Eminem is up for a film role with DMX, but his wife has filed for divorce.
Will Eminem be the latest music figure to make the jump to film? It's been reported that the Detroit rapper -- fresh from winning three awards at the Grammys -- has been offered upwards of $4-million to co-star with fellow rapper DMX in "Lazarus." The film was slated to be the latest installment in Dimension Films' "The Crow" franchise, but the potential involvement of Eminem may turn it into stand-alone project.
Originally developed as a DMX vehicle, "Lazurus" was scheduled to begin shooting in January. There's no word yet on when the studio plans to start filming if Eminem accepts the offer.
Eminem's jump to film wouldn't be much of a surprise, considering his recent venture into new media. His Internet cartoon, "Slim Shady World," can be seen at Hook t.com. It's also been reported that Universal and Imagine are developing an Eminem bio-pic, in which the rapper would star.
And while Eminem's film career may be on the rise, his marriage has once again hit the skids. Two months after he and his wife rep ortedly reconciled for the sake of their daughter, Kim Mathers filed for divorce yesterday (March 1) in Macomb County Circuit Court in Michigan.
''This is a marriage that apparently just isn't going to work,'' said her attorney, Robert Z. Feldstein. ''Luckily, the parties seem to be communicating well with respect to their daughter and hopefully that communication and cooperation is going to be ongoing for the best interest of the child.''
Mathers and Eminem married in June 1999, in St. Joseph, Mo. They have a 5-year-old daughter, Hailie Jade. The rapper filed for divorce last August after a run-in with Warren, Mich., police and a suicide attempt by his wife. He also faces sentencing on April 10 after pleading guilty last month to a weapons charge from a fight outside a Warren nightspot in June.
Eminem's attorney, Harvey Hauer, said the couple made ''a good faith attempt'' at reconciliation but ''apparently it wasn't the most successful attempt.'' Hauer said his client's main concern is his daughter, n ot publicity.
''Whoever thinks that is not thinking straight,'' Hauer told the Detroit News. ''Mr. Mathers doesn't need more publicity. Besides, he did not file so nobody can accuse him of attempting to get publicity.''
Kim Mathers is seeking joint physical and legal custody of their daughter. She also has asked the court to put in place a restraining order, freezing the couple's mortgage, life insurance, and other assets, until a divorce agreement can be worked out. No hearing date has been set.
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