Just a week and a half after announcing their engagement, Kimberly Stewart and "Laguna Beach" star Talan Torriero are calling it off. "It was just too soon to enter into a lifelong commitment," their reps said in a joint statement. Torriero's rep also clarified that while the couple aren't heading for the altar anytime soon, they haven't broken up. ... Meanwhile, Kimberly's dad, Rod Stewart, and his fiancee, Penny Lancaster, welcomed a baby boy into the world early Sunday morning in London. The singer said in a statement that both Penny and the baby are "gorgeous, healthy, and doing well." ...

Hilary Duff will perform three songs and host the Hollywood party segments of "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," which will air for the 34th consecutive year on December 31. Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest will host from Times Square in New York. ... A second round of nominees for the People's Choice Awards have been announced, for such categories as Favorite Movie, Favorite Movie Comedy, Favorite Movie Drama, Favorite Family Movie, and Favorite Tour (a toss-up between Green Day, Paul McCartney and U2). Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Queen Latifah are up for Favorite Smile; Jennifer Garner, Faith Hill and Nicole Kidman compete for Favorite Hair; and Jennifer Aniston is up against Angelina Jolie and Reese Witherspoon for Favorite Look. The event airs live on CBS from Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium on January 10 at 9 p.m. ...

Madonna is on her way to besting the King for the most top-10 hits of any artist in the rock era. The Material Girl scored her 36th top-10 hit (the same number as Elvis Presley as her latest single, "Hung Up," climbed up the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart to #7 last week. The pop superstar already holds the record for the most top-40 hits — 45 and counting — by a solo female artist. ... Ryan Cabrera will go head-to-head with gamers for the latest Xbox Live Game With Fame event on Tuesday. The singer will be challenging fans to the racing game "Forza Motorsport" for one hour starting at 5 p.m. ET. "I may not win every game, but I'll sure give them a run for their money!" Cabrera said in a statement. If you're up to the test, just track down gamertag rcabreragwf. ...

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has agreed to a clemency hearing on December 8 for reformed gang leader Tookie Williams, according to The Associated Press. Schwarzenegger is set to meet with Williams' lawyers and Los Angeles prosecutors in a private hearing to discuss possibly stopping the Crips founder's execution on December 13. Williams was charged with the murder of four people stemming from two robberies in 1979 and has been sitting on death row for the last 24 years. He has always denied his involvement in the killings and has spent the majority of his time behind bars preaching to kids about the dangers of gang life. Among the many high-profile supporters pleading to the governor to spare Williams' life is Snoop Dogg, Reverend Jesse Jackson and Jamie Foxx, who portrayed Williams in the 2004 TV biopic "Redemption." ...

Pat Morita, best known for playing the beloved martial-arts sensei Mr. Miyagi in the "Karate Kid" films, died on Thursday at the age of 73. According to a statement by his wife, Morita died of heart failure at a Las Vegas hospital. His manager, however, claims it was kidney failure that took his life, according to The Associated Press. Morita, who also played diner owner Arnold on the 1970s sitcom "Happy Days," is survived by his wife and three daughters. ... Vietnamese authorities officially charged British glam rocker Gary Glitter with child molestation on Saturday. The singer, born Paul Gadd, faces up to 12 years in a Vietnamese jail if convicted. According to a Reuters report, he will be held for up to three months before his trial, though authorities are considering granting bail because of the harsh conditions of Hanoi's detention center. Glitter has denied the allegations that he molested 10 girls, some as young as 12, and has said he was merely teaching them English. ...

Snow Patrol have written 30 songs and are headed into a British studio to begin work on the follow-up to their breakthrough 2004 album, Final Straw, according to a post by frontman Gary Lightbody on SnowPatrol.net. Working again with producer Garrett Lee, Snow Patrol "tinkered, steered, and unceremoniously bludgeoned" the 30 songs over a few weeks in a Glasgow, Scotland, rehearsal space, and now they appear ready to be committed to tape. ... The Secret Machines are putting the finishing touches on their second album, Ten Silver Drops. The LP is set for a mid-March release and will be preceded by the single "Alone, Jealous and Stoned." ...

E! Entertainment will air the fourth season of "The Simple Life" after FOX declined to renew the series. Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, who are now feuding, will take turns running the same household, with the family deciding who did better, said a spokesperson for E!, which also acquired the rights to rerun the first three seasons. The format will allow for the stars not to have to come into contact with each other.

11.23.2005

50 Cent and Kanye West are the only ones selected to be GQ's "Men of the Year" who have no false modesty about it — both of the hip-hop stars justify their big egos in the mag's pages. But they also have more on their minds than just themselves. Like George W. Bush, for one. 50 thinks the president is "incredible ... a gangsta." "I wanna meet George Bush, just shake his hand and tell him how much of me I see in him," 50 told GQ. If the rapper's felony conviction didn't prevent him from voting, 50 said he would have voted for Bush. Meanwhile, Kanye basically called Bush a racist on national television, and has since rethought his strategy for speaking out. "When NBC edited it out on the West Coast, that was a wakeup call," West told the magazine. "It let people know how censored we still are. This is supposed to be America, but you can't get your opinion out. There's all kinds of things I want to say, but I need to pace myself, to make sure my opportunities to say these things aren't taken away too abruptly." Kanye says after giving us entertainment, his next goal is to give us "inspiration." 50's next goal? He wants to market a condom. ...

