EXPECTING Stop! Or my wife will deliver. Sylvester Stallone, 55, and model spouse Jennifer Flavin, 33, are expecting their third child. (A due date was not announced.) Daughters Sophia and Sistine are 5 and 3, respectively. Stallone also has two sons, Sage, 25, and Seargeoh, 22, from his first marriage.
SPLITS On Oct. 5 in Mount Clemens, Mich., ribald rhymer Eminem (ne Marshall Mathers III), 28, and his erstwhile muse Kimberly Mathers, 26, were divorced. Em will pay $52,000 a year to support their daughter, Hailie Jade, 5; alimony arrangements were not made public. The rapper made no secret of his contempt for his ex, whom he often slammed — and even fantasized about killing — in his music…. Yogi Rod Stryker, 44, sued his wife of three years, ’70s model Cheryl Tiegs, 54, for divorce, Oct. 10, in L.A. He cites irreconcilable differences and seeks custody of their year-old twin boys, Jaden and Theo. Tiegs, thrice divorced, had no comment.
AILING Man in Black Johnny Cash, 69, was admitted to a Nashville hospital Oct. 7 with bronchitis. At press time, he was in stable condition but not yet scheduled to be released, according to a spokesman.
COURTS No laughing matter: On Oct. 10, an L.A. judge sentenced comedian Paula Poundstone, 41, to five years’ supervised probation and 180 days in rehab on charges of felony child endangerment and misdemeanor child injury, to which she pleaded no contest last month. She must also complete 200 hours of community service, pay a $1,000 fine, enter a child-abuse treatment program, and undergo psychiatric counseling. In addition, her relationship with her two foster children was terminated. She maintains custody of her three adopted children. A court order seals details of the case. In a statement, Poundstone said she is determined to beat her alcohol addiction — which she cites as cause for the incidents — and is ”glad that the legal proceedings…have been settled.”
DEALS Former PolyGram president Alain Levy, 54, was named chairman and CEO of EMI Recorded Music Oct. 15, succeeding Ken Berry, 49, who EMI says left ”by mutual agreement.” During Berry’s tenure, EMI considered mergers with Bertelsmann media group and AOL Time Warner (EW’s parent company), signed the Spice Girls, bought and folded hip-hop label Priority Records; Berry also defended now-estranged wife Nancy — one of his top execs — from accusations of unprofessional behavior. At PolyGram in the ’90s, Levy fostered the careers of Boyz II Men, Sheryl Crow, and Shania Twain and launched PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, whose successes included Fargo and Trainspotting. In a statement, Levy said of his new post: ”No other job is as attractive as this.”
DEPARTURES He’s rollin’, rollin’, rollin’. In an Oct. 12 statement on their website, rap-rockers Limp Bizkit announced that they have ”amicably decided to part ways” with guitarist Wes Borland, 26. They say they will ”comb the globe in search of the illist [sic] guitar player known to man.”… Guitarist Michael Ward, 34, who joined the Wallflowers in 1996, has left the group. A band spokeswoman says the decision was mutual, disputing reports of tension between the strummer and lead singer Jakob Dylan. No replacement has been named.