For The Record: News On Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Terrence Howard And R. Kelly

mariah.jpg· Mariah Carey can thank Janet Jackson's immune system for a newly announced "Saturday Night Live" gig. When original musical guest Damita Jo came down with the flu, Mimi stepped in as a replacement for this weekend's Jonah Hill-hosted episode, marking her first appearance on the show since 1997. A lot has changed since then, Mariah, but fortunately the comedy stylings of Darrell Hammond will always be there to make you feel at home.

· DJay is back. Well, sort of. Terrence Howard, who played the pimp-turned-rapper in "Hustle & Flow," has scored an album deal with Columbia Records. Is the 39-year-old actor, who's currently starring on Broadway in Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," going to break out his hits as DJay? A little "Whoop That Trick"? Probably not. The project is supposedly going to be billed as Terrence Howard Presents Me and the Band of Kings. A pimp can still dream, though.

· Yet another bump in R. Kelly's never-ending road to court: Though witnesses were decided long ago, prosecutors in Kelly's child-pornography case asked a Chicago judge on Wednesday (March 12) to add two more names to the list. Kelly's attorney Ed Genson objected, saying it was too late in the process to start adding to the established case — especially when they had no paperwork or police reports on the two people in question. Judge Vincent Gaughan, however, allowed the addition, as long as it didn't push back the trial (which has been pending since 2002 and is now scheduled to start May 9), saying the defense could take their depositions. (The witnesses' identities were kept secret, having been filed under seal.) The next hearing in the case is set for April 1, to discuss jury instructions.

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