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October 18, 2004

News By: Nia B

R&B singer Ashanti has been hauled into Manhattan federal court by music producers in Georgia who claim they represented her before she skyrocketed to stardom — and now they want $4 million of her wealth. The outfit, T.E.A.M. Entertainment, claims Ashanti Douglas and her mom-manager, Tina Douglas, stiffed them out of royalties on sales from millions of copies of chart-topping songs by breaching contracts dating back to 1997, when Ashanti was only 16.

Rapper DMX is facing at least two years behind bars after his road-rage incident a few months back. Last week, DMX rejected a deal that would have kept him out of prison. He reportedly spent almost an hour in a Queens courthouse hallway debating the offer with his lawyer, his wife and members of his entourage before his lawyer asked for a month-long adjournment. The current case was adjourned to Nov. 17. He is free on $15,000 bail.

R&B legend Ronald Isley is in tax trouble again. Isley has been indicted for evading taxes from 1997 to 2002 by allegedly depositing his dead brother's royalty checks, buying personal cars using a business account and using cash to keep payments to band members off the books. Isley has been charged with five counts of tax evasion and one count of failing to file an income tax return. The IRS said the singer, who has homes in Los Angeles and St. Louis, deposited royalty checks for his own use that had been issued to other members of the Isley Brothers, including his dead brother, O'Kelly. He also required that half of his guaranteed tour fees be paid in cash on the day of each performance. He then paid musicians in cash, according to the indictment.

Martin Lawrence will star in Rebound where he plays the popular Coach Roy of the fictitious Ohio Tech, a high-strung college basketball coach is forced to lead a junior high school team after having a public meltdown during a game. The flick hits theaters in March 2005.

Cedric the Entertainer (Ralph), Mike Epps (Norton), Gabrielle Union (Alice) and Regina Hall (Trixie) are in Ireland through November shooting a big-screen version of the old Jackie Gleason classic, set for a 2005 release.

CBS is more than halfway through its on-air tryout period testing replacements for Craig Kilborn on "The Late Late Show."
Comedian DL Hugley is being considered as a potential host.

Eve and Mos Def will star in the movie The Woodsman. The movie stars Kevin Bacon as (Walter), a convicted sexual abuser of little girls, who attempts to rebuild his life upon his release after over a decade in prison. He gets a job working in a lumberyard and starts a sweet romance with a woman he meets .The movie is produced by Damon Dash and is expected to be in theatres on December 24th.

Sean “P Diddy” Combs has made a deal to star in the prequel to "Carlito's Way," the 1993 Brian De Palma classic that starred Sean Penn and Al Pacino.


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