MJ upset over new video

Michael Jackson is threatening to sue Eminem over the rapper’s new video, which depicts the self-proclaimed King of Pop playing with young children, reports Ananova.com.

The video for Eminem’s new single “Just Lose It” also pokes fun at Jacko’s plastic surgery and an incident when his hair caught fire while filming a Pepsi commercial 20 years ago.

Eminem appears made up as Jackson in the “Thriller” star’s trademark red leather jacket and trousers. In one scene, his nose falls off, and he’s seen scrambling around on the floor looking for it. In another, the Jackson character comes face to face with the real Eminem, and the rapper vomits all over him.

Later, Eminem raps: “Come here little kiddie, on my lap, guess who’s back with a brand new rap. And I don’t mean rap as in a case of child molestation.”

It ends with Eminem dressed as Jackson sitting on a bed with kids bouncing up and down behind him.

Jackson is considering legal action if the rapper doesn’t pull the video, which began airing on MTV and VH1 over the weekend.

Jackson’s spokesman said: “The Jackson family feels the video is demeaning and disrespectful and hopes Eminem will pull it. Michael is very displeased and doesn’t want it shown.”

Jackson’s not the irreverent rapper’s only target: Eminem also pokes fun at Madonna, Pee-wee Herman and MC Hammer, utilizing appearances by the ubiquitous Paris Hilton, Eminem’s “8 Mile” costar Mekhi Phifer, Dr. Dre and Erik Estrada.

Etheridge cancels all dates

Singer Melissa Etheridge has been diagnosed with breast cancer and has canceled upcoming tour dates to undergo treatment, reports The Associated Press.

Etheridge, 43, will undergo surgery and a “speedy and complete recovery” is expected by her doctor, publicist Marcel Pariseau said in a statement.

The cancer was detected early and Etheridge has been receiving treatment, Pariseau said.

“I am fortunate to be under a wonderful doctor’s care and thankful that this was caught early,” Etheridge said in the statement. “I am looking forward to a quick and full recovery.”

Etheridge and actress Tammy Lynn Michaels held a commitment ceremony in September 2003. The musician, who lives in Los Angeles, shares custody of a daughter and son with former partner Julie Cypher, who had the children through artificial insemination using a sperm donation from rocker David Crosby.

Etheridge’s latest album, “Lucky,” was released in February. Refunds for tickets to her upcoming shows will be available where they were bought.

It is unclear whether Etheridge’s illness will affect her work on her upcoming ABC sitcom, in which she stars as a gay woman raising the daughter of a friend with her straight male roommate.

Manson sets wedding date

We told you there was a rash of celeb weddings. This one is slightly less pretty. The New York Post says the German newspaper Berliner Morgenpost reports that charm-challenged shock-rocker Marilyn Manson will wed his sweetheart, burlesque dancer Dita von Teese (clever name, that), next month in Deutschland.

Manson, 35, is castle-shopping: They want the affair to have gothic flair (and we bet no one will be allowed to dress in white).

Pfieffer, Kelley don’t work

BOSTON (AP) – Don’t hold your breath for a guest appearance by Michelle Pfeiffer on David E. Kelley’s latest TV show.

Kelley, the creator of hits such as “Ally McBeal” and “Boston Public,” said his wife could have a role on his new ABC drama, “Boston Legal,” only if certain conditions are met.

“She would be great. The trick would be convincing her to ever work with me. Even though I might be able to persuade her that other people are running the show, she might not quite believe that I would completely stay out of the process,” he said.

“We made one rule that we would try not to work together if possible. For example, I wrote a feature a year ago that I thought she would happen to be right for. She read it, she liked it, and the next day I was fired off the project,” he said.

“Boston Legal” stars James Spader and William Shatner as two eccentric lawyers.

Rodman still coming back

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman said his bad-boy image may be hindering his attempts at a comeback to professional basketball. “They think I’m uncoachable and I don’t know why,” Rodman said.

Rodman, 43, hasn’t played pro basketball since 2000 when he was waived by the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks after a 29-day stint with the team.

Rodman, who is in Mexico to play two games with Monterrey’s Fuerza Regia team, acknowledged it may be difficult for pro basketball teams to give him a chance.

“I’m not doing what they want me to do,” Rodman said. “I’m just putting it out there. … I’m ready to come back. I’m in good shape and I know I can do well.”

Rodman was in Colorado last month practicing with the Denver Nuggets but the team’s general manager hasn’t said whether Rodman will join the team.

Rodman was the NBA’s leading rebounder for seven straight seasons during the 1990s.

Mandy, Zach ‘canoodling’

People mag is reporting that singer/starlet Mandy Moore, who’s the perfect wholesome girl-next-door but with a sexy edge, is keeping time with Zach Braff, that cutie “Scrubs” dude whose hair is always in a perfect muss.

The mag cites three Hollywood-area sightings of them (Moore’s rep insists the pair are just friends), one in which the pair “snuggled and smooched.” Sweet words, implying so much more.


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