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Eminem might be off hook for song
DETROIT -- A Detroit judge will consider whether to dismiss a lawsuit that claims rapper Eminem defamed a former classmate in one of his son= gs. Circuit Judge Deborah Servitto heard arguments from Eminem lawyer Peter Peacock, who filed a motion for dismissal in the case, and from a= ttorney Byron Nolen, who represents DeAngelo Bailey, 32, of Roseville, Mich. Bailey filed suit in 2001, saying Eminem, 30, slandered him in a= song entitled "Brain Damage," the Detroit Free Press reported. The song was part of Eminem's 1999 CD titled, "The Slim Shady LP." Bailey is= asking for $1 million. The lyrics of that song include: "I was harassed daily by this fat kid named DeAngelo Bailey. An eighth-grader who ac= ted obnoxious, 'cause his father boxes. So every day he'd shove me into the lockers." Eminem's attorneys said they had police and hospital re= cords that track instances when the rapper was physically injured at school.
Music show grips Arab world
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Jordanian fans poured into the streets and let off fireworks in honor of a teen singer who won a televised pop idol-style= contest. Millions watched the music contest that gripped the Arab world, the BBC reported. Jordan's Diana Karzon, 19, became a national = celebrity Monday by winning the Superstar talent show run by Lebanon's Future Television. At the final in Beirut, Karzon beat Syria's Rowaid= a Attiyeh, 20. Karzon won 52 percent of the 4.8 million votes after day-long coverage of the contest's final program on Future Television, ow= ned by Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Bobby Brown jailed for probation violation
ALPHARETTA -- Singer Bobby Brown was in a Georgia jail Monday awaiting a court appearance after being arrested for not complying with his prob= ation. Brown, 34, was arrested Friday in a Alpharetta, Ga., seafood restaurant where he was dining with his wife, singer Whitney Houston, WX= IA-TV reported. His court date could be scheduled this week. According to Alpharetta police, someone recognized Brown, knew he was wanted in = DeKalb County and called police. Police said there was no commotion at the restaurant during the arrest. Brown was sentenced to eight days= in jail and two years' probation in January after pleading guilty to a 1996 drunken driving charge. Police say Brown violated three conditi= ons of his probation: he allegedly failed to attend a six-month substance abuse program, perform 240 hours of community service or follow thro= ugh with random drug testing, WXIA-TV said.
Nugent sues over canceled appearance
GRAND RAPIDS -- Rocker Ted Nugent is suing the organizers of the Summer Celebration festival in Muskegon, Mich., for canceling his appearance.= The federal court suit alleges organizers canceled Nugent's June 30 appearance because of something he allegedly said during an interview on= KRFX, Denver, May 5. Nugent has denied making the alleged racist remarks. The suit was filed against Summer Celebration President Joe Austin= , the city of Muskegon, Mayor Stephen Warmington, City Manager Bryon Mazade and promoter Meridian Entertainment, Billboard.com reported. Bill= board said there was no comment from any of the defendants.
'Peace orchestra' plays first in Morocco
RABAT, Morocco -- An orchestra made up of young Israeli and Arab musicians dubbed the "peace orchestra" played its first concert in Rabat, Mor= occo. The concert, conducted by the orchestra's co-founder, Israeli conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, played selections of Mozart and= Beethoven. There was heavy security at the concert hall in the city's Mohammed V Theatre but the full house gave West-Eastern-Divan Orchest= ra a standing ovation, the BBC reported. According to the orchestra's co-founder, Edward Said, a Palestinian, the orchestra was not part of = any political program, but rather an example of productive co-existence. Some of the 80 musicians admit to being less interested in "being a= part of history" than in striking up friendships. Others said they just wanted to work with Barenboim, the BBC said.
Courtney Love's mom denies tie to Brando
CORVALLIS -- The mother of flamboyant rocker Courtney Love denies she is the illegitimate daughter of Marlon Brando. Linda Carroll, a 59-year-= old marriage and family therapist, told her hometown newspaper, the Gazette-Times, the widely reported rumor was "crazy" and "not true." Carro= ll was thrust into the public eye last week when a London tabloid said Brando was Love's grandfather by virtue of a brief liaison with Carroll= 's mother, novelist Paula Fox. The story was reprinted and broadcast worldwide. The source of the information was said to be Carroll's upcomin= g memoir about her childhood. But Carroll told the newspaper her book says nothing of the sort, and Brando is definitely not her father. Carro= ll said she realizes it's because of her famous daughter that the rumor has taken on a life of its own. "It's really a juicy story about Court= ney Love," she said.
Backstreet Boy Agrees to Counseling
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has agreed to enter a counseling program and perform community service to resolve a misdemeanor charge stemming from a nightclub brawl.
After Carter, 22, completes the misdemeanor intervention program and his community service, the charge of resisting/opposing a law enforcement officer without violence will be dropped, prosecutor Pam Bondi said Friday.
Carter was arrested early Jan. 2 at the Pop City nightclub. Police said he was told to leave more than 10 times, but refused even after he was warned he would be arrested if he remained after "the count of three."
Carter insisted his fame got him in trouble.
"I truly believe my celebrity motivated the officer to arrest me," he said.
Activists Slam Schwarzenegger Film
Colombian activists Sunday said an action movie that was delayed after the Sept. 11 attacks is insulting to Colombians and firefighters.
"Collateral Damage" stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a firefighter whose wife and son are killed when a Colombian rebel leader sets off a bomb in Los Angeles. Schwarzenegger travels to Colombia to seek vengeance against the bomber.
