Marvin Gaye's son isn't happy about his childhood pal Lenny Kravitz playing his father, Motown legend Marvin Gaye, in a movie set in a dark period of the singer's life.
Kravitz has signed on to play Gaye in "Sexual Healing" (that's a working title), which reportedly focuses on Gaye's life in the 80s, when he battled drug abuse and depression but was working on a comeback when his father shot and killed him in 1984.
Marvin Gaye III told TMZ, "The producers and directors of this film are very wrong and shameful. (They're) trying to do a film about a low period in his life. They don't even know the whole story."
Gaye said he and Kravitz were schoolmates and are still friends, so he wants to "talk to him about why he would do this." Gaye also said he and his family are meeting with lawyers to in an attempt to production. "I would hope (Kravitz) doesn't have any idea that we are against this film being done."
Kravitz has responded to Gaye's comments.
HEIR TO BRITISH THRONE ON THE WAY: There's a royal bun in the oven.
Buckingham Palace announced Monday that Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton are expecting an heir to the throne.
The rumors became persistent in recent months. If poor Middleton gained a half-pound and combed her hair differently, there was a feeding frenzy among royal watchers. It's like they have nothing to do all day but sit around paying attention to what other people do.
Uh ... right. Anyway, even though it seems like they just got married, Kate and William have had more childless time together than their predecessors. The prince's mother, Princess Diana, got pregnant with William a few months after her July 1981 wedding. Prince Charles, the next in line to the royal throne, was born just days before Queen Elizabeth II's first wedding anniversary to Prince Philip.
According to Todaynews.com, the duchess was admitted Monday to King Edward VII Hospital in Central London with hyperemesis gravidarum (or severe morning sickness), according to a release from the palace. As the pregnancy is in its "very early stages," Kate will stay in hospital for several days, the palace said.
She must have a pretty good heath care plan.
The young royal couple, who wed in April 2011, have been very open about wanting to have children. Prince William has been quoted as saying he wanted two kids.
These royals don't mess around when it comes to heirs to the throne.
The new baby will become third in line to the throne, following its father and Prince Charles. The child's birth also will bump William's brother, Prince Harry, down a notch in the sequence.
IRS GOES AFTER LINDSAY LOHAN: Lindsay Lohan is really living the life.
Last week she was getting arrested for punching a woman, getting charged in Southern California for lying to police, watching her movie receive horrific reviews, being so messed up she got charity from Charlie Sheen, and watching her assistant say publicly that Lohan needs to go to rehab because she drinks a small reservoir of vodka every day.
Well, this week might be even worse. TMZ reports Lohan's bank accounts have been seized by the IRS.
Someone needs to work on some solid new year's resolutions, and fast.
TMZ says the government has filed tax liens against Lohan for the years 2009 and 2010, claiming she owes $233,904 in unpaid federal taxes. This after Sheen reportedly dug through his couch cushions and gave her $100,000 for the IRS.
Sources close to Lohan said she's pretty much panicking about her financial situation. Which is why, if this time next week the Internet is burning up with stories about a Lindsay Lohan sex tape, no one should be surprised.
TAYLOR SWIFT HAS NEW BOYFRIEND: Taylor Swift has a new boyfriend. And, really, we couldn't be happier for her.
The next ex-boyfriend Swift will write songs about is Harry Styles of the boy band One Direction. After weeks of rumors, the two finally stepped out in public over the weekend, going to New York City's Central Park Zoo together.
And it seems they have a bit of a history already. The two reportedly had a brief fling last spring, and Swift's song "Trouble," according to some sources, is about Styles.
Swift and Styles' latest go-round was first rumored in mid-November, after Mario Lopez talked about the pair's backstage chemistry. The "X Factor" host said Styles visited Swift after doing a guest shot on the singing competition show, and that the pair had "walked off, hand in hand."
The press is extremely happy about the pairing. Well, at least some of them.
"They would be the next Justin and Britney," British journalist James Desborough, author of "One Direction ... What Makes Them Beautiful," told the Huffington Post last week. "We haven't had a proper A-list pop-star-royalty couple for a long time. These are two people in the peak of their careers, whom people are fascinated with."
Guess this guy never heard of John Mayer and Katy Perry.
By the way, what is it that makes One Direction beautiful?
Of course, Swift likes her younger men. Come to think of it, she likes older men too. In October, Swift dumped 18-year-old Conor Kennedy after three months of dating. She has also dated Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer, Taylor Lautner ... Marlon Brando, Hugh Hefner, Anthony Quinn, Richard Burton, and a young Charlie Chaplin. Or maybe it was just those first three.
BRAD PITT HAS SOMETHING IN COMMON WITH MIKE TYSON: Brad Pitt is still alive, despite being caught in bed with Mike Tyson's wife.
During an interview for "In Depth with Graham Bensinger" on Yahoo! Sports, Tyson discussed the day he walked into now ex-wife Robin Givens' house to find the "Head of the Class" actress in bed with the hunky heartthrob.
