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It all starts with a mullet and an attitude. By the time that Patrick Swayze appeared as the legendary bouncer (or cooler) Dalton in 1989's Road House, he was two years removed from his star making turn in Dirty Dancing. Audiences already knew that he could dance, but nobody knew that he could rip a guy's throat out with his bare hands.
In the 25 years since its release, Road House has become a cult classic, both for its over-the-top fight scenes and Swayze's mock-philosophical dialogue and awesome hair. With its frequent appearances on cable television, it's never out of sight for very long, but we've compiled some fun facts to help you enjoy the greatest bad movie ever the next time you find yourself drawn in by the majesty of Swayze. Just remember the immortal words of Dalton: "I want you to be nice, until it's time not to be nice."
1. Although the film is set in the town of Jasper, Missouri, the exterior of the film's infamous bar The Double Deuce was built strictly for the filming on location in California and then was torn down. Some of the interiors were shot, however, in a real bar in Anaheim that has since closed.
2. Screenwriter David Lee Henry has said that Dalton was named after the town of Dalton, Georgia. He stopped at a bar there during a road trip and it ended up serving in part as the inspiration for his script.
3. Dalton is shown reading Jim Harrison's Legends of the Fall, which is the basis for the 1994 Brad Pitt-Anthony Hopkins movie of the same name.
4. Movie trailers frequently feature parts that are subsequently cut before a film is released, but Road House has the unofficial record for the most occurrences of deleted scenes. The original trailer had at least five different clips that don't appear in the finished version.
5. The Jeff Healey Band, which serves as the house band of The Double Deuce, had their biggest hit "Angel Eyes" on the charts while Road House was still in theaters, but the song isn't from the movie. Healey, the blind Canadian guitarist, and his group recorded their album See the Light concurrently with the movie soundtrack.
6. In a sad coincidence, both Swayze and Ben Gazzara, who played Dalton's nemesis Brad Wesley, both died of pancreatic cancer… Swayze in 2009 and Gazzara in 2012.
7. As awesome as Swayze's mullet was, the actor himself didn't like it. In the book One Last Dance, Swayze's biographer Wendy Leigh quoted the actor as calling the Road House hair style the "bane of my existence."
8. Red West, who played the owner of the auto parts store (also named Red), was a high school friend of Elvis Presley. West was a charter member of Presley's "Memphis Mafia" and functioned as one of the singer's bodyguards into the 1970s.
9. Even though Dalton famously says that "Pain don't hurt," the axiom didn't apply to Swayze. Among the various ways he was banged up during shooting was when Marshall Teague, who played Jimmy (the bad guy who gets his throat ripped out), hit Swayze with what he thought was a prop log... only to find out that it was actual hard wood.
10. One of the fired bartenders from The Double Deuce was played by John Doe, better known to music fans as the founder of the punk band X.
11. Kevin Tighe, who played Dalton's boss, bar owner Frank Tilghman, was better known for his work on television. He was one of the stars of the '70s hit Emergency! and later played Locke's father on Lost.
12. Even though Swayze is shown practicing t'ai chi, Dalton never actually uses that particular style of martial arts in the movie's fight scenes. Instead he uses moves from various sources, including the Korean discipline of hapkido.
13. Annette Bening was originally cast as "Doc," the ER doctor played by Kelly Lynch.
14. Lynch said in an interview with The AV Club that Bill Murray and his brothers like to call her husband, screenwriter Mitch Glazer (Scrooged), every time that they see Road House on TV to remind him about her steamy sex scenes with Swayze.
15. Lynch reportedly spent a month hanging around a real emergency room to prepare for her role. She learned the proper way to sew a medical stitch… but then the script was changed so that she never got to showcase her new skill.
16. Dalton had a thing for Buicks. Before he leaves for Missouri the "beater" car that he drives to protect his prized Mercedes is a 1964 Buick Riviera. Once he gets to Jasper, he buys the 1965 edition of the same car model.
17. Just as he had with Dirty Dancing, Swayze sings on the soundtrack and his song "Cliff's Edge" is heard on a radio in the film.
