Plus Eminem, Christina Aguilera, ''Rules of Engagement,'' Howard Stern, Scary Spice, and more
MORE TROUBLE FOR WHITNEY? According to USA Today, Whitney Houston could still face drug possession charges for the half ounce of marijuana that was allegedly found in her purse at a Hawaiian airport in January. Despite previous reports that Houston was off the hook (”This is not one of our major cases,” Hawaii County prosecutor Jay Kimura told APBNews last week), a different Hawaii county prosecutor, Mel Fugino, says the case is ”still in the investigative stages.” If convicted, the singer could face a $1,000 fine and 30 days in the slammer…. In other Houston news, the diva will release phase 1 of her greatest hits package on Tuesday — a vinyl box set featuring mostly unreleased dance remixes of some of her staples: ”I’m Your Baby Tonight (Dronez Club Mix),” ”I Will Always Love You (Hex Hector Remix),” ”Greatest Love of All (Junior Vasquez Remix),” and more. Shorter versions of these mixes, along with four new songs, will be included on the double CD ”Whitney: The Greatest Hits,” to be released May 16.
STAR WARS Eminem‘s controversial ”The Real Slim Shady” single was released to radio one week early because of leaks on Napster.com. In the song, Eminem targets Will Smith (”[he] doesn’t have to curse in his raps…/well I do/so f— him”), Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee (”he started whipping her a– worse than before… throwing her over furniture”) and, of course, Christina Aguilera (the lyrics say that MTV’s Carson Daly and Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst ”argue over who she gave h— to first”). The ”Real” video will debut on MTV’s ”Making the Video” Monday at 11 p.m…. Eminem’s producer Dr. Dre, according to Vibe, is being sued by LucasFilm for Dre’s allegedly unauthorized use of the ”THX” sound on his four-times-platitnum ”Dr. Dre 2001.” Does George Lucas own Napster stock or something?
PROTEST The Yemen government is calling for a boycott of Paramount’s hit ”Rules of Engagement” by Arab states because of what it calls the film’s ”barbaric and racist” depictions of Arabs and Yemeni. In the film, an unruly group of Yemeni are shown protesting at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen’s capital. A Paramount spokesperson responded, ”The film is not an indictment of any government, culture, or people.”
MORNING SHOW NEWS Add Cybill Shepherd to the list of possible Kathie Lee Gifford replacements. She tells the New York Post: ”I would consider it a great privilege… I adore Regis. He’s one of the funniest, warmest, and best people that have ever been on television.” Not to mention how much he’s now worth.
KING OF DENIAL On his radio show, Howard Stern denies reports that he’s dating model Angie Everhart.
CASTING Mel B. a.k.a. Scary Spice is set to star in ”Rusty,” a film about a working-class woman who heads to London in search of fame. This sounds heartwarming and all, but ”Spice World” was enough for us.
OBITUARY Douglas Edward Green, the former executive producer of ”Hawaii Five-0,” died of kidney failure in California April 11. He was 78…. Carmen Dillon, the first female art director in the British film industry, died April 12 at age 91. Dillon won an Academy Award for her work on Laurence Olivier’s ”Hamlet” in 1948.