News Roundup: June 3


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Rapper Jay-Z and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons are among some of the big names in the music business planning to demonstrate at New York City Hall against Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed school cuts. “Hip-hop artists have the biggest mouths, bigger than any mayor in this country,” Simmons told New York Daily News. “We’ve all been too silent about the cutbacks, but if hip-hop artists decide to help fight them, no one can beat them.”


The rock band KISS is getting into the condom business. That’s right, the legendary band members known for their outlandish makeup will have their own line of KISS Kondoms, available online and in record stores. “Sex is always embarrassing for people, so when a guy whips out a KISScondom and there’s Gene Simmons‘ tongue hanging out, it lightens up the situation,” Simmons told Reuters.


Comedian Bernie Mac, hot off his hit Fox TV series The Bernie Mac Show, will be joining the angels–Charlie’s Angels, that is. He is set to replace Bill Murray as Bosley in the sequel, directed once again by McG and starring those three bombshells Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore. According to Variety, Murray wasn’t expected to reprise the role after his reported clashes on the set of the Columbia Pictures 2000 original feature film.

After the demise of her TV series Dark Angel, star Jessica Alba is bouncing back. She is in final negotiations to star in the film Honey, playing a sexy-yet-tough city gal who ends up becoming a successful video choreographer. Big stretch.

It’s been about 22 years, but fans of John Kennedy Toole’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Confederacy of Dunces will finally get to see a big-screen adaptation. Miramax bought the rights from Paramount Pictures and plans to start production in the fall. No stars or directors are yet attached, Variety reports.

Cedric the Entertainer is going to be busy for the next year or so. He will be co-starring in Universal Pictures’ Intolerable Cruelty, directed by Joel Coen and starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and George Clooney. The story is about a gold digger (Zeta-Jones) who falls in love with a high-powered divorce attorney (Clooney). As well, Cedric is going to star in and produce the comedy Family First for Fox Searchlight.

Infamous college basketball coach Bob Knight is heading for the big lights. The coach, known for his volatile temper, will be making an appearance in the upcoming Jack Nicholson/Adam Sandler movie Anger Management. The film focuses on a mild-mannered businessman (Sandler) who is accidentally sent to an anger-management course taught by the aggressive Nicholson. Can’t wait for that one!