BACKSTAGE BRAWL Six people were stabbed — two of them critically — backstage Monday night at the Ruff Ryders/Cash Money Tour concert (starring, among others, DMX and Eve) at Boston’s FleetCenter. The melee occurred at around 10 p.m. in the VIP section, where performers and guests milled, but the audience wasn’t told what was going on and was entertained by a comedian until the cops sent the crowd of 4,500 home, according to the Boston Globe. (Some angry concert goers said they barely saw any music, while a FleetCenter spokesman said all but the last two acts had gone on stage.) The police aren’t releasing any names, but a video director who was on the tour (but not present for the violence) speculated that the stabbing could be related to a local rap group, Made Men, arguing with some of the other performers Sunday night.
BIRTH John Travolta and Kelly Preston welcomed a daughter, Ella Bleu, their second child, on Monday. Considering that the name of the couple’s son, Jett, was inspired by Travolta’s love of flying, the new baby’s middle name may well stand for ”bleu cheese.”
JACKIE POWER You’re going to like the new Jackie Chan-in-the-Old-West movie ”Shanghai Noon” (which opens Memorial Day), you just don’t know it yet. At least, that’s what the producers are assuming, because they’ve just hired the film’s writers, Miles Millar and Al Gough (”Lethal Weapon 4”), to start scripting a sequel. Meanwhile, the WB has ordered 13 episodes of an animated series, ”Jackie Chan Adventures,” in which Chan will provide his own voice. (Up until recently his own voice was dubbed over in live-action movies; how far he’s come!) Chan will also appear in the flesh for episode introductions.
TUNING OUT In its last days, ”Party of Five” will be reunited with its old lead-in, ”Beverly Hills, 90210.” The show will move to Wednesdays at 9 p.m. starting on April 19, two weeks before its two-hour farewell episode, and four weeks before ”90210” bids adieu. So don’t’ miss Fox’s new Lame Duck Wednesdays!… Goodbye, fair ”Secret Agent Man” we knew you… well, we knew you were on. Barely. UPN has put the action hour on hiatus, effective after tonight’s airing. The show, which survived five whole episodes, will be replaced by reruns of ”The Parkers” and ”Moesha.”
FLY, WITCH, FLY! Thanks to some stubborn negotiating, ”Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” may leave ABC next year, possibly landing on the WB. The production company behind the show, Viacom, rejected ABC’s offer of around $1.5 million an episode (up from a little more than $1 million), but the network didn’t budge and Viacom began shopping the show around. The WB is the most eager potential buyer, according to Variety, although they would pay a much lower license fee — $675,000 per episode (the highest the WB has ever paid) — but that would be OK with Viacom since being able to produce more episodes would give it more syndication revenue down the line. However, nothing is final — ABC has until mid-May to match the offer. Whether it will is unclear; the network is reportedly thinking about trashing its TGIF lineup, which hasn’t been attracting the kiddies like it once did.
CASTING Placido Domingo may make his feature acting debut in an untitled biopic of ”La Boheme” composer Giacomo Puccini, who had a legendary affair with a servant who later committed suicide. William Friedkin (”The Exorcist”) will direct, a seemingly odd choice until you remember the old operatic cliché: ”It ain’t over until the fat lady’s head spins”…. You know how in every teen movie there’s a girl that the hero doesn’t realize is his dream date until the end, but the entire audience had figured out they were meant for each other within the first two minutes? Well, Kirsten Dunst will have that role in ”Getting Over Allison.” Now you know who it is even before the movie starts…. Ray Liotta will play a hitman seduced by the mother/daughter con artist team of Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt in ”Heartbreakers”…. Jessica Alba (”Never Been Kissed”) will star in ”The Sleeping Dictionary,” a period love story set in a remote British colony in the jungle.