Plus, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, Limp Bizkit, ''Chicken Run,'' Lil' Cease and Lil' Kim, Mike Myers, and more
AILING Eminem‘s troubles continue. His wife, Kimberly Mathers, attempted suicide by slitting her wrists and was then hospitalized briefly over the weekend. Police were called to the Mathers home just after Em’s Detroit performance in the Up in Smoke tour. Authorities declined to release the victim’s name, but the rapper’s Interscope spokesperson Dennis Dennehy confirmed to the Detroit Free Press that it was Kim. ”Eminem is obviously concerned about his wife’s well being,” he said. ”As far as anything else, it’s a private matter, which they’ll be addressing privately.” The 25 year old Mathers is now resting at home, according to the Detroit Fox Television affiliate. Eminem is due in court tomorrow for a preliminary hearing on charges stemming from the incident in a Detroit area nightclub in which he allegedly pistol whipped a man he saw kissing Kimberly.
SMOKE SIGNALS The Up in Smoke tour got some flack from officials last weekend. Just before a performance in Detroit, city watchdogs threatened to cut off power and arrest tour organizers if they did not pull a supposedly unseemly video from the show. The short includes partially nude women and depicts a liquor store holdup in which Snoop Dogg grabs a thief and asks the audience ”Should I shoot…?” Organizers were forced to give in, but the next day, when police in the Detroit suburb of Auburn Hills tried to pull the video as well, tour promoters went to court and won. ”What makes you think you can edit content?” the judge asked city officials. Auburn Hills police still slapped Dr. Dre with the misdemeanor charge of ”promotion of pornography.”
MARRIAGES It could be a match made in tabloid heaven. On Sunday, Britain’s leading gossip rag, the News of the World, reported that Britney Spears is engaged to marry ‘N Sync’s Justin Timberlake. (Spears says they’re just ”friends.”) As if that isn’t too nauseatingly cute to be true, the Sun splashed a front page headline this morning saying that the 18 year old chart topper ”would love” to tie the knot with the dreamy Prince William. ”After all, who wouldn’t want to be a princess?” the ex Mousketeer went on to say. Anyway, our astrologer told us that, in fact, Spears is engaged to Anakin Skywalker.
TOURS Experts warn that Limp Bizkit‘s upcoming Napster sponsored free tour with Cypress Hill is a disaster waiting to happen, according to a report in SonicNet. Allowing fans entry to the shows on a first come first serve basis is ”an absolute prescription for disaster,” says Gary Bongiovanni, editor of the concert industry mag Pollstar. ”If you have a situation where you have 17,000 kids show up and you let 3,000 of them in, you’re going to have 14,000 unhappy Limp Bizkit fans out in the street outside the venue.” Promoters say that the admission process will be no different from selling tickets for any show. Still, nobody wants to mess with a mad Bizkit lover.
WEBNEWS Starting today DreamWorks will screen the opening sequence of ”Chicken Run” for free on the movie fan site Countingdown.com in an effort to lure flocks of Web surfers to theaters. The site will also offer links to ”Chicken” merchandise for sale on Amazon.com and eBay. How convenient.
LEGALESE A Brooklyn teenager, Danyella ”Sunshine” Rogers, filed a $200 million invasion of privacy lawsuit against Sean ”Puffy” Combs, Lil’ Kim, and Lil’ Cease, along with producer Lance ”Un” Rivera and Atlantic Records. According to New York’s Daily News, Rogers claims that a telephone conversation she had with Lil’ Cease was used on his hit ”Play Around” without her consent. On the track, which was exec produced by the other rappers, Lil’ Cease uses the teenager’s full name, which opens with him saying ”I’m calling this bitch trying to get me some action.” (Guess he got some, just maybe not the kind he was hoping for)…. Mike Myers‘ lawyers filed a countersuit against Universal today alleging violation of Myers’ privacy, and abuse of process and fraud on the part of the studio during the making of ”Dieter.”
TV NEWS The Fox Family Channel announced that it has bought rerun rights to ”Freaks and Geeks,” the NBC comedy that drew a fiercely loyal audience, which just wasn’t big enough to keep the show on the air. The network will air three never-seen episodes, but says that it doesn’t have the financial capacity to produce more shows. It’s obviously just a ploy for a Fox Family Channel collection fund.
AUTOMATON In a British TV documentary, director Ridley Scott wryly solves a mystery surrounding his 1982 cult classic ”Blade Runner” — Harrison Ford is indeed a ”replicant,” he says. When the movie originally hit theaters in 1982, no one thought that Ford’s earnest cop character was also one of the automatons he had been assigned to kill, but the ”director’s cut” aroused suspicions. We ALWAYS thought there was something funny about that guy.