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OutKast's Smoking Gun Poster Shot Down

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CRITICIZED: A poster showing OutKast’s Andre 3000 holding a smoking gun has been branded “irresponsible” by Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority, reports Reuters. The watchdog group upheld a complaint that the ad could be seen to glorify gun use but rejected another claim that it promoted racial stereotypes. The advertiser, record label BMG, had said it believed the poster for the hip-hop duo was no more likely to provoke violence than ads for James Bond movies. “We regret the ruling because OutKast are the last group that we believe you could level those charges against,” said BMG press director Paul Bursche.

BORN: Jon Stewart, 41, and his wife (since 2000), graphic designer Tracey McShane Stewart, welcomed their first child, Nathan Thomas Stewart, Saturday in New York City, a publicist for the Daily Show host confirms to The comic returned to his Comedy Central show Wednesday night, after Stephen Colbert sat in as his sub. Though the arrival was not covered on the satirical news show, Tuesday night guest Ralph Nader mentioned the Stewarts’ birth, prompting Colbert to respond: “Well, that’s a super-secret, now we have to kill you.”

BUSTED: Rapper Jadakiss (real name: Jason T. Phillips) whose new album Kiss of Death debuted at the top of the Billboard charts, faces misdemeanor weapons and drug charges following a July 5 arrest, reports the Associated Press. An RV belonging to the former Ruff Ryder posse member was pulled over in Fayetteville, N.C., on Monday, after police reportedly witnessed someone throwing firecrackers from the vehicle. An officer spotted marijuana in the RV and requested a search, which allegedly turned up two loaded .45-cal. handguns. Of the eight people in the RV, says AP, the Yonkers, N.Y.-born Phillips was the only person charged.

CAST: David Hyde Pierce of Frasier, Tim Curry of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Hank Azaria of The Simpsons will be the star trio for next year’s Broadway-bound production of Monty Python’s Spamalot, a stage musical based on the British comedy troupe’s 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, reports Mike Nichols will direct the show, which is scheduled to hold its world premiere in Chicago on Dec. 21 (it is scheduled to run in the Windy City until Jan. 16, 2005). The Broadway opening is set for Feb. 7. Pierce is to play Sir Robin; Curry, King Arthur; and Azaria, Lancelot.

DESIGNED: In anticipation of the July 23 release of Halle Berry’s new Catwoman, despite the movie’s mixed advance word of mouth, upscale New York boutique Henri Bendel is offering $350 Isabella Fiora leather purses bearing comic hero images and $595 black Constanta Basto high-heeled crystal-encrusted shoes, among other items, the Fifth Avenue store has announced. Purr-fect.

DIED: “Prince Valiant” illustrator John Cullen Murphy, 85, who delivered his longhaired hero to the Sunday comics for the past 34 years, died Friday at his Connecticut home, reports The New York Times. A few months ago, Murphy picked Chicago illustrator Gary Gianni as his successor. Until then, for the past decade, Valiant’s stories have been handled by Murphy’s son, Atlantic Monthly magazine managing editor Cullen Murphy, while the elder Murphy’s daughter, Mildred Nash, handled the letter and coloring. The strip appears weekly in 300 papers.