VERBOTEN Canada is really trying to manage Eminem‘s anger. The rapper is scheduled to perform in the Anger Management tour with Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach on Thursday in Toronto. But Ontario officials are trying to find a way to prevent the Slim Shady from entering the country. ”Nobody wants to curb free speech in the province of Ontario, but some of this rapper’s songs go over the line,” parliament member Michael Bryant told the Associated Press. The provincial attorney general, Jim Flaherty, says he thinks Em’s lyrics promote violence against women. However, he says it’s unlikely that they will be able to stop the rapper from performing at the 60,000 seat venue because Canada’s hate crime laws do not include women. Still, Flaherty adds that his office wants ”to make sure that the federal government is looking into the status of this person entering Canada with the possibility that this person would come here and advocate violence against women.” Em’s rep Dennis Dennehy says the government won’t stop the performance. ”Eminem’s plan is to entertain his fans, and people who don’t like it don’t have to go,” he said…. Meanwhile, Fred Durst and crew had to cancel a Tuesday night gig in New York because the frontman was suffering from vocal strain. Perhaps he spent too much time helping Em work out his antiwoman refrains.
MAKING IT LEGAL Bruce Willis and Demi Moore have officially divorced. The pair, who separated in June 1998, were married in November 1987. They have three children — Rumer Glenn, 12, Scout Laurie, 9, and Tallulah Belle, 6.
TABS Britney Spears has been discussing her sex life with a tabloid. Britain’s Daily Star quotes the ex Mousketeer as saying that she plans to maintain her virginity until marriage. ”The virginity issue… it’s a personal decision, and it reflects how I feel right now about myself,” she said. ”There are so many emotions involved that I would like to be able to wait until I know I’m with the right person and I’m married.” And if she talks about cybersex with Prince William in tomorrow’s Enquirer, we’ll be sure to cover that, too.
WEB NEWS Napster has been doing a lot more than fighting little old legal battles lately. The company announced that it plans to tackle the Mac market, unveiling a program that would allow even more people to log on and swap songs. ”Napster for the Mac provides the total Napster experience wrapped in a Mac friendly user interface,” founder Shawn Fanning said in a statement. Finally! Now Steve Jobs can download all his faves — you know, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Procol Harum.
CASTING Hot off ”Bedazzled”‘s strong No. 2 debut last weekend, Elizabeth Hurley has been offered another leading role. The actress will star opposite Matthew Perry in the road trip comedy ”Servicing Sarah.” The difference: Hurley won’t play Satan in this role, she just signed a contract with him to get it.
REEL DEAL ”Billy Elliot” director Stephen Daldry is suddenly hot Hollywood property. The English director — whose $4 million indie has grossed $12 million since opening three weeks ago — is in negotiations to helm the adaptation of ”The Hours,” starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, and Julianne Moore. The film is based on Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham‘s reinvention of Virginia Woolf‘s novel ”Mrs. Dalloway.” First a warning, financial; then the sell out, irrevocable.
POLITICAL CELEBS Tom Cruise made a surprise appearance at Harvey Weinstein‘s 53rd birthday bash for Hillary Rodham Clinton last night. Robert De Niro, Chevy Chase, Cameron Diaz, Ben Affleck, Nathan Lane, and Cher were among the Hollywood luminaries who forked out $10,000 each for the pleasure of wining and dining the First Lady. Altogether the event raised $2 million for her New York Senate campaign. Cruise, meanwhile, introduced speaker Bill Clinton as ”one of the greatest leaders of the United States.” He’s right up there with L. Ron Hubbard.
RETIREMENT After a 40 year career, Dick Van Dyke will retire from showbiz at the end of the 2000- ’01 television season. The 74 year old comedian made the announcement at a gala held in honor of Carl Reiner, who was given the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain prize for American humor. ”It’s time for me to go to pasture,” the actor told Associated Press Radio. ”Tastes have changed. Television’s going, as far as I’m concerned, downhill, and I’m an anachronism.” So, wait. This means there won’t be a webcast of ”Diagnosis Murder”?