Will Mariah Carey really make $25 million an album?
Plus Nicole Kidman, Juvenile, and more celebrities making news the week of April 13, 2001
BIRTHS ER doc Alex Kingston, 38, and freelance journalist hubby Florian Haertel, 36, welcomed their first child, 6-pound 11-ounce daughter Salome Violetta, March 28, in L.A. On the show, Kingston is expecting a child with Anthony Edwards.
EXPECTING Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster, 38, confirmed April 3 that she’ll have Baby No. 2 in November. Just as with her son, Charles, 2, the actress has not divulged the father’s name…Very good things: Actor Christian Slater (3000 Miles to Graceland), 31, and TV-producer wife Ryan Haddon, 29, announced they’re expecting their second child in September. Son Jaden Christopher is 2.
AILING Australian newspapers are reporting that actress Nicole Kidman, 33, suffered a miscarriage soon after her husband, Tom Cruise, 38, filed for divorce in February. They aren’t saying exactly when or where. When asked about the reports, Kidman’s Australian spokeswoman reportedly said: ”It is a private matter for Tom and Nicole to work out. The story is out there and running. We can’t deny the story.” Kidman’s U.S. spokeswoman refused to comment…Actress and infomercial maven Suzanne Somers, 54, confirmed March 28 on CNN’s Larry King Live that she is battling breast cancer. Somers said she is treating herself homeopathically to supplement radiation treatments and has also undergone liposuction to deal with side effects of the disease.
DEALS Diva Mariah Carey, 31, moved into Virgin territory April 3, announcing her departure from her longtime label, Sony’s Columbia Records, in favor of Virgin Records — where the Grammy winner will join the likes of Janet Jackson and Lenny Kravitz. Terms of the new contract were not disclosed, but Carey reportedly asked for $25 million an album. On her website, she left a ”voice message” in which she briefly coos, ”I’m free!” and giggles. At Sony, Carey recorded nine top-selling albums and met her first husband, label exec Tommy Mottola; the couple divorced in 1998. Her first album at her new label will be the soundtrack to her fall-slated film, All That Glitters, a 1980s love story about a singer from the projects.
FIRES On March 27, a massive blaze gutted an entire city block, destroying a landmark Toronto building and forcing a six-day evacuation of a nearby soundstage where ‘N Sync members Lance Bass, 21, and Joey Fatone, 24, were shooting On the Line. The popsters are starring in the film, which also marks Bass’ producing debut. There were no serious injuries.
COURTS Oh, those zany reality-show rejects! On March 28 in L.A., tempestuous Temptation Island contestants Ytossie Patterson, 34, and Taheed Watson, 29 — who were ousted from Fox’s sexy singles-only series after producers made an issue of the couple having a child together — sued the net for defamation. They claim the producers knew about the child all along, which Fox denies. The couple say they were ”depicted as selfish monsters willing to deny the existence of their child in order to receive a free vacation and further their respective entertainment careers.” They seek unspecified damages. In a statement, Fox called the suit ”meritless.”…Speaking of reality TV, current Survivor contestant Colby Donaldson, 27, could face a $10,776 fine if convicted of illegally removing coral from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (as he apparently did on the March 29 episode). Show producer Mark Burnett has apologized.
ARRESTS Rapper Juvenile (a.k.a. Terius Gray), 26, allegedly lived up to his name March 28, when he was arrested outside a Miami comedy club. He was accused of knocking Jackson Saint Ange, 28, unconscious with a Moet champagne bottle and later assaulting a cop. He’s scheduled to be arraigned April 18 on felony battery charges. His lawyer had no comment.
DEATHS Pianist John Lewis, 80, who led the always-tuxedoed Modern Jazz Quartet for nearly 40 years, of prostate cancer, March 29, in New York City. Lewis first gained notice as a member of Dizzy Gillespie’s big band…Jazz flutist and saxophonist Moe Koffman, 72, whose hits included 1958’s “Swinging Shepherd Blues,” of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, March 28, in Orangeville, Ontario…Wholesome humorist Jackie Kahane, 79, a Catskills-trained comic who opened for Elvis Presley, Tina Turner, and Tony Bennett, of cancer, March 26, in Encino, Calif…Oscar-winning wildlife documentarian Larry Lansburgh, 89, of a heart attack, March 25, in Eagle Point, Ore… Strapping British actor Anthony Steel, 80, star of such adventure films as 1951’s Where No Vultures Fly and ex-husband of Swedish bombshell Anita Ekberg, of lung cancer, March 21, in London…Oscar-nominated cinematographer John A. Alonzo (Chinatown), 66, of cancer, March 13, in Los Angeles.