BIRTHS It’s 003 for 007. On Feb. 17, actor Pierce Brosnan, 47, and his fiancee, author Keely Shaye Smith, 36, welcomed a son, Paris Beckett. He joins their other son, Dylan Thomas, 4, and Sean, 17, Brosnan’s son from a previous marriage.
SPLITS And you thought his relationship with Elton was complicated. On March 1, Kim Mathers, 26, filed for divorce from her hubby of nearly two years, Grammy-grubber Eminem (ne Marshall Bruce Mathers III), 27. Kim, oft slammed on Em’s discs, cites irreconcilable differences and seeks joint custody of their daughter, Hailie Jade, 5. His lawyer says Hailie is ”the primary concern of both parents.” Eminem filed for divorce last August, but the couple attempted a reconciliation two months ago.
RESOLVED Ending a potential catfight, Universal has secured the rights to the theme song for the ’70s cartoon Josie and the Pussycats from Warner Music for an unspecified amount. Former Letters to Cleo singer Kay Hanley will croon the famous tune over the closing credits of the upcoming Josie film.
COURTS That Get Carter remake isn’t Sylvester Stallone’s only problem. On Feb. 26, the 54-year-old actor was slapped with a personal-injury suit by model Margie Carr, 42. The suit claims he ”attempted to forcably [sic] have sexual intercourse” with her at a Santa Monica gym a year ago. She seeks unspecified damages. Stallone’s lawyer calls the suit ”totally frivolous.”…On March 6, heat-seeking hip-hopper DMX (a.k.a. Earl Simmons), 29, was back in legal hot water just hours before his expected release from the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y., after serving nine days for driving with a suspended license. The rapper was charged with felony assault for allegedly hitting a guard in the head with a cafeteria tray. He was ordered jailed until March 9 and could face up to seven years if convicted of the new charge. A DMX spokesman says guards provoked the rapper — and claims he’ll still be able to promote his new movie, Exit Wounds, with Steven Seagal….On March 1, a Providence judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Richard Hatch, 39, who claimed the state violated his rights by taking away his 10-year-old adopted son after the Survivor champ was arrested last April and charged with second-degree child abuse. He was later exonerated….Feisty femme rocker Courtney Love, 35, filed a countersuit Feb. 28 against Universal Music Group, claiming the record label violated California law by refusing to release her and her band, Hole, from their recording contract after seven years. (UMG sued Hole in January 2000 after the band terminated its recording agreement.) In a suit that challenges the music industry’s reliance on long-term contracts, Love claims Universal locked her band into an unfair contract and seeks unspecified damages. In a statement, Love said: ”Universal’s arrogance is outrageous.” Calls to UMG were not returned….Jennifer Lopez, 30, reached an out-of-court agreement Jan. 29 with her former management firm, the Gold Company. In a June 2000 suit, Gold alleged that shortly after it made the onetime Fly Girl a star, she stopped paying commissions. Terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed, and both sides declined to comment.
INVESTIGATION The FBI revealed March 6 that it has unearthed a plot to kidnap Gladiator star Russell Crowe, 36. According to a bureau spokesman, the feds first got involved in January, just before the Golden Globes, and cooperated with Scotland Yard and Crowe’s personal security detail to protect the Oscar nominee at the London premiere of Proof of Life Feb. 21. Crowe’s rep did not return calls.
DEATHS On March 6, on the Downey, Calif., set of the film Spider-Man, a welder in his mid-40s was struck in the head by falling debris and killed instantly after two cranes collided, according to the fire department. The man’s name had not been released at press time. A Sony spokeswoman said the studio and filmmakers were “deeply saddened” and “co-operating fully with authorities in investigating the incident,” which will not affect the shooting schedule….Cartoonist Fred Lasswell, 84, whose comic strip Barney Google and Snuffy Smith has run in newspapers uninterrupted for nearly 60 years, of a heart attack, March 4, in Tampa. Forty-nine of his strips have yet to be published….Producer Stan Margulies (Roots, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), 80, of throat cancer, Feb. 27, in L.A….Cinematographer Ralf D. Bode (Saturday Night Fever, Rocky), 59, of lung cancer, Feb. 27, in Santa Monica. His last film was Bill Murray’s still-unreleased Speaking of Sex….Songwriter Guy Wood, 89, of heart failure, Feb. 23, in East Hampton, N.Y. A 1946 Dinah Shore recording of his distinctive “Shoo-Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy” was repopularized recently in a Lexus commercial.