Eminem files for divorce
Plus, ''Survivor,'' ''Big Brother,'' 'N Sync, Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, and more
SPLITS He’s not just rapping anymore. Eminem filed for divorce from Kimberly Mathers in Michigan’s Mt. Clemons Macomb circuit court yesterday. The couple married last summer after living together for several years; their daughter, Hailie Jade Scott, is 5. They separated shortly in June after Em, né Marshall Mathers III, was arrested for allegedly pistol whipping a man he saw with Kim in a nightclub parking lot. The rapper’s spokesman has said that the intense public scrutiny that followed the incident made the divorce seem ”unavoidable.” Intense public scrutiny? Is he talking about us?
SURVIVOR A lesson in milking it: CBS has tapped ”Early Show” host Bryant Gumbel to host ”Survivor: The Reunion” next week, which airs right after the show’s million dollar finale. ”Reunion” will be a live broadcast that includes appearances by all 16 ex castaways, including the winner, Kel… Ru… Ri… Su… someone. (We don’t know, either.) Grinning host Jeff Probst will also be on hand via a live feed from Australia, where he will deliver a report on ”Survivor 2.” (Expect breaking news on the new Tribal Council set.) The program will cut away to ”Survivor” parties around the world. These are apparently those newly fashionable soirees where the gang gets together to roast rats, talk about one another behind their backs, and take pot shots at a fat man by the fire.
OUSTED Americans seem intent on ensuring that ”Big Brother” is as dull as possible. Last night, audiences ejected Karen, the housewife whose emotive revelations about her husband’s lack of attentions made the show interesting for all of two minutes. Karen told her consummate hostess, Julie Chen, that she was ”ecstatic” about leaving the house. And she received that long awaited hug and kiss from her husband upon making her exit. Talk about group therapy.
TOURS Don’t cry, ‘N Sync will be back in the fall. The boys have announced the second leg of their sold out No Strings Attached tour, which kicks off Oct. 17, in Charlotte, N.C., according to Pollstar. The new shows will start just a few weeks after their ballad, ”This I Promise You” — the follow-up to ”It’s Gonna Be Me” — hits the radio Sept. 11…. Rage Against the Machine have canceled their performance at San Francisco’s Fillmore Theater — again. This time it’s because of the illness of singer Zack De La Roche.
AXED NBC has canceled ”Sammy”, an animated comedy produced by and starring David Spade, after only two weeks. The move is hardly surprising: The show received about a 1.6 rating among adults — or about 2 million viewers — in its Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m. time slot. ”Sammy” joins ”God, the Devil, and Bob” and ”Clerks” in that great boneyard of failed cartoons in the sky.
CASTING Morgan Freeman is in negotiations to reunite with Ashley Judd in the thriller ”High Crimes,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. The movie, about a Harvard law professor (Judd) whose husband is accused of a 13 year old war-time atrocity, is set to begin shooting in October. Morgan would play a military attorney.
TV GIG Variety reports that punk rocker/ stand-up guy Henry Rollins will take on hosting duties for the midseason replacement series ”Night Visions.” The thriller anthology will air Fridays, 9 p.m., on Fox beginning Oct. 6. (For more about Rollins, see his recent interview with EW.com.)