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Sanaa Lathan, who hasn’t been showing face on film too much lately, will star in the premiere of Lynn Nottage’s new play – “Meet Vera Stark” – as the headstrong, African American maid and dreaming actress.
Bad news in for the holidays for rapper DMX – who was ordered to return to an Arizona jail for one year due to charges stemming from his arrest on November 18th for violating his probation. X will have to report to the infamous Tent City Jail in Arizona to serve his time. He has already gone on record saying that he dislikes it because of how they treat inmates. THIS REALLY SUCKS MAN!
No mercy? 50 Cent took his Twitter page today after news broke that his former? nemesis Ja Rule was sentenced to 2 years in jail.
Read from the bottom up, just like Ja Rule was doing before he had enough and decided to respond using some not safe for work language…
WORLD’S DUMMEST FAN…..
HIP-HOP HALL OF FAME GETS $10 MIL
Representatives for the Hip-Hop
Hall of Fame have announced they
have secured $10 million dollars in
funding for the new, Manhattan-
based project. The Hip-Hop Hall of
Fame will feature artifacts from
Hip-Hop’s rich history, exhibits,
workshops and community outreach
programs with the pioneers of rap,
many of whom are on the museum’s
TYLER PERRY GIVES BACK
Tyler Perry continues to give back
to the community. The entertainment
mogul donates $1 million to NAACP
and $150k to Atl food banks.
50 CENT’S CONDOM IDEA BURSTS
Rapper 50 Cent says he was forced
to scrap plans for a new safe sex
campaign after his design for an
innovative new condom failed to
meet his scientific specifications.
OBAMA TOPS FORBES’ ‘WORLD POWER
In its first-ever list of the
world’s most powerful people,
Forbes has ranked President Barack
Obama No. 1, ahead of such
luminaries as Pope Benedict XVI
(No. 11), Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton (No. 17) and Oprah
Winfrey (No. 45).
STEPHEN A. SMITH BACK AT THE PHILLY
Twenty-seven months after leaving
the Philadelphia Inquirer amid much
drama, Stephen A. Smith is back in
his old job as a sports columnist,
according to the writer’s Twitter
Juelz Santana has re-sparked talks of what it would take to once again team up with Cam’ron and give life to their Dipset movement they created with Jim Jones and Freekey Zeeky.
Despite his desire to link with Cam for the Diplomat fans, Santana also pointed out his confusion toward the Dipset leader by blaming their distance on his past syrup addiction earlier this year.
“It bothered me when Cam said it because it was like this is the reason why you’re going to tell the world why you stopped speaking to me, because I was drinking sizurp?,” Santana reflected in an interview. “You still spoke to other n*ggas that was sipping sizurp so it’s just f*ck me because I’m drinking sizurp. It just didn’t make sense to me…There’s some things that gotta happen. I would love to do anything for the fans because I’m not a selfish person. If the fans want to see something, I’m not saying it would be genuine, but it would be cool and I ain’t on it like that. It’s just different with somebody that you look at different do something to you than somebody that you don’t expect to do something to you do something to you…I ain’t the type of person to say I would never work with Cam. I’m too big for that at the end of the day. I just couldn’t be blind or act like I’m blind when I see everything.”
How could one of Hollywood’s highest paid actors find himself owing $6.3 million in back taxes and deep in money troubles? The answer is easy if you believe Nicolas Cage.
In a lawsuit filed Oct. 16 in Los Angeles, the National Treasure star, 45, claims that his longtime business manager, Samuel J. Levin, duped “lined his [own] pockets with several million dollars in business management fees while sending Cage down a path toward financial ruin.”
That journey began in 2001 when Cage – whose next movie is the crime drama Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans – hired Levin to oversee and manage his business interests, investments and finances. Levin did not return calls seeking comment. A rep for Cage had no comment.
On The Market
Though Cage claims it was only recently that he learned the gravity of his financial condition, the actor started selling off some of his prized possessions months ago. In April, Cage bid farewell to his Bavarian castle, selling it to his German advisor, lawyer Konrad Wilfurth.
Now he has placed other homes on the market in California, Las Vegas and New Orleans, where two of his residences – each worth at about $3.5 million – are up for auction Nov. 12, according to the that city’s Times-Picayune. Regions Bank foreclosed on Hancock Park Real Estate Co., the owner of Cage’s properties, for $5.5 million in unpaid mortgage debts, the newspaper reported.
Cage’s home liquidation comes as earlier this month the U.S. government placed a tax lien on his vast real-estate holdings because of $6 million in unpaid taxes dating from 2007, according to court papers. In addition, the Internal Revenue Service has another lien for more than $350,000 in unpaid taxes dating from 2002 to 2004.
East West Bank also filed a breach-of-contract complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court that claims Cage had failed to repay a $2 million loan that was extended this past August.
In the lawsuit filed against his business manager, Cage says he “relied on Levin to handle his financial affairs to ensure that he and his family would have a financially secure future built on the foundation of the substantial monies Cage earned through years of hard work.”
But “he is now forced to sell major assets and investments at a significant loss and is faced with huge tax liabilities because of Levin’s incompetence, misrepresentations and recklessness.” (Interestingly, Cage sold off his rare comic-book collection in 2002 for more than $1.6 million, a year after hiring Levin.)
Now as the actor gets ready to hit the big screen again this fall, he faces “catastrophic losses” in upwards of $20 million. The next court hearing in the lawsuit is scheduled for February 2010.