Wyclef Jean testifies in the Lauryn Hill case
Plus, Anne Heche, ''Harry Potter,'' Lil' Kim, a Ruff Ryder, ''Batman,'' and more
LEGALESE Fugees fans who may still have hope for a reunion take heed: RollingsStone.com reports that Wyclef Jean testified in court this week in a case regarding the ”The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” Four producers who claim to have coproduced Hill’s multiplatinum solo debut filed a lawsuit in 1998 to recover damages. The plaintiffs — Vada Nobles, Rasheem Pugh, Tejumold, and Johari Newton — are also seeking writing credit for 13 of the 14 songs on ”Miseducation.” Noble and Pugh have produced tracks for Jamie Foxx‘s new flick ”Bait” and LL Cool J. ”These aren’t some guys off the street who have concocted some story trying to make money off Lauryn,” their attorney Peter Harvey told RollingStone. ”A lot of people saw them create the music.” Hill’s attorneys could not be reached for comment. While Jean’s deposition is closed to the public, one might consider the lyrics of a track on his recent album ”The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book.” In the song ”Where Fugees At?” he sings, ”You’re so wicked/ Stop lying to the public/ You wanted it so bad you took all the production credit.” Hmm… what is he trying to say?
BOOKS A Page Six fave will produce a promising page turner of her own. Anne Heche, whose recent break up with Ellen DeGeneres raised countless unanswered tabloid questions, has sold her memoirs to Scribner, Variety reports. The amount of the sale was not disclosed, but few doubt that Heche would have a lot of fodder for her bio.
‘POTTER’ WATCH Let the production spying begin: The ”Harry Potter” movie starts filming this week, and — believe us — few suspected deviations from the original book will be left unexposed. Empire.com reports that the London underground tube has been selected as the first production locale. In the book, Harry‘s adventures as a wizard begin at London’s Kings Cross Station — where trains leave for other parts of England ABOVE the ground. The story has prompted suspicions that the film’s producers have — gasp! — decided to alter this very crucial part of the ”Harry Potter” plot. What next? Hillary Clinton in the Labor Party?
CASTING Lil’ Kim‘s cameo days may be over. The rap diva, who appeared briefly in last year’s ”She’s All That” has landed a large supporting role in the upcoming flick, ”Juwanna Mann.” MTV.com reports that Kim has been cast as Tina Parker, the best friend of a basketball player who cross dresses in order to land a job in the WNBA. Sounds wacky.
ARREST Ruff Ryder Drag On (né Melvin Smells) was arrested and charged with allegedly assaulting his limo driver earlier this week. The rapper, who was released on bail, told FOX 5 news that the driver provoked a fight in part by calling him ”racist names.” ”I got to my crib, and it’s like he was talking crazy. I was trying to hold back but I couldn’t,” he said. And they say being rich and famous is easy.
REEL DEAL Indie director Darren Aronofsky (”Pi,” ”Requiem For a Dream”) has signed on to a big time popcorn flick. Variety reports that the art movie helmer has also agreed to head ”Batman: Year One,” the next installment in Warner Bros. highly lucrative franchise. The story covers Bruce Wayne’s first year learning the ropes as a crime fighter. The back story, of course, is about a young independent auteur learning the ropes as a cog in the vast WB machine.
NIXED Anyone who was still holding out for the Beastie Boys/ Rage Against the Machine tour will have to wait another year. As anticipated the groups have canceled their ”Rhyme and Reason” tour, because of ”insurmountable logistical scheduling and health problems,” according to a statement released yesterday. Alas, this means no more preconcert bike riding for Mike D.
CENSORS Get ready for a return to the golden age of bloodless TV. The Senate Commerce Committee yesterday approved legislation that allows the government — rather than private entities — the right to decide when television content is ”excessively, gratuitously violent.” Constitutional questions were ignored in favor of a bill that would force all programming the FCC deems unacceptable to late night TV. Passage of the law is almost assured. Hey, why trouble the NRA when you can promote censorship instead?