(Click here for photos of 50 Cent and Kanye West in GQ's "Men of the Year" issue.)

Canada's immigration minister, Joe Volpe, has reportedly been asked by Parliament member Dan McTeague to bar 50 Cent (born Curtis Jackson) from coming to Canada for an upcoming tour. According to The Canadian Press, McTeague said, "I don't think people in Toronto or any urban center need or want to hear Mr. Jackson's message right now." 50, who filmed parts of his recently released "Get Rich or Die Tryin' " in Toronto, is slated to begin his tour on December 3 in Vancouver, British Columbia. In making his request, McTeague noted that there was a shooting in Toronto the last time 50 played there in 2003. A spokesperson for 50 could not be reached for comment at press time. ...

On Tuesday, prosecutors took one final stab at persuading Judge Edward Korman to admit evidence about the May 2000 shooting of 50 Cent into the federal money-laundering trial of the Inc.'s Christopher and Irv Gotti. But Korman wouldn't budge, killing the prosecution's hopes to introduce text-messaged transmissions and other documentation the government claims illustrates the strong bond between the record executives and Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff — the convicted drug pusher whose cash the Gottis stand accused of laundering. Defense lawyer Gerald Shargel accused the government of trying to connect the Gottis to "an ambiance and aroma of gangsters" as well as "violent acts" to distract jurors. Later, the prosecution called a handful of FBI and IRS agents who were involved in the January 2003 search of the Inc.'s offices; Irv nodded off at one point during the proceedings. One of the documents seized from Christopher's office, which itemized the label's overhead budget, showed McGriff was on the payroll, as were two of the dealer's underlings — both of whom federal witness Jon Ragin had testified the day before helped carry out the attempt on 50's life. In addition, agents found a shopping bag filled with $35,000 in cash inside a safe in Christopher's office. The prosecution is expected to rest on Monday. ...

Beyoncé shot a video on Tuesday for "Check on It," the next single from Destiny's Child's #1's. Hype Williams directed the clip and fellow Houstonians Slim Thug and Bun B co-star. ... Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes haven't set a wedding date yet, but they may not be married before Holmes pops out her little Cruiser. They announced she was pregnant in October after first acknowledging the romance in April, but they're thinking of getting married "next summer or early fall," Cruise told Barbara Walters for her upcoming special "The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2005." The special airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. on ABC. ...

"Boss'n Up," the musical drama starring Snoop Dogg and inspired by R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece, is due December 6 on DVD. The movie, the first release from Snoopadelic Films, co-stars Lil Jon. ... Zack de la Rocha made his second public appearance in as many months on Tuesday in a benefit to save a community farm in South Los Angeles from demolition. Ozomatli and Quetzal also performed. ...

If Busta Rhymes looked a little funny sitting in a barber chair recently in New York, it was for good reason — he's not used to getting a full-blown haircut. Obviously Busta has gotten his hairline edged up over the past 16 years, but since coming into the music industry, his long dreads have been as much a part of his persona as have his growls, colorful outfits and unorthodox rhyme flows. But Busta has chosen to shed his locks, and actually cut most of his hair off. "I started growing these sh--s in December '89. I was 17. I signed my [record] deal and said I ain't combing my hair no more. I don't have to," he said. Busta isn't totally bald, though — he's rocking a dark Caesar hairstyle. You'll get to see Busta and his new 'do in his video for "Touch It" in just a couple of weeks. "My head isn't ugly, is it?" he asked with a smile after his cut. ...

(Click here for photos of Busta Rhymes getting his hair cut.)

Mariah Carey's getting in the holiday spirit a little early — she recorded a new version of "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" for a re-release of the classic TV special by the same name. Previous versions of the 1934 song were recorded by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Bruce Springsteen. Carey's take is being released as a CD single with the collector's edition of the DVD. ...

The surviving members of Alice in Chains will perform with Heart on February 17 at the Trump Taj Mahal Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The concert will be taped as part of a new episode of VH1 Classic's "Decades Rock Live!" series. Look for the show to air in the spring. Tickets go on sale Monday through Heart's online fan club. ... Velvet Revolver will perform at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey, for the venue's "Rockin' F'n New Year's Eve" show. Tickets are priced at $100, and go on sale Saturday at noon via Ticketmaster. The show will feature an open bar for the first hour and a half, a champagne toast at midnight (for those of drinking age) and a continental breakfast. ...

Another day, another lawsuit for Michael Jackson. This time a former adviser to the pop star has filed a $64 million suit alleging breach of contract and fraud, according to a Reuters report. Dieter Wiesner filed a civil suit against Jackson on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming he paid Jackson millions of dollars for the rights to merchandise his name and likeness even though the rights were not Jackson's to sell because he'd already sold them to someone else earlier. That person ended up suing Wiesner, who, between settling the suit and lending Jackson more money to secure the rights, claims he ended up spending $9 million. After all that, the rights ended up being useless when Jackson allegedly refused to cooperate and actually interfered with Wiesner's merchandising efforts. ... On Tuesday, the Warner Music Group became the second major label to settle with New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer in his ongoing payola probe. The home to Green Day and My Chemical Romance agreed to pay $5 million in fines as a result of the investigation, which alleged that Warner illegally gave radio-station employees trips, laptop computers and tickets to the Super Bowl and other major events in exchange for airplay of songs by its artists. In July, Sony BMG agreed to pay $10 million in a similar case. ...