- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Canadian minuteman

If 50 Cent ever needs to flee the country, he should think south, not north.

The rapper is not welcome in Canada, says a Canadian lawmaker who represents violence-plagued Toronto.

Member of Parliament Dan McTeague called on officials to prevent 50 Cent, who has a criminal record, from entering the country because he promotes gun violence.

“Toronto has witnessed unprecedented violence on its streets and deaths as a result of gang warfare, gang culture,” Mr. McTeague told Agence France-Presse.

“This is not a question of censorship,” he says. “This is a question of trying to protect impressionable young men in our communities who are being destroyed in the prime of their lives.”

Britney to Broadway?

Britney Spears is in talks to play the lead role in the musical “Sweet Charity” on Broadway, the New York Post reported in yesterday’s editions.

Miss Spears, currently featured on the cover of People magazine with husband Kevin Federline and baby son Sean Preston, would replace Christina Applegate as the dancing title character, Charity Hope Valentine, in January, the report says.

If Miss Spears joins the show, it will move to the larger Ford Center from the smaller Al Hirshfeld Theater to accommodate the anticipated larger crowds.

Hatcher hopping mad

“Desperate Housewives’” star Teri Hatcher is suing a British tabloid newspaper for libel over its claims that she repeatedly had “sex romps” with men in a Volkswagen van parked outside her Los Angeles home, her lawyer said yesterday.

The claims “were repeated extensively elsewhere in many countries,” the law firm said, according to Associated Press. Miss Hatcher “bitterly refutes these offensive allegations,” it said.

The case is expected to go before the High Court in London next year.

‘Desperate’ host

In other “Desperate Housewives”-related news, James Denton, who plays a hunky plumber on the show, will host the 2006 Miss America pageant, which is heading to the Las Vegas Strip in hopes of boosting ratings and updating the contest’s image, according to AP.

“As a star on TV’s hottest show,” Mr. Denton “brings excitement and class to the pageant,” Art McMaster, chief executive of the Miss America Organization, said yesterday.

The financially struggling beauty pageant announced last week that it was moving to Las Vegas after 84 years in Atlantic City, N.J.

Madonna rules

Madonna danced her way to the top this week, selling 350,000 copies of her club-ready album, “Confessions on a Dance Floor,” Rollingstone.com reports, citing sales data from Nielsen SoundScan.

The Material Mom is no stranger to big debuts — her last two albums, “American Life” and “Music,” also opened at No. 1 — but with “Confessions,” Madonna is enjoying a bit of an upswing. Not only have reviews been positive, but sales have spiked as well. Compare this week’s big debut with the 241,000 copies of “American Life” sold in its first week in 2003.

Count Jann Wenner’s Rolling Stone magazine as the latest supposedly anti-establishment outlet to be lured into China’s marketplace. (It follows the MTV network.)

Rolling Stone is slated to hit shelves there early next year, the BBC reports.

“We feel Chinese music and arts are maturing rapidly and that a Chinese edition will be viable,” says Robby Yung of Hong Kong-based One Media Group, which will publish the Chinese-language edition.

Mr. Yung told the BBC the magazine will contain a mix of local content written primarily by Beijing-based staff and translations of articles from the U.S. edition.

Any bets on whether Rolling Stone will criticize the Chinese government as harshly as it has President Bush?

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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