Billboard Bits: Madonna, Eminem, Jamie-Lynn Sigler
News on Madonna, Eminem, Jamie-Lynn SiglerMadonna's Aug. 6 show at Boston's FleetCenter has been postponed one day "due to logistical reasons," according to the show's promoters. Tickets for that show on the Drowned World Tour will be honored on the rescheduled date of Aug. 7 or refunded at the original point of purchase (through Aug. 6).
The artist's Aug. 8 performance at the venue will go off as planned. The U.S. leg of the tour kicked off Sunday night in Philadelphia, and opens a five-night stand at New York's Madison Square Garden tonight (July 25).
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
A drama loosely based on rapper Eminem's experience as a suburban Detroit hip-hop singer who became a superstar, temporarily named "Untitled Detroit Project," will begin shooting in and around the city in September. Imagine Films, producing the movie for distribution through Universal Studios, will open a Detroit production office in early August, the Detroit Free Press reports today. The newspaper quoted unnamed sources close to the production, but said a Universal Studios spokesman confirmed the information.
As previously reported, Academy Award-winning director Curtis Hanson ("L.A. Confidential," "Wonder Boys") is on board for the project, which will mark Eminem's film debut. Michigan Film Office Director Janet Lockwood said she has no official confirmation that the movie will be filmed in Detroit, but said her talks with Hanson and producer Greg Goodman have been very positive.
The film could be released by next summer, accompanied by a soundtrack album with at least four new songs written by Eminem and Dr. Dre, as well as rerecorded versions of Eminem hits. The film and soundtrack also are expected to feature an appearance by rap group D12, of which Eminem is a member.
Move over Uncle Junior: another family member plans to try her hand in the music business. Following the recent release of the debut album by Dominic Chianese, who plays the aging patriarch of the HBO crime family "The Sopranos," Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who plays his granddaughter Meadow, will release her debut album this fall.
"I have the widest variety of tastes, the biggest CD collection ever," she says. "I've been recording my first album, and think it's a nice steppingstone. It will be pop with a Latin flavor."
Sigler has plenty of experience singing. "Growing up, all I knew from was musical theater," she says. The actress, whose previous theatrical roles include the musical version of "It's a Wonderful Life" and the title role in "The Diary of Anne Frank," has spent much of the summer playing the lead in the touring production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella."
She can also be heard in the latest Levi's television ads as the voice behind the singing bellybutton. Her as-yet-untitled debut is due out in October via BAB/Edel Records.
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