18. The Otis Redding song "These Arms of Mine" is used during one of the love scenes between Swayze and Lynch. In Dirty Dancing, the same song is used during the initial love scene between Swayze and Jennifer Grey.
19. Kitschy stage director Timothy Haskell did an off-Broadway retelling of Road House in 2003 titled Road House: The Stage Version of the Cinema Classic That Starred Patrick Swayze Except This One Stars Taimak from the '80s Cult Classic 'The Last Dragon' Wearing a Blonde Mullet Wig.Try saying that three times fast.
20. Road House has been a running gag on both Mystery Science Theater 3000, where it was Crow's favorite movie, and in Family Guy, where Peter punctuates every fight by name-checking the film. Not to be outdone, teammates of Cincinnati Bengals' quarterback Andy Dalton call him "Road House" thanks to his surname.
Getty ImagesA few weeks ago Kanye West made the announcement his fans have been waiting for – the Yeezus tour is officially happening. And considering how innovative and brilliant the album is, we can only anticipate exciting going-ons for the tour. Yeezy will be touring with Kendrick Lamar, and his website also confirmed the appearance of surprise musical guests at various tour stops. We don’t know who he’s planning to bring, but we have a few suggestions. And while she may be collaborating with Kanye, we don’t need Miley Cyrus to show up and twerk around to "Black Skinhead." Not at all. Here are some guests we are hoping to see.
Although he announced his Magna Carta Holy Grail tour on the same day that Kanye announced the tour for Yeezus, we’re hoping Jay makes an appearance (preferably at the Barclays Center location). Between their hits from Watch The Throne, and a few throwback songs ("Never Let Me Down," anyone?) the crowds could definitely use a little Yeezus/Hova mash-up.
It may sound random, but if her hubby’s going to be there, why not Queen Bey? If they all get together and perform "Lift Off," it could be pretty epic.
Uncle Charlie and Kanye just performed "Bound 2" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and it was quite the experience. Charlie always gives a good show, so it’d be great to see him pop up on the tour.
Kanye has been co-signing his fellow Chi-town rapper for some time, even going so far as to include him on the Yeezus album. If I were at the Chicago venue, I’d expect to see a little Keef in the building.
Seeing as how Kanye just co-signed Pusha T in another one of his epic, anti-corporation rants, and seeing is how Pusha T is expected to have one of the best albums of the year, we’re gonna need to see some Pusha at one of these shows.
First off, if you don’t know who Lorde is we’re here to help. Secondly, the New Zealand pop star recently covered Kanye at one of her shows, and the thought of these two together in one place is enough to make any music fan totally lose it.
Yes, as in God. One of the only, um, artists featured on the Yeezus tracklist, we’d appreciate it greatly if God would show up and perform alongside Kanye for their song "I Am A God." If this doesn’t happen, we’ll understand, but will still be a little disappointed at the end of the night.
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Spice Girl Melanie Brown has married her boyfriend Stephen Belafonte in a secret Las Vegas wedding ceremony.
According to a marriage license filed in Clark County, Nevada, Brown married her music-producer beau more than two months ago, on June 6.
The British singer has been dating the film producer since splitting from ex-boyfriend Eddie Murphy last year and recently confessed she is ready to wed a second time.
She said, "He's the love of my life and I am going to marry him."
Brown previously married Dutch dancer Jimmy Gulzar in 1998, before they divorced in 2001. Gulzar is the father of her 9-year-old daughter Phoenix Chi.
Brown is currently fighting Murphy over child support payments for their four-month-old baby Angel Iris.
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Spice Girls star Melanie Brown has moved on from ex Eddie Murphy and now plans to marry new boyfriend Stephen Belafonte.
The singer has been dating the film producer since splitting from Murphy last year and confesses she is ready to wed for a second time.
She says, "He's the love of my life and I am going to marry him."
Brown, who was embroiled in a bitter lawsuit with Murphy over the paternity of daughter Angel Iris, says Belafonte has accepted the three-month-old as his own child.
She adds, "Stephen's been a godsend. Eddie hasn't been in touch once since I had the baby--it's unbelievable. But Stephen has been a tower of strength."
