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WEDDED: Actress Mimi Rogers (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery), 47, and her boyfriend of 13 years, producer Chris Ciaffa, 39, were married at the Beverly Hills courthouse on March 20, PEOPLE reports in its latest issue. The couple have two children, Lucy, 7, and Charlie, 20 months. It's the first marriage for Ciaffa and the third for Rogers, who was previously married to Tom Cruise from 1987 to 1990.
SUED: Don't leave a message at the beep, if you don't want to be part of the act. A California man filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Snoop Dogg, 30, claiming that the rapper endangered his life by using a phone message he left taunting Snoop's chief rival, rap mogul Suge Knight, in a song, reports Reuters. The man, identified in Los Angeles Superior Court papers as "John Doe," says that the voicemail he left supporting Snoop (real name: Calvin Broadus) in his ongoing turf war with Knight last October became part of the song "Pimp Slapp'd" on the album "Paid the Cost to be Tha Boss." The plaintiff claims that when he approached Snoop in January and asked why the message was used without permission (or compensation), the rapper replied that he sampled it because "it was so real," reports Reuters. But reality comes at a price: John Doe is suing for misappropriation of voice and intentional infliction of emotional distress and is asking for damages and an injunction against further distribution of the album.
POSTPONED: The Rolling Stones have put off two Hong Kong concerts scheduled for this weekend due to the outbreak out a lethal strain of pneumonia in Southeast Asia, reports Reuters. The British rockers, currently on the Asian leg of their Licks world tour, said in statement that increasing concerns about Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which is reported to have killed 50 people and made more than 1,300 sick, prompted them to postpone the gigs. The veteran rockers will still proceed with their April 1 show in Shanghai -- the Stones' first ever performance in China. The Hong Kong shows will be rescheduled as soon as possible, the band said in a statement.
UNLOCKED: John Lennon's childhood home in Liverpool -- a gift from his widow Yoko Ono to the British National Trust -- will welcome the public for tours for the first time this weekend, reports Reuters. The home at 251 Menlove Ave., in Woolton, Liverpool was where the late Beatle lived with his Aunt Mimi from age 5 to 23. Lennon's widow bought the home to prevent it being sold to a commercial concern, Reuters reports. "When John's house came up for sale I wanted to preserve it for the people of Liverpool, and John Lennon and Beatles fans all over the world," Ono said in a statement. The home, which has been restored to look like it did when Lennon lived there in the '50s and '60s, was where the former Beatle formed his first band, The Quarrymen, and where he began his collaborations with bandmate Paul McCartney, whose own Liverpool childhood home is already a part of the National Trust, according to Reuters.
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