Billboard Bits: Eminem, Stevie Wonder, Tommy Lee
News on Eminem, Stevie Wonder, Tommy LeeUniversal Pictures will today (Dec. 19) unveil the initial airing of the teaser trailer for "8 Mile," the drama starring Eminem as a young white rapper struggling to realize his dreams. The trailer will debut on NBC's "Access Hollywood" tonight and will air on BET's "NY/LA" Friday (Dec. 21). On the same day, the preview will also make its theatrical debut as a coming attraction with selected films.
The film, directed by Curtis Hanson ("Wonder Boys," "L.A. Confidential") and also starring Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer, and Brittany Murphy, is due for release in next summer. Originally known as "The Untitled Detroit Project," the movie recently got its name from Detroit's 8 Mile Road, generally considered the dividing line between the city's black and white communities.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
R&B icon Stevie Wonder will join the West Angeles Mass Choir, along with Vesta Williams, and gospel new comers Kim Burrell and Ted & Sheri on Dec. 22 for O Be Joyful - The Christmas Concert. The event at the West Angeles Cathedral in Los Angeles, is open to the public and free of charge, although the evening's offerings will benefit the Pan African Children's Fund.
For more information on the event or the fund, contact the church at 323-733-8300.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Tommy Lee won a court round yesterday (Dec. 18) in a bitter custody battle with ex-wife Pamela Anderson, who claims the former Motley Crue drummer is an unfit father who exposes his children to danger. Superior Court Judge Lee Smalley Edmon denied a request by Anderson's lawyers to require monitoring of Lee's visits with 5-year-old Brandon and 3-year-old Dylan. "Mr. Lee has gone for quite some time without monitored visits," Edmon said. "I don't see anything that leads me to believe that monitoring is necessary to protect the children."
Lee said he was happy with the ruling. "I think it was fair," he said. "I just want to be with my kids." Anderson said she would continue fighting for what's best for the children. "I'm just acting like any other mother," she said. "I will protect my children until my last day and my last dollar."
Lee, who is seeking equal custody of the children, denies Anderson's charges that he is "a danger to others, particularly when he is using alcohol, as he is presently doing," according to court papers. In a declaration filed with the court, Lee claims to be clean and sober for two years.
"I'm still trying to figure it all out," he said after yesterday's hearing. "All this is coming out of nowhere. Maybe it's because I'm happy. My life is going really well right now. Maybe she's planning to move away with her boyfriend (Kid Rock) and she can't do that without full custody. I don't know."
The next hearing is scheduled for March 19.
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