Brown married Dutch dancer Jimmy Gulzar in 1998. Gulzar is the father of her daughter Phoenix Chi, nine.
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Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown is reportedly expecting boyfriend Eddie Murphy's baby.
The “Wannabe” singer is reportedly four-months pregnant with the Daddy Day Care star's child.
It will be Murphy's eighth child and Brown's second.
According to entertainment news Web site TMZ.com, Brown confirmed the news while shopping at Le Bra Lingerie boutique in West Hollywood on Saturday.
She is a frequent customer and admitted that the pregnancy had left her feeling tired.
The singer also said she was concerned she may be pregnant with twins, since they tend to run in Murphy's family.
While on her shopping spree, she picked up nearly $5,000 worth of Eres lingerie and $3,000 worth of La Perla men's undershirts and underwear for Murphy.
In April, Murphy's divorce from his ex-wife Nicole became final. The Shrek star has five children with Nicole, a son with Tamara Hood and another son with Paulette McNeely.
Brown has a seven-year-old daughter, Phoenix Chi, from her previous marriage to Jimmy Gulzar.
The news comes amid rumors that the couple are set to tie the knot sometime next month.
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Top Story: Zeta-Jones Upset Over Atkins Stories
Lawyers for Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones have sent letters to several news organizations that released reports that the actress had been using the Atkins diet. According Reuters, lawyers say the actress has been wrongly linked to the weight-loss technique and her image could suffer damages as a result. "We intend to pursue claims on her behalf against each and every publication responsible for the creation and initial growth of these false and damaging stories," her attorneys warned. Since their release to the various news organizations in question, copies of the letter, which was signed by Zeta-Jones' attorney John Lavely, have surfaced on several sites across the Web, including The Smoking Gun (www.thesmokinggun.com). Atkins spokesman Richard Rothstein said in a statement, "It's never been our policy to seek celebrity endorsements….Where tabloids get their info is a complete mystery to me." Lavely further slammed the stories, adding that they made it appear that Zeta-Jones is more concerned with her physical appearance than her health.
Flynt Protecting Nude Photos of Jessica Lynch
In what could be called an out-of-character role reversal, Hustler publisher Larry Flynt announced that he has acquired semi-nude photos of U.S. Army private and former POW Jessica Lynch so that he can "keep them out of circulation," Reuters reports. The pictures reportedly depict a topless Lynch frolicking with two men at Fort Bliss, Texas, where she had been stationed before being sent to the Middle East. Regarding the photos, Flynt said in a statement, "I purchased them at first with the intention of publishing them; however, I quickly changed my mind and decided simply to keep them out of circulation…If Jessica Lynch wants to join the army and see the world, and if she wants to have a good time while she's at it, I'm not here to judge her." Lynch was marked as a national hero after being wounded, imprisoned, and eventually rescued during the U.S. campaign against the Iraqi regime.
Timberlake Ventures Into Restaurant Industry
Justin Timberlake, 22, has become the latest high-profile celebrity to venture into the restaurant industry. According to the Associated Press, Timberlake is now a partner at Chi, a new hot spot on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. In his newest venture, Timberlake joins up with co-owners Art and Allan Davis, who already own three other clubs in the L.A. area. "Justin's been frequenting our clubs for a few years now and we got to meet him and talk to him, and he loved the dim sum idea. He loved the look of the place and wanted to be involved. So we got him involved," said Allan Davis. The Los Angeles Times has described the new club as "1930s Shanghai-meets-Blade Runner."
50 Cent, Record Label Sued for $21M
According to AP, rapper 50 Cent, along with his record label Interscope Records, is being sued by a New York Post photographer who claims that he was attacked by the music star's bodyguards on Aug. 27. In the lawsuit, which has been filed in state Supreme Court on Monday, James Alcom alleges that he was "assaulted and battered" by seven of 50 Cent's guards as he was photographing the rapper in New York City's diamond district. The lawsuit accuses 50 Cent and his record label of "not exercising reasonable care and diligence in the employment" of his bodyguards.
