People And Entertainment


July 31, 2009

Jackson's mom to keep kids; Rowe gets visitation

Katherine Jackson will raise her son's children under an agreement with the King of Pop's ex-wife, who will have visitation rights under the supervision of a child psychologist, attorneys said Thursday. The agreement calls for Michael Jackson's mother to remain guardian of the pop star's three children, who range in age from 7 to 12, in accordance with wishes spelled out in the singer's 2002 will. No money is changing hands as a result of the agreement, the statement said. Deborah Rowe, the biological mother of the two oldest children, gets visitation rights. A child psychologist, paid for jointly by Jackson and Rowe, will oversee the process, attorneys said in a statement. The timing and frequency of the visits will be determined by both parties in consultation with the psychologist, the statement said.

Actor Jude Law to be a father for fourth time

Jude Law's spokeswoman says the actor is set to become a father for the fourth time. The identity of the mother has not been revealed. Publicist Sara Keene says that "following a relationship last year, Jude Law has been advised by the birth mother that he is to be the father of a child due in the autumn." She says Law is no longer in a relationship with the woman but "intends to be a fully supportive part of the child's life." Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper reported Thursday that Law met the woman while filming Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes movie in New York last year. The 36-year-old actor has three children with ex-wife Sadie Frost. He is starring in Hamlet on the London stage.

Coroner says heart disease killed author Harris

A coroner's official says heart disease, complicated by high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries, is what killed author E. Lynn Harris last week. County coroner Craig Harvey said Wednesday that the 54-year-old died of natural causes. Harris died July 23 while visiting Los Angeles to promote his latest book. Harris lived in Atlanta and was considered a pioneer of gay black fiction. Ten of his 11 novels became New York Times best-sellers. Harris was born in Flint, Mich., and raised in Little Rock, Ark. He attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he was the school's first black yearbook editor.

Broadway's 'Frankenstein' actors to do national tour

Actors Roger Bart, Shuler Hensley and Cory English, who starred in the recent Broadway revival of Young Frankenstein, have signed up to play the same roles in the national tour. That's good news for Baltimore's musical theater fans, because the Mel Brooks musical is scheduled to stop here Jan. 12-24, and it guarantees that local audiences will see top-flight talent. Bart, Hensley and English will respectively reprise the roles of Frankenstein, the monster and Igor.

Emmy changes: Some awards to be taped

Emmy organizers say they will tape some award presentations to help make the ceremony more appealing to viewers. The Television Academy said Thursday the move is intended to create the most entertaining show possible. The academy board approved the changes Wednesday night, providing for some awards to be given out before the broadcast. Edited clips of the winners accepting their trophies will be shown during the ceremony, which will air Sept. 20 on CBS. Last year's ceremony attracted 12.3 million viewers.

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