Nov. 21--Eminem back with his ex-wife of two times, Kim Mathers?!? Not so fast, rap fans -- they're not back together.
"Marshall and Kim continue to maintain a great friendship and share in the parenting of their family," a spokesman for Shady Records told the Free Press on Wednesday. This followed a splurge of online speculation that the pair might have rekindled their romance.
The Shady Records rep stressed that both Em and Kim love their children and that they are and have been a family raising them.
The reconciliation rumor spread faster than a "Rap God" verse on Wednesday after RadarOnline.com ran an interview with Kim's mother, Kathy Sluck, who said that her daughter and the superstar Detroit rapper see each other "all the time" and "get along better than ever."
"As far as I know they're not together, but I think your first love they're always going to have that tumultuous back and forth thing going -- always," she told Radar. "They've been in love since they were 14 or 15 and that's not going to stop anytime soon."
Back on the business beat: The Shady camp confirmed that Rihanna has been in Detroit where she and Em are filming the music video to their "Marshall Mathers LP 2" collaboration, "The Monster." No details were shared with the Free Press but you can see a snapshot via her @badgalriri Instagram account. Her note? "Hello #Detroit."
Soapy series 'Split' to debut today
Betrayal. Scheming. Danger. It's the stuff of soapy, successful TV dramas like "Revenge" and "Scandal."
Now a young writer/producer who's originally from Southfield is preparing to launch a Web version of the revived genre.
"Split" debuts online today at SplittheSeries.com with its first two episodes. It follows a woman who's putting her life back together after an ugly divorce and dealing with what could be described politely as the mistress from hell.
Gabrielle Glenn, who moved to Los Angeles from Detroit about six years ago, is a writer/producer of the six-episode series. Glenn and the show's creator, filmmaker Rebecca Norris, make up the "Split" two-woman production team.
The show was funded with help from crowd-sourcing and money from friends and family. The goal now is to attract an online audience and grab the attention of broadcast and cable networks.
Glenn, who studied communications and film at the University of Michigan, says the show is aiming for the thriller-drama-soap attitude of shows like ABC's "Revenge" -- with some humor.
"There are pockets of sunshine," she says.
Glenn, who's in her late 20s, has worked for ABC Family's "Lincoln Heights" and currently is with Wendy Williams Productions. She held three internships before finally landing a job with the ABC/Disney associates program, an opportunity that opened doors in Los Angeles.
With "Split," Glenn is taking the DIY approach to expanding her TV career.
"My advice to any young filmmaker who's trying to break through is to make your own opportunity."
ICP headed to new Gathering site
The Insane Clown Posse are moving the annual Gathering of the Juggalos next year ... somewhere. At least that's what Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope hinted at via their Twitter account Wednesday.
"Jumpsteady just returned from our brand new Gathering site and it's a doozy!" they wrote. Before an R-rated question pondering the Webster's definition of the word "doozy."
No big surprise here.
In September, vendors from the outdoor festival featuring the Michigan-based rap-metal group complained that they're owed thousands of dollars by promoters of the southern Illinois event.
According to the (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan, several vendors at the 2013 Gathering of the Juggalos, held near near Cave-In-Rock, Ill., claim they've received bad checks from Gathering promoters.
Hardin County Sheriff Jerry Fricker said his department got a check from promoters Psychopathic Records Inc. as a donation for protective vests, stun guns and other equipment. But that check bounced, Fricker said, declining to specify the amount other than calling it "decent."
Psychopathic Records said in a statement to the Associated Press that the yearly event is a fully independent festival that has no corporate sponsorship, "and putting on a five-day music festival this ambitious is a very time-consuming and expensive process.
"The company putting on the event, Juggalo Gathering Inc., has no intention of turning its back on these financial obligations and is in the process of preparing a plan to take care of all vendors."
Chris Hemsworth, the 30-year-old star of "Thor: The Dark World," and his wife, Elsa Pataky, 37, are expecting their second child. The couple have an 18-month-old daughter, India. Hemsworth's publicist, Robin Baum, confirmed the pregnancy, which was reported Wednesday by People magazine.
Former "Gossip Girl" star Leighton Meester, 27, and the former "The O.C." star Adam Brody, 33, are engaged. The young couple have been dating about nine months but try to keep their relationship hush-hush, according to www.people.com.
The members of OutKast -- Big Boi and Andre 3000 -- reportedly will end their near-decade hiatus next year with an appearance at Coachella, according to a Billboard report. A source tells the music magazine that the festival in California, which begins April 11, would be the start of several reunion appearances that would run through the year to other festivals. Reps for OutKast haven't responded on the potential reunion.
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