Madonna Releases Second Children's Book
Madonna's second book geared towards children, entitled Mr. Peabody's Apples, is now available in bookstores, AP reports. Regarding the origins of her latest work, the 45-year-old pop singer said in a statement, "This book was inspired by a nearly 300-year-old story that was told to me by my Kabbalah teacher." She continued, "When I began to write books for children, I decided to share the essence of this story in one of them. ... I hope I have done his story justice." The pop diva-turned-children's author gave her first ever reading of the new book before over 300 fourth through eighth graders at a private school in Montclair, N.J., Tuesday morning. With her first book, The English Roses, already a best seller, Mr. Peabody's Apples will be released in over 110 countries worldwide.
Joey Ramone To Be Memorialized on NYC Corner
According to Rolling Stone, Joey Ramone of the legendary punk rock band The Ramones will be honored in a ceremony at the corner of Second Street and the Bowery in New York City on Nov. 30. In the ceremony, the corner will be named "Joey Ramone's Place." Ramone's new corner is located very near to CBGB, a well-known club that helped usher in punk music. Said CBGB owner Hilly Kristal, "As far as the city recognizing Joey, it's about time…The Ramones meant a lot to this city and to music. They were the original punk rock band. Their longevity supercedes anybody who sold more records, and the consistency and meaning of their name is greater than anybody in the punk rock field." Since the rocker's death from cancer in April of 2001, fans of Ramone had been lobbying to get the corner named after him.
AMA Gift Baskets Valued at $31K Each
According to AP, gift baskets for this year's American Music Awards show participants are worth an estimated $31,000--in honor of the show's 31st anniversary. The baskets contain nearly 150 items including first-class plane tickets, karaoke machines and gift certificates for laser eye surgery. In a statement Monday, AMA executive producer Dick Clark said, "I understand it's going to take at least two oversized bags for each of them to carry away the 'loot.' Heh, if it's $31,000 now, I can't wait to see what [Hollywood Connection, a company that specializes in assembling gift bags for awards shows] comes up with when the show turns 50." The awards show is set to air Sunday on ABC, with comedian Jimmy Kimmel to host.
Screener Ban May Not be Affecting Indie Studio Practices
With the film awards season drawing closer, many independent film studios will be taking advantage of the fact that they are not required to adhere to the guidelines of the partial ban on "screener" videos that has been imposed by the Motion Picture Association of America, Reuters reports. While majors such as Disney, Universal, MGM and their subsidiaries must abide by the rules of the ban, smaller, "stand-alone" studios, such as Lions Gate Films and Magnolia Pictures, are not under the jurisdiction of the MPAA, and therefore are not required to follow
A cross between Road Trip and the documentary Dogtown and Z- Boys Grind is a simple enough tale about a boy and his dream as impossible as it may seem. Eric (Mike Vogel) wants to be a professional skateboarder. He and his best friends Dustin (Adam Brody) a cautious fellow who just wants to go to college and Matt (Vince Vieluf) a slacker who likes things to be just a little bit on the wacky side are pretty darn good at performing fierce boarding tricks but have had little luck in getting noticed by the pros. When skating legend Jimmy Wilson's (Jason London) skate demo tour hits town the boys see their chance but are immediately shot down by the tour manager. Determined Eric forms his own skate team to follow Wilson's tour cross-country and convinces an extremely reluctant Dustin to use his college fund as their bankroll. They also recruit laid-back ladies man Sweet Lou (Joey Kern) to join their crew and provide the wheels as team "Super Duper" sets out on an outrageous road trip from Chi-town to Santa Monica. Along the way they hook up with sexy skater chick Jamie (Jennifer Morrison) grind the handrails across America and make the skateboarding world take notice whether it wants to or not.
Honestly there really isn't much acting required for Grind. The guys just have to make sure the audience believe there is some kind of camaraderie between them--without embarrassing themselves too badly--and they succeed for the most part. Vogel (TV's Grounded For Life) Brody (TV's O.C.) and Kern (upcoming Cabin Fever) all seem fairly green to the world of movies but manage to convey a true friendship among their characters. Vieluf (Rat Race) however zings off the screen. Without him the movie would sorely lack any hilarity--his favorite thing to say after letting some noxious gas pass is "Greetings from the interior." Though his antics get a tad tiresome at times he still leaves you laughing your head off. Then there are the numerous cameos that populate Grind. Dave Foley and Stephen Root (TV's News Radio) show up as a road manager and a fast food manager respectively. Bobcat Goldthwait (what the heck happened to this guy?) plays a rank motel clerk while Tom Green (what movie wouldn't be complete without him?) plays a stoned skateboard store owner. Even Randy Quaid shows up as Matt's dad who has turned into a traveling circus clown (don't ask).
