News Roundup: Aug. 20

Rap artist Eminem may sing about murdering his own wife and warble about his mother being a drug addict, but it’s only to create controversy. The Grammy-winning artist says that everything he does is for his 5-year-old daughter Hailie.

Eminem told Q magazine that his daughter “knows at the end of the day Daddy is not what he says in his songs.”

“When I say I’ll murder my baby’s mother, maybe I wanted to do it but I didn’t do it. Anybody who takes it literally is a bigger idiot and 10 times sicker than I am,” Eminem said.

The money the rapper earns is being saved for Hailie’s college education, Eminem told the publication.


On Aug. 8, actor Rick Schroder‘s wife, Andrea, gave birth to the couple’s fourth child, Faith Anne, Schroder‘s publicist David Pollack told People magazine.


Tupac Amaru Center for the Arts is being built in honor of slain rapper Tupac Shakur, The Associated Press reports. The Stone Mountain, Ga. arts center will open in March 2003, and will feature studio space for performing arts and a gallery containing art made by Shakur‘s fans following his death in 1996.

In General

Red bathing suit-clad babes will grace the television screen again when Baywatch Blast is resuscitated as a two-hour TV movie to air during February sweeps on Fox Television, Reuters reports. Original cast members of the decade-old lifeguard drama, including David Hasselhoff, Carmen Electra and Pamela Anderson, are scheduled to appear.

The International Museum of Cartoon Art is leaving South Florida due to increasing debts, a looming mortgage payment and a shortage of paying visitors, The Associated Press reports. The $3.8 million building will be up for sale to pay for debts. Museum officials told the AP they are looking at several locations for a new home, including New York and Connecticut.

Rap star Nelly was refused entrance to Shooter’s 21 nightclub on Saturday because an entourage of about 3,000 people followed him. The Missouri club’s owner, John Teichman told the Lake Sun Leader newspaper that his nightclub was already full by midnight and that he had to call the police to help people from trying to get into the club through the locked doors.

When Spy Kids is released on video Sept. 18, audiences will not find any extra scenes that were added in a special re-release of the film on Aug. 9, Reuters reports. Writer/director Robert Rodriguez has been so busy filming Desperado 2: Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Sky Kids 2 that there was no time to make a special edition DVD.

Academy Award-winning director Robert Wise has added extensive tweaks to the sound mix and digital enhancements for more than 90 shots for the special edition DVD release of Star Trek: the Motion Picture–the Director’s Edition on Nov. 6. “I’m happy with it now,” Wise, 86, told Reuters. “This is the film that I really wanted.”

U.S. filmmaker Taylor Hackford (Proof of Life) and Argentinean actress Cecilia Roth (All About My Mother) have been added to be juries of the 58th Venice International Film Festival, which will run from Aug. 29 to Sept. 8, according to Reuters. Italian actor-director Nanni Moretti will preside over the jury, which awards the Golden Lion in the traditional competition.

Louis Armstrong‘s estate is selling his very first cornet, which was on display at the Louisiana State Museum from the late 1970s until the mid-1990s, The Associated Press reports. Reputable auction house Sotheby’s predicts it will bring up to $100,000 when it’s auctioned on the Internet Oct.1-15.

Pieces of the airplane country singer Patsy Cline was in when it crashed March 5, 1963, near Camden, Tenn, are also up for sale. Two Tennessee brothers plan to auction the belly and tail of the Piper Comanche on eBay beginning Sept. 1 and lasting for 10 days.