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'Slumdog' scandal grows

When rapper 50 Cent had an album to promote last year he was all over Kanye West, playing up a feud. Over the weekend, Miami rapper Rick Ross released the trailer to a video for Cold Blood, a single from Deeper Than Rap. You see flashes of Ross sitting in church wearing a suit. The viewer is led to believe that once again he'll be mocking Fitty, because the words "R.I.P. Curtis Jackson" appear on the screen. This is yet another salvo in the ongoing feud between 50 Cent and Ross, but Ross may be ending his war with Fitty. He told told radio personality DJ Envy that Fitty was boring him, and that he might have to look toward Eminem for real competition.

Will Smith to bring sci-fi to Syfy

Will Smith is teaming up with the Sci Fi Channel — which after July 7 will be called Syfy — to produce a crime series about an ex-cop who helps the recently deceased tie up their earthly loose ends. The series, called Unfinished Business, will kick off with a two-hour movie that will double as the pilot episode in July.

Celebrity stork report

It's another baby girl for Dave Grohl and his wife, Jordyn. The Foo Fighters frontman welcomed daughter Harper Willow Grohl last Friday. She weighed in at 7 lbs., 8 oz, is 20 inches long and "loud as hell," according to a statement. Harper, who is named for Dave's great uncle, joins big sister Violet Maye, 3.

Julie Chen and CBS chief Les Moonves are expecting the couple's first child. Moonves, 59, who married Chen, 37, four years ago, has three grown children from his first marriage. Chen, who's due to give birth in October, will have to take maternity leave from The Early Show but said she will be on hand for the next season of Big Brother. "It wasn't a big Sunday at the buffet table," Julie joked about her growing bump. "I'm starting to show now!"

Was Uma the bride? Again?

People reports that Uma Thurman planned to marry Arpad Busson over the weekend in the Bahamas, but she is providing gossip hounds with a resounding "no comment''. Thurman is wearing a gleaming hunk o' bling on her ring finger, E! Online says. This would be the third plunge for Uma (following Gary Oldman and Ethan Hawke).

'Slumdog' scandal grows

After seeing the videos on TMZ of the mother and stepmother of Rubina Ali — the little girl featured in Slumdog Millionaire — choking each other, we couldn't help but wonder: Have we started outsourcing our tabloid scandals to India now, too? Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan, you have been bumped by reports that Rubina's father was trying to sell her. Tabloid reporters posing as rich Arabs were told they could have her for close to $400,000. The father has been arrested on suspicion of child trafficking. Former tabloid editor Bonnie Fuller wants director Danny Boyle to speak up and do something. The movie company, which has hauled in $326 million on Slumdog, is already paying for the kid stars to attend school in India and trust funds have been set aside, "but this isn't enough," she writes. "A $326 million intervention has already dramatically altered their lives."

Brangelina rumors get a rest

The Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie rumor mill has been working overtime with tabloid headlines screaming that they're screaming at each other, or having another baby, or adopting again. People magazine put its crack reporters on the case and came up with this scorecard: Angie is not on a liquid diet, not adopting, not pregnant (the twins are only 1, for gosh sakes) and not breaking up. It is true that they have turned into suburbanites. Now living in Long Island, the couple have been seen in Dunkin' Donuts and grocery shopping at Stop & Shop.

The most awesome press release ever took the form of 100 booty-shaking single ladies shutting down traffic in London to announce that Beyonce's "I am ... Sasha Fierce" tour would be arriving in November. Fierce, indeed. And sorry to report, the closest she gets to the Tampa Bay area is Fort Lauderdale on June 29 and Atlanta on July 1. So all you single ladies, get your credit cards up.

Director Ron Howard is speaking up for his upcoming thriller Angels & Demons, taking on Catholic League head honcho William Donohue, who has accused the director and author Dan Brown of "smearing" the Vatican "with fabulously bogus tales" in the upcoming Da Vinci Code prequel. In recent weeks, Donohue has put out a series of press releases and written an opinion piece for the New York Post slamming Howard and the film, which follows Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks) as he teams up with the Church to thwart an attack against the Vatican. In his own opinion piece, Howard asks "What, exactly, is anti-Catholic about that?" Sure, the writer made stuff up, he said. "And if fictional movies could never take liberties with reality, then there would have been no Ben-Hur, no Barabbas, The Robe, Gone With The Wind, or Titanic. Not to mention Splash!" So is the Pope a mermaid in this movie?

'Slumdog' scandal grows 04/21/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 11:40am]
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