The main reason to see this film is to watch cool skateboarding action--and producer and first-time director Casey La Scala certainly doesn't disappoint. The drawback is you have to wait until the end to see the really good stunts. In the final climactic scene Eric finally gets to show his moves and prove himself worthy when he is challenged in a skating duel against an obnoxious rival (Chad Fernandez) who has been dogging him all along the trip. It's wild and wooly stuff and with the pounding soundtrack it makes for a truly exhilarating MTV moment. Of course the rest of the film surely isn't going be considered classic in any way. Road Trip and others of its ilk have covered the same territory much better. But there's hope. Grind's got a decent cast some pretty funny moments hot babes great music and an extreme sport worthy of recognition. It's all about the grind dude.
SAG presidential candidate Valerie Harper, who lost in a bitterly contested race to Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Gilbert by 1,588 votes on Nov. 2, is challenging the election results because of what she claims were improper balloting procedures, Reuters reports. Fellow SAG members Elliot Gould and Kent McCord will join Harper in her fight, even though they won their races for recording secretary and treasurer respectively. "This step is based on our disturbance over the legitimacy of the election itself and not in terms of individual races," Harper told Daily Variety. "So many voters are questioning how this election was conducted." Harper said that she would challenge the election on three points: 24,800 of the 73,800 New York ballots lacked a signature line despite SAG requirements, there was an unannounced two-day extension for New York ballots, and SAG staff members were allegedly involved in the presidential campaign, despite a warning by SAG CEO Bob Pisano to remain neutral.
George Harrison was released from Staten Island University Hospital in New York over the weekend and is reportedly receiving personalized care at the home of his doctor, Gil Lederman. According to ABCNews.com, Dr. Lederman spoke to the media in general terms about his stereotatic radiosurgery procedure, and how it's helped patients who suffer from various forms of cancer, but the physician did not confirm that Harrison was his patient.
British television and theater actress Peggy Mount died after a long illness at Denville Hall Nursing Home in Northwood, West London, BBCNews.com reports. She had suffered a series of strokes over the year, and she had recently lost her sight. Mount's film credits include Oliver!, Hotel Paradiso with Alec Guiness and The Naked Truth with Peter Sellers.
Andie MacDowell married high-school classmate Rhett DeCamp Hartzog in a private ceremony at the Central United Methodist Church in Asheville, N.C., on Saturday, The Associated Press reports. "It was just real sweet and simple," MacDowell's sister, Babs Rogers Richard, told AP. About 200 guests joined the family for a reception at the Biltmore Forest Country Club.
The former husband of Spice Girl Melanie Brown, also known as Scary Spice, is facing charges for assaulting a 3-year-old boy on a children's ride at London Zoo, AP reports. Jimmy Gulzar was reportedly visiting his 2-year-old daughter, Phoenix Chi, when the incident took place. Gulzar married Brown in 1998; the couple divorced after 15 months of marriage.
After what they're calling a thorough investigation, Brazilian authorities claim that Mexican singer Gloria Trevi, who has been held since January 2000 in a Brazilian jail, became pregnant by artificial insemination to avoid being deported and facing child abuse charges in her native country. In the past, foreigners who are arrested in Brazil have avoided extradition by having a child of Brazilian nationality, the Brazilian newspaper paper O Estado de Sao Paulo reported. According to BBCNews.com, Trevi spent several months on the run in various Latin American countries before finally arriving in Rio de Janeiro, where she was arrested following an extradition request from the Mexican Government. The Brazilian press has mentioned that the singer might have impregnated herself after receiving a used condom and a syringe, but nothing has been confirmed. At first, Trevi claimed that she was raped during a riot at the Policia Federal prison in March, but BBCNews.com is reporting that police have concluded that she impregnated herself with a male prisoner's sperm. Now six months pregnant, the singer has refused to have a DNA test to prove the identity of the father.
