People And Entertainment


April 04, 2009|By From staff and Sun news services

Madonna adoption request rejected

On Friday, a judge rejected Madonna's request to adopt a second child from Malawi and said it would set a dangerous precedent to bend rules requiring that prospective parents live there for some period.

Madonna's lawyer, Alan Chinula, said he has "filed notice for appeal in the Supreme Court of Appeal."

The country's child welfare minister had come out Thursday in support of the pop superstar's application to adopt a 3-year-old.

But in a lengthy ruling Friday, Judge Esme Chombo sided with critics who have said exceptions should not be made for the star, who has set up a major development project for the impoverished African country.

Stoop Storytelling goes on radio in summer

Stoop Storytelling, Charm City's popular series that features real people telling anecdotes from their lives, will hit the airwaves over the summer.

Material for the one-time show, which will be broadcast at an undetermined time on WYPR-FM, will be culled from material collected during a three-night Stoop extravaganza July 9-11. Baltimoored: Summer in the City, A Radio Show also will include comedy sketches and musical accompaniment.

"We're thinking of it as a cross between A Prairie Home Companion and Hairspray," co-founder Laura Wexler says.

Tickets cost $20 and go on sale May 1. Call 410-332-0033 or go to

Rep Stage sets 2009-2010 season

Rep Stage has announced a 2009-2010 subscription season of five shows that provides cutting-edge fare alongside classics, while also trimming costs.

It includes Wittenberg, Aug. 26-Sept. 13; Hysteria, Oct. 7-Nov. 1; The Glass Menagerie, Feb. 3-Feb. 28; On the Verge, or the Geography of Yearning, April 14, 2010-May 2, 2010, and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, June 2, 2010-June 27, 2010. The Howard County group will also offer A Dickens of a Carol, with a candlelight meal in an 18th-century mansion, Dec. 1-20 for an extra fee.

Call 410-772-4900 or go to

Beatles' Harrison to get Walk of Fame star

George Harrison will receive a star on the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 14, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said Friday.

Harrison, who died in 2001, shares a Walk of Fame star with all four Beatles, but only he and John Lennon will have their own stars.

Nanny says De Niro owes overtime pay

A nanny who was fired by Robert De Niro has sued the actor for more than $40,000 in overtime pay.

Alexis Barry says in court papers that she was never paid for more than 750 hours of overtime and never took 10 vacation days. She began working for De Niro in August 2006 and says she was fired 10 months later, after she said she was going to quit. The couple have an 11-year-old son.

Barry says she is owed more than $40,000. She filed a lawsuit Friday in Manhattan's state Supreme Court.

A De Niro spokesman said he can't comment because he hasn't seen the lawsuit.

Anti-Chris Brown song gets radio play

A song criticizing Chris Brown is getting air play.

The song, "My Flow So Tight," is by a little-known dance group called Smoke Jumpers.

A Web site for the group hyped the song as "the official Chris Brown dis record." Radio stations in cities such as Los Angeles and New York have recently begun playing it.

Brown, 19, is accused of having beaten his girlfriend, singer Rihanna, in February. Brown is slated for arraignment on felony assault and criminal threat charges Monday.

Man accused of stalking Jamie Foxx

Police say a man is in custody for trying to barge into actor Jamie Foxx's hotel penthouse in Philadelphia.

Investigators say William Brown, 49, first knocked on the door of Foxx's suite March 20, claiming to be Beyonce's music producer.

Police say he tried to shove his way in, but Foxx pushed him out and called security. The man was ejected again a few days later; then police were called when he returned Tuesday.

Police say Brown is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail on stalking and other charges.

From staff and Sun news services


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