- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Grandma sues Eminem

E! Online

A 70-year-old California woman is suing the rap superstar Eminem, claiming he illegally sampled a section of music for his 1999 debut, “The Slim Shady LP,” from her late husband’s film score, the Web site SmokingGun.com reports.

The suit, filed in federal court last month on behalf of Harlene Stein, accuses Eminem and his mentor Dr. Dre of swiping a 24-second instrumental cue titled “Pigs Go Home” from her hubby Ronald Stein’s composition for 1970’s Getting Straight, a flick starring Elliot Gould and Candice Bergen, for the rapper’s song “Guilty Conscience.”

The complaint notes that the grandmother-of-five, who inherited Ronald Stein’s publishing rights upon his death in 1988, has not seen a dime from the piece’s unauthorized use, despite the cue being present in each version of the song released worldwide as well as in the hip-hopster’s video.

Bad boy’s a dad

Associated Press

“S.W.A.T.” star Colin Farrell and model Kim Bordenave are the parents of a baby boy born last Friday, his publicist said.

Mr. Farrell wasn’t there for his son’s arrival because he was in Morocco shooting “Alexander,” the Oliver Stone film in which he stars as Alexander the Great.

Python hits Broadway

E! Online

Mike Nichols, legendary director of both stage and screen, has signed on to “Spamelot,” a musical adaptation of the wacky 1975 cult film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

The project is the brainchild of Python alum Eric Idle, who wrote the book for the musical based on the script he did with fellow Flying Circus members John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and the late Graham Chapman.

According to Mr. Idle, the musical’s moniker isn’t set in stone.

“I like the title ‘Spamelot’ a lot,” Mr. Idle said in a press release, “but I was thinking it might be smart to ask audiences on my upcoming U.S. tour if they liked it as much as I do.

“After all, they are the ones who will be paying Broadway prices to see the show. So there’s a good chance the title may change.”

Big top love

Reuters News Agency

Princess Stephanie of Monaco has married a Portuguese circus acrobat, the royal palace said, in the latest of a series of turbulent love affairs that have included liaisons with an elephant tamer and a bodyguard.

Princess Stephanie, 38, and Adans Lopez Peres, 29, tied the knot at Eaux-Vives near Geneva last Friday, a spokesman for the palace said Tuesday evening. The wedding was a private affair, with none of the royal family present.

The royal gal has a reputation as the enfant terrible of the Grimaldi family, often causing concern to her royal relatives.

Halftime salsa

Associated Press

The Miami Dolphins have announced plans to hold a tribute to “Queen of Salsa” Celia Cruz during halftime of Sunday night’s NFL game against Buffalo.

Miss Cruz’s husband, Pedro Knight, will receive a Dolphins jersey during the tribute, which will include a performance by Latin Grammy nominee Victor Manuelle.

Miss Cruz died July 16 of a brain tumor at her Fort Lee, N.J., home. She was 77. The Cuban exile was immensely popular in Miami, so much so that Calle Ocho, the main street running through the city’s Cuban community, has the honorary name of Celia Cruz Way.

The tribute is part of a Latin-themed night at Pro Player Stadium in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Cher’s finale

Reuters News Agency

She’s set the date and says she’s sticking to it.

Cher will finally end her long-running farewell tour on Halloween night, and she’ll do it in Toronto — the same city where the tour began in June 2002.

“We were trying to end it in a meaningful way,” said Brad Wavra, a Clear Channel executive. “We’re ending where we began — full circle.”

Before the tour wraps, however, Cher will play the MCI Center Oct. 10.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from wire and staff reports and entertainment publications.

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