Paul McCartney had just flown into New York on Monday to raise funds for the Sept. 11 attacks when he witnessed the aftermath of the American Airlines crash in Queens. "It was horrendous and tragic irony trying to raise money for the victims of the last crashes and then something dreadful was happening all over again," McCartney told his spokesperson after landing, Reuters reports. The singer was returning to the city to promote his latest record, From a Lover to a Friend, and to do radio interviews. "That's why I wrote 'Freedom' and that is why I am going to keep pushing it. I will not stop," he said.
The sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica will not be re-launching any time soon. Director Bryan Singer, the driving force behind resurrecting the series, which first premiered on ABC in 1978, is too busy working on the sequel to X-Men, Reuters reports. Fox wants Singer to concentrate on the X-Men sequel before committing to any other work. X-Men, which is one of the studio's most important projects currently in development, is slated for a fall 2002 release.
One or two production staff members at CBS's 60 minutes may lose their jobs, or simply be assigned to another CBS news magazine, as the station tries to restructure expenses while covering the war on terrorism, a network spokesperson, Sandra Genelius, told AP on Monday. The final decision hasn't been made yet, she added.
Michael Douglas may team up for the first time with both his father Kirk and his 23-year-old son Cameron in the comedy Smack in the Puss, Reuters reports. "It's a black comedy about three generations of a dysfunctional family living in New York, and their attempt to reconcile," Michael Douglas told Reuters. Fred Schepisi is attached to direct, and Cameron Douglas' Furthur Films production company has plans to produce the picture and secure its financing. Shooting will begin in February 2002.
The State of California will allow film and TV production companies to use dozens of reduced price or free public locations to prevent the companies from taking their business elsewhere, Reuters reported. "By making more public properties available, we will enhance California's dominance in the entertainment industry while boosting our state's economy," Gov. Gray Davis said in a statement. Film and TV production companies have been moving projects to Canada because tax breaks there and a strong U.S. dollar can reduce production costs by up to 30 percent.
Lady Diana -- A Smile Enchants the World, the first stage musical about the life and death of Diana, Princess of Wales, has failed to attract audiences after opening to a half-empty theatre in Saarbruecken, Germany, on Saturday. According Reuters, the musical won what one critic described as "polite" applause as it portrayed Diana's struggle with an eating disorder and a troubled marriage. "I was disappointed," Sandra Brettar, a local resident, told Reuters. "I thought it would be a tribute to Diana but it definitely wasn't. She comes off badly in it."
God Bless America debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's top album charts this week after selling 180,984 copies, The Associated Press reports. The album features a rendition of "God Bless America" by Celine Dion, Frank Sinatra's "America the Beautiful" and Mariah Carey's "Hero."
CBS news anchor Dan Rather said he will not be tested for anthrax or take the antibiotic Cipro, even though anthrax was found in his office. According to PageSix.com, Rather has shown no symptoms of the disease. His assistant, however, is being treated for the skin form of anthrax.
A Florida jury found O.J. Simpson not guilty on Wednesday of auto burglary and battery charges, Reuters reports. The jury deliberate for 90 minutes before delivering the verdict.
Dr. Dre's lawsuit accusing the Michigan cities of Detroit, Auburn Hills and their officials of censorship has been settled, AP reports. Dre filed the lawsuit in July after officials from both cities threatened to arrest him if he aired a sexually explicit video during a concert that month. The settlement included a written apology from Mayor Dennis Archer of Auburn Hills and First Amendment training for police officers in each city. The cities will also reimburse the rapper for legal fees.
Jimmy Gulzar, Spice Girl Mel B's former husband, has been charged with common assault on a three-year-old. According to BBC News, the alleged incident happened on Sept. 1 while Gulzar was visiting the London Zoo with his daughter, Phoenix Chi.
