OUT Quasi-Catholic priest Sinead O’Connor joins the k.d. lang club this month, becoming the latest pop star to come out of the closet. ”I haven’t been very open about that, and throughout my life I’ve mostly gone out with blokes because I haven’t necessarily been terribly comfortable about being a lesbian. But actually I’m a lesbian,” she says in the July-August edition of the lesbian mag Curve. The 33 year old O’Connor, who has two kids by different blokes, says she is celibate in a recent issue of Time. Her first CD since 1997, ”Faith and Courage” – featuring the single ”No Man’s Woman” - will be released next Tuesday. No doubt the celibate Pope-hating gay priest will find it increasingly difficult to find a loyal niche audience for her music. But notoriety never hurt early sales…
EM AGAIN The ever-reliable Eminem stuck it out for another day in the headlines. He pled guily to NEW charges of brandishing a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon. This time the trouble stemmed from an altercation with rival Detroit band Insane Clown Posse that occurred at an audio shop several hours before he showed up at the Hot Rocks Cafe. According to officials, the Posse’s Douglas Dail was taunting Slim Shady cum Marshall Mathers with, of all things, name-calling. As Em stepped out of his car, a handgun tucked into his waistband slipped out of his pants. He picked it up, and continued arguing, prosecutors say. (The rapper’s lawyer could not be reached for comment.) Meanwhile, Kimberly Mathers shot off a letter to the Detroit Free Press explaining her side of the events which occurred early Sunday morning. In it, she attests to her fidelity, and says she is still not sure why her husband showed up at the club to check on her. ”If I was to cheat on him, it wouldn’t be at a neighborhood bar,” she says. DUH!
FERTILIZED Celine Dion announced that she is indeed pregnant, putting an end to rumors sparked by her previously reported visit to a New York fertility clinic, in a press release Friday. ”We can’t keep something so big, so wonderful a secret just for us,” wrote the 32 year old songstress. Dion began a 3 year sabbatical last December in the hopes of having a child.
TV NEWS After a mere two airings, ABC’s Clerks is out. The network will try to draw from the full well of untapped Michael J. Fox sympathy, showing reruns of ”Spin City” in its place (Check out EW Online’s interview with ”Clerks” creator Kevin Smith to see what he thinks of ABC)…. The second round of ”Survivor” trounced ”Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” The show even knocked out the NBA and a live Britney Spears special, scoring 63 percent of adult viewers aged 18 to 49. Maybe Reege should consider a special in which he takes the whole gang to Hawaii, or something.
CHATTER In a half hour online chat with FOX.com, Britney Spears confessed her desire to rock out. ”I’m taking guitar lessons now,” she said. ”I’ve only had one lesson; I’m pretty bad right now.” She said her cover of the Rolling Stones’ ”I Can’t Get No Satisfaction,” was one of her favorite recordings, and that she would love to take on Prince’s ”Purple Rain.”
NO MILLI Enrique Iglesias waffled a few high notes, but sang well enough to please Howard Stern when he appeared on the shock jock’s radio show yesterday. ”I was trying to figure out if he was Milli Vanilli,” Stern said. ”He is not.”
CASTING Alanis Morissette reports that she will appear in an upcoming installment of ”Sex and the City,” sharing a steamy kiss with Sarah Jessica Parker. The episode, entitled ”Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl,” will air July 25. Wonder if she’ll get naked on the subway, too…. ”Girl, Interrupted”’s Clea DuVall will star opposite Courtney Love and Ice Cube in Sony’s sci-fi thriller ”John Carpenter’s Ghost of Mars.”
REEL DEALS Twentieth Century Fox has signed a new first-look pact with ”There’s Something About Mary”’s Peter and Bobby Farrelly and their partner in Conundrum Entertainment, Bradley Thomas. They group also coproduced the studio’s upcoming Jim Carrey movie ”Me, Myself & Irene”…. New Line has acquired ”Baby Proof,” a spec by its studio home video operations coordinator Mike Skelton. The comedy is, unfortunately, about a man who is transformed into a 2-year-old baby by a hypnotist.
OBITS Music industry vet Tom Ayres, who signed David Bowie to RCA Records, died in his L.A. home. He was 67…. Respected Newsweek theater critic Jack Kroll died yesterday of complications relating to colon cancer. He was 74.