CAST: Andre Benjamin of OutKast, better known as Andre 3000, will take his first movie leading man role in an as-yet untitled project set in the mid-’70s. Benjamin, 28, will star as an upper-middle-class musical prodigy who falls in love with a white, lower-class free spirit, reports Variety. Production is due to begin in October in New Orleans. The director is Paris Barclay, whose credits include episodes of TV’s The West Wing and the feature Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.
BORN: Thelma & Louise star Geena Davis, 47, and her fourth husband, plastic surgeon Reza Jarrahy, 33, welcomed their second and third babies May 6 in Los Angeles, twin boys Kian William and Kaiis Steven, her publicist announced. The couple already have a 2-year-old daughter, Alizeh Keshar. “Mother and babies are doing beautifully,” said the rep.
EXTENDED: On doctors’ orders, Celine Dion, 36, has canceled five more performances of her “A New Day” show at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace after spraining her neck earlier this month. Though she was initially scheduled to resume her shows last Saturday night (after being absent all last week), she is now due to return early next week.
SPLIT: Musicians Lisa Loeb, 36, and Dweezil Zappa, 34, have parted ways, she tells the Associated Press. Loeb, who plans to release an album in August, also said that she and Zappa had a good run with their Food Network show this spring, but they had only intended to do one season anyway.
SET: Faith Hill, 36, will do four shows at the Coliseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Aug. 10, 11, 13 and 14 – her first concert in four years. Her sixth studio album is due later this year, and next month she’ll be seen in her film debut, The Stepford Wives, starring Nicole Kidman.
DIED: June Taylor, 86, the Emmy-winning choreographer whose fast-paced, high-kicking routines on The Jackie Gleason Show brought the chorus line into the TV age, died on Sunday at a hospital in Miami, said her sister, Marilyn Gleason, the widow of the great comedian. Taylor worked with “The Honeymooners” star starting in the 1950s.
SETTLED: Al Pacino, 64, and Beverly D’Angelo, 52, reportedly settled their bitter child-support battle in Manhattan Family Court on Monday. Terms were not disclosed. At issue was support for the couple’s 3-year-old twins, Olivia and Anton. “I’m very happy,” D’Angelo told New York’s Daily News as she left court. The paper reports that Pacino had been paying $35,000 a month in temporary child support, and $18,000 a month for D’Angelo’s rent.