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News Roundup: July 12

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Jul 13, 2001 | 1:19pm EDT

In Court

A Buffalo, N.Y., grand jury indicted rapper and aspiring actor DMX on a charge of failing to appear at Cheektowaga Town Court to begin serving jail time for a traffic conviction last year, The Associated Press reports. DMX belatedly served 13 days at the Erie County Correctional Facility after he pleaded guilty to a charge of driving without a license. He will be arraigned within the two weeks.

Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi, now in a Brazilian jail and awaiting extradition to Mexico to face charges of sexual abuse, wants to be placed under house arrest. Her request comes after the Brazilian Supreme Court refused to suspend her extradition, Reuters reports. Trevi, who has been in jail for 18 months, is wanted in Mexico for allegedly helping others to entice young girls into becoming sex slaves for her manager, Sergio Andrade.

Awards

You know you've made it when people can walk all over you on Hollywood Boulevard. Sandra Bullock, Al Pacino, Regis Philbin, Rodney Dangerfield, Martin Landau, producer Dino De Laurentiis, Ozzy Osbourne and Queen will receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002, AP reports.

In General

R.E.M. will turn the Simpsons into shiny, happy people when the rock band travels next week from Athens, Ga., to Los Angeles to lend their voices to an upcoming episode of the Fox animated series, Rolling Stone magazine reports. Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills join other such rockers as Paul McCartney, the Who, Aerosmith and Spinal Tap who have inexplicably found themselves waylaid in the Simpsons' hometown of Springfield.

Former Partridge Family idol David Cassidy is offering $50,000 for the return of a ring that he received from his father, actor Jack Cassidy, Launch.com reports. The ring bears the Cassidy family crest. Cassidy said he either lost the ring during his current tour--his first in more than 10 years--or that it was taken from a dressing room.

Live, from New York, it's … Monday afternoon. Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels is developing an daily afternoon talk show for NBC to run in the 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. time period, Reuters reports.

Ugly Betty wants to go Hollywood. The network behind the hit telenovela, known in its native Colombia as Betty La Fea, is shopping around for a buyer to turn the show into an American soap opera. The telenovela, which followed the joys and tribulations of a mousy office worker, ended its recent U.S. run on the Spanish-language network Telemundo.

After flopping with What's the Worst That Could Happen?, Martin Lawrence could use a hit. And 20th Century Fox thinks it has one in Lawrence's Black Knight. Fox has moved the time-hopping comedy--about a medieval theme park worker who somehow ends up in 14th-century England--from early 2002 to Nov. 21 of this year for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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