Stephen M. Silverman
October 15, 2004 08:00 AM

SCHEDULED: Eminem, who turns 32 on Sunday, will launch his widely anticipated satellite music radio channel called Shade 45 on Oct. 28 with a live broadcast of a concert from New York, the Sirius network has announced. Eminem, his Shady Records label, Interscope Records, and Sirius Satellite Radio first announced plans to launch the channel back in July, but no premiere date was set. Sirius recently made headlines when it signed another controversial figure, shock jock Howard Stern, to a five-year, $500 million contract to move his show from Infinity Broadcasting to satellite radio, which is subscription-based and free from government restrictions on the content it airs.

CONFISCATED: French Police said Thursday that they had clocked Eric Clapton, 59, speeding down a highway at 134 mph and suspended his license, denying him a right to drive in their country. Radar caught the rocker whizzing down a highway Tuesday in his Porsche 911 Turbo at 53 mph above the speed limit, police said. Clapton took the bad news well, agreeing to a photo session with gendarmes, the Associated Press reports. After paying a $922 fine, he then rolled away in his Porsche – this time in the passenger seat with his secretary behind the wheel, police said.

ORDERED: Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville warned prosecutors and lawyers for Michael Jackson on Thursday that he would not delay the star’s trial on child molestation charges beyond its Jan. 31 start date. Melville issued his ultimatum amid bickering between the two sides over the exchange of evidence and suggestions by defense attorneys that they were running out of time to prepare for trial. “I’m not interested in continuing this case beyond the trial date. That would be punishing me for your failure to comply with the rules,” Melville said. “Its not in anybody’s interest to prolong this litigation. I’m very serious about this.”

SUED: The heirs of a woman who fled the Nazis have sued actress Elizabeth Taylor over the ownership of a Van Gogh painting they say is rightfully theirs, Reuters reports. Taylor, 72, bought the 1889 painting “View of the Asylum and Chapel at Saint-Remy” at auction in 1963 for $257,000. But the South African and Canadian descendants of Margarete Mauthner, a Jewish woman who fled Germany in the 1930s, say Taylor ignored numerous “red flags” suggesting the painting had been confiscated by the Nazis. In a federal lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Wednesday, they are claiming the work should be returned to them under the 1998 U.S. Holocaust Victims Redress Act. Taylor’s reps have not commented.

SETTLED: Ricky Martin, 32, and his former manager, Angelo Medina, have reached a confidential settlement to end months of legal battles in which they sued each other for breach of contract and financial debts, AP reports. Martin and Medina hugged each other during a news conference that followed San Juan, Puerto Rico, Superior Judge Oscar Davila’s announcement of the agreement Wednesday. Davila prohibited both sides from releasing details of the settlement.

BUSTED: Ronald Isley, lead singer of the legendary R&B band the Isley Brothers, has been indicted on tax evasion charges, tax authorities said Thursday. Isley, 63, who suffered a minor stroke in August, was named in a six-count indictment returned on Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles, says AP. He is charged with five counts of tax evasion for failing to report income from royalties and performances by the band and one count of failing to file an income tax return, the Internal Revenue Service said.

PLANNED: Broadway will see green in 2006, with a new musical based on Shrek, to be produced by DreamWorks, reports The New York Times. Jason Moore of Avenue Q will direct, Fuddy Meers playwright David Lindsay-Abaire will write the book and Sam Mendes, who last handled the Bernadette Peters revival of Gypsy on Broadway, is producing the project. No composer has been named yet – nor has the casting of the singing and dancing ogre-to-be.

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