Sexy Beast received four awards at the British Independent Film Awards, the BBC reports. The gangster movie won best film, best screenplay, best director for Jonathan Glazer and best actor for Ben Kingsley.
Kenneth Branagh has signed on to do the second Harry Potter movie, which will begin filming Nov. 16, Variety reports. Branagh will play the role of a wizard who is enlisted to teach at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
George Clooney is criticizing the Screen Actors Guild's national board for expelling three members who worked during last year's commercial strike, Variety reports. Clooney pointed out that Elizabeth Hurley and Tiger Woods received fines of $100,000, while Shaquille O'Neal's case did not even go to trial. The actor said that the union should not enforce laws based on celebrity and that punishment should be uniform. Clooney has offered to pay the fines for Mario Barbieri Cecchini, Gerry Donato and Robert Kalomeer if they could not afford to do so.
Justin Timberlake of 'N Sync has canceled plans for his new novel Inside Drive: A Novel of Basketball, Life and Love because he has no time for a national publicity tour, AP reports. Timberlake signed a seven-figure deal with Ballentine Books to publish his first novel.
Winners of the Latin Grammy Awards will be announced Tuesday at the Conga Room in Hollywood, Reuters reports. While there will be no performances, the academy has not determined if there will be any acceptance speeches or a ceremony.
British pop star Robbie Williams told a crowd of 17,000 fans in Singapore Wednesday that he was fined $5,700 for flashing the audience on Saturday. According to Reuters, Singapore police say that Williams is giving them a bum rap and that they have no record that the singer was fined.
Queen Latifah is the latest addition to the cast of Chicago, the film version of the Broadway musical, Variety reports. The film, directed by Bill Condon, will also star Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere and Renee Zellweger.
Zack De La Rocha, the lead singer of Rage Against the Machine, has quit the politically outspoken rock band, saying in a statement Wednesday that the band's "decision-making process has completely failed." The singer didn't detail any problems other than to say that the L.A.-based rap-metal quartet's "artistic and political ideal" had been undermined.
Rage, which has advocated causes such as the Zapatista uprising in Mexico and the rights of workers in sweatshops, performed at a protest rally outside the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles in August. And bassist Tom Commerford was arrested at the MTV Video Music Awards in September when he jumped onto a piece of the stage at Radio Music City Hall while the group Limp Bizkit was accepting an award.
The remaining band members haven't made any public statements.
JA RULES RULES BILLBOARD: New York rapper Ja Rules knocked Radiohead from the top of The Billboard 200 albums chart this week, moving 276,000 units of "Rule 3:36" for the week ended Sunday, according to SoundScan. Radiohead's "Kid A" tumbled to No. 10.
Over on The Hot 100 singles chart, Christina Aguilera spent a third week at No. 1 with "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)."
SWAN SONG FOR PUMPKINS: The Smashing Pumpkins, who announced their breakup in May, will play two farewell shows in their hometown of Chicago on Nov. 29 and Dec. 2, Rolling Stone reports. The Pumpkins are currently on tour in Europe. Tickets for the Chicago shows go on sale Oct. 21.
SCARY SPICE IN CUSTODY FIGHT: The fight between Mel B of the Spice Girls and her estranged husband, Dutch dancer Jimmy Gulzar, over their daughter, 20-month-old Phoenix Chi, moved to a British courtroom today, Reuters reports.
The couple, who completes their divorce next month, had agreed that Gulzar could see the child every other weekend. Gulzar now wants the child every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and at all times when the Spice Girl is away. The private hearing is expected to last three days.
AGUILERA's EX-MANAGER FIRES BACK: Steven Kurtz, the former manager of Christina Aguilera, has issued a statement in response to the teen pop singer's lawsuit filed last week. "Knowing Christina's intelligence and independent mind, I am hopeful that, upon reflection, Christina will question the motive of those persons who have encouraged her to pursue this baseless litigation and isolated her from those who have contributed to her success," Kurtz said in the statement. Them's fighting words.
BRITNEY AND MANAGERS SUED: Britney Spears and her management team are being sued by a company called DNA Visual Business Solutions, Entertainment Weekly reports. The company says it was hired to design Spears' official Web site britneyspears.com but was never paid.