- The Washington Times - Monday, June 5, 2006

Million dollar baby

In their never-ending quest for post-baby publicity, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt say they will give the world its first peek at their newborn daughter by releasing photos of Shiloh Nouvel, with profits going to charity.

The pictures, taken at a private photo shoot, will be distributed by Getty Images, the photo agency said yesterday. All profits will be given to charity, though no specific organization was announced.

Deb Trevino, a spokeswoman for Getty Images, told Associated Press the family would later name the charity that will receive the funds. She would not disclose how much the photos were being sold for, or when they would be distributed.

Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt was born May 27 in Namibia. Delivered by Caesarean section, the baby weighed 7 pounds and was said to be in good health.

The couple have yet to make a public appearance since the birth.

Diminishing returns

A night with the Pretty Woman isn’t the hottest ticket in town anymore.

Julia Roberts’ star turn in “Three Days of Rain” was the talk of Broadway when it opened in April, but with two weeks left in the play’s run, ticket brokers say they are finding themselves stuck with hundreds of seats — and are now selling well below face value, the New York Daily News reports.

Though “Three Days of Rain” opened to an avalanche of hype, the play — and, in particular, Miss Roberts’ Broadway debut — was widely panned by critics and passed over by the Tony nominations. The fading buzz has hurt brokers, who were counting on Miss Roberts’ star power to start bidding wars among fans desperate for an up-close gaze at her megawatt smile.

“Rain’s” producer, however, defended his show’s drawing power. “The house is full, the tickets are sold, the audiences are happy,” said Marc Platt, who also produced “Wicked” and movies such as “Legally Blonde.” “We’ve had a great time.”

Rap sheet

DMX is in t-r-o-u-b-l-e — again

Now the rap star/actor has been charged with traffic infractions, this time after being pulled over in downtown White Plains, N.Y., AP reports.

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was stopped Friday afternoon for driving his 2001 Chevy Suburban at unreasonable speeds and making unsafe lane changes, Deputy Commissioner Daniel Jackson of the White Plains police said yesterday. Once he was stopped, police found he was not wearing a seat belt and did not have a driver’s license, Mr. Jackson said. DMX was ticketed and told to come to court on June 16.

Last year, he served 70 days in jail for violating his parole following a 2004 incident in which he posed as an undercover federal agent and crashed his sport utility vehicle through a security gate at John F. Kennedy International Airport. A week after he pleaded guilty in that incident, state police accused him of driving more than 100 mph on Interstate 684 in North Castle, in Westchester County.

Last month, DMX was arrested in London, accused of refusing to put on a seat belt and becoming abusive on a flight from New York.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.


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