According to the Huffington Post, Tyson said, "I hope Brad don't think I'm mad at him. I'm not mad at this guy, no way."
Tyson said while he and Givens were going through their divorce, they would still hook up. Which led to the awkward discovery.
"I was getting a divorce," Tyson said. "I was going to my lawyer's office to divorce her that day but I wanted to sneak in a quickie. This particular day, someone beat me to the punch," Tyson told Bensinger. "I guess Brad got there earlier than I did. I was mad as hell. You should've saw his face when he saw me."
Brad Pitt is a brave, brave man.
Tyson told the story in April to Global Grind, but told it a bit differently.
"One day, I'm going to her house to (have sex with) her again and no one's home, and I'm leaving and she's pulling up with Brad Pitt, and I'm sad," he said. At the time, Tyson did not recognize the actor. "He wasn't Brad Pitt back then. He was just some little beach-bum-looking dude. 'Hey dude' kind of guy. He was probably selling his body for money or something, I don't know. He was very pretty."
"I wasn't thinking about attacking him," Tyson said. "I was just depressed I couldn't (have sex with) her no more."
Mike Tyson has a way with words. And I mean that the best possible way.
Tyson's marriage to Givens was marred by domestic abuse. Tyson has admitted he was a "savage" and a "pig" back then. According to Huffington Post, the former heavyweight champion and "Hangover" actor is now married to Lakiha "Kiki" Spicer, whom he credits with turning his life around.
Tyson's solo stage show, "Undisputed Truth," comes to San Francisco in February.
"I married the woman of my dreams," Tyson told The Sun in October. "She's not dark like me. I want to die with her."
DECEMBER 4 IN HISTORY
Tuesday is Dec. 4, the 339th day of 2012. There are 27 days left in the year.
1619: A group of settlers from Bristol, England, arrived at Berkeley Hundred in present-day Charles City County, Va., where they held a service thanking God for their safe arrival. (Some suggest this was the true first Thanksgiving in America, ahead of the Pilgrims' arrival in Massachusetts.)
1783: Gen. George Washington bade farewell to his Continental Army officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.
1816: James Monroe of Virginia was elected the fifth president of the United States.
1912: Medal of Honor recipient Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, the Marine Corps pilot who led the "Black Sheep Squadron" during World War II, was born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
1918: President Woodrow Wilson left Washington on a trip to France to attend the Versailles Peace Conference.
1942: U.S. bombers struck the Italian mainland for the first time in World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the dismantling of the Works Progress Administration, which had been created to provide jobs during the Depression.
1965: The United States launched Gemini 7 with Air Force Lt. Col. Frank Borman and Navy Cmdr. James A. Lovell aboard.
1978: San Francisco got its first female mayor as City Supervisor Dianne Feinstein was named to replace the assassinated George Moscone.
1984: A five-day hijack drama began as four armed men seized a Kuwaiti airliner en route to Pakistan and forced it to land in Tehran, where the hijackers killed American passenger Charles Hegna.
1991: Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson, the longest held of the Western hostages in Lebanon, was released after nearly seven years in captivity. Pan American World Airways ceased operations.
1992: President George H.W. Bush ordered American troops to lead a mercy mission to Somalia, threatening military action against warlords and gangs who were blocking food for starving millions.
1996: The Mars Pathfinder lifted off from Cape Canaveral and began speeding toward Mars on a 310 million-mile odyssey. (It arrived on Mars in July 1997.)
2002: United Airlines lost its bid for $1.8 billion in federal loan guarantees, a major setback to the nation's second-largest air carrier in its efforts to avoid bankruptcy. Supreme Court justices heard arguments on whether federal laws intended to combat organized crime and corruption could be used against anti-abortion demonstrators. (The Court later ruled that such laws were improperly used to punish abortion opponents.)
2007: Defending his credibility, President George W. Bush said Iran was dangerous and needed to be squeezed by international pressure despite a U.S. intelligence finding that Tehran had halted its nuclear weapons program four years earlier. The intelligence report on Iran figured in a Democratic debate on National Public Radio as rivals assailed front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton for voting in favor of a Senate resolution designating Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.
2011: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's party hung onto its majority in Russia's parliamentary election, but faced accusations from opponents of rigging the vote. Rafael Nadal recovered from a terrible start and beat Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (0) to give Spain its fifth Davis Cup title. After going more than two years and 26 tournaments without a victory, Tiger Woods won the Chevron World Challenge. Former Hewlett-Packard chairwoman Patricia Dunn, 58, died in Orinda, Calif.
Game show host Wink Martindale (79), actor-producer Max Baer Jr. (75), actor Jeff Bridges (63), rock musician Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (61), jazz singer Cassandra Wilson (57), actress M Fred Armisen arisa Tomei (48), actress Chelsea Noble (48), actor-comedian (46), rapper Jay-Z (43), actress-model Tyra Banks (39).