4-year-old boy accidentally drowned in Lee's pool during a birthday party. Lee, who has two sons, Brandon, 6, and Dylan, 4, with ex-wife Pamela Anderson, said he wants to buy a new home with his fiancée, singer and dancer Mayte Garcia.
Elton John is ditching his trademark flashy frames, Reuters reports. The singer said Sunday he had decided to have laser eye surgery and told BBC TV's Breakfast with Frost program, "I was just fed up with looking for my glasses by the side of the bed and having to squint to see the newspaper," he said. "I've had all the preliminary tests ... I'm going to do it."
Comic book guru Stan Lee has inked a deal with Endeavor, which will also represent his budding production company Pow! Entertainment, Variety reports. Lee's comic book creations have launched several major film franchises, including Spider-Man and X-Men. Pow! has set up close to a dozen film and TV projects, including Stripperella, an animated series on TNN starring Pamela Anderson.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Cedric the Entertainer are in negotiations to star in Joe's Last Chance. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film centers on a hit man (Schwarzenegger) who travels to a tropical paradise to terminate his "mark," played by Cedric the Entertainer. A tentative spring start date is being eyed for the project, to be directed by Andrew Bergman.
NBC is developing a remake of the 1970s cop show CHiPs, which starred Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada as two Los Angeles motorcycle cops. According to Variety, the updated version will be set in San Francisco. The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman is helping develop the action classic.
Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, whose affair with president Clinton made headlines in 1998, has been banned from the daytime Italian TV show Domenica In (Sunday In), Reuters reports. Lewsinsky was to have been the star guest on the talk show but some politicians were outraged that RAI, a publicly funded state broadcaster, planned to pay for her expenses using taxpayers' money.
R.E.M. is launching their first major tour since 1999. According to The Associated Press, the tour opens June 27 at England's Glastonbury Festival and will continue through July, with stops in Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy. The tour will come Stateside in the fall. The band is currently working on their new album scheduled for release in 2004.
Former Lovin' Spoonful guitarist Zal Yanovsky died Friday of a heart attack at his home in Kensington, Ontario, six days before his 58th birthday, Reuters reports. The Lovin' Spoonful, named after a Mississippi John Hurt song, formed in 1965. Their hits included Do You Believe in Magic, You Don't Have To Be So Nice and Summer in the City. Yanovsky later traded in his rock star life for a quiet existence as a restaurateur.