October 06, 2005

GOSSIP 2 GO 10/6

IS DIVORCE THE NEW HOLLYWOOD TREND??
It’s the end of the road for Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and his wife, Tracey. The couple released a statement Wednesday afternoon announcing their permanent separation following 11 years of marriage.
“After being unofficially separated for quite some time, it is with deep regret that we announce our permanent separation,” read the statement, sent by publicist, Raymone Bain. “We remain best friends, and will continue to work together in our companies and our various business ventures.
The couple, who just marked their 11th anniversary last Sept. 5, said they will continue “to provide a loving, caring and stable environment” for their two sons, Brandon and Dylan Michael.
“It is for this reason, that we are requesting that you respect our privacy, and the privacy of our children,” the statement said.
If BabyFace wrote those great songs while in love,we are going to get some of the best heartbreak songs ever now.

KILLING US SOFTLY WITH HIS SHOW
Wyclef Jean of the Fugees has signed a deal with HBO to produce and star in a sitcom loosely based on his life.
The Haitian-born singer and musician is also set to write and produce original music for the series, which is currently in the early stages of development through his Platinum Sound studio.

TYRA TO CONFRONT TYRA ON TYRA SHOW(SAY THAT 5X FAST)
On today’s episode of “The Tyra Banks Show,” the supermodel finally gets a chance to grill the adult entertainment star who has made a living off of looking exactly like her.
During the taped segment, Tyra Banks confronts the infamous Tyra Banxxx, who first became known to the real Banks when she appeared on the cover of adult industry magazine, Xtreme.
"For a second I was like, 'Did they put my head on someone else's body?' I thought that it really did look like me,” she told Banxxx, whose real name is Alana. “The first thing that went through my head... It wasn't anger, it was more of a curiosity, and an empathy like, 'Where does this girl come from... And what led her to this?'"

EMINEM(THE DIVA) HAS HANG UPS WITH CELL PHONE COMPANIES
Detroit rapper Eminem has unleashed his lawyers at five companies who are allegedly selling cell phone ringtones of his songs on the Internet.
In a lawsuit filed by Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit, Em’s publishing companies – Michigan-based Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated – are seeking a court order to prohibit Colorado-based Cellus USA, Georgia-based FanMobile, New York-based Nextones.com, New Jersey-based MyPhoneFiles and New Jersey-based MatrixM LLC from selling the ringtones online.
Lawyers for the rapper, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III, said they also plan legal action against karaoke companies that sell Eminem songs without getting the proper licenses.
“This is a big business. We're talking hundreds of thousands of dollars a year," said Howard Hertz, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs.

SHAQ TURNS UP THE HEAT IN SCREAM 4
Miami Heat star Shaquille O’Neal and self-help guru Dr. Phil will open the forthcoming “Scary Movie 4” in a scene that spoofs the 2004 horror flick, “Saw.” Dr. Phil told “Entertainment Tonight”: “It all takes place in this nasty, filthy bathroom [where] Shaq and I are chained up together, and the way out is you've got to cut body parts off to get loose, so he and I are wondering which one of us will wind up doing it."

EDDIE MAY BE RAW BUT HE'S NOT DELIRIOUS
Eddie Murphy must be raising his 12-year-old pre-nuptial agreement above his head in a black power fist these days, hoping that his estranged wife Nicole won’t get her hands on his money. In court papers, Murphy says their "premarital agreement" is "valid and enforceable." He also requests that their kids be kept away from Nicole’s new man, businessman Alan Daniels. Also up for grabs will be the couple’s two New York homes, worth a combined $37 million, and a Beverly Hills estate, worth at least $10 million.

ASHLEY SIMPSON GETS SECOND CHANCE ON SNL
Let the hoedown begin! Ashlee Simpson, who turned 21 on Monday, is set to return to Saturday Night Live this weekend to lip-sync sing some songs off her new album, I Am Me, which drops on October 18.

WESLEY SNIPES' MAURY POVICH MOMENT
"Blade" star Wesley Snipes has been cleared of claims that he fathered a child by an Indiana woman, his attorney said yesterday.
The city is expected to announce at a Family Court hearing today that it's withdrawing an arrest warrant for the married, 43-year-old father that would have forced him to submit to a DNA test.
DNA tests conducted earlier this month show that another man is the father of the 4-year-old boy, said Snipes attorney Robert Bernhoft.
Snipes repeatedly denied he was the father - but refused on principle to submit to a DNA test.
The city jumped into the case last year on behalf of an Indiana Child Support Enforcement agency, which was pursuing claims made by Lanise Pettis, 33.
Snipes dismissed Pettis as a "mentally ill crack addict" and said his reputation among friends and business associates was damaged by the claim.
The actor said Pettis made similar accusations against other celebrities and became delusional after watching him in "Blade."
A federal civil rights suit Snipes filed last year in Manhattan against the Indiana agency is pending.
A spokeswoman for the city's corporation counsel declined to comment yesterday.
"This was a horrifying breach of duty to entertain Lanise Pettis' delusions," Bernhoft said. "[Snipes] believes he finally got a fair shake. He's been waiting for this day to come."
Snipes is expected to appear at today's hearing.

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