News Roundup: March 29


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Singer Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio have obtained a permanent restraining order against Venezuelan actor-singer Juan Carlos Diaz, the Associated Press reports. Diaz, 33, was ordered to keep away from the Estefan family, home, businesses and gym. Diaz had previously accused Emilio Estefan of making unwelcome sexual advances toward him at the gym, but the Estefans sued Diaz for defamation and accused him of stalking them.

In General

Warren Beatty has dropped out of the lead role in Quentin Tarantino‘s Kill Bill and will be replaced by David Carradine. Tarantino told Variety: “Me and Warren and Lawrence [Bender] were having dinner the other night, and Warren said, ‘Why haven’t you gone to David Carradine with this?’ And it became mutually obvious to us that this wasn’t the one for me and Warren to do together.” Carradine, who starred in the 1992 television series Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, will join Uma Thurman, Daryl Hannah and Lucy Liu when filming begins in June.

Paramount Pictures and Deep River Productions have acquired the screen rights to the classic CBS TV series The Honeymooners, Variety reports. Mad About You co-creator Danny Jacobson, who will be writing the script, said he will concentrate on the actual honeymoon rather than replicating the original episodes.

ABC has pulled the plug on the drama Once and Again starring Sela Ward, the New York Daily News reports. The show debuted in September 1999 to rave reviews, but a steady decline in ratings, which some speculate was caused by frequent scheduling moves, left programming executives wondering about the show’s future. The final episode will air on April 15.

Following weeks of speculation, it appears as though the Grammy award show may be heading back to New York. According to Reuters, Grammys chief Michael Greene moved the awards show to Los Angeles in 1998 after a feud of sorts with former mayor Rudy Giuliani. Although officials at the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences declined to comment on the rumors, they did say a major announcement will be made next Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

It seems Jennifer Lopez‘s plans to open her new Cuban-style family restaurant in Pasadena, Calif., in time for the Oscar rush didn’t pan out. Although the necessary permits are in place, her publicist told People the eatery would open some time in April. The restaurant is located in Pasadena’s historic retail shopping district.

Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean has put his two-year-old waterfront Orlando home up for sale, reports. The 6,200-square-foot home–which has six bedrooms, five full bathrooms, an in-ground screen-enclosed swimming pool and a THX-equipped theater–can be yours for a cool $1.95 million. McLean is apparently interested in buying a bigger place in southern California.

George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic have announced the tour dates for the first leg of their upcoming spring tour, reports. Known for their legendary showmanship, outrageous costumes and theatrical sets that feature a spacecraft called the Mothership, the funk musicians will begin their tour April 2 in Washington, D.C. No word on whether the Mothership will accompany the group.


Rodney Dangerfield received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, the AP. The 80-year-old comedian and star of Caddyshack was honored at a ceremony and praised by Jay Leno and Bob Saget. Although he suffered a mild heart attack last November, Dangerfield continues to perform regularly at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand hotel and casino and is finishing his autobiography, It’s Not Easy Being Me.


A hospital spokesman said Thursday that Grammy-winning singer Lyle Lovett was resting comfortably after being trampled by a bull Wednesday. Dr. Kevin Coupe, who performed the three-hour surgery on Lovett‘s badly broken leg, said 20 pieces of bone were broken in his leg and that a full recovery could take at least six months, CNN reports.

Rollling Stones guitarist Ron Wood has fallen off the wagon and checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic in Arizona, Sky News reports. This is not Wood’s first time in rehab. In 2000, the musician checked into UK’s The Priory for treatment of alcohol addiction. Wood is currently working on a solo album and will be joining the Stones’ 40th anniversary tour later this year.