The movie was pulled by Warner Bros. from its Oct. 5 release date out of concern it would be too disturbing after the Sept. 11 attacks. It opens Friday.
At a news conference Sunday, the film was criticized by the Rev. Brian Jordan, a Franciscan priest who ministers to workers at Ground Zero.
"It is discriminatory against Colombians," said Jordan, flanked by professionals and politicians of Colombian descent. "The sins of the few should not be inflicted on the rest," he said, referring to the guerillas in Colombia's civil war.
Jordan also said making the main character a firefighter who becomes a vigilante is an insult to the firefighters who became heroes after the terrorist attacks.
Jordan said the studio had denied his request for a preview of the film, and he has not seen it.
A spokesperson for the studio did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Many of the protesters Sunday said they feared the movie will cement stereotypes that Colombians are drug traffickers and guerillas, rather than hardworking, educated people.
Winona Ryder Charged With Felonies
Winona Ryder was charged Friday with four felony counts stemming from her shoplifting arrest at a Saks Fifth Avenue store in December.
The Oscar-nominated actress was charged with theft, burglary, vandalism and possession of a controlled substance. Although she is free on $20,000 bond, prosecutors recommended raising the bail to $30,000.
She is scheduled to be arraigned in Beverly Hills on Feb. 8.
The 30-year-old actress was arrested Dec. 12 for stealing merchandise worth $4,760 and possessing painkillers without a prescription.
Beverly Hills police said store security officers saw her remove security tags from the store items, place them in her bag and leave the store.
Ryder's attorney, Mark Geragos, contended after the arrest that the "Girl, Interrupted" star was merely carrying items between store departments, not trying to steal them. He said she had receipts for other items she bought in the store, and a valid prescription for the painkillers.
"We are shocked at what appear to be grossly exaggerated charges," Ryder's publicist, Mara Buxbaum, said in a statement Friday. "We look forward to the opportunity to explain and resolve these allegations."
Ryder earned Oscar nominations for playing the heroines in period films, "Little Women" and "The Age of Innocence." She also won acclaim for depicting a troubled young woman in "Girl, Interrupted" and starred in "Heathers," "Beetlejuice" and "Reality Bites."
Last year she co-starred with Richard Gere in the much-derided romantic drama "Autumn in New York.
A star since her teens, Ryder grew up in hippie surroundings, living at times in San Francisco and on a California commune. Her family's friends included beat poet Allen Ginsberg, and her godfather was psychedelic drug advocate Timothy Leary.
Ryder has maintained a grueling film schedule she has blamed for causing occasional mental breakdowns. She has been hospitalized several times for exhaustion and has told reporters she has sometimes tried to drown her anxiety attacks and depression in alcohol. She lost a pivotal role in 1990's "The Godfather: Part III" days before filming began because of anxiety and exhaustion.
Ryder also has been known for her social activism. In 1993, she offered a $200,000 reward to help find Polly Klaas, who was kidnapped at age 12 from Ryder's hometown of Petaluma, Calif., and later found dead.
Rosa Parks Honored at Premiere
Rosa Parks, whose act of defiance made her a heroine of the civil rights movement, was honored Monday at an event celebrating her 89th birthday and the premiere of a movie about her life.
The stars of the made-for-TV movie, "Ride to Freedom: The Rosa Parks Story," spoke briefly before the event, then surrounded Parks as she was presented with a birthday cake. Motown legend Stevie Wonder sang "Happy Birthday."
Angela Bassett, who plays Parks in the movie, said she was awe-struck the first time she saw her.
"I never thought perhaps that one day they'll do a story of her life and I'll get to play it," said Bassett.
"The Rosa Parks Story," which will air on CBS Feb. 24 during Black History Month, also stars Cicely Tyson as Parks' mother.
Tyson wished Parks a happy birthday and said "no one understands the strength of silent power. ... Her silence spoke."
"Because she spoke in the manner that she did, today we all have our rights," Tyson said.
The film chronicled Parks' life beginning with her childhood in Montgomery, Ala. Director Julie Dash said making the movie was the "highlight of my life and my career."
Rather than choosing to direct the movie, "I feel like this film chose me," she said.
Parks, then a seamstress in Montgomery, was headed home more than 46 years ago when she was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white person. Her arrest led to the Montgomery bus boycott. Parks now lives in Detroit.
Bassett and actor Peter Francis James, who plays Parks' husband, Raymond, talked about how Parks inspired them.
"Heroes come from unlikely places," James said. "Rosa Parks was a hero from an unlikely place."
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, U.S. Rep. John Conyers and Michigan's first lady, Michelle Engler, were among the people who attended the event, sponsored by the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development and the Detroit Institute of Art. Proceeds from the event went to the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute.
Billy Joel Songs to Hit Broadway
The Piano Man is taking his act to Broadway.
Billy Joel's songs are the basis for a new musical, "Movin' Out," that will hit the New York stage in October. While the pop music icon won't star in - or even be part of - the show, 26 of his songs and instrumental compositions will.
The play, conceived and directed by Emmy-award winning choreographer Twyla Tharp, traces the lives of six friends over two decades. Joel's songs and lyrics provide all the words.
In concept, it's not unlike "Mamma Mia!" - a loosely structured play that strings together a number of tunes from the 1970s disco group ABBA. That show opened last year on Broadway, and has proven to be a hit.
Joel wasn't available for comment Friday, but said last year of Tharp's project, "It worked really, really well, and the narrative is actually being described through the lyrics of the songs, which are done by a live band, with dance, so it's a different kind of performance."
The show is slated to open Oct. 24 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre after a six-week engagement at Chicago's Shubert Theatre.
Eminem might be off hook for song