WEEK IN REVIEW: Celine Going Abroad
CELINE SITE: Canadian diva Celine Dion, who also has a home in Florida, is moving to Belgium this autumn, she told a TV interviewer in that country Wednesday. To be precise, she will take up residence in La Louviere, described by the Associated Press as a gritty steel town with 76,000 residents, located some 30 miles south of Brussels. The move, which is not permanent, is meant to give her space to rehearse her upcoming March 2003 Las Vegas show. The singer, 33, has been on a two-year hiatus from working so she could spend time with her husband-manager, Rene Angelil, 60, and their son, Rene-Charles, 1. “We found a small house there that will be our home for three months,” Dion said, according to the AP. “I can’t wait.”
RAP SHEET: A civil lawsuit over a June 2000 parking lot incident involving Eminem and the man who supposedly was kissing the rapper’s then-wife, Kimberly Scott Mathers, has been settled, reported Michigan’s Macomb Daily. John Guerra, 28, will receive $100,000 minus legal fees from Eminem, 29, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III, says the paper. Claiming emotional distress because Eminem pulled a handgun on him, Guerra sued the musician a few days after the confrontation outside a Warren, Mich., nightclub, the Hot Rock Sports Bar and Music Cafe. According to the suit, Eminem brandished the unloaded weapon and hit him in the head and face. The Grammy winner later pleaded guilty to charges of carrying a concealed weapon, and is now serving two years’ probation for the crime.
REID READS: “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder” star (and former fiancée of Carson Daly) Tara Reid, 26, plays a student reporter in her new college comedy, but she’s not preparing to go the academic route for real, she told PEOPLE. “Believe it or not, I got As and Bs. I did good in school, I just didn’t like it.” Instead, she said, “Me and my brother, Tommy, have our own production company that we started, and we’re working on a couple of projects. It’s called Hi Happy Films. Like, Hi happy! I’m very hands-on. Me and (my) brother are the only two employees. We meet the writers that send us stuff, and if we like something, we try to make it happen.”
CROWE CALL: The blackmail trial in Sydney, Australia, of three men who stand accused of trying to extort a large sum of money from Russell Crowe was postponed Monday because of press attention on the case, reported the Associated Press. Philip Antony Cropper, 36, and Malcolm Brian Mercer, 37, are charged with attempting to shake down the Oscar-winning “Gladiator” star, who turned 38 last Sunday. Crowe was not in court for Monday’s session. The accused, along with Mark James Potts, 42, also face charges of obstruction of justice. If convicted, they could face a maximum sentence of 14 years. The men allegedly attempted to extort money from the star in exchange for destroying a 1999 security video that purportedly shows him involved in a brawl outside a nightclub.
BYE, MUM: More than 1 million mourners in person and another 300 million TV viewers around the world said their collective farewell to Britain’s beloved Queen Mother in a moving yet celebratory royal funeral in London on Tuesday. “Like the sun, she bathed us in her warm glow,” the Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, told the assembled within Westminster Abbey, according to news reports. “Now that the sun has set and the cool of the evening has come, some of the warmth we absorbed is flowing back toward her.” Queen Elizabeth, 75, looked somber yet strong during the service, while her son (and the Queen Mum’s favorite grandson), Prince Charles, 53, appeared on the verge of tears as the eulogies were given.