is being sued by three performers from Chester who accuse him of swiping a track from their CD and turning it into his hit single "Get Back."
In a suit filed last week in U.S. District Court here, Anthony Turner, Damon Mayfield and Markus Vick - known as Boogiii Men Entertainment Group - say that in 2004, they sent their CD, Boogiii Men Beats Volume I, to Disturbing Tha Peace, Ludacris' label.
The suit says the men got a "don't call us, we'll call you" speech when they followed up. Six months later, Ludacris' album The Red Light District dropped, and the men noticed similarities between their track and "Get Back."
Reps of Ludacris could not be reached for comment.
The men's attorney, James A. Wells of Center City's Haines & Associates, declined to comment further on the lawsuit, the first ever to begin with the words: "Now comes the Plaintiff, Boogiii Men Entertainment Group."
The musical comedy
, opening Tuesday for a short run at the Forrest, is a homecoming for actress
, who has been on the road for seven months (this is the 12th city) with her beau,
, who plays lead character Princeton. The road life seems to suit Lakis, who's proud to call herself a Philadelphian not because she attended Temple and not because she grew up all over South Jersey but because "my parents met at Dirty Frank's."
will move back to anchoring, pairing on the 5 p.m. show with
- when he returns. DeMentri says he had back surgery, followed by a leakage of spinal fluid, blinding headaches, and a raging staph infection that's keeping him on an IV pump three times a day. Reporter
will soon move up to anchor weekend mornings with
will become a solo act, moving from weekend mornings to weekend evenings, where
does the weather.
6ABC weatherguy Dave Roberts might be on the cusp of his 72d birthday - yes, 2/14/36 - but retirement is not in the forecast, despite chatter from colleagues. "I'm having too much fun," he told me the other day.
Rochelle Lampkin of the nonviolence group Peace and Love (www.weneedpeaceandlove.com) will be in New York on Tuesday to tape The Tyra Banks Show with five Girls High students. Topic is bullying. Air date has not been set.
WWDB (860) has dropped Mancow Muller's syndicated morning show, which replaced Don Imus' show after his firing. An Imus return to WWDB does not seem promising, according to a station rep.
Expect to hear much in coming months about
, introduced Tuesday as chef de cuisine at 10 Arts by
, now under construction under the dome in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton. As third in command of New York's storied Le Bernardin, "she's tough but feminine," says Ripert. Carroll, 33, grew up in Somerton, attended Flourtown's Mount St. Joseph Academy, and went to the Restaurant School after toying with college and beach-bumming in the Caribbean. Ripert says that when he told Carroll she could head her own kitchen a year ago, she begged off, saying she wasn't ready.
In what could have been a bizarro version of "Uptown Girl," the Four Seasons Hotel was the common ground of Billy Joel - here much of the week to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra - and Paris Hilton - who arrived Wednesday to shill a movie. Hilton may have been registered for a two-nighter, but she slept there only one. After Thursday evening's autograph session at Franklin Mills, she went to New York and returned at 6:30 a.m. - in time to grab her suitcase and head to PHL for a flight to L.A.
An autographed Hannah Montana guitar is the grand prize at a "Wanna Be a Pop Star?" sing-off for kids ages 7 to 16 at Franklin Mills' aqua entrance today (noon registration); be ready to sing 90 seconds of "I Got Nerve," "This Is the Life" or "Who Said." WOGL's Frank Lewis will host.
The Governor's Residence in Harrisburg will be the site of the Sept. 13 nuptials of Pennsylvania first son
Rebekah "Beka" Nave
. They met seven years ago in her hometown of Rockledge, Fla., during a tour stop for Rendell and his then-band,
Don't Look Down
. Rendell, 27, is a law student at Temple, and Nave, turning 27 on the wedding day, is an event planner with Innove. She, of course, is planning the wedding, though she says she has not yet booked the officiant; both parents of the groom are eligible.
Babies: a girl, Victoria, to Andie Summers, the WXTU morning cohost, and husband Leonard Bonacci (their first), and a boy, Reginald, to former 76ers president Billy King and wife Melanie (their daughter, Natane, is 16 months old).
The 76ers and parent Comcast-Spectacor feted
, one-half of WMMR's
Preston & Steve
show, on his 40th birthday Friday by giving him Sixers tickets to hand out to his favorite charities - 10 games, 100 tickets per game. Elliot gave the first batch to this weekend's benefit for slain Officer
Eagles lineman Jon Runyan, who will pick up a humanitarian award at tomorrow's Philadelphia Sports Writers Association banquet, says he has fully recovered not only from last month's concussion but from a big chill. He and former teammate Hank Fraley indulged in last weekend's Polar Bear Plunge in Wildwood. "The worst part was getting out," he says. "Everybody wanted to get a picture with me."
Avenue Q actors discuss the finer points of cheesesteaks at http://go.philly.com/aveQ